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(Source)This blog is written by me, Bree. I am currently 22 years old and living in a college town with my boyfriend of 2+ years, Matt, who is 29.
One night, Matt came home and surprised me with a schmoopy (....yes, schmoopy) romance movie that I really wanted to see. I figured in would be a change from my typical comedies and payback for all of the sci-fi action movies Matt has made me watch. So inevitably, I watched the movie and cried a litttle...and then cried a lot. It was so beautiful! I am the type of person that can put on other's emotions (darn, Cancer zodiac!), so I cried until my head hurt. Then I started binging on these romantic movies. The story lines were all similar yet all different at the same time.
Bree and Matt, after our first year anniversary!First you have your Nicholas Sparks movies/novels. Oh, Nicholas Sparks! The epitome of a southern girl finding a rough-around-the-edges southern boy and enjoying a lifetime of falling in love. Then you have the romantic comedies; a man or woman who is all about their business and getting ahead in life finally meets their match and learns that maybe even someone like them, as gorgeous as they are, can find love and be happy. However, the romance movies that I am more interested in are the coming-to-age love stories.
Here's a list: Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, The Perks of Being a Wall Flower, The Fault in Our Stars, Garden State, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink (and anything else with Molly Ringwold), Heathers, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, I'm Reed Fish, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Juno and a million more. What do all of these movies have in common? They are all about adolescents/young adults that go through some quirky adventure, gain a new perspective on life and fall in love. These are my absolute favorites and the box office shows that they are the favorites of most people.
After marathons and several tissue rolls later (both from crying and laughter), something clicked in my head: out of all of the quirky and cooltastic love stories I had watched, none of the characters looked like me or my boyfriend. Shoot, not even the best friend, nor the second best friend, not even the cab driver! Yet, I had loved these stories for years and could somehow relate to them. I began to search online for coming-to-age love movies about African Americans and the closest thing that I found...was House Party.
Then I typed in 'African American romance movies' and found a trend in all of the movies that popped up; Every movie was about either a mature black man or woman, or had something to do with "Thug Luv" (...didn't even know that was a genre), or was about someone cheating or, of course, about slavery days. But, none were about quirky adventures. I looked up the same for Latin Americans, Native Americans and Indian Americans (Slumdog Millonaire was the closest), yet all I found was a whole bunch of stereotypes. Why can't there be a love story about a black girl who loves alternative-indie music and bonds with a black, hispanic or indian guy (or a combination of all three) that likes the same music and they travel through the night to secret concerts? Or a story about a Lumbee guy who falls in love with a girl, but has to transform into a superhero to beat off all of her exes. So from the day that I started to question why such movies don't exist, I decided to start Quirky, Brown Love, a movement that will let us write our own love stories, even if the filmmakers never do.
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