My Top Ten Romances of 2017

Hey uh sorry I took so long to write this list up. I was busy marathoning Avatar: The Last Airbender. This list includes shows that I, myself, watched in 2017. A lot of them did not air or come out in 2017. My goal for 2018 is to watch enough shows airing in 2018 to make a proper list.

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10. Love, etc.

This was pretty good. It was really interesting and investing. I love the structure of narration, which was unique and really worked for the story. But the ending….the ending was a bit of a, uh, shock to me and it really just didn’t fit and ruined most of the enjoyment I had reading the majority of the book.

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9. Annie on My Mind

Annie on My Mind is a lesbian young adult novel and it’s really just the sweetest thing. For the girls’ age, their innocence feels a bit over the top. They feel more like fourteen-year-old lesbians rather than seventeen-year-old lesbians. I’ll cut it some slack for being written in the 80’s I guess.

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8. Recovery of an MMO Junkie

It’s a cute romantic comedy starring a neet. I also just love the story- it’s like a gamer version of You’ve Got Mail. Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees the comparison to You’ve Got Mail. This show got me giddy multiple times: especially with that opening.

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7. Butterfly Soup

The only reason Butterfly Soup is lower on this list is that of it’s stronger focus on friendship than romance. I think there was still enough romance for Butterfly Soup to make this list, however. A very sweet and comedic visual novel revolving around a group of four girls who join a baseball club. It’s relatable and uplifting, and it almost made me cry tears of happiness.

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6. Snow White with the Red Hair

I talked about Shirayuki before so I won’t go on too much. It’s everything you could ask for in a fantasy romance in both storytelling and looks. However, there were times I found it hard to stay engaged.

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5. The Time Traveler’s Wife

This is the second romance involving time travel on this list, go figure. The Time Traveler’s Wife has to be one of the bluntest romance novels I’ve ever read. It doesn’t have pretty diction or a cute way to walk around sex scenes. And yet it’s more heartfelt than a lot of other romances. While the book generally doesn’t shy away from getting dark, it gets especially depressing halfway through.

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4. Pushing Daisies

I’m sure this is a name you haven’t heard in while for those of you who have already watched it. Well, today is your lucky day, I’m bringing it back full circle. Pushing Daisies is another romance that isn’t afraid to cover dark topics such as abandonment issues and carrying emotional baggage from childhood. However, the show manages to have an overall positive and light-hearted atmosphere.

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3. You’re the Worst

It’s a romantic comedy with dark humor, so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with it. I probably would’ve put it as number one if it weren’t for its underwhelming third season. Nonetheless, the two main characters are still a couple I find myself rooting to make it time again and again. I hope to write about this show later.

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2. Hello, My Twenties!/ Age of Youth

I almost cried many times. I remember the first episode being really depressing. It’s an interesting Korean drama about a group of five women in in their early twenties (hence the title). You see all these girls make different decisions and live different lifestyles in close proximities and how they contrast. It’s really cute and fun when it wants to be, but also fairly sad when it has to be. And dude, that track…I looked it up; it’s called Butterfly. That track made me feel things.

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  1. Your Name

Look. I know what you’re thinking: Your Name as first place?? How basic can you be? I actually didn’t love this one as much as everyone else seemed to and I didn’t really understand all the hype. Or at least this is how I felt right after watching it. After a few weeks though, I’ve developed a lot more love for it for some reason. Your Name was beautifully animated, had a good soundtrack, and the story surprised me a few times. Despite all this, I was still a bit hesitant to put Your Name as first simply because I liked 1 through 3 almost equally (minus You’re the Worst’s third season).

I’ll probably look at this list next week and want switch things around again but it’s already January the twelfth so I’ll settle for this.

Snow White with the Red Hair is a role model for all romances

I-I-I don’t know where to start with this one. Shirayuki is just a really solid, well-done romance. I’m actually having a really hard time writing about this show despite the notes I wrote on it sitting right in front of me.

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Snow White With the Red Hair is like the perfect fairy tale:

  • You have a royal prince who falls in love with a commoner
  • You have a dreamy, medieval setting to set the atmosphere
  • There’s a ton of aweeeeeee moments
  • Shirayuki’s outfits are always precious

But at the same time, it’s so much more than just any ole sweet, lovey-dovey fantasy romance. The relationship between Zen and Shirayuki is so well written, way better written than it had to be for its demographic. They don’t instantly fall head-over-heels for each other right when they meet like in a usual fantasy esc romance. Sure, there’s an immediate fondness that they have for each other, but it wasn’t love. It starts with admiration and a bit of fondness, then to a strong friendship, then to them acknowledging the presence of romantic feelings, then to them taking action on those romantic feelings. You visibly see their relationship grow and intensify. I mean, you can really see the progression of their relationship. I don’t normally see relationships grow so gradually in shows. It feels so natural and realistic. It’s really quite admirable.

Another merit of the show would be how it manages to be so adorable and also handle romance so maturely. Zen and Shirayuki are mature people (other than how easily flustered they get but I’m blaming that on cultural differences). When Zen first kissed Shirayuki, she got really embarrassed and avoided him the next day. However Zen eventually got ahold of her and they talked about their relationship and where their feelings for the other person lied. For the most part, they know what they want. They know where they want their relationship to be in the future. There was even the classic “I think you bring out the best in me” line. They’re both independent and have their own set of ambitions, however, they help each other to persevere and improve more than they could on their own. Zen and Shirayuki are a good role model for a healthy relationship.

And really, along with all of what I just said, it’s soooooooooo sweet. A lot of it probably has to do with the execution but the number of times I was widely grimacing (because I grimace when I see cute things) or thinking aweeeeee was  a  l o t.

 

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