Okay, I know that it's wrong, but I admit that I've done it before and will most likely do it again. Most women I know are amazing people, and it gives me joy to see them with their spouses and children. But every once in a while I see that woman, the one that is severely lacking maturity, or is a horrible nag, or something, and I see them with a really nice guy, and I think, "Really?! How did she manage to snag someone while I linger on in singleness?" Of course, if he's got his own issues, then I don't think too much about it.
A great place to see these women is on shows like TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress", or "Who's Wedding Is It Anyway?" Nothing like glimpsing a 1/2 hour segment of someone's life when they are super stressed to make you wonder, "How the heck did she get someone to pop the question?"
However, all this was brought to mind today by a woman that you all know, or at least that you all should know. If you don't know who she is, then email me and we'll do some sort of intervention ASAP.
I speak, of course, about Princess Buttercup. Seriously, Westley? True love must be blind after all! First, she's a complete snot because she thinks he's beneath her, and sadly that's when she's at her best, because at least she shows some sass. Then she's a wet rag that would settle for a pompous bore. I do like her when she pushes the dread pirate Roberts down the hill before she knows who he is, but she loses all my respect in the Fire Swamp. The whining and crying about all the danger I can understand. It's her pitiful performance against the R.O.U.S.'s that kills me. She watches, horrified but immobile while it attacks Westley. She doesn't do anything. Again, maybe it wouldn't be so bad if she was simply in shock, but when one comes after her, she whimpers for him even though he's still fighting them off himself. Eventually she does some wimpy poking at one with a stick, but again only because it's coming after her.
Look, I don't really care if she's a wimp, and I really like it better when a guy does the rescuing. I just want her to show a little gumption! Is that too much to ask? If only she had done her ineffectual prodding to at least try to get the R.O.U.S.'s off Westley, then we could have been friends, even if it didn't really help things in the slightest. Of course I don't have a problem with her attempts to defend herself once they come after her, I just can't stand that she watches until that point.
It is true that she earns back some respect when she finally tells off Humperdinck and believes in Westley, but she loses it when she gives in to despair and plans to kill herself. I also get a little annoyed by her lack of perception throughout the movie, but I can be a little dense myself, so I can forgive that.
Well, if Westley's happy, then more power to him, I guess.
Have I complained about this before? I feel like I have, but it amuses me every time. Anyway, still LOVE the movie, even if Buttercup and I can only be acquaintances and never the best of friends.