As a romance writer, I also read dozens and dozens of romance novels every year. I love reading the wide variety within the romance genre itself, and I never get tired of a happy ending. When I'm not reading or writing romance novels, I'm watching romance movies. Here are my top three romance movies:
Somewhere in Time (1980). Time travel romance! One of my earliest movie introductions to how much a person will sacrifice for love. And the cast...who could resist Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour in the same movie? They are delightful. The costumes, setting, and musical score by John Barry make this one of the best movies ever. I have a movie poster hanging right next to my desk where I write. Because I love the setting so much, visiting The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, was one of my life's goals. I've been back four times now and I never get tired of walking the porch and dressing up for dinner.
Romancing the Stone (1984). Not only hilariously funny and clever, it features a romance writer as the heroine. Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) writes romances in her lonely apartment while dreaming of her own hero. When she ends up running for her life to save her sister in the jungles of Colombia, she has her own romance with Jack Colton (Michael Douglas). My favorite moment is when the Colombian drug smugglers recognize her name and gush about how they read all her books. I also adore the scene at the very beginning. Joan Wilder has just written The End on a novel, and she's neglected everything else in her apartment except the cat. She doesn't have a tissue left and hasn't ventured from her apartment in weeks...but she has a bestseller ready to deliver to her editor. An added bonus of this movie is that the novelization of the movie was written by Heartwarming author Catherine Lanigan!
Does anyone else love these movies as much as I do? There are so many great romance movies I didn't include here--please leave a comment with your favorite romance movie.