"I like corny. I'm looking for corny in my life."

It always amazes me whenever I read a book or watch a movie that I can relate to; a character, a line, a word, a look, or even a song played at the perfect moment that hits a little too closer to home. I am emotionally attached to fictional characters, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

Months ago I told you about fictional characters I would want to be friends with in real life. I've also confessed multiple times how Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is my ultimate favorite movie yet Jesse and Celine are my favorite fictional couple . See, I can't even think of them without feeling compelled to put a heart symbol there. But if there's someone from books or movies or even TV that I can identify with more than the rest, it would be Iris Simpkins from the movie The Holiday.


In the movie, Iris (played by Kate Winslet) works as a columnist in an English newspaper. After being humiliated and having her heart broken one too many times by a jerk a coworker, she decides to go away. She exchanges houses with Amanda (played by Cameron Diaz) and goes to Los Angeles where she gets a meet cute and, so to speak, stops acting like the best friend and becomes the leading lady instead. It's a good movie, and although I can't say it's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-good, it's cheesy and mushy and made me cry good, happy tears. Jude Law isn't so bad either ;) It's one of my favorite rom-coms, and I thank my friend Ed for urging me to watch this film.

I identified with her and it felt like she was speaking my thoughts out loud. Especially when she said this:
‎"I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn't know you had inside you. And it doesn't matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girl friends... you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he'll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you'll go somewhere new. And you'll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again. And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade."
And when she consoles Miles after he got his heart broken, she tells him this:
"Because you're hoping you're wrong. And every time she does something that tells you she's no good, you ignore it. And every time she comes through and surprises you, she wins you over, and you lose that argument with yourself, that she's not for you."
Exactly.

I wish I can meet my Miles soon and we'll talk about movies and books and going to far away places together and he won't even think I'm weird for having all these emotions and feelings over fictional worlds because he will totally get it. Because he gets me.

Also, I want Kate Winslet's accent ktnxbai.

I guess it's a good time as any to say that if Ted Mosby of How I Met Your Mother ever crosses over into the real world, I would definitely be his female counterpart. But that's another story for another day. I have an entire female Ted Mosby post mapped out in my head right now, but I don't want to bore you right off your socks so I'll write that some other time ;p There was also a time before when I became Tom in a {500} Days of Summer-esque romance, but I'm glad that is over and done with. Have a great week ahead!

9 comments

The Reluctant Stylista said...

Feeling ko I'd have a love-hate relationship with Clementine from Eternal Sunshine! :)) What are your other favorite rom coms?  Top off my head, I loved Bridget Jones and Definitely, Maybe.

Jade Augusto said...

I love how you brought up TED MOSBY! I am in part happy that we'd know THE mother but sad too knowing it'd end soon. They are ending it already... :)

Rose said...

You really like Ted Mosby! Hehe. I will forever associate him with you everytime I'll watch an episode of HIMYM.

The Holiday was such a feel good movie! I'd fancy exchanging houses as well with someone. I think it would be cool.

krissy said...

YES! With the way they've built up the Mother I would be thoroughly disappointed if she will be a letdown I might end up killing myself. LOLJK ;)

krissy said...

I haven't seen Definitely, Maybe yet! I should, though. My favorites, off the top of my head din: Down with Love; Sweet Home Alabama; 10 Things I Hate About You; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Flipped :)

krissy said...

Heehee I do! Because I can really see myself in him :D Weird, I know :D

The Reluctant Stylista said...

Sa lahat ng na mention mo, I loved Flipped and 10 Things. You'd love Definitely, Maybe, I think that's right up your alley! WATCH IT.

krissy said...

DOWNLOADING NOW haha thanks for the recommendation!

Hazel said...

the holiday is one of my fave rom-com movies also! i think iris' character personified the story of my life LOL :P I especially like their convo exchange (the one you posted above). *tears*