Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sweet Surrender


My favorite kind of novel probably includes the tension and longing that occurs right before that first kiss. I hold my breath every time the characters get just close enough for their lips to meet.


YA books (off the top of my head) that have done that to me: Anna and the French Kiss, Twilight, Matched, Divergent, Such A Rush, Shatter Me, Delirium, Perfect Chemistry (on and on).


So how about in real life? Crushing hard on someone from a distance, a first date that might end in a kiss, a long-distance military or on-line relationship.

Enter Andrew and Carissa. They met when they were seventeen-years-old, got married a couple years later, and waited until their wedding day to KISS


YEP, to kiss. There's a YA novel in there somewhere.


Talk about *yowza-wowza* fireworks going off every time their lips were in kissing distance of each other. On their wedding day, after the minister said the magic words, one of them burst into laughter going in for the kiss. I'm pretty sure that would be ME. The anticipation, the onlookers, the huge day itself.


Here's what Carissa said about holding off for that long: "As silly as it may sound, that kind of tension was actually quite romantic! It's sweet to me, when I recall how utterly in love we were and convinced of each other's hearts, that it hardly mattered what each other's mouths tasted like. That love has only gotten sweeter with time--but so does the kissing!"



Find their lovely interview, HERE--it garnered some outrage actually, which is just plain sad.  There are so many other things--WAY bigger things--to be upset about, why this?


So when you write your next big first kiss scene, think about Carissa and Andrew. XOXO


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16 comments:

Matthew MacNish said...

Whoa. WTH? They weren't religious or anything? This is nuts to me, but I also have to admit ...

kind of romantic.

BTW, the final link is busted. It's starts with ttp.// ... I think it's missing the H.

Christina Lee said...

Ooops, thanks Matt. FIXED!

Natalie Aguirre said...

That is an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

But what if one of them turns out to be a bad kisser???? I mean, if the guy turns out to kiss like a slobbering dog, all deals are off for me.

I can't wait to get to the kissing in Such a Rush. :D

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Wow, that is romantic and cute. I admit I had the same reaction as Stina, because I do remember a guy I dated and broke up with after our first kiss because he was a Slobber Monster. But I really wasn't into him anyway.

But these two look as cute as can be and anybody who would bother to get "Outraged" over their decision really ought to go read CNN.com and find better things to outrage them. Best of luck to them!

Christina Lee said...

Yep, Stina I hear you, and many people said the same. But they took that chance and I think it's old-fashioned and admirable and so romantic. Could I do it? Not sure, but probably not.

storyqueen said...

Well, now I am going to have to dare you to put such a plot device to work in your next WIP. That's write, I dared you. So, now you have to do it or face the double-dog dare. mwahahahaha!

I'll be waiting excitedly to hear how it goes....

Shelley

Christina Lee said...

Storyqueen: *bites fingernails down to nubs*

Jaime Morrow said...

Wow, that is such a sweet/cute story. :) I went and read the interview, and it's hard not to go "Awwww" and smile a whole bunch. Thanks for sharing! :D

JEM said...

Yeah, I've seen videos of people kissing on their wedding day who have never kissed...I'm not going to lie, you don't ride a bike perfectly the first time you get on it. And a kiss isn't what you thought it would be the first time it happens. There was a lot more moisture than I anticipated :).

But I DO love first kiss scenes, and I have a love/hate relationship with almost kiss scenes. It comes out so much better on the page...

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I know a couple that did the same thing, and I admire it so much! I don't know if I could ever do that, but it's a beautiful, creative thought. :)

SA Larsenッ said...

I find this so interesting. The fact that they trusted in each other enough... There really is a YA story in this. ;D

DL Hammons said...

Slobber monsters. Great...now I'm self-conscious!!

Lovely post! :)

Christina Lee said...

DL, bwahahahaha!

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, that would be too long to wait for me. There are people who just aren't good kissers. I'd like to know BEFORE I made the commitment for life.

Yes, tension building up to a first good can be very good.

nutschell said...

oh my gosh! that must've been an awesome wedding day kiss!
Nutschell
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