There is a certain plot-line that is ubiquitous in certain genres of movies.
- There are two characters, A and B.
- A is nice and sweet, though a little weird. B is pretty and mean.
- For almost 80% of the story, A will love B and be nice and sweet and everything. B, of course, will always be obnoxious and mean and hurtful to A.
- Then, suddenly, in a major event, A will realise that B is mean, and B will realise that A is kinda pretty.
- Then, B will make a big gesture—usually something obnoxious and creepy and over the top—and A will be convinced that B can be kinda nice.
- And they shall will happily ever after.
I’m sure at least a couple of movies leapt to your mind.
It is a popular story, after all. But is it a good story?
I have noticed this happen in real life too.
We often look for blemishes in good people. Within a lifetime of good behaviour, their one flaw can often ruin their reputations and legacies forever.
With bad people, on the other hand, we look for redeeming qualities.
We expect good people to do good things. If they meet our expectations, that is the least they could do. If they don’t, they have disappointed us.
With bad people, we wouldn’t expect much to begin with, and while few of them can sink even lower, few others will occasionally do something good that exceeds our expectations.
Meeting expectations is dull and ordinary. Exceeding expectations is fascinating.
It is odd, yeah.