I don't consider myself a romance writer, but rather a writer whose books contain some romance. While I prefer the relational tension and development between to characters over lots of physical interaction, there is a place for the physical. We are physical beings and even more so, we are holistic beings, which means the physical is a component to any relationship--just usually more pronounced in a romantic one.
So I was thinking about kissing and realized this particular kiss needed to be simple yet complex, not detailed, but still express depth and wonder. For those of you who've never written a kiss, beware--it is just as awkward as your first real kiss--wonderful, addictive, but probably nervous since you don't know what you're doing (the five-year old boy who cornered you in the foyer after church when you were four doesn't count). The exercise triggered several memories of on-screen kisses I'd seen. There are kisses (ho-hum, a kiss is just a kiss); kisses (ewww! please stop! please do NOT let those two marry and procreate--their offspring would be hideous!); and KISSES (heart-fluttering, I'm going to faint like a jr high girl at a Justin Bieber concert).
In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd list a couple of my fav's (movies or tv, not my personal experience; Love you, Mr Amazing Dude! *wink*) and hope you'll return the favor in the comment section.
- Anne and Gilbert on the bridge at the end of Anne of Avonlea (sheesh, because we've been waiting sooooo long for that kiss! Four stinking hours!)
- Mary Jane and Peter after Peter (er, Spiderman) rescues her on that dark rainy night in the first Spiderman movie. Extra points for creativity as he's hanging upside down in his Spidey costume.
- Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth in the most recent BBC version of Persuasion (2007) because she's been waiting soooooooo long it's painful. The soundtrack is stellar in that version too.
- The old couple in UP. I don't know if there is really a kiss in that scene, but truthfully, the first five minutes of that movie seems like one long, soul-wrenching kiss. I want to cry just thinking about it.
Do you agree? Disagree? Have others you like better?