Last Valentine’s day, the beta and I decided to celebrate by watching a romantic movie. “Okay,  honey,” I said, “what will it be: Stardust, Shrek, or Wall-E?”

My choice of romantic movies says a couple of things about me: one, I’m a gi-normous geek, and two, I like a certain type of romance. To me, the best romance isn’t love at first sight, bolt of lightning from the sky. I like stories to take their time, to start with two characters who might not have much of anything in common, and show me how they fall in love.

In Stardust, bumbling shop boy Tristan rashly promises to bring a fallen star to the spoiled girl he thinks he loves. When the star turns out to be a person instead of a lump of rock, he takes her prisoner and tries to drag her back with him. Hardly the most promising start! But as the two journey through the magical land of Wall, Tristan comes to realize he’d rather be with smart and funny Yvaine than the shallow girl he thought he loved, and Yvaine comes to see his hidden depths of kindness and bravery.

Shrek also features the protagonist taking the heroine back to someone, although in this case Fiona wants to go with him. Fiona thinks she needs to free herself from the curse of turning into a ogre every night, and Shrek thinks he doesn’t care about anything but finishing the job so he can get back to his solitary existence. Along their journey, they come to realize what they thought they wanted isn’t really what they need at all.

Wall-E, the adorable robot, does fall for EVE at first sight, but her mission takes priority over some boxy goofball she’s just met. It isn’t until she sees the recording of him taking care of her while she’s in standby mode that she comes to realize there’s more to him than she initially believed.

HaintedWhat about you? Do you prefer love at first sight, or a more gradual development? What romantic movies do you like to watch? Everyone who comments below between now and midnight EST on September 3rd will be entered to win an ebook of my m/m paranormal romance Hainted before it goes on sale! Please note: you must include an email address so I’ll have some way to contact you.

In addition, every commenter will also be entered to win the following Romancing the Hop grand prizes:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

 You can find a full list of participating blogs here. And don’t forget to comment – the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win!

UPDATE: The winner of Hainted is donnas1! I’ve sent you an email, so check your spam folder if it didn’t show up. Thanks to everyone who commented! You can see the grand prize winners here.


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Movies, Romance, and Prizes! — 74 Comments

  1. I like both types of romantic movies, but enjoy watching movies that involve time for the couple to realize they’re in love.
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

  2. Wall E – definitely. Or Rory and Amy Pond on Dr. Who. I don’t really “do” what they release as “romantic’ movies – I tend to find the parts I like hidden in the story..

    thank you for participating

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  3. Honestly, my favorite romantic movie moment happens at the end of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, when Will Turner FINALLY gets to kiss Elizabeth. Pirates isn’t generally thought of as a romance, but there you go…
    Thanks for the post!
    livrancourt (at)yahoo(dot)com

    • I think we watched the first Pirates movie some other Valentine’s day, actually. 🙂 I totally dug the romance in that one.

  4. I believe in lust at first sight but I think real love has to develop gradually

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    • Oh yeah, I’m a big believer in lust at first sight, lol. It’s nice to have it turn into love!

  5. I LOVE Stardust! It’s one of my favorite romantic movies. It has everything. Romance, comedy, sweetness, adventure. When it comes to romantic movies, I’m no good with serious drama type things. I enjoy either romantic comedies, or romantic adventures. It’s not to say they can’t have drama, but I really don’t want to spend an hour and a half crying at the screen.

    • *fist bump* Stardust is so great; it’s a shame more people don’t know about it!

      I’m with you. A few tears are fine (yeah, yeah, I might have gotten a little misty in Wall-E when it looked like he didn’t remember EVE) but sob-fests aren’t my thing at all. Probably why I only write HEAs!

  6. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven!

    I think real love has to develop over time. However lust at 1st sight usually gets the couple to start on that adventure known as falling in love. My favorite romantic movie is “the Princess Bride”. It has humor, adventure, “true love” and most of all the HEA.
    I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, hot love scenes and a perfect HEA!

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • The Princess Bride is a great movie! So many fabulous lines from that one. My friends and I used to quote it at each other all the time in college.

      I’m a sucker for the HEA myself. I want to end a movie or a book with a smile on my face!

      Thank you for commenting. 🙂

    • It’s such a classic that I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never seen the whole movie, just bits and pieces of it.

  7. I much prefer the gradual development. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

    • I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen Dirty Dancing! A good friend and I went and saw it several time when it was first in the theater (we were in high school at the time). The funny thing is it was filmed at the place where she went to camp every summer, so she was always pointing out the various cabins and such.

  8. I tend to prefer the gradual falling in love part, but sometimes the love at first sight thing can be good too. 🙂

    craigcrystal(at)ymail(dot)com

  9. I love a mix of both, where the two characters see each other and feel compelled to gradually get to know each other.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  10. Hi! thanks for hosting the giveaway! the romance cant be to fast and it cant be to slow it has to be just right. Hope i get a chance to win!
    californiazgold(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. I like all types of romances. Best friends find out they love each other. Antagonists find that their dislike for each other is actually love. As long as it’s romance, I like it.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  12. I love the French movie THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE, with Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis–quirky enough to keep you laughing and guessing, but it melts me every time by the end.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  13. I like all types of romance movies. I don’t really have a preference as long as the romance is presented well.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  14. I don’t know why, but I have a liking for a love at first sight scenario in a novel. I know in real life it’s better to get to know the person.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  15. I have to admit, I prefer an action-adventure type of romance one of my new favorites is The Dark Knight Rises–the ending is priceless.
    qwilliarain(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. I like the gradual chase in novels. I look forward in reading Hainted. I have added it to my must have list.

    Thanks,
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  17. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA’s, the love. I love it all!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

    • “My favorite thing about romance is the romance.” I’d say that’s a great way to sum it up! 🙂

  18. Although I write Romance (with HEA) I hardly ever watch it – but I have seen Shrek and Princess Bride and loved them both. ^_^ Love at first sight is easy for me as my partner and I fell for each other talking on the phone, and meeting just confirmed it.

  19. Love the cover of Hainted!
    I love all romance, so long as it makes me FEEL it and takes me along for the ride to a HEA!!

    maryjooller [at] yahoo [dot] com

  20. I am torn between both. I love when one person was in love at first sight but hides his or her feelings until the time is right, and in most cases not! Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I love Hainted’s cover!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  21. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending! I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! My friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

    prettyunicorn78@yahoo.com

  22. I love when love develops gradually over time not right away. Sometimes I do like love at first sight but not always! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  23. I like gradual development in my romance. I like romantic comedy. havebookwillsurvive at gmail.com

  24. I love all types of romance. I like the romance movies that show deep love that endures a tragedy such as Ladyhawke. Isabeau and Navarre have to overcome a curse to be together. There love is unending.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    • I LOVE Ladyhawke. I saw it three times when it first came out in the theaters, which at the time was the most times I’d ever seen a film. I really need to track that one down on DVD!

  25. I like both the gradual and the love at first site. Some of my favorite romance movies would have to be the princess bride, how to lose a guy in 10 days and sweet home alabama. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great labor day weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  26. I think gradual is strongest. My family is from Avery County, NC! Can’t wait to read Hainted

    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  27. I think gradual has more foundation to withstand the though times. But love at first sight can have a good chance too if people are willing to fight and give it a chance, not give up immediately. One of my favorite romance movies has to be Sweet Home Alabama. Thank you for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway. 😉

    yazmin.z.rangel(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. Definitely romance and attraction that builds as the people get to know each other. Hell, I wasn’t even sure I liked my husband when I first met him!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  29. Yeah build up to HEA not an immediate love at first sight…
    Great blog hop
    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

  30. Immediate love is not realistic, but there is only so much time in movies. Book formats can afford to take a little more time
    I like romance with a mixture of comedy with the drama
    tjandbcd at optonline dot net

  31. I don’t watch movies so I don’t have a favorite. I love reading romance books.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  32. I like both types of romance movies. As long as the story is good. My favorite romance movie at the second is Pretty Woman.

    SnowWhite258(at)hotmail(dot)com

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