The Delusion Of Idealism

Once upon a time, there was a Prince who loved a Princess but their royal parents didn’t want them for one another and tried to keep them separate. However, against all odds, the Prince and the Princess got together anyway and eventually have a daughter together. The Prince and the Princess were originally intended to be married to two other people who are bad and are forced to part ways when they are found by their parents who are enemies. Their child becomes a vagrant and is left to suffer at the hands of other royal families. Eventually however, another prince her age falls in love with the daughter of the Prince and Princess and is eventually discovered to be the young daughter of the now ruling royal families. Somewhere along the way, the young girl is reunited with her royal parents who are now kings and queens of their respective realms and their spouses are disposed of in some fashion. Eventually, the young princess gets to marry the young prince who fell in love with her and everyone lives happily ever after. Except maybe for the villains of the piece.

Yep, that about sums up your typical show on our local channels. Of course, they might change the setting every now and again or they might add a few characters into the mix but, almost always, the theme and general plot will always be the same. In more modern works, they might use rich tycoons instead of royalty but then again there’s not really much change from the original source material.

idealist_delusionAnyway, as Tvtropes might tell us, “Tropes Are Not Bad”. There’s nothing wrong with recycling storytelling material. However, it’s something else entirely to drill this kind of thing into people’s heads on a daily basis. There’s no questioning the fact that almost every hour, something similar to the fairy tale above is being played on local TV for all the country to see unless they’re instead showing some idiotic noontime show where people make idiots of themselves. Now, let me point out the fact that the story above (and everything it inspires including our teleseryes) is just a fairy tale. Something that could be passed off as a good story for children just before they go to sleep. They’re not really meant to be stories that get you thinking about your life choices or reconsidering your value system. They’re good entertainment, that’s all they really are.

Unfortunately, since this is the kind of show that is shown on a regular basis, many Filipinos have come to see their lives in a similar light. They see people who oppose their views as the “villains” of their own private fairy tales and that they are divinely in the “right” of things despite the irresponsible and sometimes even terrible things they have done. This is all too often the case for lower class Filipinos who have little to no education and have no access to any other form of media save for local TV stations and newspapers. Fallen Angel here has more information on Pinoy Media and the stupidity it breeds among the people.

In shows mentioned above, it is almost always good versus evil which always translates to poor versus rich, resulting in a very misguided mindset for people. Also of note is how weddings tend to mark the end of many stories and how love solves all their problems despite the fact that love is just another part in the struggle of life. While these are certainly acceptable as story elements, these are most certainly not life lessons that should be taken seriously.

If you happen to be one of those people who ascribe to these kinds of ideas, let me enumerate some cold, hard facts for you:

Black and White Morality Does NOT Exist in Real Life

As mentioned in one of my previous articles, black and white morality is just another of the false dichotomies that dumb pinoys tend to hold on to. There is no black and white morality in real life because no one is really “pure white” in this flawed world of ours no matter what they typical teleserye might want to tell you. Even the “nice girl” they try to portray can be called out on being too lazy to make a name for herself or too weak to make a stand for what’s right. In the end, this kind of thinking just caters to the “victim card” mentality and propagates the idea that being a victim automatically makes you a hero even if you’ve done your share of reprehensible things in the past.

Everyone has their own motives and opinions on matters and nothing can change that, history has proven that time and time again. Even in World War II, which is regarded by many misguided history books to be a great battle between good and evil, is also filled with moral ambiguity. Remember that there were many Germans who joined the Nazi party only because of the privileges it offered and that there were Japanese soldiers who were drafted (taken against their will) to fight for the army. While this does not excuse their atrocities, it does show that many of them were also human beings and that many of them did what they did because it was all they could do at the time. Take note also that the allies are far from the squeaky clean heroes the media likes to portray them as. They have also done their share of atrocities in the past such as harming civilians (Americans in the Pacific campaign) and allowing starving militias to die miserably at the hands of their enemies (Red Army in the Eastern front).

“There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt.” says an Inquisitor of Warhammer 40,000. A line that rings true for the world at large. We have all done our share of bad things (even if they may seem small) so no one can ever call themselves “pure” or “innocent”. We are all guilty of one thing or another and even the smaller sins we commit, if we commit them often enough, will lead to our corruption and eventual downfall.

Rooting for the Underdog is not Always a Good Idea

Let’s face it, a lot of our politicians make good use of the awa (pity) effect in almost all their campaigns. They pretend to side with the downtrodden poor during elections and frequently provide doleouts for the unthinking idiots whose sympathies they want to gain. However, once in power, these same people are quick to forget their promises and go about financially raping their people.

For a much more elaborate example, take note of our game shows and how a small act of drama is often enough to get them prizes for their troubles. While there’s nothing wrong with being generous, there’s got to be something wrong with making poor and desperate people make fools of themselves on live national TV. This allows them to be degraded and dehumanized by sociopathic and delusional hosts who lack empathy of any kind and create the notion that poor people don’t need to look for jobs because there are always game shows willing to give free doleouts.

For an even bigger example, you can take how our current president won the presidential election. While yes, he does deserve some sympathy for the loss of his mother, this does not mean that he has the qualifications for being a president. Tragedy doesn’t always make one into a hero, it is one’s response to tragedy that does.

Unfortunately, due to our fairy tale mentality, most Pinoys seem to be stuck with the “Cinderella Mindset”. While “rags to riches” stories do happen, they are far from the norm.

Please remember that just because someone is pitiful doesn’t mean they’re good. They might have gotten their pitiful condition because of their own irresponsible choices and stupidity. Pitying or mercy is good, but please don’t let these cloud your judgement regarding other people.

Love is NOT the Solution to Everything

Love is an important aspect of life, I’ll note that. Yes, for without it, life would surely suck. Unfortunately, the media again oversimplifies the idea of love and its effects on society. Always, love is depicted as the solution to all problems and that people without a lover are the most miserable people in the world.

Okay, so here are a few questions to consider: Can you eat love? Can love provide fair and stable jobs for the masses? Can love solve our issues with the rebels down south? Can love make rebuild the homes and livelihoods for the victims of Yolanda? Can love raise the literacy rate in the Philippines? Can love purge the country of corruption?

If your answer to two or more of the questions above is no then you’re probably one of the smarter Filipinos out there. So no, two people getting married isn’t going to solve the country’s biggest problems. If anything, love is just a welcome distraction but it is most certainly not the solution the media likes to paint it as.

More often than not, it is the misguided idea of love that lead to the Philippines’ further deterioration. Overpopulation, teen pregnancy, broken families and abandoned children are all too often the result of people who misunderstand and mishandle love.

Love is good for society, but so is courage, self-respect and, most of all, wisdom.

Real life is never simple and it is most certainly not a fairy tale. The answers to the hard questions that our society faces will not be easy. Filipinos all too often equate the word “good” with “easy” or “free”. Good decisions and actions are almost always hard and require sacrifice of some kind. We must learn to accept the harshness of reality if we ever want to make positive changes for our beloved country.

God have mercy on the Philippines…

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Ricardo_Diaz
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Ever since the introduction of Mari-Mar decades ago, Philippine media has tried to recreate that show’s success with varying results but could never recreate its monumental success it first had. And in their desperate attempt to recreate that first spark, they had forgotten what it means to create a story and in their mad search, they ended up shoving down flawed values down our people’s throats as if it were holy truth. I definitely agree with the common man following these values. The media we see whether we like it or not, affects us in some way. Personally, I find… Read more »
Sea Bee
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I have lived in Germany, the USA, Mexico, Thailand, and the Philippines. Every time I live in a different country, I try to learn as much about the culture and customs of the people. This includes listening to local music and watching local TV programs. One thing that seems to distinguish filipino TV is the flood of tears that drowns the airwaves. V. Fidt Guidote in an Inquirer opinion, labeled this phenomenon as “the pornography of grief.” Filipinos seem addicted to the cheap thrills (kilig) of “… showing people in their most abject and vulnerable grieving state.” http://opinion.inquirer.net/5117/sensational-reporting-degrades-pinoy-psyche Why do… Read more »
ChinoF
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It probably highlights the victim mentality of Filipinos. That Filipinos are so oppressed that they need to receive help, perhaps from dole outs, as a short answer.

marius
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I imagine it’s mainly because Filipinos are deeply unhappy. Despite all the fake smiling and laughing and ‘happy-go-lucky’ attitude, most of them seem mired in learned helplessness, which is the endpoint of depression.

That, and the fact that Filipinos seem to be really, really good at shooting themselves in the foot. So there’s plenty of grief to go around.

Hyden707Toro
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“…so they live happily ever after…”. My mother used to read Fairy Tales , to me; before , I went to sleep. My favorite were those written by the Danish writer: Hans Christian Andersen… I grew up from these “Fairy Tales”…it is for children. Not for Adults. The idiocy of the Filipino “Teleseryas and movies”, are their themes are like “Fairy Tales”. People viewing these stories, don’t grow up. And are STUNTED in their mental and emotional mindsets… Real life is different. You go to school, finish a degree in a University. You marry a nice and capable girl. Raise… Read more »
saboteur
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Forgive me if I’m late, but I just finished this Korean animation TV series called Avatar: The Last Airbender. That show had everything I wanted including comedy, romance, suspense, fluid action, and even scary moments. It highlighted Eastern philosophy values and cultural influences from anime with restrictions given by US censorship. It resulted an EPIC masterpiece.

When my nephew and niece are old enough, I will introduce this to them and not the lame ass shows from TFC and GMA. TV5 maybe like Word of the Lourd and History with Lourd.

Currently watching The Legend of Korra.

phanboi
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Avatar: the Last Airbender is an American cartoon btw, not Korean.

Ricardo_Diaz
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Funny thing is, Korra is American, but it was animated in Korea.

Also… Korra is nice, but it has its own share of flaws.

Here’s the current score for each season.

1 = 3 > 4 > 2

phanboi
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I haven’t caught up on 2 because I no longer live in the Philippines and can no longer illegally torrent any media I want with no consequences 😀

saboteur
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TLA was animated in Korea. LoK was both animated in Korea and Japan. LoK is technically partly anime.

d_forsaken
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Too many moralists begin with a dislike of reality.

T
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I’ve seen kids grow up to the garbage bombarded by TFC everyday, and its not pretty. Their critical thinking is not developed, they have the utmost difficulty reading and understanding concepts in english, and they have a bloated sense of entitlement (if youve seen those ME-based commercials: “Exclusively for pinoys!” “galing ny pinoy!”, etc yould cringe too) – all values trickled town from the service their parents pay 88 SAR/month for. Its truly amazing and sad at the same time that people would actually pay to make themselves dumber.

Ricardo_Diaz
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This self-serve “Stupidity” is depressingly common. I’ve seen my supervisor’s kids happily scarfing down TFC and telenovelas. Via the internet – a place where you can find any info at the comfort of your home! I’ve even seen Filipinos in the states watching this drivel.

Needless to say, the Filipinos are doomed.

jameboy
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So, what’s wrong with fairy tales? If other countries can enjoy dramas and fairy tale stories or telenovelas or soaps as part of entertainment, why can’t we? Why are Filipinos being blamed again on something other peoples are ‘guilty’ of too? There could be truth to the allegations against those kinds of shows but so far I have yet to read that really make sense or have given a clearer picture why the idea of the article should be taken seriously. Don’t get me wrong, the article presented some pondering points deserving deep thought. I’m referring to the comments under… Read more »
saboteur
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The major problem is PH media showing it too much. The kilig, empty comedy, romance, and emotional genre is occupying too much to our media. There should be balance. Only very few in PH movie got that. Korean TV had balance while maintaining their romance theme. Japan doramas/anime shows had some flaws but audience have lots of alternatives to pick which one they think is good and most of them are right. US TV have varieties and some got critically acclaimed. I go to movie/TV series review from Youtube to see how did they like the movie/TV series and I… Read more »
jonah
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“If those shows are bad and garbage and there is really nothing good that comes out from them, isn’t the right thing to do is to go after, criticize, insult and attack those who produces them? Or to demand explanation from the concerned authorities why they are allowing those shows that do not pass our ‘standards’ to be shown? Or we can just opt not to watch them.” —————————– but then you should ask who demands for ‘crap’ shows to begin with? of course if i were an enterprising media owner, i’d readily produce garbage that costs less for little… Read more »
jameboy
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but then you should ask who demands for ‘crap’ shows to begin with? ====== Very good question. Entertainment is business. They sell we buy; and we buy because we like. If they sell crap it’s our fault because we like what we buy. Makes sense. But the business of business is not really just selling. Oftentimes, business creates a need for its product defending on the kind of market they target. If your target group of people belongs to the lower class, that is, lower in education if not entirely illiterate, jobless, poor, etc. you tend to concentrate on themes… Read more »
T
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cool story, bro.

ChinoF
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But media certainly has been bringing across inaccuracies, like my example about 50 Shades of Grey in Kate Natividad’s article. Many studies have also been made that there are effects media has, the exact details not having been sorted out yet, but many are sure a causal relationship exists. Perhaps the wrong beliefs alrady exist in real life, but for TV entertainment to repeat such messages makes it worse. As we say about the wrongs of government, shutting means you approve of the wrongs, so we speak out to counteract these messages put across in media. One’s crap may be… Read more »
jameboy
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“But media certainly has been bringing across inaccuracies…..”
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Very true. And not only that, fallacies too.

But we’re talking specifically of media as a source of entertainment and ‘the stupidity it breeds among the people’ and not as a machinery for the government that systematically dumb them down.

With regard to media’s role to counterbalance the government’s wrongdoings, influence, etc., or as a partner of the government that deliberately mislead or diminish the intellectual level of the people that would be another matter that we can talk about in relation to press freedom, expression, right to information, etc.

ChinoF
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It is a moot point on whether government is deliberately dumbing down people using media. But certain for me is that the current government is using mass media to spread propaganda, and is taking advantage of the “dumbness” caused by entertainment media in the people.

ChinoF
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The problem is, in Philippine TV, the makers market the fairy tales as “true life stories.” And hint that people should try to live out these fairy tales, even if they shouldn’t. It’s done in a subconscious manner.

T
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Key word, market. Philippine TV is designed to sell, not to enrich. The locally made shows do not promote critical thinking, it tries to convince the viewers that they are much smarter than its characters. Now, I really dont blame the writers of these stories, since most of them are on starvation pay, fresh graduates or jaded professionals, the fault ultimately falls on the producers and network execs who call the shots; whose main goal is to get a majority of the population on their network so that they can stuff the masses with an even bigger shitload of advertising.… Read more »
jameboy
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Yes, it all boils down to moolah. Pastime, entertainment, diversion and relaxation is really a source of fortune everywhere.

ChinoF
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As customers of this “market,” the viewers have the right to demand changes.

I also don’t buy the crap that the viewers are the ones demanding this stuff. The TV stations just throw out anything, knowing that the viewers have no choice, and likely have nothing else to do. Thus, they are irresponsible in taking advantage of their position and putting wrong messages in their shows.

ChinoF
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If you find this blog sickening, why are you still here?

jameboy
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ChinoF, if you are referring to me above, I think you went out of line there. Please, let’s continue the healthy discussion.

ChinoF
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It’s not out of line when I question a seeming inconsistency of purpose.

jameboy
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ChinoF, show the “seeming inconsistency of purpose” you are talking about instead of asking people why are they here. It’s off topic and uncalled for. You disagree with what I say, you are very welcome to disprove it. Before your ‘why are you here’ retort I think there is a healthy discussion on the board. It’s unfortunate you have to resort to such underhanded tactic. For someone who is cut above the rest for being a contributor writer here, it doesn’t speak well of you responding in a ‘why are you here’ fashion. It smacks of mob mentality. Don’t bother… Read more »
ChinoF
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But it’s inconsistent to just say, “this blog is sickening” and just come back here all the time. Because it might mean that you’re just trolling, and thus you lack credibility.

ChinoF
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Or, you come here only to look for something to thump yourself on the head with.

jameboy
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Where did I write this blog is sickening, ChinoF? Please show it to everybody because you are now talking about credibility. As a writer worth his salt, you don’t just say ‘why are you here’ to a person whose comments you disagree with. You should first say the reason why you disagree with what he said and then prove why what he said was wrong. You don’t insinuate him to leave. That smacks of cowardice and mob mentality. You disrespect the writer of the blog by creating friction and personal exchanges for going off topic. And you spoil the flow… Read more »
ChinoF
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Up there: “I’m sorry to say this, it’s just sickening and tiring to read materials written by Filipinos about how bad and wrong Filipinos are.”

ChinoF
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That’s what we’ll keep writing about, because that’s the truth others want to cover up with “be positive.”

jameboy
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Up there: “I’m sorry to say this, it’s just sickening and tiring to read materials written by Filipinos about how bad and wrong Filipinos are.” – ChinoF ======== Where is the part where it says “this blog is sickening”? See, how you twist and try to deceive readers here? That’s what we’ll keep writing about, because that’s the truth others want to cover up with “be positive.” – ChinoF ======== But you cherry picked my statement to make it appear I am saying something opposite of what I’m really saying. For the record this is what the whole paragraph contains:… Read more »
ChinoF
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Well, your original post here seems to imply you don’t like it here. It’s not underhanded, I am merely questioning what you say and how you say it. Because we (at least I am) are quite suspicious of trolls on our comment boards.

jameboy
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Seems to imply? You didn’t ask nor question me you just implied I didn’t like it here by my original post on this article. I knew you are reading my other posts on other articles. Did you also see something there that will make you assume again to imply that I don’t like it here? You are suspicious of trolls? So, you think I’m trolling? If so, why not tell me and show me why you think I’m trolling? You have the right to question me about my posts. You are welcome, even, to correct me or dispute my statements… Read more »
ChinoF
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Well, I’ll say this is wrong: “To tell you the truth there is more garbage in blogs like this than fairy tale dramas on TVs.” And, “what’s wrong with fairy tales?” Fairy tale dramas are ones that make up the lies and invent stories, not me.

jameboy
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What is wrong in saying that blogs have more garbage than TV dramas? It’s the truth and you can’t handle it.

If you say it’s wrong, does that mean blogs is more reliable and have more truthfulness in it than TV?

Not you? One who has no experience on sex tries to “correct” people on sex? I say, that’s not only a lie but the mother of all hypocrisies.

ChinoF
Member

What you say is your opinion, just as you claim my words to be opinion. Of course, the reality is out there, perhaps that blogs like this tell more truth than TV garbage, or that even a virgin, when he says a truth about sex, is more truthful than the “sexually experienced” person who tells a lie. Like I said before, reality will hit you when you’re wrong.

ChinoF
Member

Really, all I’m saying is, since you seem to hate this blog, you might do yourself a favor by tuning out, is all. But of course, we do understand if you feel your “duty” is to oppose our ideas at every turn. Which is sort of futile.

jameboy
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“…perhaps that blogs like this tell more truth than TV garbage…” ======== So, there’s garbage in blogs too. Why tell me it’s wrong to say that? “…or that even a virgin, when he says a truth about sex, is more truthful than the “sexually experienced” person who tells a lie.” ======== Saying is not the same as correcting. “Like I said before, reality will hit you when you’re wrong. ======== What you say doesn’t matter because you lost your credibility once you admitted that you have nobody to say ‘no’ to and a virgin while making a sermon about sex.… Read more »
ChinoF
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But I rarely delete comment posts. Just the obvious spam.

manga boy
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i’d rather watch naruto since its more closer to reality, I mean the idea of the story.

manga boy
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watching those telenovelas and some other shows in the 2 networks is just making people dumb.

Sick Amore
Guest

You watch those vapid stuffs to rest your mind that’s why it’s called entertainment. It should not affect your daily lives unless you’re not really a productive individual. 😀

ChinoF
Member

Unfortunately, most Filipinos are unable to tell the different. Even among the “educated” classes.

Sick Amore
Guest
Hehe. However those shows were created mostly for women (given that women like romance or drama) like housewives or those who are usually left at home who after a hectic day of looking after their children and household would want to relax at the end of the day or in between house works (even with some working girls, they would relax their mind after a day’s work by watching these shows when they got home). Take note that shows like these are popular in South Korea and even in States there are soap operas. Does these dumb Koreans and Americans… Read more »
Sick Amore
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“Does these dumb Koreans and Americans down?”

LOL. I mean, “Does these dumb down Koreans and Americans?”

Dax
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Frozen even if a Disney princess movie is a not your usual fairy tale movie, it made fun to romance cliche of marrying someone after one magical night. Spoiler alert: When Anna set out find Elsa she met a man by the name of Kristoff at first he rude and cold(pun intended). She asks him for help in accompanying her sister’s possible whereabouts. Along the way she got to know Kristoff more, he was really a kind and caring person. Later Anna got in in trouble, Kristoff falls in love with her adorable personality, Anna begins to like him too… Read more »
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