(2013) by Mike Bulajewski ~ I’m told by my sister, who is married to a French man, that the French don’t say “I love you”—or at least they don’t say it often.
Perhaps they think the words are superfluous and it’s the behavior of the person you are in a relationship with tells you everything.
Unlike his other relationships, Samantha is perfectly customized to his needs.
She says to him “I always felt like you wished I could just be a happy, light, everything’s great, bouncy L. Starting a relationship with his operating systems Samantha is his latest retreat from reality—not from physical reality, but from the virtual reality of authentic intersubjective contact.
With headphones always on, he’s withdrawn, cocooned in a private sonic bubble.
He interacts with his device through voice, asking it to play melancholy songs and skipping angry messages from his attorney demanding that he sign the divorce papers already.
Theodore works for a company called Beautiful Handwritten as a professional Cyrano de Bergerac (or perhaps a human Romantimatic), ghostwriting heartfelt “handwritten” letters on behalf of this clients.
It’s an ironic twist: Samantha is his simulated girlfriend, a role which he himself adopts at work by simulating the feelings of his clients.