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The Notebook MAG

March 18, 2008
By Michael Jenkins, Culver, IN

Football, red meat, power tools. Football, red meat, power tools. These three things played over and over in my head. Three manly things that kept me from thinking about …


You could hear Key from across the Quad. He was pointing at Alex. The 15 feet of sidewalk took three strides and less than a second for me to cross to reach them. I grabbed Key’s arm and thrust it to his side, whispering so only they could hear.

“Keep your voices down, idiots. We said we would never talk about it. If anyone asks, we put it in for two minutes, realized how girly it was, and watched ‘Fight Club’ instead.”

“I’m sorry,” Alex murmured. “I can’t help myself. It was such a good movie. I can’t get over the …”

“I don’t want to hear it!” bellowed Key. “Stick to the plan, Alex. I promise you if anybody finds out what happened last night I will kill you.”

I looked into Key’s eyes; I didn’t think I had ever seen him look so serious. For a second it actually frightened me. Nonetheless, Key was right – this was not a joking matter. If word that three highly regarded senior men had watched “The Notebook” together the previous night, their reputation, masculinity, and sexual orientation would no doubt come into question.

It is not a matter of how perfect “The Notebook” is, or how it made the three of us experience a state of compassion, anger, and mourning that gave us a new appreciation of love. This was a matter of Man Law.

Chick flicks are well-known for their effect on women, and naturally, girlfriends are notorious for their countless attempts to trick us into watching these horrid films. Imagine the social suicide that would come if the campus was aware of the crime against masculinity that the three of us had committed.

Throughout the day I was constantly honing in on neighboring conversations for the slightest mention of my name. My body tensed when teachers asked us to take “notes” or open our “books.” I approached every group of friends prepared to ­defend my actions. Then the worst happened – one fatal mistake that we had overlooked: the person who had lent us the movie.

My girlfriend was thrilled that I had asked to borrow “The Notebook.” She made it her duty to tell all her friends. The gossip spread faster than wildfire. At this point we had no other option than to enter survival mode: Deny ’Til You Die. We were perfect, the three of us denying everything in harmony. We were prepared for the worst, but it never came. In fact, the reaction was the exact opposite of what we had dreaded all day.

“Are you kidding?” Christopher exclaimed. “I loved ‘The Notebook’!”

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This article has 63 comments.

peyton BRONZE said...
on Dec. 12 2009 at 6:00 pm
peyton BRONZE, Springfield, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
horses are the ones that leave hoof prints in your hearts and you will mever foget them
LOVE MY LIFE AND THE ONES IN IT!!!!!!! never live a day without someone you cant stop thinking about!!!

i think that there is no problem with a guy watching the notebook. it is a wondrfull movie and i love to watch it over and over again even tough i am a girl. lol

crazystraww said...
on Dec. 7 2009 at 5:59 pm
crazystraww, Bronx, New York
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ha, that was funny.

on Dec. 4 2009 at 3:39 pm
curledupwabook BRONZE, Helena, Montana
4 articles 3 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
Drama is just life with the dull bits cut out.- Alfred Hitchcock

I honestly love this article. It admits the truth while entertaining as well. great job. I think it is really sad that men/boys think that they can't watch movies like that. Because they are usually one of the best movies you will ever see!

on Nov. 15 2009 at 5:03 am
toxic.monkey SILVER, Tashkent, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Homo homini lupus"

only a real dude can watch the notebook and admit that he's cried:)

on Nov. 8 2009 at 4:22 pm
CaseyLeigh PLATINUM, Moraga, California
31 articles 6 photos 137 comments

Favorite Quote:
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.

Hahahaha I love this piece!

on Oct. 24 2009 at 9:20 am
tennisislovee34 GOLD, Sterling Heights, Michigan
15 articles 3 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Every moment of your life, you're writing. Even in your dreams, you're writing. When you walk the halls in this school you meet various people and you write furiously in your head." -Frank McCourt

haha, girls would love the fact that you've watched the noteboookk :B

on Oct. 24 2009 at 9:20 am
tennisislovee34 GOLD, Sterling Heights, Michigan
15 articles 3 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Every moment of your life, you're writing. Even in your dreams, you're writing. When you walk the halls in this school you meet various people and you write furiously in your head." -Frank McCourt

you need to see the notebook. you are misssssing outtttt. D:

bookaddict said...
on Sep. 16 2009 at 5:31 pm
Haha, i love this because it's such a great combination of "Manly-men" and admitting to the realism in life. By the way though, I'm a girl and i've never seen The Notebook, does that make me defective? lmao >.<

on Apr. 24 2009 at 3:30 pm
brokenbutterfly SILVER, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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lol nice story but that movie is freaking awesome

Don't be scared about liking a chick flick my boyfriend is one of the manliest guys ever and he totally wants to watch the movie

Fwisherman said...
on Apr. 11 2009 at 4:21 am
That movie was so good! A Walk To Remember is also good, by the same guy. I'm a guy, too. :

yera said...
on Feb. 19 2009 at 2:22 am
oh, i really really love that movie. " THE NOTEBOOK" i love Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdam...

on Jan. 27 2009 at 11:32 pm
I think any guy that watches the notebook is a real sweet guy

jellybelly76 said...
on Jan. 26 2009 at 1:29 pm
i thought this was a story from the heart. most guys are afraid to do that. i think its very manly!:)( i totally agree with lovleyloser101)

kelseygirl said...
on Jan. 26 2009 at 7:27 am
i love that movie too!! i also love this story.. i haven't heard a boy admit he watched the notebook which is so funny

on Jan. 25 2009 at 9:09 pm
Wait, who is Christopher?

Kitten888 said...
on Jan. 25 2009 at 12:17 am
i love it!!! u r such a great writer....the notebook is an amazing movie

melinda13 said...
on Jan. 21 2009 at 3:00 am
you guys watched the notebook?? wow. I havent seen it yet.

on Jan. 19 2009 at 6:00 pm
Only a true man would watch that movie! I love it though! Ryan Gosslilng = gorgeous! lol. This was great writing too!

Dj-J said...
on Dec. 11 2008 at 7:23 am
Omg... This is amazing :b i love this and you

on Nov. 23 2008 at 1:56 am
a true man would watch that. i commend you for it