Is reality more inspiring than fiction? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a major fan of romantic comedies, and I’m all about the “you know what happens in the end” kind of plot. But there’s something else about hearing true love stories, even if the end is not what we hoped to be. Sometimes reality is more inspiring than fiction. Most people will say that they love fiction romance for the sake of knowing that at the end, they will find their way back, and I love it too. Although real life is not always like this, we like to think we can have it someday, and like it or not, we are constantly chasing that kind of love: that swipes us up off our feet and simply be the missing piece that we were looking for all the time. Reality can be more challenging than that. Maybe people do not find their way back, but they have such a fantastic story and memory that made sense for that moment in their life, so why should it be taken away for not working out? This is the reason I fell in love with the Modern Love column of The New York Times. The Modern Love column at The New York Times receives random love stories from readers to share their most crazy adventurous experiences when it comes to finding the one, or simply the one for that particular moment in their lives. To our luck, Amazon Prime decided to create a TV show in their streaming to showcase the most amazing stories submitted to the newspaper and make “normal” people have their moment seeing their love story on the screen. Because every love story is worth a movie. In 2019, in collaboration with The New York Times, Amazon Studios released Modern Love season one that had eight episodes in total and had amazing actors starring the sweet love stories like Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Tina Fey, and so many more. The way the show portrays love is by telling the story of ordinary people, who have 9-5 jobs, some were giving up on love or facing challenges in their lives, but love still found its way to them. And that is the most beautiful thing that Modern Love can do to our society today. With random people, regular routines, they still had extraordinary experiences and found love in unexpected ways. Season two of Modern Love was released in 2021 and also had eight episodes and different stories. Singular personalities, backgrounds, environments, plot twists, Modern Love, is the new rom-com of 2021. If you are on the look for heartwarming storytelling time with real-life experiences, Modern Love is the go-to for you. Since each episode is a different story, you can watch in the order you like, watch the ones you are curious about or binge-watch all of them! I ranked my top five favorite episodes from both seasons one and two below. There are many more episodes to watch about these fantastic love stories from The New York Times, and I assure you that at least one will touch your heart. The main message is that love does not have to be how it is in fiction romantic comedies. Real-life romance can be just as good as the movies; you just have to be open to find it.
Plug out from all the news and social media, and plug in to your favorite podcast during quarantine.
If you haven’t watched Modern Love yet, do yourself a favor and grab a snack, a blanket, and a box of tissues and curl up to enjoy the show!