Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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