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On Screen Kisses that Inspire by Sia Huff

As a romance writer, it’s important to pull inspiration from various sources. Movies are fabulous visuals. Writing your heroCSL2and heroines first kiss is all important. Your reader must anticipate the up coming contact as much as your characters. She should be longing for it – the undeniable chemistry, colliding with or overcoming some internal obstacle. And when their lips finally meet – magic.

Classic kisses like Rhett and Scarlett in Gone with the Wind or Casablanca’s Rick and Ilisa, make hearts beat a little faster.

Recently, I watched Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Yes, I’m behind on my movies.) Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone steamed up the screen. And I thought – wow – every girl wants to be kissed like that!

Hannah (Emma Stone) just got disappointed by the safe guy, so she goes for the bad boy Jacob (Ryan Gosling). The lighting is a little dark (in a bar), but see what you think.

Here’s to you finding your own inspiration! What on screen kiss makes you want to hunt down your partner and lay one on them? Or go to the computer and write?

Carol Burnside - March 20, 2014 - 2:06 am

Ahh! Love when he wraps his arms around her and lifts her off the floor. That’s a good one!

Check this one out from Catch and Release. Love this movie, and the kiss. That it’s Timothy Olyphant doesn’t hurt either. ;-)

Marilyn Baron - March 20, 2014 - 8:11 am

This dates me, but my favorite kiss scene is between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerry on the beach in “From Here to Eternity.”

Marilyn Baron - March 20, 2014 - 8:58 am

I meant Deborah Kerr.

Sia Huff - March 20, 2014 - 8:59 am

Wow, Carol. I haven’t seen Catch and Release, but that kiss made me wonder what happened before and what was going to happen next. Thanks for sharing. I think I’m going to have fun today!

Sia Huff - March 20, 2014 - 9:03 am

From Here To Eternity is a classic, Marilyn. And for that day, considered very risqué. Good choice.

Connie Gillam - March 20, 2014 - 9:04 am

One of my favorite kiss scenes (and movies) is Fools Rush In with Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek.

I couldn’t find it on You Tube, but it’s the end of the family dinner scene when Matthew is wiping baby drool off his shirt.

And Sia, you’re right. It’s the build up that makes the kiss so explosive.

Sia Huff - March 20, 2014 - 9:26 am

Oh, Connie, now have another movie to check out. (Told you I’m behind on watching movies.) I couldn’t find the kiss scene you were referring to on You Tube, but there were plenty of others. I’m loving You Tube.

Pam Asberry - March 20, 2014 - 11:14 am

My favorite kiss scene is this one from “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Sia Huff - March 20, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Aww, Pam. That’s one of my favorite movies and partly because of that kiss. They’re fighting it, but forced to stay close to listen on the phone. I love it when George (James Stewart) leans in and you know he’s smelling her hair. His reaction is priceless. Thanks for sharing.

Walt Mussell - March 20, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Spider-Man, particularly the rain scene with Kirsten Dunst (and that other person).

Sia Huff - March 20, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Hi Walt, The upside-down kiss is the best, IMHO. I also like when Thor and Jane kiss for the first time – right before he saves the world. I was wondering whether I’d scare you off with this topic. Thanks for responding and sharing. It’s always good to get the male perspective. :)

Carol Burnside - March 20, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Sia, you will love Catch and Release. It’s kind of a tear-jerker and it’s funny and it’s heart-warming.

Walt picked a good one. That upside-down kiss where she peels back just enough of his mask to touch the real man beneath. How symbolic!

Great topic, Sia!

Sia Huff - March 20, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Thanks, Carol. I usually try and stay away from tear-jerkers, but this one intrigued me. As long as I get my HEA!
And you’re right, the peeling back of his mask is so symbolic! For any relationship.

Maxine Davis - March 21, 2014 - 10:11 am

Sia, Great post! Made me want to sit and watch a few romantic movies. These were good examples. You’re right. Leading up to the kiss is really important, but some people just really know how to make it look perfect.

Sandra Elzie - March 21, 2014 - 10:56 am

Great article, Sia,

I tend to like those tender kisses the most…when things are new and both are a bit overwhelmed. The hot stuff is great… but I prefer tender.

Sia Huff - March 21, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Thanks, Maxine. Yes, I want to watch some romantic comedies also. Too bad we don’t live closer together, so we could get together. I agree, some people have that chemistry that makes it perfect.

Sia Huff - March 21, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Thanks, Sandy. I like the tender kisses too. Have you ever seen “Never Been Kissed” with Drew Barrymore? I think you’d like it.
Think our different styles might have something to do with you being a Petit Four and me being a Hot Tamale?
Thanks for commenting.

Susan Carlisle - March 22, 2014 - 10:12 am

The final kiss on Sense and Sensabiliy. The new version. It is great. I always stop to watch it.

Sia Huff - March 25, 2014 - 6:46 pm

I’ve seen the newer version of Sense and Sensibility, but not lately. I’ll need to re-watch it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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