We enjoy watching
Hallmark movies for decades and I recently remembered an article that I wrote
back in 2017 for my blogger magazine Read My Mind. Let me share what I wrote
seven years ago and how my view has drastically changed ever since.
2017: During the holiday season I admittedly enjoyed
watching a few cheesy holiday movies from the Hallmark Channel. A channel that
describes itself as the destination for quality family entertainment. The
channel is also dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments
by offering annual holiday programs.
Those who have read my column LILYWOOD know how
much I appreciate the values of friendship and family. I enjoy watching family-oriented,
hopeful, funny, and positive movies, true stories, and history rather than
violent, crime, nonsense, and horror movies.
But I have to say this year after watching a few of these
heartwarming movies I realized that the concept is always the same. A
hardworking woman living in a stressful city in the USA, usually either New
York or Los Angeles, visits a small town during the holiday season, finds true
love, friends, and family within days, and decides to stay there forever. Although
I’ve always lived in a city and never in a small town or village, I do believe
that small places are more family-oriented and personal.
Most people living in big cities are job, money, power,
and success-oriented. There is no doubt about that. And I do believe that
people living in small towns are kinder, more helpful, loving, and caring. At
least that’s what I hope and heard. So, I fully agree with the message of the
stories. What I don’t agree with, though, is that these movies make one believe
that TRUE LOVE is just around the corner and we have to leave the city to find
I do ask myself why romance and fiction authors have to
exaggerate so much. Why do they have to write such untrue stories and make us
believe in things that simply don’t exist? Authors have a responsibility.
Making up stories is one thing. Creating false hopes and dreams for lonely people
who wish nothing but true love and family, especially during the holiday
season, is false. Making people believe that miracles happen, especially and
mainly during the holiday season, is thoughtless. Making movies that play with
people’s desires is emotionally irresponsible.
We all know life and reality suck sometimes. So, the
question is how much can and should we sugar coat while we are writing fictional
stories? As a writer, we hold a responsibility, don’t we? Reality stinks and the
sooner we accept it the better. Therefore, dear authors, be careful with your
stories. Don’t play with the reader's desires and don’t fool your readers.
Today, seven years later after experiencing the Covid
disaster, witnessing two wars the Russian/Ukraine and the Israel/Gaza war, I’m more
than grateful for the cheesy Hallmark movies. We do need hopeful and positive
stories, more than ever. The lack of inhumanity, dishonesty, and disloyalty has
If these movies don’t educate viewers how beautiful and magical life could look like, how family and friendships could treat each other with a good and generous heart, compassion and kindness, our world would be lost. We need hope! We need love! We need cheesy movies! Thank you Hallmark for making us believe in humanity!