Today is the tenth anniversary of The Notebook, and I'd like to take us all back to the mid-aughts for a moment. It was a dark time; George Bush was President, and trucker hats were having a moment. Then on June 26, 2004, Nicholas Sparks, Nick Cassavetes, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, and of course E from Entourage teamed up to tell the greatest, most powerful love story ever told.
Then a year later, for a brief moment in time, the world was exactly as it was meant to be: Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling started dating in real life. They were happy together, and we were happy too. If we couldn't be with Ryan Gosling ourselves, then at least Rachel McAdams should be there in our place. They made out at MTV Award shows, she was cool with him wearing his "Darfur" t-shirt to formal events, and they could both be openly Canadian together! Life seemed perfect for a brief moment in time.
They were not long for this world however. They broke up. And got back together. Then broke up for good. As Adele says, "sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead." At the end of the day, they gave us the greatest love story ever captured on film. Advice from the heart though: apparently guys don't like reenacting that "if you're a bird, I'm a bird" part at the beach. Just don't even ask. [Photo via WithThisFavor]