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.
What 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.
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