Valentine’s Day is next Thursday, and it got me thinking about romantic gestures both in books and movies. In some books we may find the hero giving up a birth right to be with the woman he loves, and in other stories we may find him gifting her with baubles. In some cases, our heroine places herself in physical danger to protect someone she loves.
Take the Disney Classic, Beauty and the Beast, for example. We see Belle, who dreams of having a life away from her tiny village. Yet, when her father is taken prisoner by the Beast, she willing offers to take his place as prisoner in order to secure her father’s release. In this same story we also find the Beast and Belle developing a relationship. Beast has feelings for her and wishes to express those feeings with a gift. Ah, but what to give her? Why, a library, of course. I think it’s safe to say that we all like receiving a gift, but it’s even better when you are gifted with something you love or really want. In this case, the Beast hits the mark because Belle oves to read.
Then later in the story when the Beast asks Belle if she’s happy at the castle with him, she tells him she wishes she could see her father. What does he do then? You guest it. He gifts her with the enchanted mirror where she can see the vision of her father. But the vision is bleak and brings our Beast to his utimate gift to his lady love, he releases her and for all intents and purposes gives up his last chance to ever be human again. Ah, l’amore.
Then there is the actual declaration of love. Who could ever forget the scene in Pride and Prejudice when Mr. Darcy professes, “I love you, I love you, I love you,” to Miss Elizabeth Bennett. (sigh)
Being the ever hopeful romantic that I am, I’m always looking for wonderful stories of love and romance, epecially at Valentine’s Day. Please share with me books or movies that you think were romantic. Or even better, please share with me a true life experience or gesture that your paramour did for you.
And now for an announcement. Next Thursday IS Valentine’s Day, but it is also the 4th anniversary of the launch of Nights of Passion. We have something very special planned for you, dear readers. There will be excerpts from multiple authors as well as giveaways, so please stop back then to help us celebrate and for your chance to win free books.