Valentine’s Day used to be the bane of the single woman’s existence, but no more! Courtesy of the TV series Parks and Recreation in 2010, America now celebrates the introverted woman’s perfect day: Galentine’s Day.
Some celebrate it in place of Valentine’s Day while others mark their calendars for the 13th of February and partake in the festivities on both days. Not only has this holiday stripped the 14th of some of its blues for single ladies, but it has also created the ideal combination for an introvert’s dream holiday: time spent with close girlfriends watching romantic movies while eating sweets galore. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate such a day?
Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn’t always do the best job of depicting what many female introverts hope to watch on such a day, that is, a guy finally taking notice of the introspective girl and falling madly in love with her. Rather, introverts are often portrayed as socially awkward, uncomfortable people. I try not to take this personally, but come on! Not every wallflower stinks, people!
So instead of spending your Galentine’s Day watching bubbly, extroverted ladies snag their men with vivacious charm (Aly from The Notebook, anyone?), curl up with some hot cocoa, a brownie (or five), and your best gals, and watch the man win over the introvert’s heart in one of these romantic films.
1. Becoming Jane, 2007
This movie chronicles the life of the greatest romance writer of all time, Jane Austen. You’ll need the tissues for this one as Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy fall for each other despite all the reasons not to. Just remember, Jane Austen wrote happy endings because she didn’t get one. *Grabs another brownie*
2. While You Were Sleeping, 1995
If introverted women had a movie anthem, this would be it. Quiet, dorky, lovable Lucy saves the life of her supposed dream man, only to meet his handsome brother. Humor, sweetness, and falling all over each other (literally) ensues, all while the first brother lies in a coma (caught on to the title yet?). The plot was originally written in reverse, with the girl ending up in a coma, but the editors deemed it too creepy. Thus resulted the introvert’s dream romance of an unexpected guy noticing a girl most of the world never saw. *Swoon*
3. The Fault in Our Stars, 2014
Hazel Grace Lancaster is introvert goals in a lot of ways, mostly in that she is perfectly content with her small circle of people, but she also learns that sometimes we need to open ourselves up to new people, especially if that person is anything like Augustus Waters.
4. Pride and Prejudice, 2005
Lizzy and Darcy will never go out of style and every excuse should be taken to re-watch these two overcome pride and prejudice (shocking, I know) to find timeless love. Wait a second, you say. Lizzy seems pretty extroverted. True, but her graceful sister, Jane, is most definitely not and hers and Mr. Bingley’s romance is one to be savored for all the sweetness it brings this world.
5. Notting Hill, 1999
A massively famous actress who hates the spotlight happens upon a bookstore and its adorable owner. What more could an introvert want? You’ll be sure to relate to Anna, played by Julia Roberts, and her dislike of the eyes of too many people on her, and Hugh Grant charms as William. Its setting in London only increases the romance, if you ask me.
6. A Walk to Remember, 2002
Return to the early Mandy Moore years with this tear jerker. Good girl Jamie meets bad boy Landon. The high school drama, sweetest first date of all time, and most tender romance will have you rooting for a happy ending. You’ll kind of get it, but it’s short lived. Brace yourself.
7. P.S. I Love You, 2007
Another tear jerker, but I couldn’t resist. The reason? Gerard Butler and a trip to Ireland. By the end of the film, you’ll be just as in love with his character, Gerry, as his beloved Holly.
8. You’ve Got Mail, 1998
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Need I say more? Oh, and they’re both bookstore owners who communicate via email. Now that’s my kind of communication!
9. Cinderella, 2015
What could be better than watching the timid girl who is always kind despite her circumstances getting a prince with dreamy blue eyes with the help of her magical fairy godmother? Nothing.
10. Beauty and the Beast, 2017
The town bookworm bonds with a fellow lonely soul who happens to live in a castle. Despite a few forgivable bumps in the road (you know, like being taken captive), the two find love and new life in each other. Bonus: epic song numbers.
11. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002
Now I know what you’re thinking. “I thought this was a list of movies featuring cool introverts.” Well, yes, it is, but this girl’s an introvert in a family of extroverts which makes for good fun. And even though she definitely doesn’t have it all together, does anyone? Toula gives me hope. Maybe she’ll do the same for you and your girls.
12. How to be Single, 2016
If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day, there’s a solid chance you’re a single lady, in which case, you’ve got to watch this movie. The introvert is befriended by an extrovert and together they learn a few things about men and romance and life without them. Did I mention the friend is played by Rebel Wilson? Finish your night with this single ladies’ film, and you’ll ensure you end it laughing hysterically.
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