Life is really not like the movies. If peoples Life was like the movies then every persons love Life would be pretty healthy. There would be no unhappy endings. Lets face, Life is not like the movies.
If there’s anything in Life that resembles movies its the nightmarish things that happen in the middle of movies. I say this because of some endings in movies where relationships end and one party asks if they could still be friends. in the movie world it can still work out, in the real world it just might be a dream.
So when an ex ask that question it might only be polite to say sure why not. But deep inside both of you know that it might be hard to be good friends again. That expression is just used as a consolation prize for the dumping you had.
Maybe if the relationship has ended without the bitterness and with common consent. Even though, this will still be hard especially for the first couple of months, because being with the person will make you remind of some stuff that could have and have not been. it would be hard to make these new-ex friendship work really.
This may also happen to persons who have just had a crash and burn during their first couple of dates. When one party thinks you are getting lame, he or she may only say, its best we stay as friends. Yeah right!
How can both of you be friends if you are not able to go out, talk or have fun most of the time. A friend is a person you develop your trust through time. What happens during that time is that you only became acquaintances and not friends.
So its pretty stupid too make the other party be on the expecting end. it might happen on some rare occasions. But it would need a whole lot of work, where you would need to remove the emotional baggage. it might also work if you get some Hollywood magic.