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Characters in Love Event: Cara Lynn Shultz on Best Kisses

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Disclaimer: I won't be posting about The Notebook. Yes, the kiss in The Notebook is incredibly hot and romantic and rainy and Gosling-y. But everyone posts about The Notebook. Everyone wants to kiss in the rain. (Everyone wants to kiss Ryan Gosling in the rain, but that's another post.)

So, I made my best efforts to avoid the iconic kisses that we all know and love, like The Notebook and Titanic. ("I'm flying!" Yeah, I'd feel like I was flying, too, if floppy- haired Leo was smooching on me.) So here are some of my favorite movie and TV kisses. Granted, I was limited by what clips I could find on the Internet, so some of my favorites (the glove scene in The Age of Innocence, for example) are missing. Some are sexy. Some are sweet. But they all make you reach for the rewind button on your DVR. Check 'em out—and thanks to Kris for having me be a part of this Valentine's event!

Buffy & Angel

Skip ahead to minute 9. One of the greatest doomed romances of all time—Buffy and Angel. He's a vampire cursed with a soul. She's the Slayer in a world where vampires are bloodsucking demons, end of discussion. Spoiler alert: It's not going to work out. But the amount of love between those two practically jumps out of the screen and slaps you in the face.

Angel & Collins

A different Angel (played by Wilson Jermaine Heredia) and Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin) profess their love for one another in the movie version of Rent. Now, I have to tell you: I worked at Rent as an usher in 1996, when the original cast was in the show. So I have a very deep-rooted love of this show, since I watched it eight times a week. This number was just as sweet in the movie as it was in the play, and Angel & Collins remain one of my favorite tragic couples. Their love is pure and sweet and true.

Indy & Marion

Only Indiana Jones can pull off being this romantic and slick while being a big ol' baby about his wounds. Hands up if, somewhere along the way, a guy tried this move on you.

Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy

Okay, the kiss isn't in this particular scene. But this scene, from the BBC miniseries, Pride & Prejudice, is still amazing. This is what made me love Colin Firth.

Robbie & Cecilia

The stolen kiss in the library is all breathy pauses, out-of-focus, shadowed shots of hands on skin and glimpses of fabric (like that enviable green dress), but it's the determined "I love you" from Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement that make this scene completely and totally hot.

Blaine & Andie
Click here to watch at Movie Clips.

There are a LOT of Molly Ringwald clips to choose from. The kiss at the end of Sixteen Candles. The stolen Judd Nelson smooch in Breakfast Club. There are even two other great kisses in Pretty in Pink: the parking lot kiss where Andie drops her bag in the rain, and Duckie planting a big ol' smooch on Iona in the club. But when it comes to smooches, being asked to the prom and then kissed by he-of-the-household-appliance-name Blaine, well, tell me you didn't swoon, even though Andrew McCarthy manhandles Molly's face like he's tenderizing meat.

Baby & Johnny
Click here to watch on Youtube.

The scene in his bungalow is also equally hot, but the playfulness (and sexiness) of this scene earn it a spot on the list, and space for Johnny Castle in everyone's dance space.

About the Author
Photo and Bio from her website
Cara Lynn Shultz’s love of supernatural writing began when she was 7 and wrote a play about ghosts, which she and her friends acted out on her grandparents’ porch. Since then, her work has appeared in Teen People, Alternative Press, Stuff, InStyle, Us Weekly, The Guardian UK and countless posts on Facebook and Twitter. She is a proud graduate of Fordham University and is currently a senior editor at PEOPLE.com. Cara lives in her native New York City with her husband, tuxedo cat and 8 million other people. Spellbound is her first novel.

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Thanks for dropping by Imaginary Reads again, Cara, and thanks for sharing those phenomenal kiss scenes!


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39 comments on "Characters in Love Event: Cara Lynn Shultz on Best Kisses"
  1. Love your list of best kisses - I especially agree with Buffy and Angel (one of my favorite series of all time) and Robbie and Cecilia from Atonement. I would also add Jo and Laurie from Little Women (Christian Bale is so hot!) even though Jo didn't love him back that way.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Leanne

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  2. Oohhh, Buffy and Angel!! I LOVED THEM!! One of my favorite couples ever:))

    And Atonement:)) That library scene:))

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  3. I'd have to add a few of my favorite couples from Dawson's Creek - Dawson and Joey, and Joey and Pacey.

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  4. Okay, I just realized that Dawson-Joey-Pacey comment makes poor Joey seem awful, but she so wasn't. And both guys were right for her!!

    Thanks so much Cara- awesome signed copy!

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  6. Buffy and Angel :D is my favorite and one of my favorite couples ever!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  7. Oh, I loved Rent! And I know what you mean about Angel and Collins being one of your favorite tragic couples as they are one of mine as well. All of your couples were great picks! Thanks for the post:)

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  8. I miss Buffy and Angel. Their chemistry definitely sizzled on screen.

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  9. I much prefered Buffy with Spike, but to each her own. LOL

    Can't wait for Spellcaster!

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  10. This giveaway sounds like a really good book. Also...that scene from Atonement!!! The youtube doesn't work but man, I can see it perfectly in my head hahah.

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  12. I am a classics lover. So I <3 the Darcy & Elizabeth kiss the most!

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  13. Darcy & Elizabeth are amazing together!

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  14. I LOVED THESE COUPLES AND KISSES THERE DIFFERENT FROM THE USUAL TITANIC AND NOTEBOOK KISSES.

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  15. LOVE James McAvoy and Keira Knightley! great movie couple. I loved Spellbound and I can't wait for its sequel!

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  16. oooh i love buffy and angel. and i guess the others were pretty great too : ) thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Ha! Loved the Indiana Jones one! :D Thanks so much for the giveaway, I'd love to win a signed copy of Spellbound!

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  18. Thanks for the great giveaway!!! I love Buffy the Vampire slayer!!!! I've never seen a better Vampire show then that one!

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait for Spellbound to come out and a signed copy - yea!!

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  20. Aww Buffy and Angel... that took me back lol. Too bad they didn't end up together lol. Love ur list! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  21. I LOVE THIS LIST!! Sorry for shouting, but each of these clips made me want to go watch the show/movie that they were in. I am so envious that you got to see the original Rent so many times. It is probably my favorite musical of all time and I'll Cover You is my favorite song from it.

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  22. What a creative list! Looking forward to reading Spellbound. :)

    Cyndi

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! Spellbound is on my TBR list and a signed copy would be AWESOME!!

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  24. I cannot pass this up and yes the kiss from the Notebook is a dream kiss, Because I love P&P Mr.Darcy is way hotter in the BBC he captures my heart, just looking at his lips. Sounds wonderful thank you for the chance to win!!!

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  25. I LOVE watching great movie kisses. I'd add John Thornton and Margaret Hayes from North and South to the list. They only kiss once in the entire film, but oh, what a kiss! here's the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkYBBlfhupU

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  26. I have to agree with Buffy and Angel having one of the best kisses. I loved that show! Spellbound has been on my tbr list,so thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  27. Definitely Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy! Good choice. :)

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  28. Great smooches, I love the all of them. Thanks for the giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/#!/LazenBeauty/status/181150233965764611

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  29. Wow lol. Lots of kisses. However they do show me a couple new TV shows/movies I should watch, so thanks :)

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  30. I LOVE Dirty Dancing! Now that was a great kiss!

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  31. I enjoyed reading the interview! I also enjoyed reading the comparisons to classic books.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  32. I enjoyed reading about all of the book characters that are in love! :)

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  33. I think I am the only person on this earth that feels this way, but I just don't get the fascination with Ryan Gosling. He's weird. I do not find him attractive at all. And I hated the Notebook. I think something is wrong with me as a female. I don't think I'm doing it right.

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  34. The kiss in Atonement was phenomenal! Thanks for video and reminding me.

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  35. Mhm, my favorite type of kisses would be somewhere secretive, knowing that noone would know that you're kissing like Mr. Darcy :D I love the ones that you picked!

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  36. Great moments my fave would have to be Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy I loved the book. they are such a great couple.

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  37. I love them all. To choose just one is next to impossible.

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  38. Love the Elizabeth/Darcy interaction. I want so badly to meet a Darcy/Knightley combination. *swoon*

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