Title: Stupid Valentine’s Day Author: hollyware
Source: Mighty Ducks (movie) Character(s): Adam B. & Julie G.
Rated: T Genre(s): Romance / Humor
Chapter(s): 11 Status: Complete
Author’s Synopsis: She had hated Valentine’s Day forever; since she was old enough to realize it was even a special day. However, he was making it hard to stick to her original thoughts.
Hello Readers, don’t adjust your computer screens, this is the second review that I’m posting today. I haven’t been as diligent with my posting as I should so I thought that so long as I had the time today, I would post multiple reviews to help make up for those that I have missed.
I started with Harry Potter and now I’m moving on to a story based on The Mighty Ducks films. Who remembers those films – besides me? Well, for those of who do remember those films, I found a Valentine’s Day fan fic for you.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am your reviewing host, the Fan Fic Reviewer; here to review the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in fan fiction. This time around I decided to go way out in left field and find a story for a fandom that I have never reviewed before; The Mighty Ducks. I was surprised when I found a story that entirely centered on Valentine’s Day.
Now, based on the author’s synopsis I figured this was going to be a simple story of building up to some sort of amazing Valentine’s Day romance; I thought this was going to be a story where Julie continues to point out all the negatives about the holiday while her friends get giddy about it, then on Valentine’s Day she ends up getting wooed by Adam and starts seeing how the holiday has its perks. Uh…that’s not the story. Instead, each chapter is a different Valentine’s Day over the course of Adam and Julie’s relationship; starting from when they start dating through having kids and their kids starting to find their own Valentines.
Personally, I thought it was kind of sweet. The story really does a great job in capturing the progress of Julie and Adam’s relationship through the narration of one day and the characters truly have some romantic moments. Despite the time jumps, I found it easy to catch on to the relationship growth and personalities of Julie and Adam; I didn’t feel like I had missed out on key events or couldn’t gauge the pair’s chemistry.
I enjoyed the progression of the relationship as the first chapter is when they start dating, after Adam rescues Julie from a dull date at the Valentine’s Day dance then subsequent chapters go through the couple’s first sexual experience, first Valentine’s Day apart, moving in, getting engaged, married, becoming pregnant, giving birth, and their children celebrating Valentine’s Day. It’s a nice progression and the with the time skips it never feels like these events are rushed. Plus, how the characters handle and address some of these changes evolves compared to how they address changes as teenagers. This story does a really good job of showing rather than telling.
Another part that I think the story did well is the dates. They were each different and appropriate for the various stages of the characters’ lives. When they’re younger everything is a bit more movie romantic – getaway to a cabin, romantic dinner, etc. However, as they get older the dates shift to being more personal like going skating on an ice pond, going to Adam’s hockey game, breakfast in bed, etc. It helps to illustrate the pair’s evolving relationship with each other and their evolution from teenagers to adults. Everything is still romantic but the tone and meaningfulness changes.
The only part about the story that I took issue with is how Julie’s character continues to hold on to “I hate Valentine’s Day.” It didn’t bother me during the earlier chapters when the pair is dating, because they’re dating and the holiday can just feel like another excuse for an expensive date night and the pressure to give significant others a gift. However, when it continued after they got engaged and even more so after they got married on Valentine’s Day then I started getting annoyed. This version of Julie held so tightly to her anti-Valentine’s Day beliefs that she wouldn’t even acknowledge it as the day of their anniversary. Seriously, each chapter has Julie addressing the day as Valentine’s Day, she never once says “Happy Anniversary” to Adam or even bothers to get or do something for him to celebrate their ANNIVERSARY. No, because it’s Valentine’s Day and she’s against that holiday, she does not think of it as their anniversary day.
The only time her perception of the day changes is when her daughter is born on Valentine’s Day. During the last chapter, when Julie finally acknowledges Valentine’s Day as something other than a lover’s holiday, all I could think was, “It’s about time.”
This was an issue for me because it speaks of a level of immaturity and animosity that goes deeper than “it’s an overrated, Hallmark holiday.” Yet, the story never provides further details beyond that generic answer. If there was a deeper reason given for Julie’s hatred toward the holiday, then I might be more sympathetic. However, I am someone who finds the holiday to be overrated but I am more than happy to let my significant other give me gifts or take me out to dinner, because my significant other likes the holiday. I also know that if my significant other and I had gotten engaged or married on Valentine’s Day then I would fucking say “Happy Anniversary” every year, because that day would have a personal meaning to me.
I know got on my soap box for a moment there but it is my only grievance with the story. It just happened to be something that lasted through multiple chapters and each time it happened I grew more upset with the character. From a story stand point, I think the story would have done better to explain Julie’s deep-seeded hatred rather than maintain the generic reason. However, that is my opinion.
Now, would I recommend the story despite my grievances? Yes. It’s cute and tells a pretty good romance story between two characters and provides some neat ideas for those who feel they aren’t creative in their dates.
Stars: 8 / 10