Wedding. End of Story.

Archie Andrews is getting married to Veronica. Various kinds of media are saying various things about it. Some are saying we grew up reading them, thinking American kids are so much cooler- they don't have board exams, get to smooch and go surfing. How we internalised them, much like the investigating lot of Enid Blyton (with the tunnels, treasurehunts, dungeons) as superior lives that could be lived only in the West.

I am left wondering what it is about a promise to marry that must result in the end of the growing-up series. Why is it that popular culture uses marriage to spell the end of youth, adventure, storytelling? Friends, if I remember correctly, ends with some weddings, some babies. Most chickflicks end with The Wedding minus the hiccups, usually with the bridesmaid or the weddingplanner at the altar. Sex and the City ended with the wedding with the lesser dress. Karan Johar and Adi Chopra tell the story of life, business, family, dance, song, sex, Switzerland- all culminating in weddings.What is it about our ahem post-postmodern lives that still clings on to a definitive conflict-resolving, love-reciprocating end that promises stability, peace, love even in the midst of economic recessions. And also the end of all things uncertain, all bickerings over unrequited love, all anxieties of expanding midriffs. What will Betty do now? Probably find the next banker and get hitched. Archie will probably resign to an expensive resort honeymoon and Veronica to baby showers and lunches-with-fancy-girlfriends. Yet so many stories of conflict and anxiety towards attainment of this bliss. After which there isn't much of a story to tell.


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