Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this day of love than writing about the moment that starts it all… the KISS. Sure we can wax poetic about lingering glances, the bewitching scent of another, and the electric brush of hands. All important steps toward laying the foundation for romance. But until a couple locks lips, the deal is not sealed! Why? It’s not rocket science. It’s chemistry. Like a formula, we must combine two elements- one set of lips to another- to find out if there’s a spark. If not, Houston we have a problem.
In Heartwarming romances, delaying a couple’s first kiss builds suspense. The reader believes the couple has chemistry, the characters sense it too, but there is no confirmation until the twosome kiss. And when they do…the moment is electric because we’ve had to… wait for it… no really- that’s why. We’ve had to wait for it. A show I used to watch comes to mind. Cheers. Sam was a laid back, ex-Red Sox player and local celebrity turned bar owner and Dianne was a feisty intellectual who abhorred everything Sam’s superficial, good-times approach to life entailed. She demanded more depth from him; he wanted her to lighten up. Yet neither could deny the attraction they felt. I never missed a show for fear that I’d miss their first kiss! And when that moment arrived, it was all the more exhilarating because I’d gotten to know the characters, see why they were perfect for each other, and root for them as a couple. Delayed gratification like this is what makes Heartwarming such an intensely romantic and electric read.
Here are a few archetypes of my favorite, long-anticipated kisses. Counting down, at number five, is the BIRTHDAY KISS. Who could forget Sixteen Candles’ Jake and Sam and their heart-stopping birthday cake peck? I sighed so loudly, I could have blown those candles out for her! WOW. The FAIRYTALE KISS comes in at number four. In The Princess Bride, Buttercup and Westley had an early romance, but the anticipation of her realizing that her kidnapper is her lost first love makes their kiss a show-stopper. Number three is the yummy UPSIDE DOWN kiss in Spiderman. When Mary Jane finally peeled back a web-dangling Peter Parker’s mask to reveal his lips, their kiss was something to marvel at (yes- pun intended- guilty!) I knew they were destined to be more than friends and their lip lock was all the proof I needed.
Although these next characters are cartoons, their awwwwww moment of a kiss lands them the number two spot I’ve dubbed the SPAGHETTI KISS. If you haven’t already guessed it, Lady and Tramp’s nose-bump version of a doggy kiss over a shared strand of pasta is incredibly romantic and iconic. Last, but not least, landing at number one, is the OFF TO WAR kiss shared by Gone with the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. The two sparred throughout the movie, their antagonism fueled by a repressed passion that is released when they flee a burning Atlanta. When Scarlett gives in to her feelings and swoons in Rhett’s arms, I melted too. Ultimately, later in the movie, Rhett delivers a quintessential declaration about kissing when he tells Scarlett, “You need to be kissed and often and by someone that knows how.” PHEW. Someone bring me a fan!
I would love to hear some of your picks for best kisses. Share your favorite in the comment section below and enter to win my giveaway of the 70th Anniversary Limited Edition #055644 of 150000 Deluxe Gone with the Wind DVD set.
Also, my co-author, Joanne Rock, and I are celebrating the cover release of our YA novella CAMP KISS today. Stop by http://pinterest.com/jkrockwriters/ and pin a kiss on our Kiss and Tell board or stop by and post on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/JKRockwriters to win our Valentine’s gift pack. Wishing you a day full of romance and kisses!