Huntley Fitzpatrick is the author of swoon-worthy YA contemporary romance ‘My Life Next Door’, available now. She’s been in love with love stories for years. She knows that her favourite rom-coms can always make her smile and is head over heels for a happy ending. Here are her top ten Swooniest Moments from books and film!
1.Flora and Charles in Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm—
Swooniest Moment: the very end, when Flora watches her beloved Charles land in his airplane and come to get her. “It was the purest happiness to see him. It was like meeting again a dearest friend whom one has loved for long years, and missed in silence.” Understated as Jane Austen and absolutely perfect.
- Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Swooniest Moment: When Anne, having given up all hope, reads the letter from Wentworth. I’ve read this book about thirty times. I have yet to make it through that scene without sobbing.
- Westley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride.
Swooniest Moment: Every “As you wish” Every time. Since we know the translation. (And if you don’t, you must watch this film!)
- Sophie and Howl in Dianna Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle.
Swooniest Moment: However business-like it may sound, Howl’s “I think we ought to live happily ever after” is surely one of the most honest, most romantic, most perfect lines ever.
- Taran and Eilonwy in Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series.
Swooniest Moment: the scene in The High King where he heroically gives her up to return to an uncertain future. Rather than salute him for his sacrifice, she gets incredibly annoyed that he’s deciding her destiny and refuses to accept it, giving up her powers for love. So perfectly her. So perfectly him. So perfectly them.
- Laura and Almanzo in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.
Swooniest Moment: In These Happy Golden Years when he takes her hand in the moonlight, and says “Such a little hand. I wonder if it would like a ring.” And she responds “That would depend on who gave it to me.” He responds that it would be him, and she says tartly “Then it would depend on the ring.” Her words sound almost brusque, but the scene has so much tenderness to it.
- Anne and Gilbert in the Anne of Green Gables series.
Swooniest Moment: Gilbert saying “You know, every day I would pick a different memory of you and play it over and over and over again in my mind, until every hair, every freckle, every part of you was exactly as I remembered.” OMG.
- Kat and Patrick in the movie Ten Things I Hate About You
Kat Stratford: I don’t like to do what people expect. Why should I live up to other people’s expectations instead of my own?
Patrick: So you disappoint them from the start and then you’re covered, right?
Kat Stratford: Something like that
Patrick: Then you screwed up!
Kat Stratford: How?
Patrick: You never disappointed me.
- Etienne and Anna in Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss.
Swooniest: That scene at the classic movie theatre in Paris, where she keeps wondering what his leg brushing against hers means, if it means anything at all—when she’s so frazzled by the physical that she doesn’t notice the real proof—that he’s paid careful attention to her and found a place she’ll love to go together.
10. Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore in Music and Lyrics.
Swooniest: I love Alex Fletcher’s change from diffidence and apathy to love and vulnerability, Sophie’s from insecurity to joy. It all crystallizes when he sings the song he wrote for her, although he’s a music, not lyric, person: you’ve given me a reason / To take another chance / Now I need you / Despite the fact that you’ve killed all my plants. For them, it was the perfect way to say ‘I love you!’
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