I was sitting here reading Happysad when a song from the Weezer album Pinkerton started playing on the stereo, and it got me thinking about something. There is a link in many of the things I love, stuff like Lost in Translation, The Office (UK, naturally), FLCL, etc. It isn't necessarily that they're all about some form of hopeless romance, but it's that they're true.
There are tons of sappy-ass romance things that get a knee-jerk repulsion out of me, most notably 99% of romantic comedies ever made, bhe great thing about that sort of "genre" or whatever, though, is that depending on personal experience, you can really tell when something is true. You can tell when the people who made it did so from their hearts, put everything out on the table, made something that was true to them in the hopes that somebody out there will also find it true to themselves, too.