Wednesday, February 25, 2009

That Magic Moment

In my opinion the coolest thing about a romance is that magic moment in the story where we know there is great love shared between the hero and heroine. It’s the finish line at the end of the race we’ve been working for. Yet it may not necessarily come in the form of words spoken between the hero and heroine.

You know what I’m talkin’ about. Those moments that make you sigh while you’re reading a book or watching a movie. And you don’t even know you’re doing it.

Examples that come to mind? In the classic, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF when Brick (Paul Newman) who verbally taunts and seemingly loathes his wife, locks himself in the bathroom and clings to her nightgown that hangs from the door hook and breathes in her scent. ::: sigh :::
Or how about in SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE when Tom Hanks sees Annie at the top of the Empire State building. Remember that look? A cock of his head, eye squint and, “You’re Annie?” He’s amazed, flabbergasted, and yes, in love.

Remember the action thriller SPEED, when Jack points the gun at the crazy bomber, but Jack’s love, Annie (popular name ) stands between Jack and the bomber with sticks of dynamite strapped to her? There’s that moment when Jack shoots her this “God, I love you and I’m sorry you got dragged into this” look.

I don’t know about you, but I live for those moments, however fleeting. For me, they’re not planned. I plan out some plot points, but it’s up to my characters to find their way through the maze of emotion. They never disappointment me. There’s always “that” moment, I unconsciously sigh, and know I’ve hit the bulls eye.

In my February book, UNDERCOVER STRANGER, it’s when Ciara and Griff have to separate on the ferry and she brushes his cheek with her thumb and tells him to be safe. It’s obvious she loves him… and he loves her.

What are some of your favorite book or movie moments?

Oh, and did everyone enjoy the Oscars? What did you think?

Pat White


  1. I'm not much for romance in movies (although I love it in suspense books), I like the romance when it's thrown in with action scenes and/or comedy; like "The Mummy" with Brendan Fraiser or Mel Brooks "Robin Hood;Men in Tights". Yeah.....I know, can't help it, I'm twisted that way :D

  2. When Han Solo is going to be frozen in carbonite. Princess Leia says, "I love you." Han Solo says, "I know." Even with imminent death he doesn't SAY I love you, but his eyes say I do.

  3. hi Pat

    Somewhere in Time comes to mind with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves.
    An Affair to Remember and Father Goose with Cary Grant
    Friendly Persuasion with Gary Cooper

    wstridgerunner I totally agree with you about Mel brooks. Especially made me think of Young Frankstein when at the end of the movie Gene Wilder and Teri Garr She asked him What did you get from the monster and he just smilies.

    A couple of books come to mind for me. They are by Jude Deveraux. A Knight in Shining Armor and Sweet Liar. Both of these got me hooked on reading romance books. By the time I came to the end of those books they had me crying.

    One more book comes to mind that I have really enjoyed and loved reading them.O"Malley Series by Dee Henderson.

    There are ton of more books me could list here that are wonderful.

    Can't wait to read your book Pat