06/01/2012 05:09 pm ET

How Chick-flicks Are Breaking The Conventions Of Wedded Bliss

A fascinating thing has happened recently on the way to the cineplex.

The romantic comedy – which has always revolved around the ages-old narrative for female fulfilment, the happily-surmounted challenges that give way, at length, to a walk down the aisle – is swerving. Reflecting a change in the zeitgeist, perhaps, and probably in the collective female psyche as well, some of the most recent chick-flick hits have not shown the heroine rushing into wedded bliss. Instead, she's portrayed side-stepping matrimony, or temporarily fleeing from it – even avoiding the wedding bells altogether.