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From Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant. Which you should read.

Twenty-six hours, four flights, and two missing suitcases later . . . I'm home. The airline assures me the luggage will arrive in a few days. But whatever. Did I mention I'm home? Which means I AM NOT IN PARIS?


My last week was as heavenly as the rest. I have a few more pictures and fun stories to share, but as the cord that connects my camera to my computer is in my luggage, they'll have to wait. (And hopefully my laptop will be fixed this week. I'm using a desktop Mac right now, which is noisy and sits next to Mr. T's litterbox but, on the plus side, turns on. Which is more than my laptop can say.)

Mr. Tumnus. Because I missed him.

I swear I did not name my cat after James McAvoy.

So I'll wrap up Paris later. Besides, I have something BETTER to talk about — A GIVEAWAY!

As most of you know, Anna and the French Kiss is a love story. It's also about Other Things, of course, but . . . mainly it's about a hunky dreamboat and making out. So as Valentine's Day approaches, I'm honoring love stories — and Anna! — by giving away:

♥ A classic romance, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

A contemporary YA romance — like Anna! — Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler's Scrambled Eggs at Midnight

Orange blossom marshmallows from Ladurée


I selected Pride and Prejudice, because it's my favorite love story and, even if you already have it, it's my firm belief that you can never own too many copies. I mean, IT'S MR. DARCY. And how fantastic is the cover of this new edition?

I selected Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, because I wanted a YA novel you might not be familiar with. Here is Booklist's description:

"My mother is a wench. It says so right on her W-2." Fifteen-year-old Calliope (Cal) is tired of sleeping in tents and following her free-spirited mother, who works at Renaissance fairs, selling handmade jewelry and serving drinks. She yearns for four walls, her father back in Texas, and a deeper sense of place, connection, and love. While spending the summer in Asheville, North Carolina, Cal meets Elliot, whose father runs a Christian camp for overweight kids. Like David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, this coauthored love story unfolds in alternating chapters narrated in Cal and Elliot's hilarious, heart-tugging voices.

I adore this novel! It's strange I've never mentioned it here before — or their second novel, Dream Factory, which I also love — because it's romantic and clever and just-so-happens to take place in my town. AND it's published by Dutton, who is publishing Anna and the French Kiss.


Finally, I wanted to bring you macarons from Paris, but since they grow stale within a day, here's the next best thing – marshmallows in my favorite Ladurée macaron flavor, fleur d'oranger. Decadent!


(1) Leave a comment in this post about your favorite romantic scene(s) from a novel or a film.

This puts your name into the drawing once. If you'd like additional chances to win . . .

(2) Link to this post from your blog! Let me know in the comments if you do this.

This puts your name in the drawing TWO more times.

(3) Link to this post from your Twitter account! Let me know in the comments if you do this.

This also puts your name in the drawing TWO more times.

So if you do all three steps, your name will be in the drawing five times! You have the rest of this week to enter (through the end of Sunday), and I'll announce the winner on Monday, February 8th. This way, the package can arrive before Valentine's Day.

[EDITED TO ADD: Yes! This contest is open internationally!]

Good luck!

To get you in the spirit, here are a few of MY favorite romantic scenes. I'm sticking with movies, because I'm feeling kinda lazy.

Will Ferrell singing "Whole Wide World" to Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stranger Than Fiction:

Mr. Thornton and Margaret at the train station in North and South (spoiler alert/end of film):

I also love the heartache in the "Look back at me" scene. If you like Austen-type films and you HAVEN'T seen the BBC's adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, HOLYCUPCAKES GO RENT IT NOW NOW NOW!

Ah hem.

The triple kissing in Amélie (spoiler alert/end of film):

Christian singing "Your Song" to Satine in Moulin Rouge!:

I also love the finale. Oh, it kills me.

And, of course, the rain scene in 2005's Pride and Prejudice:

Also swoon-inducing is The Hero Walk, of which I couldn't find a video! It's a good thing I HAVZ PICTURE:

The Hero Walk, complete with fog and billowy coat.

Is that enough? Not for me, but it probably is for you!

And now I'm eager to hear about YOUR favorite romantic scenes.

MONDAY MORNING, FEB. 8th: The giveaway is officially closed. The winner will be announced later today!


  1. 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.

    Okay. Now I am going to go tweet this, because I want those marshmallows!

  2. Yay you're back!

    Scrambled eggs sounds awesome, and i may have to pick it up if i don't win.

    I love love love the kissing scene in Room With a View - Julian Sands? On a beautiful italian hill? Scandal?! What's not to love!

    Alas i do not tweet, but i will post about your lovely contest on my blog.


  3. Woo-hoo! Great, great contest. I can't wait for your book.

    My favorite - Han and Leia, Empire Strikes Back

    "You like me because I'm a scoundrel"
    "I happen to like nice men"
    "I'm a nice man"
    "No you're not you're-"

    Tweeting the contest now!

  4. I swear I am not just copying you but the rain scene in P&P gets me every. single. time. SIGH. Darcy is so nervous and awkward and delicious and I love him.

    Linking back to you on my blog now!

  5. Here via Kiersten's tweet. Hmm, one of my fave romantic scenes is the nose kiss on the soccer field at the end of Bend It Like Beckham.

    Also, EVERY ROMANTIC SCENE IN FUSHIGI YUUGI!!! Okay, this is an anime series/manga - maybe that won't count... But seriously? SO GOOD. (Just ask Natalie Whipple. And tell her Kristan put you up to it. :P) I can make myself tear up just thinking about the last 90 seconds of the show...

  6. How awesome is the cover of P&P?! I love it. (Even though I've read it three times so far and still don't have my own copy.)

    As faras my favorite romantic scenes go, the North and South ending is my absolutely favorite. *swoon* However, last night I watched the final half of the new Emma, and that was pretty romantic as well.

    And I tweeted: http://twitter.com/MelanieMFoust/status/8556339415

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway! =)

  7. Anonymous3:32 PM GMT-5

    Okay, so since today's the LOST premiere, I'm having a hard time thinking out of that particular box. I know it's not a novel or a film, but it might as well be...there are two scenes in particular that I LOVE:

    (one) In Season One, when pregnant Claire is craving peanut butter, and Charlie looks everywhere for some but comes up empty-handed...he brings her an empty jar instead and makes her day by pretending there's peanut butter inside. It's one of the sweetest scenes ever, and I love it.

    (two) The cliffhanger from last season's finale, where Juliet is being sucked down the hole by the electromagnetic pull, and Sawyer is hanging onto her for dear life to keep her from falling - it's pretty romantic, in a completely heart-wrenching way.

    So, I don't know if those count, but I'll try to think of a movie/novel reference just in case. I LOVE the cover of that P&P version...

  8. Orange blossom marshmallows? French orange blossom marshmallows? *drool*

    My favorite love scene would be Jane Austin's Persuasion when Anne is reading Wentworth's letter. (This scene is beautiful in both the book and the 1995 movie.) *le sigh*

    Also, retweeting this.

  9. Anonymous3:35 PM GMT-5

    Forgot to add, I tweeted it. I'm @olsonkayla on there, FYI!

  10. I've always loved the part in Jane Eyre where Jane turns down Mr. Rochester and runs away from him, even though all she wants to do is stay.

    Also, the part where she comes back and sees him blind.

    I'm misting up just thinking about it.

  11. I love the scene in the Baz Lurhmann Romeo and Juliet where they meet through the fish tank - though there's no kissing to me it shows the innocent side of love so often missed in films.

  12. Favorite romantic moment in literature... well, the scene in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon when Claire and Jamie first tell each other "I love you" at Lallybroch.

    *will tweet!*

  13. Glad to see you are back safe! Hope the luggage gets there soon. What a pain.

    Some of my favorite romantic moments in movies are the row boat scene from THE NOTEBOOK, the wedding in A WALK TO REMEMBER, the "I'm flying, Jack!" scene in TITANIC, and the scene in SPIDER-MAN when Kiersten Dunst kisses an upside down, partially masked Toby Maguire in the rain. Oh, and the whole of LOVE, ACTUALLY is romantic and heartwarming!

    SCRAMBLED EGGS sounds like a great book. Even if I don't win (which I'm sure I won't, but a girl can dream), I think I will pick that up.

    BTW, I linked to your blog here:

  14. ohhh I so totally want!

  15. oops I got so excited I forgot to talk about my favest scenes!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE in Meg Cabot's How to be Popular book at the end when they have the whole make out all night in the observatory. Too awesome!!!

  16. Hello. I've been reading your blog since forever, so I thought I'd use this to introduce myself.

    My favorite romantic scene is the revelation at the end of Sense & Sensibility. (Close second is the scene at the end of Jane Eyre.)

  17. Fav scene: I love the kiss under the rain scene from The Notebook *sigh* and the one when they dance in the middle of the street xD

    Sidebar link: http://blogentrelibros.blogspot.com/

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Entre_Libros/status/8557485722

    Thank you!

  18. I would have to ditto the Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice comments, but in the Anne of Green Gables series, when Anne thinks Gilbert Blythe is dying and yeah. It's been a long time since I've read it, but that part just pulled at my heart, as did his apology for calling her "Carrots."

    I will link your contest on my blog.

  19. Anonymous4:09 PM GMT-5

    Welcome home!! I hope your luggage joins you soon!

    Oh, gosh, how to choose my top romantic scene? The entirety of Love Actually probably has to win, because it's chock full of mushball moments--the little boy in the airport, Colin Firth proposing in broken Portuguese, the posters outside Keira Knightley's door, and on and on...SWOON.

  20. Yikes. Favorite kiss scene? That is going to be difficult.

    WELL, I'll go with movies, and if I have to pick my favorite, I would have to say the kiss in PENELOPE. Simply because James has this way of kissing a girl like it might be the last time he sees her and he just hast to give it his all and make my knees go weak and my heart kind of stutter. I maybe swoon every time I watch that kiss? (And proceed to re-watch it a dozen or so times about that).

    ALSO, the kiss in BECOMING JANE, in the forest? Where he just takes charge and, yeah. LOVE.

    I also feel like there should be an epic kiss at the end of WICKER PARK and sometimes I remember the scene like there is, because its so tender and lovely and exciting. So, that doesn't count but I always like to weigh in on that beautiful scene.

    Those are my movie kisses. There are a dozen or so more, but, you know. Trying to save space and not take up all your time.

    Will tweet (bravenewyou) about this. Would blog, but alas, I am my only follower to that wouldn't do you much good :]

  21. 1. My favorite romantic scenes in no particular order are (youtube links to scenes if I can find them):
    That close to the end scene in Penelope where she goes to Johnny's apartment on Halloween and they FINALLY kiss. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PYG3HoWvug

    Ron and Hermione. During the final battle: "No," said Ron seriously, “I mean we should tell them to get out. We don’t want anymore Dobbies, do we? We can’t order them to die for us –"
    There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.

    Also, to steal some of yours. That scene from Amelie, and the two from Pride and Prejudice.

    Can't find a decent clip of it on youtube, but from Bridget Jones's Diary: "Wait a minute...nice boys don't kiss like that" "Oh yes they f*cking do."

    I'll leave off my list there before it gets too long haha.

    3. Linked to it on twitter! On which my username is jnetlemoine :)

  22. Oh! Oh! Wait! I HAVE to add this scene to my list. The final scene from Secretary (with Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader). Can't find that scene on youtube either, most likely because it contains nudity. "In one way or another I've always suffered. I didn't know why exactly. But I do know that I'm not so scared of suffering now. I feel more than I've ever felt and I've found someone to feel with. To play with. To love in a way that feels right for me. I hope he knows that I can see that he suffers too. And that I want to love him." "Each cut, each scar, each burn, a different mood or time. I told him what the first one was, told him where the second one came from. I remembered them all. And for the first time in my life I felt beautiful. Finally part of the earth. I touched the soil and he loved me back."

  23. Wow..this is a great contest! I'm loving the prizes and the theme!

    I'm lazy so I'm going for the movies:

    **Love Actually (already mentioned but an all time favorite of mine!) The scene with the Prime Minister and Natalie at the kid's play is my FAVORITE.

    **Bridget Jones's Diary - when they are making out on the bed and joke about her HUGE underwear. Funny and cute. Apparently have a Hugh Grant theme going here but it's totally unintentional.

    **Cutting Edge - cheesy ice skating movie that I'm embarassed to say I love - the kiss at the very end as they win the medal.

    Now that I've totally embarassed myself...I'm off!

    Love the contest!

  24. Anonymous5:05 PM GMT-5

    You already picked my favorite scene! It's the final train kissing scene from North and South. Hands down best romantic scene I've seen done. Just thinking about it makes me all melty.

  25. Glad you made it home safely, even if you'd rather still be there. ;)

    One of the most romantic things I've seen in a movie is the last scene in The Way We Were. So sad and tragic!

    Linking to Twitter!

  26. I hope the contest is open internationally? If so, I tweeted about it! (http://twitter.com/snazel/statuses/8561619765) And for a favourite kissing scene... I love the part in Wicked Lovely when Ash finally realizes that Seth is *cough* very attractive, and he reveals that he's been waiting for her- and then they make out. Yay cuddling! :D


    Snazel — Yes, I should have mentioned that! The contest is open internationally :)

  28. Stephanie, this is such a great contest!!! You're so smart. ; )

    One of my favorite romantic scenes in a book is in Hush, Hush.

    I love the part where Nora and Patch are in her house and he has her on the counter and they're just about to kiss... umm...yeah. So good! ; )

    And I totally Tweeted this link!!!

  29. Anonymous6:47 PM GMT-5

    Ahhh romance! It makes me so happy. I just finished a book called The Iron King and there is a part in there when Ash finally lets his feelings be known to Meghan and they kiss. It was a long time coming and made me happy :) There is also the book Hush, Hush where Nora and Patch make out in the kitchen :)

    I retweeted!


  30. Anonymous6:48 PM GMT-5

    Oh, I love this!

    My favorite romantic scene is not TECHNICALLY between both of the characters, but whatever. It's the scene when Anne Elliot is reading the letter Captain Wentworth wrote her at the end of Austen's Persuasion. It's so lovely. (In fact, I just took a pause to google it and found a facebook page dedicated to it. Wow. So that's like my favorite thing this week. Hoorah!) Jane Austen is a genius, is she not?

    Also, I totally tweeted about this. http://twitter.com/rabidrosa/status/8563319939.

    This is so awesome. Even just reading the comments is making me happy. Ah, literary love :)

  31. Great contest!

    One of my favorite romantic scenes is in "The Princess Bride" when Buttercup realizes the man in black is Westley because he says "As you wish." Chills, every time.

    Also, fog scene in P&P, but that goes without saying.

    Going to tweet right now!

  32. This is great!

    My favorite romantic scene is from The Notebook, I love the whole lake-rain scene. I also love the you had at the hello scene from Jerry Maguire ^.^

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/SmartGirls_Read/statuses/8564124933

    -Mariana S

  33. And I love when Puck kisses Sabrina in the Sisters Grimm series. I kept going back to that illustration. It's almost as great as when he writes Captain Doodieface across her forehead in permanent marker and gives her a goatee because she made him be a hero again. I mean, everyone knows that Puck's one of the villains. Right?

  34. My favourite scenes:

    Movies - the rain scene in The Notebook, the "goodbye scene" in the movie Keith, the wedding scene in the 1996 Romeo + Juliet, the end scene of Tristan & Isolde (although that's so heartbreaking) and a lot of the ones you mentioned too... weirdly, all of those are actually movies based on books.

    Books - the Jonah/Taylor scenes in Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, the Jace/Clary scenes from City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, the Dimitri/Rose scenes from Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead... and loads more.

    +I've linked the contest in the sidebar of my book blog:


  35. I also love the scene in A Wrinkle in Time where Meg and Calvin kiss before Meg leaves to face IT. L'Engle could write some romance.

  36. Ooh great giveaway!

    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 xD

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/chloeeesays/statuses/8566800179


  37. My faves are kind of tragic, which is kind of not like me at all, but...

    Phantom of the Opera-When the Phantom lets Christine go to Raul, because he is tortured and knows they can never really be together.
    (Tragic kiss and all)

    Love Actually-When that really good looking guy shows up at Kiera Knightly's door on Christmas eve with those signs that say how his twisted heart will love her forever even though he knows they can never really be together (Tragic kiss and all)

    I sense a theme...

    Welcome back!!


  38. Movie: Planet Terror

    Summary of scene: Cherry walked out on El Wray sometime in the past (I’m guessing a year or a couple of months) because he wouldn’t commit and when they first re-meet at the beginning of the movie, he tells her he spent 2 weeks looking for the jacket that she took and she’s all miffed. The scene I chose takes place in the middle of the movie.

    El Wray: Did you find what was in the pocket [of the jacket]?
    Cherry Darling: Fuck no.
    El Wray: Look for it.
    [Cherry searches through one pocket]
    El Wray: No, the other one.
    [Cherry searches through the other pocket and takes out a box with a ring inside it]
    El Wray: I was gonna give it to you, but you left me. ‘Cuz you took the jacket…
    Cherry Darling: [saying it at the same time as El Wray] … and I looked for it for two weeks.
    El Wray: Read it.
    Cherry Darling: Two against the world.
    El Wray: Remember that?
    Cherry Darling: I never forgot it.

    That's my romantic scene, and yes, it does take place in a horror movie. =)

    I also linked to this post via twitter (ShakespeareF) and my blog (http://s-frostie.tumblr.com/).

    I enjoyed this contest; my roommate and I spent an hour discussing our favorite romantic scenes, it was quite fun.

  39. Love the contest. In Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev there's the "hot tub" scene and also the Tango scene. Any scene between Alex and Brittany in Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and the scene between Lucy and Zach in Impossible by Nancy Werlin where they are making the shirt. And I second the scenes between Taylor and Jonah in Jellicoe Road.

    Movie-wise, of course the ones from P & P, and I'll definitely be renting North and South. I really like the scene between Catherine Moreland and Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey, and Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park,
    The scene in Dear Frankie between The Stranger and the mom. If you have not watched this, do so.
    And of course the one in Penelope.
    I'm wracking my brain but that's all I have right now.
    I'm linking from my blog, and twittering.

  40. This is a very exciting giveaway. I approve! (because obviously my approval has to count for something...right?)

    So part one...

    I have three favorite book/film romantic moments.

    *Book: Ron Weasly and Hermione Granger kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, American hardcover page 625. Although we were expecting it, the kiss came out of nowhere and as a Hufflepuff I'm quite adamant on the whole house elves issue...

    *Book: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark kiss in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, American hardcover page 260. It was their first kiss, and although not extremely romantic, something about that moment and the sequence of events leading up to it really stuck. Unique series, great writing, compelling plot...what more can you ask for!?

    *Film: Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and (1995) starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. I have to start out by saying that this is and always will be the only good film version of Pride and Prejudice. Colin Firth *is* Mr. Darcy. As for a particular scene or moment...there are too many to count...the whole film is brilliant!

    So on to part two...

    Your blog post is linked over here: http://www.blogspot.com/fzngwizbee

    And finally, part three...

    There is some serious linkage over here: http://www.twitter.com/fzngwizbee

  41. ACK! Coolest contest ever!

    OK--my fav love scene in a movie...probably James McAvoy (I deserve, like, triple points for typing his name, btw)...anyway James McAvoy in Becoming Jane. When Jane starts to walk away from him, and James McAvoy does that little lip tremble and silent "please." And she stays, but not really, and I don't know what else happened because I was too busy WEEPING.

    Also: I sort of adore the love scenes between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. Which also ended sadly.

    Which is now making me think that perhaps I have a screwed up idea of love scenes.

    Which makes me wish I had french tasties a whole bunch ;)

  42. I blogged & twittered

    I love your romatic kiss movies, the first time I saw North & South I kept thinking that his lips were to thin, until I saw that he knew how to use them, all was forgiven.

    One of my favorite movie kisses is from Dear Frankie, the sexual tension is amazing.

    One of my favorite book kisses is in Just Listen by Sarah Dessen...car wash I don't think I need to say more.

  43. I'll choose movies as my medium.

    More recent: The Bromance in Sherlock Holmes between him and Watson.

    Most exciting: The (heated,tense, sexy) rain scene in Pride and Prejudice (2005).

    Most entertaining: When Patrick Verona sings "You're Just Too Good To Be True" to Kat Stratford in Ten Things I Hate About You.

    Most hilarious: The scene in Death at a Funeral when Martha is able to talk a naked Simon down from off the roof by telling him she is pregnant. so funny!

    Here's my blogger post: http://mimisofamous.blogspot.com/2010/02/win-win-win.html

    and I also twittered.

    Fingers Crossed! I could use some Romance and Marshmallows!!

  44. I heart (yep, a verb now) this blog Stephanie!

    One of my favorite romantic scenes? Pudge and Alaska in John Green's Looking for Alaska. The scene where they finally KISS. And then Alaska says, "To be continued..."

    Great writing. Great scene. Heart-breaking too. And I don't have a blog or twitter. BOO! But I hope to win! =)

  45. I have so many...and so many that are mentioned here already. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in P&P is HUGE.

    I love the Ron/Hermione scene in Deathly Hallows, but I also love the Harry/Ginny scene in HBP where she charges at him after the quidditch match.

    In Love Actually, virtually the whole movie is full of romantic scenes, but my favorite is Colin Firth trying to propose in Portuguese.

    In Jerry Maguire, the whole "You Complete Me" scene gets me every time.

    It's rather silly, but the whole end scene with Jason Segal and Paul Rudd in "I Love You, Man." Classic bromance story.

    Holden McNeil's monologue to Alyssa Jones in Chasing Amy.

    The Belle and Beast kiss at the end of Beauty and the Beast.

    And it's a TV show, but when McDreamy comes to his trailer to find Meredith building a "house" out of candles.

    Sigh.....I want more romance.

    Oh, and I am retweeting!


  46. Yay, I love a good giveaway!! Ok, my favorite romantic scene (and you know I'm a connoisseur of romantic scenes) lately is actually on a blog - I must confess I stayed up into the wee hours reading the whole true love story of The Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com/). I know this is one of the biggest blogs out there, but I somehow just found it. And totally got sucked into the love story. Who doesn't love a cowboy??

    If that doesn't count - I guess I have lowbrow tastes - but Bella and Edward finally getting together is a good one.

    And also - I'm quite partial to Anna and her English French American Boy. Good Stuff! And - I'm linking to you on my blog.

  47. My favorite romantic scenes are the moment Tom Hanks takes Meg Ryan's hand at the end of SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and the scene from ELF where Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel sing "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

    I love that you are doing this contest -- what a great idea -- and am going to post about it on Twitter now (twitter.com/jeniw). Thank you!

  48. *word verification = penfiest, which seems kind of writerly, no?*

    WELCOME HOME! Now move to Paris and have a cozy garret guest room where we can come visit :-)

    For a favorite romantic scene, I'm going to go with the firelight scene in . . . Firelight! Have you seen it? With Sophie Marceau and Stephan Dillane? Love it, love it, love it, and I'm pretty sure you would too. I'm not finding a good clip on youtube, alas. You'll just have to trust me :-) And I shall go blog and tweet at once.


  49. Oh! The love scene in Cold Mountain (the book, and the movie, actually).

  50. Well, as a Ron and Hermione shipper (seriously- I ran a website...) I'm a total sucker for their big moment... I keep thinking of the scene in my novel, (the one you helped me with) but I don't think that counts... The scene in Music and Lyrics with Hugh Grant singing for Drew Barrymore, practically the entirety of Definitely, Maybe (best makeout movie EVAR) but especially the end scene with April, Q and Margo Roth Spiegelman in Paper Towns, (again, the end) Scarlett and Eric in the theater in Suite Scarlett, and of course ANYTHING in P&P, but I'm a sucker for the end scene in the field. :) Posted on my blog, (yourdailyespresso.blogspot.com) and twittered! :)


  51. I've got a couple great romantic scenes.
    For gritty, I'm going to go with Lilu and Bruce Willis' sexy sex scene at the end of Fifth Element. I love the proper monk guy's expression!
    In Literature, I must say that Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart's consummation scene in Atlas Shrugged is arty and very hot.
    PS- I linked to your giveaway on my blog!

  52. fav kissing scene that comes to mind is in the Notebook. The one in the rain. Yikes.

    i tweeted about the contest.

    glad to have you back - is your computer fixed or did you get a new one?

    au voir

  53. What fun! I'm going to go with the wedding scene in Gene Stratton-Porter's The Keeper of the Bees. It happens probably a third of the way into the book and is SO mysterious and heartwrenching and ROMANTIC! Complete with veiled hat!

  54. You forgot THIS one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4Dsq9NtiIo

    So glad you're back! I shall tweet and follow and comment and brag about you to all my friends :-)

  55. Anonymous2:13 PM GMT-5

    I think I'm a SAY ANYTHING girl, where John Cusack is standing with a boom box outside her window letting the song speak the words he wants to say. Defiant, strong, helpless & hopeful.

    Yeah, that's it.

    P.S. I tweeted this, you betcha!

    -- Dawn Metcalf

  56. So many awesome scenes!!!!

    The end of North and South, naturally, as well as the running scene at the end of Persuasion.

    Also, if there ever IS one, the scene in which Katniss FINALLY decides who she is really in love with and exclaims her love for him.

    I shall blog AND tweet this contest. I want those marshmallows.

  57. Fave romantic scene in a movie (because there are just far too many in books, and it would take FOREVER to describe them all): that kiss in The Notebook. Ohhh, who can fail to be all melty during that scene? Loooove!

    I have linked to this contest on my blog:

    I have tweeted about this contest:

    Thank you for the contest! :)

    Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

  58. While not exactly a full on romantic scene, hands down for me it is the final scene in Jane Eyre, both book and movie. Only the 1996 version will do with Charlotte Gainsbourg being the epitome of Jane Eyre. I absolutely can't watch it without crying!


    I'll try and tweet (missmamamoon).

  59. Thanks for comp retweeted at http://twitter.com/butterfly_2001 will need to think about romantic scene shall get back!

  60. What a great competition. You listed my favorite romantic movie scene (North and South) but I think my favorite romantic scenes in any book are the scenes in Howl's Moving Castle. I love the interaction between Howl and Sophie. It gets me every time.

  61. I love the North and South love scene. The rest of the movie is long and even a little slow, but that scene makes it all worth it. Did you read the book? The love scene is very different, and very rushed. In fact, Elizabeth Gaskell wrote N&S for Dickens' Household Words and thought she had more issues in which to write it, and b/c of this misunderstanding she had to rush it. Thought you'd like to know.

    Along that same vein, I love the love scene in Wives and Daughters, another film rendition of Elizabeth Gaskell. It is also in the rain. It is also different than the book. In fact, it doesn't exist in the book b/c Gaskell died before she finished it. Very disappointing. I'm on my third read of the book, and I keep hoping it ends this time.

    I'm sure this is a record for me in the comments section.

  62. *spoiler alert for Princess Diaries series*
    I love it at the end of the third book in the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot where Michael FINALLY professes his love for Mia and in the last book when they FINALLY get back together. *sigh* I'm just linked to the contest from my blog and on my twitter. My blog is mchammer401.blogspot.com and my twitter is mchammer401. I'm following you on twitter so I know when you'll update your blog. :)

  63. Great giveaway!

    I would have to say that the "Pride and Prejudice Rain" video you put up was my favorite scene in the romance department! I <33 it :)



    delightfulreviews at gmail dot com

  64. Oh gosh, so much romance! *swoons*

    Well, you know how much I love that Will Ferrell singing scene, but since you've already mentioned it, I will have to go w/a classic fave:

    Movie: 16 Candles
    Scene: end of movie; Molly Ringwald emerges from the church, all pink and frou frou in her bridesmaids dress, to find Jake (looking super hot in vest and rolled-cuff jeans) waiting for her. Cue Thompson Twins' "If You Were Here".

    Alas, the only clip I can find is dubbed in Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DU9g5cnxUU

  65. Anonymous9:58 PM GMT-5

    I had to join this contest because I have never heard of Scrambled Eggs at Midnight and besides the title, it sounds really, really good! Also the funky new cover of P&P is really pretty and artsy and ... can I say French? I THINK I WILL!!!

    (1) My favourite romantic scene is in Beauty and the Beast when Belle is bestowed with access to the BEST LIBRARY IN POPULAR CULTURE, ever.

    (2) I linked to this contest on my blog here: http://ate.livejournal.com/20726.html

    (3) I tweeted about it here: http://twitter.com/rawstatic/status/8613391505


  66. I found this post from Laini Taylor's blog.

    I posted on my own blog here: http://candicewestberg.blogspot.com/2010/02/stephanie-perkins-valentine-giveaway.html

    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/ (under my name: candicewestberg

    And ONE of my favorite romantic movie/novel scenes is in the Notebook. Mostly because my relationship with my honey is practically a carbon-copy of Sparks' story! At the end when you believe that the woman will stay with her fiance and your stomach is all twisted in agony for her true love then... who does she choose? The question lingers... and she shows up. They run into eachother's arms and smooch. Ahhhh... Okay, I love the end too when she remembers him and they (spoiler!) die in each other's arms. *sigh* Love.

  67. I'm entering my favorite scene from the novel "Gaudy Night" by Dorothy Sayers, when bitterly disillusioned Harriet, who has resisted Lord Peter Wimsey's persistent admiration and kindnesses for eight years finally gives way. So much nuance, so little said, but it makes my face get hot.
    And I'm new to this blog thing, but I'm adding a link to your contest on my blog:
    Faith Pray

  68. Awesome contest!

    One of my favourite scenes is in 10 Things I Hate About You when Kat and Patrick kiss for the first time. It's playful, romantic, original ...

    I LOVE North & South. The actors did a tremendous job in that series. I've re-watched it countless times.

    I tweeted about this. I'm Brigita09 on Twitter.

  69. PARIS??? Are you aware of that? Steph, you ARE living a jetset life!!! Sooooo enviable!

    Okay. So of course I'm DYING to have your favorite things, to the extent where I HAD TO break my oath not to sign up on Twitter because I wanted to be unique, as in to be the only human being who doesn't have Twitter account. I mean I've already failed Facebook, for God's sake.

    But oh well. I'll do ANYTHING to have your heart. I mean, your competition is also applicable internationally. When on earth such competition ever happens??? So I was like: I MUST give it a shot. So here I am linking your post to my blog http://begybegy.blogspot.com/2010/02/bummer.html
    and to my BRAND NEW Twitter

    Oh I'm straying. Anyway, my 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. I swear to God, that was the most defining moment for me. Because there are times when I want to whisper that to someone I love. But how? he doesn't even notice me! Oh enough about me. Back to business. I think the scene was very romantic, in a sweet and heartbreaking way...

    *Excuse me while I'm weeping*

    Oh by the way, have I mentioned that I WORSHIP you?

  70. Here are a few of my favorites:

    The end of Persuasion with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root. Sigh...

    Colonel Brandon finding Marianne and carrying her back to the house in Sense and Sensibility. Marianne is not a favorite character of mine but the wonderful Kate Winslet makes her at least tolerable. But Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon - be still my beating heart.

    And quite a few scenes from Say Anything.

    Anne from Finland

  71. Well I feel like this may be cliched, but there is no Romantic Movie Scene I adore more than the Fog-in-the-morning-Mr.-Darcy-coming-across-the-moor-to-see-Elizabeth scene. Every time I watch it my pinkie tingles, which happens everytime I watch something romantic. I cannot even begin to describe how much I am in love with him when he's goes, "You have bewitched me body and soul and I lov-I lov-love you."

    Ah, no I want to go watch that scene again.

  72. So now I really want to see/read all of these romantic scenes! My favorite romance in general at the mo would have to be from Penelope. Love everything about it!

    Seriously hope I win!!

  73. My favourite love scene is in the book, The Quiet American, by Graham Greene. In it the protagonist is having to let his Vietanamese lover leave him for an American that her sister thinks will be a better match. It is so poignant and although, alas, no kissing - it is heartbreakingly romantic.
    nice contest,
    and how can you bear to be home from Paris.

  74. Ok...in films, it has to be The Notebook which is one of *the* most romantic films I've ever seen and a personal favourite of mine. I'll go with the rain scene! Also, I find the Phantom of the Opera quite romantic in a weird way - the way the phantom sees christine. Is that just me? As for novels, FAR too many to list on here.

    I tweeted about this contest (http://www.twitter.com/lynseynewton) and put it on my blog (http://lynseynewton.livejournal.com) which hopefully means I can have maximum points, YAY :)

  75. Wow, I am really laying my geek cards on the table with this one. I feel I need to give the scene context since people might not be familiar with it, so: In Robert Jordan's fantasy series The Wheel of Time there are several romances. My favorite is between Nynaeve, a very snarky, sassy, strong-willed woman (and helluv powerful magic wielder) and a rather grumpy, slightly emo, very hardcore fighting man named Lan, who also happens to be an uncrowned king (kind of like Aragorn in Lord of the Rings).

    Anyway, they've been in love since the first book, but since Lan is pretty sure the whole Saving the World thing is going to kill him eventually, he refuses to marry Nynaeve because he doesn't want to give her "widow's black" as her brideprice. Yeah. Nynaeve isn't taking that load of BS. FINALLY in book seven, after they've been separated for about four books, he manages to find her, JUST as one of the villains fire-blasts the ship Nynaeve is taking, sinking it and killing the entire crew. Nynaeve manages to get herself out of the boat, barely, and Lan finds her in the water almost unconscious. He brings her to his own boat, where she promptly throws up a whole lot of seawater, drags him inside, and slaps him in the face for being late. This argument turns into a big, long-awaited declaration of love from both of them and they get married that day. It's lovely.

    Whoa, really long comment, sorry! But the characters are lovely and I always get giddy when I read this chapter. It's called "Mashiara" from the 7th book, A Crown of Swords

    And yes, I'm tweeting about this too. :-)

  76. Since you were with me when I watched Pride & Prej. for the first time, then you witnessed the tears in my eyes when Mr. Darcy was walking through the fog. Of course that is the #1 best scene ever. But the second best romantic scene ever (a close second) is in the Gilmore Girls, when Lorelai is doing Karaoke, and singing "I will always love you" and Luke walks in. Oh my. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPaTmNZtsAc (It made me tear up just watching it again!!!)

    P.S. I'm so excited that I got to be the first person to mention this one.

    P.S.S. I'll also second (and third or fourth) the Room With A View, and Love Actually moments.

  77. Oooh, I LOVE that moment in North and South! It doesn't hurt that it's Richard Armitage, either.

    My favorite is without a doubt the final love scene in Pride and Prejudice...of course, it's my favorite novel!

    I also love the many scenes in Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes with Ginny and Keith.

  78. Forgot to mention I WILL be tweeting this at @susie130

  79. The Rain scene in Pride and Prejudice was the one I was going to talk about, but since you have already mentioned it I suppose I will have to pick another (but it is my all time favorite). I am not really sure if these count as "love scenes" but I have a particular fondness for that scene in HP Deathly Hallows in Malfoy Manor when Ron is running around their cell screaming Hermione over and over, chokes me up just thinking about it. The same goes for Bella crying and screaming Edward's name (in the book) when she is running through the crowd in Italy. And then in Love Actually...well besides every part with Keira Knightly. The part at the end with the little boy in the airport. <3 Ugh...so many more. I love love. Love being in love. Dont care what it does to me.

    I will be tweeting this at @Sarawkweird

  80. 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 blog-linked you at pixiedustandbottlerockets.blogspot.com, and tweeted you @auntie_maim!

  81. My favorite love scene isn't from a book or movie, it's from a T.V. show. In Doctor Who, the scene on Bad Wolf Bay where The Doctor leaves Rose with Doctor #2 is terrible and heart wrenching, and at the same time, technically a happy ending. Due to circumstances that would be tiresome to explain, The Doctor was cloned. Same face, personality, memories, everything. Except, unlike The Doctor, he only had one heart, which means he's half human and will age along with Rose. The Doctor leaves them to be together for presumably the rest of their lives, while he, lonely traveller, returns to his dimension to continue saving the world.

    In the specific scene that I like, Rose calls both Doctors to her and asks them to tell her what he said to her the last time he left her on that beach. (She tolds him she loved him. He says "And I suppose, if it's my last chance to say it-Rose Tyler..." and he faded away.) The real Doctor, instead of admitting that he had been about to confess his true feelings to her, he says, "Does it need saying?" But Doctor #2 leans in and whispers something in her ear. Now she knows that she can be happy with #2, because he's able to spend his life with her.

  82. Oh yeah, and I'll be tweeting (@subtlyinked) and linking :)

  83. Even though the rest of the movie was fairly disappointing, I love the kiss and farewell scene from Tuck Everlasting. I didn't think I'd like the invented romance (because the book was so wonderful without it!), but nothing breaks my romantic heart more than, "Winne Foster, I will love you until the day I die!"

    Though the beginning of Up is a close second as well - when they buy their childhood playhouse and move in, I was completely charmed.

    Tweeting: grace_kendall :)

  84. 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. =)
    I do also really love that scene from Moulin Rouge... and as for a book... I can't possibly name one. There are so many WONDERFUL ones!!

  85. I'm going to be totally cliché here, but my favorite romantic scenes are:
    1. The scene in Titanic where Jack and Rose are at the front of the boat and she spreads her arms and 'flies'. It's so adorable! :D
    2. Ron and Hermione's kiss in Deathly Hallows. I had been waiting so long for that, and it was absolutely perfect! It still makes me squee. :D
    3. Also the scene in the candy shop from the book Shiver. That was absolute cuteness.

    I also blogged about this: http://annathebold.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-giveaway.html and tweeted: http://twitter.com/annathebold/status/8693606672

  86. There is a precious scene in a Vietnamese-set called film called "The Scent of Green Papaya". An old man weeps with joy because he is allowed to see the woman he has loved since his youth for a few moments. She is praying and never acknowledges him, but he says that seeing her is enough to make him happy for years. An unusual romantic scene, but so beautiful!

  87. YAAAAAAY! ROMANCE! How I love thee! Okay, well, for the first one, I have lots of favourite romantic scenes, which for some reason I can't think of them right now. Only two does, though. One - Nora and Patch (the kitchen scene). I love them together, I really, really do. Two - Peeta and Katniss (anytime they kiss, basically, I swoon). They're an amazing couple. Team Peeta FTW! Oh and I can think of one from a movie (Twilight...but seriously!) - I think I've watched this scene like a hundred times, but it never gets old...When Edward appears to Bella in her bedroom and they end up making out or something. Yes, that was hot.

    And for the second one, does linking in the sidebar count? If so, it can be found here

    I tweeted it here. :)

  88. Okay, I just posted a link to this in my blog (yes, my SECRET blog):


    So please put my name in the drawing two more times!! yay.

    And folks, don't be confused by my identity change...see my post for most romantic scene eva under Sara Z.

    (my current word verification is cookee. Pronounced kooky? or cookie?)

  89. Anonymous2:50 PM GMT-5

    Beyond a doubt my favorite romantic scene is from Steven Shainberg's "Secretary" when E. Edward Grey (James Spader) finally accepts that Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) loves him and he allows himself to be loved. He then carries her upstairs and bathes her, dries her off, and then kisses her entire body so softly and lovingly it becomes the most romantic love scene I have ever seen. It really is a beautiful moment and so sensual.

  90. "In the Mood for Love" by Kar War Wong. The whole movie.

  91. Welcome back! :) Well, I couldn't read all 90 of the posts above, so who knows if these are repeats, but a few of my favorite film kisses are (and I have many): From, Never Been Kissed, the kiss on the pitcher's mound. Love that one. And from, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, the kiss in the bathroom, so hot.

    From literature, of course in Pride and Prejudice, the swoon worthy scene was when Darcy came back after Jane had talked to his aunt and they went for a walk. My heart was racing. I know there are more, but I'll stop there. :)

  92. Dang!


    I thought I posted a comment last night, but today I don't see it.


    Was my favorite romantic scene so hideous that you deleted it, Stephanie? (Kidding!)

    Let's try again:

    Okay, there are approximately a bazillion beloved scenes in books and movies, but I'm going to mention one that I don't think anyone else did.

    It's from that timeless classic, "Valley Girl." :-D

    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.

    An odd choice, I know ... but I saw the movie at an impressionable age. :-)


  93. Hi, I found you by way of Mireyah, love the site. Great contest. Have you seen the original Pride and Predudice? Oh, I love that one!
    Okay, my favorite love seen. I think it would have to be from Wuthering Heights when Cathy is dying and he begs her to haunt him because he can't stand the idea of being alone without her. I cry every time!

  94. When Sam brought Grace to the candy shop! I thought it was so romantic. I LOVE that scene!

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/readingthisbook/status/8758773672

    you might need to follow me to be able to see that.

  95. Most romantic scenes:
    1. Definitely Grace & Sam at the Candy Store (shiver)
    2. Hermione and Ron (about time!, harry potter)
    3. Rose and Dimitri in the cabin (vampire academy)

    I Tweeted



  96. I heart you even more now that I know of your love for cats and the fact that you posted the Whole Wide World video and brightened my day! I don't know how you do it, but I always know I'll be happier after reading one of your posts:) Rock on, Lady.

  97. This contest is so awesome! Thanks for putting it together :)

    For some reason my brain freezes when I'm asked questions about favorites. Hold on.

    [Ten minutes later] Okay, the best I can think of at the moment is from Ella Enchanted (the book by Gail Carson Levine, NOT THE MOVIE)when Ella breaks her curse (which was that she had to obey any direct orders she heard) by refusing to marry Prince Char and then asks him to marry her and they get to live happily ever after...because it's a fairy tale. I loved this book in grade school. There's a part where Ella writes a letter to her prince that goes something like "Dearest Char, Darling Char"--a friend and I read that aloud with much giggling.

    Oh, and I linked your contest here:

  98. Great giveaway!

    First off, I linked your giveaway to my blog here:


    I love the scene at the end of "When Harry Met Sally" where Harry runs to Sally at the New Year's Eve party when he says, "The reason I came here tonight is because when you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you realize you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." One of the most heart-melting lines of all time.

  99. I love the musical rent (and it's a movie too so it counts!) and it's sooo sweet when Angel and Collins are walking in NYC singing "I'll Cover You." Beautiful.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  100. Uh, nothing like trying to get my entry in, in the nick of time! I had such a hard time choosing one and so I'm going with the scene between Jean Arthur & Joel McCrea in The More The Merrier on her apartment stoop where he keeps making the moves on her and she keeps protesting (but not really). It's very sexy without being blatant and it's oh so romantic! That's when I knew I wanted Connie & Joe together, please!

  101. I was just thinking about one of my favorite romantic scenes. (spoil-ish alert)

    Shannon Hale's _Book of a Thousand Days_, when Dashti has just faced off with the evil baddie and is naked and her ankle is broken and she tries to walk back to the line of guards on horses and falls and her true love gets down from the horse and carries her and they make gallows humor all the way back to the palace. Yup, that's my brand of romance.

    I will now tweet this and blog about this for my bonus duper entries!

  102. It's not midnight yet where I live. So does that count?

    BUT even if it doesn't. I'm only entering once, and I doubt that I will win.

    But I want to tell you that the most romantic scene in a movie that I've seen in years is in Across the Universe.

    When Lucy sings out to the ocean, to the party, to Jude, about her wondering if she fell in love with him, would he love her too, and be true, and just asking to be help to be understood that love was more than just holding hands.

    Just her singing out that desire, that love, that wanting, that she yearned so much to love him, and was still afraid, so afraid, that she had to say please, not to run and hide, or hurt her pride too, because she couldn't stand the pain if their love was in vain.

    Because he was there and not fully aware of her heart's desire and even though they made it, and it was beautiful because she didn't know and all she could do love him.

    I just hope it works out for me as well.


  103. I love the scene in Pride and Prejudice actually between Jane and Mr. Bingley (the new movie). When she sobs behind her hand I always burst into tears.. so romantic!

    I tweeted about the contest here: http://twitter.com/lrpresley/status/8813762410

  104. THANKS, EVERYONE! This giveaway is officially CLOSED.






    The winner will be announced later today!

  105. My favourite kissing scene in a movie is in Bridget Jones' Diary. At the end, when she goes running in her underwear and shouting Mark's name, ... I love that scene (it also makes me laugh).

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/8819482804

  106. I am not interested in the prizes as lovely as they are, but I did want to share that you stole the scene I was going to say. The one at the end of North and South. Esp. the part where she grabs his hand and kisses it. So romantic.

  107. The ending scene of Amelie is also one of my all-time favorites! I also love (no matter how childish it may sound) the Kiss the Girl sequence from Disney's The Little Mermaid.

    Also, the scene in Love Actually, where Keira Knightley's husband's best friend tells her he loves her with the help of big signs. *sigh*

    Finally, basically any scene from Romeo+Juliet! <3

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  108. I may be a bit biased here, because I love Kristin Cashore's book so much, but I really love the scene in Graceling when Katsa FINALLY realizes that she's in love in Po. <3 I love dense characters, I think.

    Also. I'm a sucker for sad, sappy romances, so the entirety of A WAlk To Remember usually makes my heart break. In a good way, of course. ;]

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/kittycatline/status/8990018027


  109. Wow. JUST realized that the giveaway had ended. >_> Sorry, and thanks anyways! :]

  110. Gotta be the scene in northanger abbey with Henry and cathrine. So awkward in the film but makes me warm up inside every time i watch it.
    Now i really have to go dig it out my draw and watch it.