Amazon Says That Frisco Is For Lovers ... Of Crappy Books and Movies

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The people of Frisco buy so many romantic comedies, romance novels, relationship-help books and Barry White albums on Amazon.com that the website has ranked it the 20th "most romantic" city in the United States.

Amazon's methodology was to ask a bunch of 12-year-olds (or James O'Keefe) what constitutes "romantic" and rate accordingly. Joining Frisco on the illustrious list are noted hotbeds of sexy schlock Miami and Las Vegas, as well as that bastion of free-wheelin' free-love and Joseph Smith-sanctioned underpants, Salt Lake City.

I'm not saying it's a stretch to imagine that the people of Frisco have particularly bad taste in entertainment and reading material. I am saying it's a stretch to think that the extended director's cut of Good Luck Chuck and leather-bound copies of the Mars-Venus collection are giving the inhabitants of our northern exurb express tickets to Nekkietown. If anything, this kind of mainstream hetero-centric, gender-essentialist crap does far more harm than good when it comes to real-life relationships, which is why even supposedly good-natured jokes like this one from Amazon get me all panty-hackled.

Then again, some people like clown porn, and some people just want to lock eyes with their signed photo of Dr. Phil while they're gently banging away to "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe." On the upside, having easy access to a 99-cent Ikea breakfast -- two scrambled eggs and bacon! -- might be worth risking an encounter with furry handcuffs.

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Buckeye
Buckeye

I love it when we get to make fun of suburbs. It makes me feel important and cool. Gotta go - I'm pulling a double today.

MattL1
MattL1

I don't think that the love of crappy books, movies and music is something that's unique to Frisco. I've found it to be a nation-wide phenomenon. It's just magnified in Frisco thanks to the relative wealth (and overwhelming whiteness) of its citizens.

Please spare me the typical "who are you to judge" criticism. Unbeknownst to all of you, I alone am the reason why Texas is the envy of the nation. You're welcome, Governor Rick!

ChrisU
ChrisU

hokay Packers fans, time to return to Earth

Hhh1967
Hhh1967

Why are you so full of vitriol for all that doesn't comport with your taste and worldview? If the romance novels were full of homosexual, bisexual, or transgendered relationships and sexual encounters, would the novels then hold value? It is widely held that love and to some extent, romance, are (at some level) universal--though the mode by which they are practiced does indeed vary from culture to culture. Because this is the case, why does the "type" of romance the novel portrays matter? Are you claiming that a homosexual person's love for another is different than that of a heterosexual's? That homosexuals and heterosexuals differ in the way they both feel and act upon their feelings? That one is somehow better?

Furthermore, how are these types of novels harmful to relationships? ( I am assuming that because they are being sold of Amazon, these novels are not pornographic novels--which would be an entirely different subject.) Should soap operas, too, be deemed harmful to relationships? Is science fiction harmful to science? Are historical fiction books a danger to history?

As to the invented notion of "gender-essentialism": That's a piece of postmodern/deconstructionalist claptrap that can be easily shown to be inane. I'm sorry that you were misled in your education; and I'm even more sorry that you actually bought into it; perhaps a critical thinking course would help you out (?).

Why is it not a stretch to think the denizens of Frisco have poor taste in literature and entertainment? By your attitude and words, one might very well deduce the same with respect to yourself. And just how does one "bang," gently? I know this is an "edgy" publication that encourages hyperbole, but grow up, Ms. Grimes.

Billy Blight
Billy Blight

Yo, baby. I know you can treat my postmodern/deconstructionalist claptrap right. Get over here.

G_David
G_David

Not only do people in Frisco have terrible taste for the most part, they are very sensitive and long-winded.

jfpo
jfpo

I've noticed that people in Plano, Frisco etc. get VERY upset if you imply that their wonderful burgs are cultural wastelands. Apparenlty I need to visit more often. I must be missing something.

uncultured plano hippie
uncultured plano hippie

Plano has an art house theater (Angelika). And umm err...a Whole Foods! Give us a bit of props. And while Dallas can scoreboard their northern neighbors all they want, I bet if you were to lookup the "best sellers" in Dallas you might not be so proud of their buying habits either.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Well they do have an Ikea! Nothing gets the babes hotter than impossible to assemble plywood furniture!! The stuff must have a panty-removing pheromone in it.

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