Today's the day! Happy 6 Month Anniversary to the Romance Writer's Weekly! Head over to our Facebook Page and join in the fun!
But before you do, our blog hop this week is all about our favourite romances. We're supposed to list our top ten – be they books, movies, songs, or anything else. If you've joined me from Victoria Barbour, welcome! Here's mine, in no particular order...
Pride and Prejudice
I'm sure this is going to show up on a lot of lists, but I'm sorry, it has to be here. Romances are all about relationships (the sexy stuff is fun, too, but it doesn't have to be on the page) and Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett have two of the all time greatest character arcs ever. And the BBC miniseries is the best book adaptation I've ever seen
The original movie, with Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. This is honestly one of the only movies I've seen where I've felt the connection between the characters so strongly. Again, very little sexy stuff, but such amazing chemistry.
The Pina Colada Song
I know, it's cheesy as hell. But I love the thought of people falling in love with each other for the second time.
Claire and Jamie Fraser
These are two of the strongest, most realistic characters to ever have a series woven about them. They argue and annoy each other, they are baffled by each others actions, and yet their love and commitment to each other is unquestionable.
This Heart of Mine
I've blogged about this Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel before. Utterly heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time. My favourite SEP for sure.
Anything (almost) by Nora Roberts
No list of top 10 romances would be complete without LaNora. But there is no way to narrow down which one of her books I love the best. Although if someone threatened to pull out my fingernails unless I answered, I'd have to go with “New York to Dallas” (yes, I know, it's JD Robb. Same diff')
No one does complicated heroes like Courtney Milan. And Smite Turner, who survived an abusive mother, is one of her most bewildering and lovable characters
The Princess Bride
Falling into both the book and movie categories, this is one of my all time favourite non-traditional romances. “As – you – wish.....”
The elderly couple I saw holding hands
Connections are so important. Holding hands is one of the simplest ways to say “I'm here.” And when the couple is well into their later years, shuffling slowly down the sidewalk, its a powerful statement.
Taking out the garbage
Doesn't sound very romantic, does it? But romance isn't only the big grand gestures. It's getting up to rock the baby in the middle of the night. It's folding the laundry even though it's not “his job.” It's doing things you don't want to do, because you know your partner doesn't want to do it either.
Now, hop on over to see what Jeanne McDonald lists for her top ten favourite romances!