[This blog may reveal important details about plot development.]
Carrie Pilby is a Netflix movie about an intelligent young woman whose cynical outlook and nonconformist attitude prevents her from engaging in society. She is particularly baffled with the world’s acceptance of immoral behavior and sex obsession. As she pursues a list of challenges, she is able to overcome some hopelessness and embark on a new romantic relationship.
In a way, I see the character of Carrie Pilby in many people. While they may not be geniuses, they seem knowledgeable and intellectual. Their relationships with their fathers are less than perfect, and they have at least one past failed romance. Also like Carrie, they have become isolated, socially awkward, and somewhat hopeless. Instead of being the exception to a world of lively extroverts, I feel this character embodies much of our present day society.
Why has our world manufactured wounded and hopeless people? Carrie Pilby gives us a clue by pointing out her disgust with sex obsession. Just like in the movie, many people have been lured into romantic relationships that turn sexual. Sex seems to be the normal progression of romantic relationships in our society, but this is not God’s plan for sex. According to His Word, sex is a private act between a man and wife. When we enter into a sexual relationship without a covenant promise for the future, we suffer deep emotional wounds. In combination with flawed relationships with our fathers, we can become really broken and set up a wall of isolation that feeds our social awkwardness.
At the end of Carrie Pilby, a new love interest brings her hope for the future. As Christians, our hope is not in a relationship with another human being. Our restoration hangs on our relationship with Jesus Christ. If we trust in His salvation, He is the One who will bring about the ultimate happy ending in a new world without tears or pain. That promise is guaranteed for those who believe Jesus is God’s Son who paid for our sins with His death but achieved victory in His resurrection. Now He lives forever and offers us eternal life as well. If you have not accepted His invitation to a true happy ending, will you accept it now?
NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Thank you for giving us an intellectual and moral protagonist.
NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story about a character who is socially awkward.
*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at www.drawneartochrist.com.