“I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn’t know you had inside you. And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends… you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he’ll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you’ll go somewhere new. And you’ll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again. And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade. “– Kate Winslet, The Holiday.
The misconceptions about what love should be are astonishing to me. It is just simply unimaginable the way that people treat the act of falling in love, and how willing they are to hold out even if they know the fire that was their relationship is out. The quote above even describes an average person, who for the life of them cannot get closure. People act as if love was a battlefield or a competition or one heart break and it’s over. Furthermore it illustrates that love abides by “rules” which it most certainly does not. There is a television show that allows its characters to put their swords away. It takes away the tough guy stereotype and displays a more real lifestyle of men and women. The name of the show is One Tree Hill, and it is about two half brothers who learn to be brothers through hardship and basketball. There are many complicated relationships in this show. For example just when Lucas’s (the title character’s) mother found a man she loved (not Lucas’s real father who left her when she was pregnant with Lucas) Lucas’s real father shoots him in cold blood.( Ironically they were brothers too) Many teenage realities about love come out in the high school, things common to teenagers. The events and the drama and the assumption that love conquers all echo through the empty halls. There is the classic geek named Mouth on the show that everyone grows to love and respect and some geeks they do not. There is the jock, Nathan (Lucas’s half brother) as well as plenty women characters such as Brooke, the popular girl. In their lives there are assumptions about love that develop throughout this intense heart-wrenching show- that love conquers all.
Firstly, it demonstrates that love conquers all. In the show love conquered through a school shooting, a car accident, an abandonment, and alleged infidelity for Haley and Nathan Scott. In the case of Haley and Nathan Scott, they had ever reason to separate and not trust but something stronger than you or I was at hand and that something was love. They stayed married despite themselves and everything going on around them. Even through a shooting which changed their lives forever, in which two people died. Also, through a car accident in which Nathan jumped in the water to save someone, leaving Haley on the bridge not knowing if he would survive. Haley also left Nathan for a while to pursue a solo music career. However, because love conquers all, this couple went through all these things and came out stronger. They have that flicker, that spark that ignites their relationship and a young son to remind them just how lucky they are. Overall the show preaches that true love is forever, and demonstrates that just because one comes from a broken home (as many characters do) that they can still live this happy fulfilling life they deserve. Even their four year old son, while he does not understand love, makes connections that the family unit is happy when mommy and daddy don’t fight. He understands togetherness and hope. His deep blue eyes tell the story.
Another couple conquering life through love on the show is Lucas Scott and Peyton Sawyer. These two were separated due to other relationships, other common teenage drama, and careers but as love conquers all they were able to see past that. Lucas dated Peyton on and off but somehow through fate he and Peyton ended up together. When Lucas won the state basketball tournament he professed his love for her. In writing a book about her years later, he was showing that they really are soul mates whether or not the couple will admit it. He discovers the editor of his book and falls in love with her but they do not go through with the wedding. Lindsay realizes the fire bolt he wrote about in his second book, the one that changed his life and he was waiting to come again was Peyton and Lindsay (the editor) could not deny them true love.
True Love Conquers all. In this TV show, it really does. It knows no bounds and every kind of disaster or obstacle you place in front of the couple, they seem to get through it in a realistic matter. Does love really conquer all? Does it cross racial and religious bounds? Can this so called Love bond everything together despite the impossible? Is love enough? Well, now in this case, Haley and Nathan are on the ropes because of an alleged infidelity of Nathan and the nanny. He faced being paralyzed, losing his basketball dreams, and now his family. With the wedding now called off, one shall wait and see if love can conquer the most difficult element. After all these years do Lucas and Peyton still have admiration for one another. This show displays that Love somehow conquers all, no mountain they will not climb. Somewhere at the top of the mountain something can be seen in the distance- I believe they call it love.