"Letter writing can be seen as a gift because someone has taken his/her time to write and think and express love"Writing is one of the oldest forms of long distance communication. And unlike the oral tradition form of communication which came before it, writing is not ephemeral; words on a page or tablet or screen don't fade from memory as easily as spoken words. Written words are eternal. As such, there is something deeply intimate or personal about writing letters back and forth. This is even applicable to modern forms of written communication, such as email and text messages. See also Epistolary Novel. Not to be confused with the Sharon Dennis Wyeth series or the Star Trek: TNG episode of the same name.
-Hon. Soraya Diase Coffelt
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Anime & Manga
- Nanoha and Fate sent each other video letters for the six months between the first and second seasons of Lyrical Nanoha since Fate wasn't allowed to contact anyone in real time until her trial concluded.
- Peanuts: Charlie Brown often wrote letters to his "pencil pal". It is unknown whether the pencil pal ever wrote back.
- Pugad Baboy has Kules Sungcal who writes with penpals who claim to be attractive women, but are comedically not. When he switches to e-mail, he told his colleague 'Adre about "email pals" or "e-pals" about it, by which 'Adre replies "epal", which is a Filipino term for Attention Whore; Kules softens it to "e-mail buddies" instead.
Film - Live Action
- A Cinderella Story: The two leads, despite being from different social circles, fall in love with each other via anonymous text messages.
- The Lake House: A woman and a man send letters to each other using a mailbox in front of their homes. The twist: they live in the same home, but they're separated in time by two years: the man lived in the house two years before the woman moved in.
- The Shop Around the Corner: James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan are coworkers in a leather goods store who snipe at each other, neither knowing that they are falling in love as anonymous pen pals.
- You've Got M@il: The two leads, despite being adversaries in real life, fall in love with each other via anonymous email. A modern remake the above Shop Around the Corner.
- Artemis: Jazz's Earthbound childhood friend and smuggling business partner, Kelso (sic?), is only ever shown by the letters he and Jazz send back and forth.
- She Loves Me has a similar case as with You've Got M@il, where the characters anonymously fall in love by exchanging letters without knowing who each other are.
- In Life Is Strange, Max fell out of contact with her best friend Chloe until she moved back to their hometown because of the strain Chloe's dad's death (who Max was also close to) put on her. In episode 4, one of the more noticable differences that comes about from her Time Travel is the alternate version of her in the timeline where Chloe's father didn't die not only stayed in contact, but wrote letters on "fancy parchment paper".
- The prequel Life Is Strange: Before the Storm reveals that Chloe tried to become this with Max after she moved away, but she couldn't bring herself to send the letter when Max stopped answering her texts, and started writing letters to an imaginary Max in her journal instead. The final entry in said journal is that she's moving on with her life and focusing on her friendship/relationship with Rachel, which only serves to make the events of the original game more heartbreaking.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: In "Carl Wheezer, Boy Genius", Carl's European penpal comes to visit, leading him and Jimmy to try to pass himself off as a genius because he claimed Jimmy's many adventures as his own in his letters.
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: In "Pen Pal", Ami gets a visit from her penpal from Paris. Paris, Idaho, to be exact.
- The Legend of Korra: Although they had known each other in person for quite some time, the only person Korra sent reply letters to during her sabbatical was Asami. Fitting, that they would later become a couple.
- The Simpsons: In "YOLO", Marge invites Homer's childhood penpal, Eduardo, over to help him fulfill his bucket list.
Hello, Unknown Troper. You'll need to get known to lend a hand here.