Photo by Laurén Du BignonArticle By Josh Ferguson

Gone are the days of chivalry and candle-lit dinners. Now we just have McDonalds drive-thru.
All men are the same, no one cares about what’s on the inside, and love is superficial nonsense. Or at least that’s what most people like to think. While times have indeed changed and what was once considered romantic in the 20th century may be cliché nowadays, the power of love is still thriving in the most wonderful of ways. Not only in real life, but also in cinema and literature. Films like La La Land, Loving, and (surprisingly) Deadpool are tugging at the heartstrings of many, and readers have shown no signs of stopping when it comes to reading about the latest and greatest cute couple in fiction, from Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl to Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and even to classics such as Wuthering Heights and The Sun Also Rises. Romance is still in demand. So why is this even an issue?
Well, let’s look at this way. Any of the opening statements can be whittled down to just plain cynicism. This form of cynicism is deeply rooted in the profound desire to reclaim what has been lost. People that cry ‘rock music is dead’ only wish for the genre to return to the popular music charts, the charts that it had dominated in previous decades. Of course, claiming that rock music, or any genre for that matter, is dead is downright ludicrous. Music does not stop being produced. The only difference between the past and now is that we are no longer being spoon-fed. Rock is not being played on the radio, so now we have to search the internet and music forums for quality recommendations. The same goes for romance.
Quality romance is still being produced. We just have to dig a little deeper. Want to read good literature? Look past Fifty Shades of Grey and other cringeworthy ‘romances’ to get to the truly great stuff. Looking to see a film with your partner? Stop paying attention to Nicolas Spark film adaptations and start focusing on the films with more heart and soul. What you are looking for is out there. You just have to take the first step to find it.
While romance continues to breathe life through fiction, what about in real life? Every relationship has different standards from one another; what you may find tacky, one couple may find romantic, and vice versa. Just because you haven’t found love does not mean someone else will. It is out there. Love is merely hiding in the bushes, waiting to be discovered. To deny love, to ignore that magic is in the air, is foolish.
If romance really is dead, you are the reason why. Because you refuse to search, you refuse to believe in its existence. There will come a time where you are forced to look beneath the surface, and when that time comes a look of shock and awe will strike your face. “This is amazing!”, you’ll say, hand over mouth. “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”. Romance has been staring you in the face for forever. Open your eyes.
Spread the love. We need it now more than ever.

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