And the winner is . . .

WOW. I just typed 265 entries into this random name picker! I am thrilled so many of you were interested in my romance-themed giveaway, and I'm already scheming up the next one. Look for it this April!

I'd love to draw out the process, throw in a few commercial breaks or whatnot, but I'll leave that level of cruelty to reality television.

So the winner . . . izzzzzzzz . . .


Chloe's comment said: "I'm kind of a sucker for romance. Titanic, Twilight, Vampire Academy, Beautiful Creatures... Pretty much the entirety of all of those are some of my favorite romantic scenes."

You're in the right place! I'm a sucker for romance, too.

Er. Obviously.

Congratulations, Chloe! [If you have not received my email, consider it stolen by gremlins, and please send your mailing address to: steph AT stephanieperkins.com] And thank you to everyone else for entering. My heart is happy and warm.

There were many comments in agreement with me about North and South, as well as Pride and Prejudice — both the Matthew Macfadyen AND Colin Firth versions. (For the record: OF COURSE I also love the Firth version!) Several of you mentioned The Rain Scene, and I especially loved commenter Emily for typing out the line from The Hero Walk Through the Fog: "You have bewitched me body and soul and I lov-I lov-love you."

The stuttering! Swoon.

Here are the other entries that recieved multiple mentions:

— Hermione and Ron FINALLY getting together
The Notebook
Love Actually (Nearly *every* scene/character was mentioned!)
— Candy shop scene in Shiver
— Peeta and Katniss (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire)
— The end of Secretary
Bridget Jones' Diary (film)
— THE LETTER in Persuasion
— Nora and Patch making out in the kitchen (Hush, Hush)
Becoming Jane
10 Things I Hate About You
Room With a View (film)
Say Anything
Dear Frankie
The Princess Diaries
Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
Jane Eyre
— Colonel Brandon & Marianne (Sense & Sensibility)
The Phantom of the Opera
Wuthering Heights
— Rose & Dimitri (Vampire Academy)

You have EXCELLENT taste, friends. And there were dozens of novels and films (and manga!) that got singular mentions, some of which I'd heard of and some of which I hadn't. Cool!

Here are a few of my favorite comments:

Auntie Maim: My favorite is from one of the books in Francesca Lia Block's Dangerous Angels, I think Weetzie Bat (I'm away from my books right now). It's a first kiss: "A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs."

I looooooooove the Weetzie Bat series. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Begy: One of my most fave romantic scenes is from Brokeback Mountain, when Jack is saying "I wish I knew how to quit you" to Ennis.

AHHH! I KNOW! And *THE JACKET* at the end! Sob sob sob.

Melissa: My single favorite scene from a movie is at the end of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, when the whole house is falling apart around them and Clementine whispers "Meet me in Montauk." The fact that they find each other again... oh! It just almost makes me believe in fate.

It DOES make me believe in fate! Such a perfect film.

L.K. Madigan's Valley Girl breakdown:

Randy (Nicolas Cage) hides in a bathroom waiting for Julie to show up, because he's a bad boy with semi-punk hair who got thrown out of the party, but he really wants to get to know her. Finally she comes in, and he asks her to leave with him. She's adorably shocked and Valley Girl-ish, and says, "Where would we go?"

"I don't care."

"Well, what would we do?"



He gazes at her soulfully, and she finally says yes. Then he gives her a quick kiss, and leaves by the window. They meet outside with their BFFs and have adventures in Hollywood, complete with the Plimsouls singing in a dive bar and then kissing while they look at the lights in the Valley.

It's been way too long since I've seen Valley Girl. Hello, Netflix!

And how much did I love Renee for putting Cherry Darling and El Wray from Planet Terror on her list? Oh, man! They totally got me, too. Best zombie fighting couple ever! And at least two people pointed out that I'd forgotten to mention Across the Universe.

WAIT. WHAT?!?!?!?

You're right. And I'm mortified. I'd better make up for it with a video (spoiler alert/end of film):

Okay. And now I'm crying.

I love that movie.

Oh! And I totally wanted to give my friends/critique partners Kiersten White and Sumner Smith EXTRA ENTRIES for saying nice things about my novel. It's a good thing I'm STRONG and can RESIST the temptation of FLATTERY.


Sumner: Also — I'm quite partial to Anna and her English French American boy.

Kiersten: Okay, and I'm not sucking up because the drawing is random, but one of my all time favorite kissing scenes is IN YOUR BOOK. WHICH I NEED A PHYSICAL COPY OF SOON SOON SOON so I can read it whenever I want and SWOON SWOON SWOON.

But if that doesn't count, in Willa Cather's O Pioneers! there is an achingly beautiful kiss between two doomed lovers. Ah, doomed love. So not fun in real life, so delicious in literature.

I love that scene! The O Pioneers! one, I mean.

And — cough cough — mine, too.

I still have another Paris post coming, but I'm not quite up to it yet. Is it weird to be homesick for a place that isn't your home? For whatever it's worth, I am. I miss France. I miss it so much, I'm finding it difficult to talk about.

It's a good thing I'll always have romance.


  1. This was such a great contest (even though I didn't win)!!! I LOVE romance. : )

    Stephanie, you're the best!

    PS- I left a little something for you on my blog today. : )

    Click here to visit Kim Franklin’s blog!

    Happy Monday!!!

  2. Congrats to Chloe! I love contests, and this was a great one. :-) Thanks, Steph!


    major romance fail!!!!!

    OH, also, i really really love the book Scrambled Eggs at Midnight! I've been checking it out about once a month for the past year regularly. I can't get tired of it!

    In addition, Jim Sturgess = love.

  4. How could I forget the SHIVER candy shop scene? That was the best part of the book, in my opinion.

    Congrats, Chloe!

  5. Paris is always a good idea - The movie "Sabrina"

    America is my country and Paris is my hometown - Gertrude Stein

    Thanks for doing the contest.

  6. Saddened it was in fact not me...oh well. I'm going to watch Bright Star tonight, and scrambled eggs is waiting for me at my library. But I so very much want that copy of P&P. ISBN # please...

  7. Jessica- Enjoy Bright Star! I loved it!

  8. Thanks, Steph, for making this so much fun! Congrats, Chloe!

  9. Cool, so many entries! I finally figured out mine. It's in Babylon 5, when Marcus connects himself to Ivanova to give his life so that she can live, and he finally whispers 'I love you', and she is in a coma and can't hear him.

  10. What a fun contest!

    I love Across the Universe, too.

  11. Love all these entries :)

  12. Your idea of figuring out the best romantic scenes in books and film inspired me to write about it on my blog, too, because I HAD to post the scenes from uTube and not just the list of names. Of course, I credited my inspiration for listing my favorite romantic scenes to your website and posted a link to your blog, too. My list is at

    I had way too much fun figuring the scenes out, and I only did the film ones so far! I included scenes from Shakespeare in Love, You've Got Mail, Chocolat, Room With a View, Somewhere in Time, Moulin Rouge, Life is Beautiful, Pride and Prejudice, The Notebook, Titanic, Little Women, and Sense and Sensibility. (Three of the scenes were in the rain!)

    Thanks again for such a fun idea.

  13. Congrats to Chloe.

    I can totally understand being homesick for France. It's a wonderful way to live and the food and joie de vivre are lovely to experience.

    I can't wait to read all about Anna. There are some nice kissing scenes in my book too. A couple of them are quite romantic even if I do say so myself.

  14. This was so fun!!! I need blog content ... I'm going to link to your posts.

    Congrats to Chloe!


  15. Kimberly — Thank you!! I'm so honored!

    Abby — You are very, very welcome! I'm happy it got such a nice response!

    Lexi — Your levels of coolness never cease to amaze me. I LOVE that you love Scrambled Eggs! Yes!! I've read their second one, Dream Factory, several times too, but haven't read their latest because I don't *think* it's a romance. Have you read it yet?

    Mariah — Everyone keeps talking about it! I (whisper) still haven't read it. I read her first one, though! Guess I'll need to see what that candy shop is all about. ;)

    Connie — Thank you. Those made me tear up.

    Jessica — Eeek. I hope you like them! I love recommending stuff, but then I always get SO nervous!

    Corinne — PHEW. Okay, maybe Jessica WILL like Bright Star. ;)

    Myrna — You are so welcome! I'm looking forward to doing another one.

    Tone — I haven't seen that, but your description is choking me up. *sniff sniff*

    Tere — SUCH a dreamy movie!

    Sara — Me too! That was the best part, getting to read so many romantic stories at once.

    Nicole — Oh, I'm so happy it inspired you! I looked for a place to comment on your blog, but I didn't see it. (Did I just miss it somehow?) I'm a sucker for You've Got Mail, too! And Shakespeare In Love and Chocolat and and and . . .

    Lois — Ooo, I LIKE the sound of your book! And thank you for understanding about France. It sounds corny, but it was such a magical month . . . it's hard to let go.

    Lisa — And your entry gave me a HUGE grin. Thank you!

  16. OMG even though I didn't wi, I"M FEELING ECSTATIC that one of my fave romantic scene is also your favorite!!!!! So although I haven't tweeted since I signed up for the sake of this contest, but it's all worth it! Holla to you!!! *HUGS*