by avenuepop

By the creators of “Sex and the City”; “Emily in Paris” arrived to our lives less than a month
ago and have not left the top 10 for most of the countries Netflix streams in ever since. The
show narrates how a marketing executive from Chicago adjusts to life in Paris as she has just
moved there for work; and it is precisely how the contrast between French and American
cultures is portrayed in the show what everyone is talking about.

Can you imagine moving out to Paris from one day to another? Many of us would think for it
as the best thing that could ever happen to us, but then maybe reality would hit on us just as it
hit on Emily.

Most of the audience of the show have claimed that the way in which Emily is depicted as an
American is just based on stereotypes we all know; she loves cheeseburgers, she loves her
work, and she does not know any other language than English.
At least, however, these stereotypes, although horribly basic, do not have (many) negative
connotations, as many french people have stated to surround the way in which the Parisian
society is pictured in the show.
That Parisians are always moody, that most men are players and that work is a misfortune for
everyone are just some of the thoughts that come to my mind when I remember the show and
its native French characters.

I must agree that “Emily in Paris” is heavily composed of clichés, one after another, but isn’t
it what makes the show so enjoyable?
It is clear to me that when you collaborate with the creators of “Sex and the City” your
intention is not make a deep, mind shaker show that can stimulate your audience’s brain. By
betting for a show like this, Netflix knew it was betting for a hit, because, let’s be honest,
cliches work. They may not be original, they may even be offensive for some people, but at
the end they are what people really engage to, even though they are as predictable as the fact
that the moon will appear tonight.
But in their predictability, precisely, resides their success. The reason why we keep falling
into Emily in Paris even though we not is not realistic at all and neither French or American
people will act like that in a healthy mind condition, is because we know it is going to end
just as we would like it to. And of course, we always find comfort in things ending in a
satisfactory way.
How Emily’s love for Gabriel was finally corresponded gives us all hope that we might be
corresponded by our crush too at some point. Same with how Gabriel ends up finding an
investor for his restaurant. And with how Emily’s small Instagram profile ended up becoming
a huge account to which brands actually reach out to.
These kinds of things may or may not happen in real life, but just by existing on the show, we
get the hope that it may exist in our lives too. And isn’t hope what we all live off?

It is unquestionable that Emily in Paris is based on basic, old-times stereotypes that are not
surprising though they can be frustrating, but it is also unquestionable how those stereotypes
are in fact the key to its success.

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