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Happy 10 Year Anniversary The Notebook, You Still Don’t Suck

Ten years ago today, The Notebook opened in theatres and catapulted London, Ontario-born actors Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams into the international spotlight. Both thespians had been working for years, but it was The Notebook that turned the two into household names, quickly becoming part of one of the most beloved on-screen and real-life couples in Hollywood history.

As a teen, I quickly fell in love with Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, though my feelings dated back to Young Hercules and Breaker High (EVERYONE loved the funny, nerdy guy).

Rachel McAdams lit up in the 1940s era film, simultaneously making viewers want to be her and be her best friend. You couldn’t even be jealous of McAdams and her role as Allie, getting to be romanced by swoon-worthy Ryan Gosling, because she was just so darn likable and vulnerable. Although, I did always hope that ‘Allie’ was short for ‘Allison’ and I could use that as my opening bit of conversation, should I ever cross paths with Gosling. In that case, out of my way McAdams!

Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook has amassed legions of fans over the years, but that’s not to say it’s without its critics. Many have shrugged The Notebook off as unrealistic, cheesy, and pandering to lonely women. These people are what we call in the movie business, wrong.

The Notebook is about two teens, Allie and Noah, who fall in love, are separated for years and then must decide whether to leave their new lives behind to be with one another. Also, there’s an elderly couple and you don’t really know until the end whether the male is Noah or Lon, Allie’s fiancĂ©.

It’s been ten years to the day since The Notebook hit theatres and it’s just as relevant, dramatic, funny, romantic, touching and yes, I’m going to say it, realistic then as it is now. For all the haters, here is why The Notebook never has and never will suck.

Of course, because they were only teenagers when they met, they couldn’t have really been in love, right? Ugh.

Doing stupid stuff is fine, just be aware of the consequences.

There are literally billions of people in the world, but that’s all really irrelevant when you find the one you want to be with forever.

In all relationships you need to be able to fight together.

It’s pretty natural to try to change who you are to make someone like you.

On that note, the idea that people don’t change is BS. It’s also healthy to keep moving.

It’s romantic to think that love conquers space and time, which is does, but damn if it’s not painful to figure out the logistics.

Here’s one of the greatest things about The Notebook. After finding her first love Noah alive, Allie must decide whether to be with him or stay with her handsome, rich and loving fiancĂ© Lon. This is realistic because Lon is, well, awesome. He doesn’t hit Allie, or talk down to her, or cheat on her, all easy-outs for the viewer and Allie to hate him. He’s great, Noah’s great, and the answer is neither clear nor easy. Choices in life are rarely black and white and that is perfectly illustrated in Allie’s dilemma.

There is a silver lining to getting your heart smashed into a million pieces. You sometimes come out tougher on the other end.

Even Ryan Gosling says shitty things sometimes.

Location is irrelevant, people aren’t.

Great things and easy things are almost always mutually exclusive.

If you can answer this question even half of the time, you’re ahead of the game.

Saying ‘I’m over it’ is a lie 99 per cent of the time.

Getting old can be tough, but if you have even one person you love, it ain’t so bad.

Does The Notebook, along with most romantic comedies, raise expectations in the romance department? Sure. But we live in the age of Tindr. Maybe a little more romance isn’t the worst idea.

Happy Anniversary The Notebook! Thanks for feels.