Love Letter: Notting Hill & Love, Actually

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Notting Hill/Love Actually

Dear Richard Curtis,

Since you wrote both Notting Hill and Love, Actually (two of my favorite movies of all time) I have decided that today’s post is a love letter from me to you. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for creating two of the most beautiful romantic comedy films to ever grace the big screen (and small screens including my television and laptop).

Notting Hill gives us the picturesque London love story of an American Girl, Julia Roberts, (me obviously) falling in love with a British man, Hugh Grant (I’m waiting boys). But to top it all off, Julia Roberts’ character is a famous actress in the movie and she falls in love with a bookstore owner. So I either need to find a way to become famous or move to London and become the owner of bookstore that sells travel books.

Love, Actually gives us a few different love stories over the course of 136 minutes. My favorite couple has to be a tie for either David and Nathalie or Jamie and Aurelia. David, being a prime minister, slowly falls in love with his assistant Nathalie. I’ve been an assistant before, I can do it again if a man who looks like Hugh Grant is my boss. On the other hand, Jamie is a writer while Aurelia is a maid. I am a writer, hence this blog. Looks like I qualify to be in either couple.

Coincidentally enough, Hugh Grant is a main character in both films. Maybe that’s an underlying reason why I love each film as much as I do. Who doesn’t like staring at Hugh’s face and listening to his knee weakening British accent?

But back to you Mr. Curtis. By stalking your wiki page, it looks like you attended the prestigious Harrows School as well as Oxford. Impressive. My hat is off to you sir.

Thank you for giving me (and the rest of the 20-somethings out there) a love to believe in when the world seems a little grey, thank you for giving me a small glimpse into London (where I have always wanted to go) and thank you for creating these characters and stories that will forever have a place in my heart.

Sincerely yours,

Sarah

“It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends….If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.” – Love Actually (2003)

“Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” – Notting Hill (1999)

Hugh/Julia/Martine

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