Everyone gravitates toward a particular movie genre. Some people enjoy being swept up by romance and others prefer being transported to another world with fantasy films. Regardless of your preference, personality experts have studied how movies reflect your personality. It's not as simple as the notion that comedy lovers are funny and horror movie fans should be banished from sleepovers. There's a great deal of legitimate research being conducted to determine what your favorite movie genre says about you.
While it's not a direct correlation, scientists are realizing that certain personality types are attracted to the same genres. Someday it may be possible to analyze a person's character based on the films they enjoy. Is it a red flag that their favorite movie is Pulp Fiction, or does that mean they're perfect marriage material?
A lot of film genres tend to rely on a standard formula, and if the success of the Marvel franchise is any indication, audiences respond well to reliability. Not every film follows straightforward structures, however, and there are several types of comedy formulas that allow the genre to succeed in spite of unconventional storytelling.
Comedies often challenge the conventions of storytelling. Films like Anchorman and Tropic Thunder, for example, achieve their inevitably happy ending though unexpected means. Viewers are less likely to guess the details of the plot and can therefore be more engaged.
If comedy fans are anything like their films, they tend to be more creative and open, if not a little disorganized. Though they may struggle to find their keys in the morning, they are probably a lot of fun at parties.
Action film fans embrace familiarity. It's no surprise when John McClane beats Hans Gruber in Die Hard, or when Bryan Mills saves his daughter in Taken. Sure, the heroes have their ups and downs, and these films are full of high-impact power scenes, but at their core they are more reliable than most movie genres.
There's an inherent stability and predictability to these flicks that appeals to people who have led their lives in a similarly stable manner. When looking to meet a hard-working, dependable person, it might be a good idea to start on the Rambo message boards.
Romance films tend to be fairly predictable in story structure. Popular romances like The Notebook, You've Got Mail, and Jerry Maguire follow the same basic beats: guy meets girl, guy falls in love with girl, something dramatic throws them off course, and they finally come back together because love conquers all. Rinse and repeat.
Romance films attract viewers who live outwardly stable lives but struggle to maintain emotional stability. They like a straightforward plot to reflect their personal openness but crave that emotional climax that inevitably ends well.
It probably comes as no surprise that fans of fantasy films tend to be more creative and adventurous. Fantasy films like Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia appeal to the imagination. Most fantasy fans center around worlds that do not actually exist.
However, fantasy filmgoers are also better at retaining information, according to cognitive psychologist Dr. Kevin Brown. Fantasy stimulates the imagination and allows the brain to think beyond concrete possibility - therefore, children and adults who engage with fantasy are usually more optimistic and open to new ideas.