Happy April Fool's! Mother Nature's being really funny here—it's snowing. In April. *Shakes fist at sky* Don't believe a word out there on the web (except for these ones). Wow, can't believe it's April. Big day for me: resubmissions. Ack. I'm pretending I'm not a mess. And I'm totally writing this blog post first in attempts to put off the dreaded emails I must send.
The Formula: Boy and Girl know each other—don't know they're perfect for each other (or at least one of them doesn't know). Boy and Girl spend a lot of time trying to date other people, accomplish something in their lives, or overcome something. Audience sits back screaming, "Hello! He's/She's RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU!" Finally, after a life-changing moment, Boy and Girl finally realize they were meant for each other all along.
Oh, this one is a hard one to pull off, I think. But when done right, it can be adorable and fun and heartwarming. Doesn't every single person sometimes think, "What if he or she is right under my nose and I don't even know it?" It's an exciting yet frustrating idea. You don't see this one as often because you have to have that right situation—the right characters who are likable enough for the audience to accept their stupidity and obvious oversight. Or you gotta make it subtle enough that the reader doesn't realize the couple is perfect for each other without heading into "reluctant love" areas.
The first movie that comes to mind: 13 Going On 30. They pull off the blind love in a believable way—in a way that makes you accept the flawed heroine. Jenna is thirteen and just wants to be popular. She doesn't realize that her best friend Matt is in love with her. After a terrible birthday disaster, she gets whisked to the future where she's thirty and has all the things she wanted at thirteen. Her life sucks; she learns lessons; she realizes she loves Matt when she can't have him (he's engaged in the future). When she goes back in time, she throws away her popular crowd aspirations and stops taking Matt for granted. Aw. CUTE.
Of course I have to go back to Austen on this one—Emma is another well done "blind love." Emma is really a rich little brat who's all up in everybody's business, but somehow we get sucked into her story because she learns a whole lot from her pathetic attempts at match making. She grows up. And when she finally realizes that Mr. Knightly is much more than a brother-in-law to her, you're happy. Austen also pulls off that "hidden guy" aspect. You don't really realize Mr. Knightly is "the one" for a while—you discover it with Emma, which is exciting and hard to do. Go Austen.
I haven't dared attempt this one yet, but it may be happening very soon. I'm scared. The idea of blind love is very close to my heart. Why? Because it's my own love story. *Sighs dreamily* I knew Nick for almost a year without a single romantic thought. I had friends telling me we should go on a date, and I'd just say, "Nah, Nick's sweet, but he's just a friend." We were pretty good friends, but my friend also had a crush on him so he was "off limits" anyway. I don't know why I couldn't see it. Okay, maybe I do. I'd just gotten out of an emotionally abusive relationship and wanted nothing to do with guys. Then one day, it was like my blindfold was taken off and it was completely and totally DUH. How had I not seen how perfect we were together? It was magical.
Sigh, blind love. Where have you run off to? Oh, there you are...right in front of me.