It’s why romantic comedies are so successful. It’s also why Adam Sandler continues to make money banging out cheesy comedies. There is no subtlety, no obscurity, no layers to be peeled back. The message is right there: “Feel this way!”
For this same reason people flock to feel good books whether it be self-help or romance fiction. Christian fiction booms because people like having messages fed to them.
This reality is often am unhelpful one. It is part of a vicious cycle that goes like this: I don’t want to think critically or deeply, so I read (or view) shallowly, so I don’t learn how to think critically or deeply, so I am even less inclined to think critically or deeply, so I read shallowly . . . And so it goes.