In the movie La La Land, Emma Stone pirouettes like an adorable sneezing daffodil. Ryan Gosling does that inevitably cute I’m annoyed at you but also interested – and our night will digress us to a bliss filled finale.
Welcome to the Hollywood Romance, a storybook connection-by-fate as enchanting as it is unrealistic. Even though La La Land has a nontraditional ending, Tinseltown is flooded with “destiny” love stories like The Notebook, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally.
Stories like these set a high bar for what love looks like. Even if you know that real life happens differently, these stories still make their way into your subconscious standards.
Love doesn’t need to be an epic story. In most cases, it’s not.
It’s just someone meeting someone, enjoying it, and then hanging out again. And then, again. And again.
And then love happens or it doesn’t.
We need to divorce the magical “falling in love moments” and instead focus on a question: would I like to see this person again?