So, this is not Tessa. I happened to walk in on Tessa writing for the Avon Romance Blog, and felt a little jealous. While I am an editor here for other imprints, no one has yet to ask me to blog. When I confessed to Tessa how I wished someone wanted to have a post from me, she invited me to post a sneak blog entry. So here I go...

It's Friday and the weekend is almost here. I'm thrilled, especially since bright sunny skies are in the forecast. Last weekend was spectacularly rainy and
I spent most of it curled up with submissions and wishing that I could stop time to both read my submissions AND have a weekend, like the character in the 1980s.
But, for the most part, taking the weather as a sign (as well as my inbox asking for a status update from agents), I read pretty much straight through the weekend, but I needed breaks, and, by Sunday, I had exhausted the cue of new programs saved to my DVR, and nothing on tv appealed, so I opened up the small list of programs on my DVR that remained, and reviewing it, I hit play.

Immediately, I found myself at my favorite moment from director Joe Wright's adaptation of PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE where Mr. Darcy approaches Lizzy as the sun rises...

There I had it, my romance fix. No need to watch the whole film, I had my favorite scene and could watch it maybe three times, and in fifteen minutes I was back to reading.

Sooner than I hoped, the weekend was over and I was back at work where I was not too surprised to find a writer friend emailing about her weekend and without even knowing about my own DVR indulgence, talking about having spent the better part of the weekend drunk on a film scene that she just couldn't stop watching over and over. She named the film and then referred to the scene, explaining it as the moment “where he says THOSE WORDS.” And doesn't that just say it all? She also shared that her husband was baffled by it, but that he was just letting it go.

I was happy to find myself in good company while engaged in something akin to what Carrie Bradshaw called “Secret Single Behavior”; but she had me beat when she revealed that she currently had her film moment DVRed on every tv in her house--living in New York City I don't even have a bedroom.

So I wanted to open it up here for confessions. What DVR candy do you have on romantic standby?

I'm looking for the romantic moment that seems to stop time, or never fails to make you cry, or that always makes you believe you'll meet your Mr. Right (or that you met him already and made the right choice) or maybe it's a moment that lets you believe for just an instant of suspended disbelief that that screen is actually speaking to you, and that you and Mr. X will someday be together.

I could probably write a top ten list of top film or television moments (maybe even a top 50, or 100), but this is about whatever moment it is that you're obsessed with of late, where as my friend describes it "he says THOSE WORDS."

Have a wonderful weekend!


Blogger Kathryn S said:

Right now I'm hung up on that scene in North and South where Margaret is in a departing carriage, and John is standing on the steps (so intense looking!). As he watches her leave, he says, "Look back at me." It's so raw and intense!

And in Persuasion, there's a scene set in Bath near the end where Amanda Root puts her hand in Ciaran Hinds'. Both are wearing gloves, but it's so tender and his hand is so much bigger than hers. Gets me every time.

10:36 AM  

Blogger ksquard said:

I have to plug the scene in Casino Royale when Bond is recovering at the villa and tells Vesper that he has no armor left, that all that's left of him is hers. Sigh. I love a strong man in a tender moment.

Also, re: P&P. I have the DVD. I put it the player sometimes while I'm working around the house and I pause and rewind it always, every time, at three key scenes: when he hands her into the carriage and flexes his hand (the visceral response they have for each other!), the argument in the rain, and that penultimate scene at the end. Every time I watch it - alone or with friends - I/we always start yelling "He's walking! He's walking!" Fantastic stuff.

P.S. See Esi? I told you I'd post.

12:38 PM  

Blogger May said:

oh, I think I watched that 80's show where the girl could stop time with her index fingers...What was that show called??

1:19 PM  

Blogger ESI said:

@May: Out of this World!

1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

@ksquard: I loved this "I/we always start yelling "He's walking! He's walking!" The clip I found couldn't cover quite where I'd cut the scene but the walk is of course key!

@kathryns: I must see both...immediately!

thank you for reading and commenting on my first ever blog post!

4:40 PM  

Blogger Keri Ford said:

I was really stressed out when I saw the Disney cartoon Hercules not too long ago, and it was just like a brief moment of relief.

When Meg sings, "I Won't Say I'm Love". I love this part because she's like our romance heroine, refusing to fall in love, but can't stop herself. And at the end when Hercules returns and finds Meg dead, he just has this 'look'. Finally, when he puts her soul back in her body, *le sigh*. Yeah, I'm a Disney movie lover.

6:07 PM  

Blogger Tracey Devlyn said:

Last of the Mohicans

My heart clenches fist-tight during two different scenes. At the fort, Nathaniel weaves his way through billowing campfires and subdued revelers until he comes face-to-face with Cora. He clasps her hand and guides her away. The music (fiddle?) in the background and the determined way in which he seeks her out is unforgettable.

And then, there's the waterfall scene. The Mohawks are closing in on them, Nathaniel's gun is wet and useless, and he realizes the only way he can save Cora's life is by leaving her behind. He's sure the Mohawks will take her to their encampment, and there, he will find her. He says something on the order of...Stay alive. No matter what it takes. I will find you. Then he jumps through the waterfall.

I think the movie's shot in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Beautiful.

9:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One of my favorite romance movies is the 1982 version of The Scarlet Pimpernel, even though it strayed the most from the actual book. The whole love lost and love regained aspect, while obviously both remaining in love through the hard times still makes me cry in several places. My favorite scene is when she realizes Percy is the Scarlet Pimpernel. Favorite lines:

If I were to tell you that I adore you would you have me to so stintingly?! ...Or would you have me declare it as I feel it, with all my heart?

You are wrong about me not knowing the meaning of love. Quite wrong.

Favorite of the entire movie:

You must tell me everything about yourself, but slowly, oh so slowly, so that it takes a very, very long time.

6:56 PM  

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