I don’t know about you guys but I’m getting tired and bored with the romantic drama trope of a healthy person falling in love with the sick person film. I loved The Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You, but it seems like Hollywood is overdoing it a bit. For example, last year they came out with the movie Everything, Everything, which I find to be a stupid title, where Madeline has a disease that keeps her trapped in her protected house with specially filtered air. That is until she meets her new neighbor, Olly, and they fall in love and go on an adventure together but oh no something goes wrong with her health! Not to worry because their love can overcome anything. It’s just super cheesy and unrealistic. Not to mention in March, there will be an American remake of the film Midnight Sun staring Bella Thorne. Again, it’s two teens who fall in love and usually go against their parents’ wishes and something bad happens; not really a shocker
For starters, this whole thing is so old. For one thing the relationship in Everything, Everything reminds me a lot of the myth of Hades and Persephone. You know overprotective Mom who loses it when he daughter is gone meanwhile that said daughter who was afraid of the guy is now falling in love with him and the way he makes her different. And by different, I mean she’s braver, she’s overcome her low self-esteem, or she’s now a rebel child. Which by the way I know you can fall in love with someone and they can help you become a better person but the whole concept of them changing to the point where they forget about the dangers of their illness is a bit absurd. I know you can risk a lot for love but sometimes Hollywood makes it seem so unrealistic.
The film, Midnight Sun, was originally a 2006 Japanese foreign film that is now becoming an American remake. In the Japanese version, a girl named Kaoru suffers from the disease, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, where going out in the sun can potentially kill the person suffering the illness. Also, why it has the nickname the Vampire Disease. Kaoru usually sits in her room behind the blinds watching the people down on the beach near her house, especially the boy Koji, who’s seen surfing with his friends. Kaoru likes to write and sing songs at night. She normally plays for the people at the train station and that’s how she meets Koji.
Koji asks if he can listen to her sing on the first day of summer vacation only to find she’s not there in the daytime. Later he takes her to a spot where her singing draws a crowd and is in awe of her bright future as a singer. He sees himself to be rather plain compared to her but asks Kaoru if he can be her boyfriend anyway. She rejects him immediately knowing that she can’t have a normal relationship with him. He finds out from her father about her illness and starts to raise 200,000 yen to help Kaoru produce an album until one day, while playing the guitar, her fingers become immobilized. This is the first sign of brain damage caused by the sickness and how it’s getting worse. That’s all for this part I will continue in part two. ‘til next time.