It feels like everywhere you go, there's something about relationships. Movies always have a love interest, YA books are mostly revlove around the girl and her crush, there are many many love songs. And in movies, shows, books, etc, friends rarely stay friends. Some even seem to force a realtionship between to the two when it is not necessary. What do you think?
Most Helpful Guy
I'll let you in on a little secret: this is done to court the female audience, and for the most part, it works.
Look at a movie like Top Gun. At its base, it is a movie about an arrogant pilot who loses his best friend and partner because of his arrogance and his desire to live up to his dead father's reputation, and ultimately learns from his mistakes, at great cost.
That in and of itself could have been more than enough to make a movie out of, but that movie would have not appealed to women nearly to the extent that the actual movie did. Guys mostly would have loved it, and it would have probably been much more realistic, but in order to sell to the other half of the population, it "needed" a love story element.
You could say the same for hundreds or thousands of other movies, whose real-life inspirations likely wouldn't have had a love story involved, but Hollywood felt it necessary to include one in order to sell their product. Another very obvious example of this is Pearl Harbor. Certainly the story of the Japanese secret attack on Pearl Harbor contains plenty of "story" in its own right to make a movie, and they've made dozens, but when it came time to make a big-budget Hollywood movie in the 90s, of course they had to devote 40% of the screen-time to a romantic sub-plot - one that nearly everyone agrees ruined the movie.1
Most Helpful Girl
I find it tedious as well. A person isn't defined by romantic relationships alone. Especially since so many of them are transitory.1