As you walk down the halls you can see couples everywhere. They're holding hands, walking together, kissing goodbye, or running late to class. Later that evening you look on facebook and you see it's so and so's anniversary and they're professing their love via statuses and wall posts. Check their phones and you'll see the same "I love you so much <3" messages. They say they love each other everyday, but are they really in love? Or are they just saying those three important words because they think they should?
Hollywood has done a great job embodying the ideal "love story" there are a million romantic movies out there that tell viewers what love should look like and how it should feel. The problem is that these movies are often geared towards teenagers, making them believe that love will come naturally and easily and it should feel like this or like that. Unfortunately what movies don't tell us is that love isn't perfect and it can be hard and that nobody is going to turn around in the airport, run out the doors into the pouring rain, stop the cab you're riding in (he's such a genius knowing exactly which one you're in), tell you how much he loves you and then kiss you.
Nicholas Sparks. Writer of the best love stories I've ever read. His stories are about teenagers who find love, and loose it all too easily. A Walk to Remember, Dear John, The Last Song, The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, A Bend in the Road, and Nights in Rodanthe are just a few of his books. These are all books I love and I always get wrapped up in the characters and their lives, but Nicholas Sparks has given teenage girls everywhere a false idea of love.
If you need another example of how teenagers are told what love should feel like, look no further than Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes, Boys Like Girls, and Justin Bieber. Music is supposed to invoke a feeling and that then teaches our minds to believe that Taylor really was just so enchanted to meet him and that everyday is a fairytale. Or that Bruno Mars would really jump in front of a train for her, and so of course you would put your hand on a blade for your significant other. That makes it sound really childish, but have you ever said something along the lines of "this song describes me/my life" when you heard a love song? Sometimes people try to fit their love situations into those described in songs. It's something we've been believing since the Backstreet Boys told us to quit playing games with their hearts.
So I have a question. Can we really fall in love at 17 and have the "perfect storybook love?" Is love really like the movies? We have been fed these ideas of perfect love, but is it possible?