THIS IS AN IMPORTANT POST CONCERNING THE MOVIE “LOVE ON ICE”
GUYS. This is a long post, but please read it if you are in the yoi fandom!
Anyway, a lot of us heard about the movie “Love on Ice” made by the Hallmark Channel, and noticed the ressemblance with “Yuri On Ice”
If you haven’t seen my post about it, a few days ago, I wrote to Hallmark on their facebook page about it (I was really salty when I wrote it so..)
This is the message I sent them:
Hello! If you’re not aware, there has been some controversy about a new movie you’re going to air on your channel soon. Im not trying to start anything here, but here’s a question I think a lot of people are asking themselves right now.
Can any of you guys explain the really supspicious ressemblance between your new movie “Love On Ice” and the japanese animated series “Yuri On Ice” (who was released before)? Im not necesserely saying that you (or the producers of said movie) copied this amazing show (and of course changing the beautiful gay romance for a straight one, but that’s not surprising), but if you did a little research, you have to admit that it’s weird. It could be a total coincidence, and im not trying to be rude, im just looking for answers about the situation. Thank you for your time.
They later answered by telling me that “They would pass along my comments”
Finally, today, they wrote to me again:
Hello again, (my name). I wanted to share with you a statement from the writer of “Love on Ice”:
“Love on Ice script was conceptualized, pitched and commissioned in March of 2015 and written and delivered in March of 2016 – 8 months before the anime project. Many sports films in history are about overcoming odds and triumph. Almost every romance film is about people connecting on an intimate level and falling in love. These are broad, universal themes none of us has a trademark on. I hope the audience will tune in to Love On Ice on Hallmark Channel, Saturday, January 7.” Writer, Matt Coppola
Yes, at first I was mad at them, but I don’t think that they deserve it anymore. They took the time to answer my questions and were polite about it. We need to acknowledge that this movie was just a coincidence. Yuri On Ice fandom, I think it’s time to stop the shit that we started. Thanks for reading.
I guess what I’m saying is…. give me a gay Hallmark Channel Christmas movie.
Give me a hardworking ad exec that stops in a quaint little town on the way home for Christmas but OH NO! The only bridge towards his home town gets iced over and closed! and then he has to spend Christmas eve with the shy owner of the lodge he’s staying at.
Give me a scene where the Lodge Owner sheepishly admits that he did most of the decorating in the lodge and Ad Exec is just astounded and asks him how he gets the place to smell so good and Lodge Owner takes him into the kitchen and shows him where he boils mulling spices to get the scent in the air and they both lean in really close to smell the pot and their faces are almost touching but they pull back and blush.
Give me the tragic backstory for the Lodge Owner and how his folks aren’t around anymore so the holidays are a little too quiet nowadays.
Give me the hotel staff that clearly sees the romance blossoming between these two and contrives excuses to get them alone in front of a fire (“Oh I just remembered I have to clean room 215” “Hey Chef Charlie, let’s go caroling, I could use some figgy pudding” “Mind if I come with?” “Sure thing honey… OH YOU TWO WON’T GET LONELY BY YOURSELVES WILL YOU? I hope you can keep each other entertained” Everybody: “BYE BOYS!”)
Give me an emotional turning point where the bridge is opened back up Ad Exec is torn between spending the rest of the day with Lodge Owner or going home to spend time with his family.
Give me the heart-meltingly sweet ending where Ad Exec asks Lodge Owner to come home with him for the Holidays and meet his parents and before he can say that he needs to stsy and work, the whole staff of the Lodge comes in and tells him that their Christmas present to him is allowing him to go spend Christmas as part of a family again.
I took the post down. I wasn’t trying to jump to conclusions. I was attempting to piece things together and mistakenly made correlations that probably shouldn’t have been there. It’s only been a day and I already deleted it.
I apologize for making incorrect assumptions. But note in that post, since it’s still getting passed around, that I did not immediately say this movie is ripping off Yuri on Ice. I even said several times that the sources I have aren’t credible. I was simply curious and made error judgement. I feel embarrassed that I look like the side of the fandom that’s ignorant and quick to act. I apologize for spreading confusion. I shouldn’t have added to the drama. But the post is still being spread so I cannot do anything about it.
I have forgotten how quickly things get spun out of proportion on this site. How easy it is to make mistakes and be crucified for them. Stop posting hate against those who are heterosexual and white. And stop attacking me. Politely correct me. Some of you need to realize there are human beings behind these screens.
If you want to approach me about this topic, go ahead. I am happy to listen and be better educated on the topic. But let’s not beat this to death.
A dispirited workaholic, Armitage Hux, finds himself unemployed and without a home. He ends up back in his hometown of Arkanis, known for it’s picturesque snowstorms and love of all things Christmas. But when a snowstorm leaves him stranded at a charming lodge run by his childhood rival, Kylo Ren, Hux
is forced to reconcile his past and find Christmas Spirit in a way he never expected.
Seriously this is like the plot to 65% of these films. The rest is either ‘Whoops, I Accidentally Married a King with My Plucky American Ways™’ or ‘You’re an Asshole, but its Christmas and This Cake/Show/Hotel Needs a Baking/Preparing/Running, so let’s Make-Out’
This Christmas, can someone write me a fic? Because, look, 2016 was a shitty year, and for me at least, 2017 is set to start off shitty as well, and man, literally all I want is some stupid Hallmark Channel Christmas movie type fic for E/R.
Like, idk. Enjolras is a big, high-powered civil rights attorney trying to make a difference in the “Big City” but is feeling overwhelmed and overworked and like nothing he is doing is accomplishing anything, so his boss (M. Valjean?) makes him take Christmas off and tells Enjolras to go visit his daughter and her fiance in some snow-covered little town.
And there, of course, the first person he meets is the town curmudgeon, some ridiculously cute guy named Grantaire who jokes that he’s the town Grinch (but of course he ISN’T because in addition to taking the time to show Enjolras around town, he also helps look after his friend Eponine’s little brother Gavroche when she’s out of town and plays Santa in the town Christmas parade because OF COURSE he does). And Enjolras meets all of Grantaire’s friends, including Combeferre and Courfeyrac who have started a local non-profit that’s struggling to stay afloat. And Enjolras naturally swoops in and is like, I can write a grant application for you, no problem.
And then later, he and Grantaire go for a walk and Grantaire’s sad childhood is revealed and he’s all, That’s why I hate Christmas, and Enjolras is all, but you don’t hate Christmas because you like making people happy, and then it starts to snow so Grantaire leans in and kisses him.
And Enjolras, naturally, panics, because he can start to see a future here and it’s not the future he had pictured and he still has SO MUCH work left to do so he tells Grantaire that he can’t stay, that he’s leaving and he’s sorry but he thinks coming here was a big mistake. And Grantaire is hurt and confused but resigned because of course Enjolras is going to leave him, everyone always leaves him, and oh, Merry fucking Christmas.
And the next morning, Enjolras heads to the airport but is stopped before going through security by Gavroche, who hitchhiked to the airport just to tell Enjolras was a big jerk he’s being. Tells him that Combeferre and Courfeyrac’s non-profit is what gave him his first Christmas and that there are so many kids who also need Christmases, and that Enjolras can do a lot of good if he just stays. And Enjolras tells him that it’s more complicated than that, and he wouldn’t understand and it’s adult stuff, but then Gavroche is like, fine, then give me one good reason to leave. And Enjolras can’t.
So he takes Gavroche back to Grantaire, who’s beginning to get worried sick and Grantaire is so happy to see Gavroche but tells Enjolras that he’s sorry he missed his plane but if he hurries back to the airport, he can probably make another flight. And Enjolras tells him he doesn’t want to go back to the airport, that Gavroche asked him for a good reason to leave and he couldn’t think of any, but he could think of a million to stay. Like what? Grantaire asks, and Enjolras just leans in and kisses him.
It starts to snow again, but Enjolras and Grantaire don’t care, standing in the driveway, kissing in the snow. Suddenly, Combeferre and Courfeyrac run up, ecstatic and out of breath. They got the grant! (Because in magic happy land, non-profit grant review boards are open during the holidays ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) And Enjolras looks at Grantaire and laughs is and is just like, It’s a Christmas miracle!
And Valjean allows Enjolras to work remotely and he and Grantaire live happily after in magic land that could never exist outside of a Hallmark Channel movie.
…So yeah, if anyone wants to write me that for Christmas…I’d be grateful.
So a lot of us have heard about the Yoi ripoff by now, and I personally decided to contact “Hallmark Channel USA” on facebook about this. This is what I wrote:
“Hello! If you’re not aware, there has been some controversy about a new movie you’re going to air on your channel soon. Im not trying to start anything here, but here’s a question I think a lot of people are asking themselves right now.
Can any of you guys explain the really supspicious ressemblance between your new movie "Love On Ice” and the japanese animated series “Yuri On Ice” (who was released before)? Im not necesserely saying that you (or the producers of said movie) copied this amazing show (and of course changing the beautiful gay romance for a straight one, but that’s not surprising), but if you did a little research, you have to admit that it’s weird. It could be a total coincidence, and im not trying to be rude, im just looking for answers about the situation. Thank you for your time.“