We’re suckers for a bit of romance here at MP! and we know you are too, so we asked Catherine Doyle, author of the sizzling ‘Blood for Blood’ series, to share her best romantic moments.
Everyone loves a bit of romance with their entertainment. There’s nothing like a grand gesture, a kiss in the rain, a long, impassioned speech, or a lingering ‘look of love.’ Here follows my favourite list of romantic scenes in movies and books. Bring on the swoons!
- Noah and Allie in ‘The Notebook’
So, pretty much every scene with these two lovebirds (literally: ‘If you’re a bird, I’m a bird’) sizzles in this movie, but the most swoon-worthy of all takes place amidst a sudden deluge of rain, when Allie finally realises that Noah never gave up on their love. Everyone knows this speech. ‘It isn’t over. It still isn’t over!’ And cue the epic, steamy romance scene. Side note: it also helps that these two happen to be abnormally attractive.
2. Westley and Buttercup in ‘The Princess Bride’
Seldom does a phrase so simple have such depth in meaning. Perhaps a little more subtle and quaint than the more extravagant displays of love, there is something quietly charming about the opening sequence in this movie when Buttercup learns that there are other ways to say ‘I love you,’ and that this farm boy, who is ‘poor and perfect, with eyes like the sea after a storm’ has given his heart to her. My favourite quote of this very quotable movie will always be the very lovely, ‘As you wish’ … followed closely by ‘My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die!’
3. Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’ Hara in ‘Gone With the Wind’
This whole movie is one repeated punch in the heart. Scarlet is petulant and hard to get, Rhett is charming and hard to shake off. The best line comes after he brings her back a bonnet from Paris, and Scarlet informs him she won’t marry or kiss him for it. Unfazed, Rhett tells her the following: ‘You should be kissed, and often, by someone who knows how.’ Phew. Tell it like it is, Rhett!
4. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in ‘Pride and Prejudice’
Need I say more? This whole book, and pretty much every movie adaptation, oozes romance. This is the original love-hate romance. The best quote? The moment Mr Darcy confesses his love, finally, finally, for Elizabeth. ‘In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.’
5. Shahrzad and Khalid from ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ by Renee Ahdieh
This book was released in 2015, and it is easily already one of the most romantic love stories in YA. Shahrzad infiltrates the palace of the cruel, enigmatic Caliph of Khorasan and uses her charm to get Khalid to fall in love with her. There is a moment in the novel where Shahrzad leads Khalid into trouble in the marketplace, and following a scuffle that nearly costs them their lives, they both realise their feelings for each other. This quote is one of many perfect quotes:
‘What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?’ he whispered.
‘If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed’” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
‘No.’ His hands dropped to her waist. ‘Destroy me.’
6. Patrick and Kat in ’10 Things I Hate About You’
Oh, Heath. This movie is perfect. It’s cool and funny and compulsively watchable. The best scene? The one where Patrick Verona drops his too-cool-for-school bad boy persona, and unashamedly serenades Kat with the song ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ from the bleachers, much to her embarrassment. It’s a classic.
7. Jack and Rose in ‘Titanic’
This movie is replete with swoony scenes, but perhaps the most heartbreakingly romantic moment of all comes after the ship sinks and Jack clutches on to the floating door while Rose holds his hands and wills him to stay with her. He, of course, regresses into a very handsome but very dead icicle version of himself, and as Rose lovingly pushes him away into his watery grave, we are all thinking the same thing: ‘THERE’S ROOM ON THAT DOOR FOR BOTH OF YOU AND KNOW IT, ROSE!’
8. Snape and Lily in ‘Harry Potter’
I always try to work in Professor Severus Snape into my articles. So far, he’s shown up on a Bad Boys in YA list, a Best Villains in YA list, so now, here he is again. Let’s just get the obvious out of the way: Snape is, for most of the series, a total ass. He literally bullies and belittles kids, not to mention the fact that he has a ridiculous grudge against Harry Potter, borne out of hatred for the boy’s father who is long dead. Petty, much? But then there’s that unrequited love that drives him to do the most selfless act possible, and the heart-shattering moment of redemption at the end of the series when he meets his demise. Never has the word ‘always’ been so romantic.
9. John Smith and Pocahontas in Disney’s ‘Pocahontas’
Two strangers from two totally different worlds, John Smith and Pocahontas are the ultimate underdogs in this compelling cartoon. The most romantic, heart-stopping scene? When Pocahontas’ father is about to put John Smith to death, and she throws herself on top of him to save his life. That is one seriously emotionally-charged moment.
10. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare
Well, pretty much every adaptation of this play has been achingly romantic, but my favourite version is Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 movie, with a young Leonardo DiCaprio (be still my beating heart) and Claire Danes. The best scene? It has to be that moment where they first see each other and fall madly in love through a tropical fish tank. Talk about modernisation. I love it.
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