Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Romancing Your Readers Like a Romantic Comedy

with guest Karen Fleming.

Hi everyone. It’s so great to be back visiting the Seekers, Villagers, and all you wonderful readers. Thank you for inviting me to blog today.

This post is tailored to writers but readers and any lovers of romantic comedies can relate to our discussion. My favorite movies, the ones where I own the DVD but I still watch them when they’re on television, are romantic comedies. You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, The Wedding Date, 27 Dresses, Maid of Honor, Charade, An Affair to Remember, and Sleepless in Seattle. If it’s about a romance, I’ve probably seen it several times.

Showing your hero and heroine falling in love in a sweet, inspirational, or young adult romance plays out very much like the romance that unfolds during a romantic comedy. Boy meets girl. (Opening) There’s a spark. (Attraction, Sexual Tension, Awareness) Problems crop up (Conflict) that keep boy and girl from declaring their love and riding off into the sunset. Otherwise, the movie would be the length of a half hour sitcom and our books would be the shortest version of a novella ever printed. Then they each have an epiphany (Black Moment) and nothing will stop them from that blissful happily ever after. 

My all-time favorite scene is the “Leaning” scene in While You Were Sleeping. Jack, the hero, arrives at heroine, Lucy’s, apartment just in time to see her give Joe, Jr. a hug as thanks for the flowers he brought her. (Jack and his family mistakenly believe Lucy is engaged to Jack’s brother Peter, who is in a coma. A friend of Jack’s family has convinced Lucy to let him tell Jack’s family the truth—but he hasn’t yet.)

Jack misinterprets what he sees and shortly after that, an argument ensues. Here’s the basic set up and gist of the dialogue in the key moment of the scene. Jack and Lucy are standing outside her apartment building.

Jack: It was a misunderstanding and on top of the Joe, Jr. thing.
Lucy: What Joe, Jr. thing?
Jack: Nothing.
Lucy: There’s no “nothing” now. What? Because he gave me flowers?
Jack: And then you leaned.
Lucy: How did I lean when I leaned?

(The previous part of their discussion was while they were standing about 2 feet apart. He comes closer as he explains the leaning thing.)

Jack, as he’s moving in: Leaning is different from hugging. Hugging involves arms and hands.

 (He gets a little closer and she’s caught between him and the wall behind her. His voice is lower, more gravelly. His gaze is locked onto hers. She’s his complete focus.)

Jack: Leaning is whole bodies, moving in… (voice a bit lower, his gaze roaming her face, searching) Leaning is about wanting and accepting…

Joe, Jr: Hey, Luce. Is this guy bothering you? ‘Cause, you know, it looks like he’s leaning.

If you read the above exchange without the physical movements notated, it loses some of
its effectiveness. You don’t want to tell your reader everything that’s going on, but you want to draw their eye or their imagination to the important things happening between your characters.

When you write dialogue that will convey emotion, attitude, or intentions about their relationship, you need to add a little bit of physical movement or reaction. And those movements need to be as purposeful and revealing about the characters as the dialogue you use.

The camera in the scene I described, zoomed in on Jack’s face, as he got closer, as his voice lowered, as his gaze roamed her face. We didn’t need to know about a car backfiring on the street or her twirling her hair. Although if we had been in her point of view, that could be a good outward expression of her reaction to him. It was the two of them and nothing else.

I included Joe, Jr.’s line because it’s so jarring and pulls us out of the intimacy of the moment just like inserting something outside the focus of that moment you’ve created between your characters within your scene.

Using Jack’s comparison between hugging and leaning, think about your movements and the placement of your hands when you hug your sweetie. Is it the same as when you hug a friend, relative, or co-worker? It’s not. It’s more intimate—closer. Your reader can feel that if you’ve clearly painted the image of that romantic tug between your characters in the scene.

The next point that is so important in a romance is believability. Your reader will go along with a lot of things that you throw at your characters under the guise of the suspension of disbelief. But if you don’t convince the reader that your hero and heroine should or can be together, they can’t connect with them or your story.

In 27 Dresses, Jane is the kindest, sweetest, gentlest, doormat that ever lived. The 27 dresses are all bride’s maid dresses for the weddings she’s been in. She is the consummate romantic, believing that the happily ever after begins with the wedding. She gives all her joy of romance to the brides on their day because she believes they will do the same for her on her day.

Kevin is a reporter who covers weddings for the commitments section of the newspaper. His descriptions of the weddings are so romantically evocative that Jane cuts them out and saves them to reread later. But Kevin is a cynic. He writes these articles and the drivel of the romance nonsense strictly for the paycheck. He doesn’t believe in happily ever after.

He is Jane’s ultimate anti-hero. He’s the villain, or worse, a fraud. In her eyes, there is nothing lovable about him. He’s cute, but she doesn’t believe he has a heart, at least not a romantic one. There is nothing on this earth that would compel her to fall in love with him. Nothing that would change her view of him. He is unredeemable. Until…

During one of their snipe fests (which by the way, is an excellent way to show attraction when the hero and heroine aren’t comfortable with who they’re attracted to and are resisting the tug of said attraction) and she asks him what happened to him to make him so cynical. She asks if he had his own fancy wedding and his wife left him.

Kevin’s stunning reply:  “Bingo. With my roommate from college, by the way. So I think you get an extra bingo for that.”

In Jane’s mind, he’d experienced what she envisioned as the most awful, painful thing that could happen to anyone—ever. Now, his cynicism is justified. He can have a hard heart because his heart has been broken. To her, he’s just become human. Believable. It’s the only thing that could have happened that would make him lovable in her eyes.

 A sweet, young adult, or inspirational romance has to play on the emotional part of romance. It in no way makes the story or the experience for the reader any less intense. I cry every time I watch Lucy’s monologue at the wedding when she tells the truth about her relationship with Peter and her reason for lying.

Just because you’ve removed the physical culmination of their love (sex) from the story, you still have to show attraction and the act of falling in love. You have to reveal the characters’ fight within themselves against the fall. And the more convincing you make it for the reader, the more moving and unforgettable it is for them. That’s what you want as a writer. You’re trying to give them an escape into a story that is a real life fairy tale where happily ever after exists. If you do it right, you will.

And it just so happens that I have a newspaper man as the hero in my third book in the Pemberly series, Her Hometown Reporter, releasing May 1st.


The reporter is looking for a story that'll be his ticket out of his small Georgia town. With her political connections, legal assistant Gina Lawson could help Toby realize his aspirations. Their friendship is just an added bonus, but falling in love isn't part of his five-year plan. 

Gina's devoted to her family and community, and doesn't plan to ever leave. Though she finds her favorite reporter maddeningly irresistible, she must guard her heart. But when a betrayal of trust threatens to shatter both their dreams, will Gina and Toby learn that they share the same values after all?

**So my question to everyone is, “What couple, movie or book-wise, is your favorite romantic pairing?” 

Speaking of pairing...comment today for a chance to win Her Hometown Reporter and a ten dollar Starbucks gift card for some  guaranteed happiness. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.

KD Fleming's romance writing adventure began on a dare and it didn’t take long for her to discover she had the heart of a storyteller.Writing both sweet and inspirational stories about strong women who could be any one of us, her heroines are sassy and fierce. And once their hearts are engaged by the man who is destined for them, there's no chance the hero won't fall—but what a way to go.

KD lives in sunny Florida with her hero husband of 16 years. She loves music (all things Casting Crowns and OneRepublic), Marvel Movies--ALL things Avengers (ahem, *Robert Downey, Jr*, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo). Oh my!

She spends her time taking care of her family, reading, writing, cooking, and coming up with new ideas for fun romance stories.

Contact KD at, @karenkdfleming, or


Mary Preston said...


I'm going to go with Jack and Rose from TITANIC.

A great post thank you.

Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations on your upcoming release, KD!

While You Were Sleeping is one of my favorite romantic comedies. Like you, I love the leaning scene. The dialogue and body language work so well together. Totally sigh worthy!

Cindy W. said...

I would have to say, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Sleepless i Seattle and again in You've Got Mail. The chemistry was perfect in both.

Thank you for a wonderful post!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I'm with Cindy, those are two of my contemporary faves...

But I'm a huge "Hitch" fan, too! Love the crazy fun chemistry between Will Smith and Eva Mendes.

But what I really like (and study) is the reparte and relationship between Becket and Castle on "Castle". There's a reason that show has weathered the years, and it's because the chemistry has followed such an engaging course of action. Well done, script writers!!!

Jessica Nelson said...

Awwww!!! I adore this post. I totally forgot about that scene in While You Were Sleeping and I loved 27 Dresses. *happy sigh*

Great post. :-) Thanks!

Jessica Nelson said...

Oooh, a favorite...I don't know if I have one. I love them all! Hahahaaa (okay, I'm putting down the coffee. obviously had too much this morning.)

Jackie said...

Hi KD, it's so nice to meet you!

I think we could be best friends watching movies. We definitely love the same ones.

The Jack and Lucy scene gets me every time. And when she is standing at the top of the stairs with the snow globe and asks him if he can give her a reason not to marry his brother. He's so noble...

Sweet Home Alabama is another one of my favorites.

Thanks so much for sharing. Congrats on your new release. I'll be looking for it. I'd love to be entered in the contest. Thanks!

Tina Radcliffe said...


That leaning scene is my favorite all time scenes. I love that movie.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Hitch! Yes. Another good one.

Anyone ever notice how Tom Hank's head used to be to large for his body? Sorry, random thought. I was reviewing the rom coms on my shelf.

Kelly Bridgewater said...

My favorite pairing is Dom and Lettie from the Fast and Furious franchise. I'm a HUGE fan of this series. Watch the later movies where Letting losted her memories and observe how much Dom does to show his undying love for her. Thank you for today's post!

Rose said...

Hi Karen,

The leaning scene in While You Were Sleeping is my favorite too!

My favorite romantic comedy couple is Harry & Sally from When Harry Met Sally.

Wilani Wahl said...

I love the movie Back to you and me.

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, KD, welcome back to Seekerville, and you had me at "romantic comedy"!!

Love, LOVE, L-O-V-E romantic comedies, and I am truly blessed to be married to a man who loves them, too, because that's just about all we watch. :)

You said, "When you write dialogue that will convey emotion, attitude, or intentions about their relationship, you need to add a little bit of physical movement or reaction. And those movements need to be as purposeful and revealing about the characters as the dialogue you use."

Oh, AMEN AND AMEN!! A judge once told me in a contest that the best writers are those who convey things in the least amount of words, which means you have to nail it on the right word that will give you the most bang for your buck (i.e. the most meaning, description, etc.). So I try to do that with every word I use, squeezing as much meaning or description or double entendre or analogy out of it as I can, which is actually a lot of fun. More time-consuming, certainly, but part of the fun of writing for me. :)

Excellent post, KD!


Loraine Nunley said...

I love the leaning scene as well. I don't think I can pick a favorite romantic couple, there are so many good ones. How about Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan in Kate and Leopold? There is just something about a man treating a woman like a gentleman... Thanks for the article and giveaway!

Janet Dean said...

Welcome back to Seekerville, KD! Thanks for the tips for writing endearing believable romance. Love romantic comedy movies. I need to revisit a few. I've never seen 27 Dresses. But I will.


Jeanne T said...

I loved this post, Karen/KD. And that scene from While You Were Sleeping? One of my faves.

Favorite romantic pairings . . . I have a lot of them, but one that I really like is Anna and Declan in Leap Year. (Amy Adams and Matthew Goode). Their snark and the ways they get to know each other and fall in love is great. And her grand gesture at the end? Love it. And his way of making her feel valued? Love it.

Your suggestions are spot on. This is a post I'll be coming back to.

kdfleming1 said...

Hi Mary,
I totally forgot about the epic love story in Titanic. It is a great one.
I have two favorite couples. The Classic is Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn in Charade. And then, Lucy and Jack in While You Were Sleeping. I think I can quote dialogue from both.
Thanks so much for stopping by and adding another great story to the list of favorite romances.

Marianne Barkman said...

My favorite couple? It has to be Todd & Kristy ...Robin Jones Gunn

Grat post!

Sherri Shackelford said...

What a lovely post! Beautifully written. Music and Lyrics is one of my favorite rom-coms :)

KD Fleming said...

Thank you so much. And yes, there are so many scenes in WYWS that make you know Jack and Lucy should be together, but the leaning scene is so great. (And Joe, Jr. really made it even sweeter.)

KD Fleming said...

I love all the movies with them in it. And my favorite of all is You've Got Mail for them. The music and the his humor are so endearing.
Thank you so much for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...

I'm with you all the way. But I think I enjoyed Castle more in the earlier episodes when he was more like a little boy with his excitement about getting to work with the NYPD.
But then, he did have to grow up in order to become Beckett's leading man.

And I love Will Smith in just about anything. But Albert and Alexa were a strong set of secondaries. Theirs was the sweet, first love moments while Hitch's romance with Eva was more worldly--or jaded because of they had lost their rose colored glasses about love.

KD Fleming said...

Thanks Jessica,

It was fun to write. And the "research" part was the best. ;)

Thanks for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...


Thank you for stopping in and saying hi. It's great to meet you too.
Yes, I love Sweet Home Alabama too. And both of the Legally Blonde movies too.

Watching people fall in love makes me happy--sorta builds up my faith that there's still good and noble out there.

What about the feeding the cat and the phone call scene in WYWS? I love that one too.

KD Fleming said...

Hi Tina,

Thank you so much for inviting me. You guys are always so great to hang out with.

I lurk a lot, so I don't comment as often as I should.

And yeah, I think I borrowed the "There's no nothing now." line from that scene in my first book but had my h/h in a different situation.

KD Fleming said...


I'm glad I'd put my cup of tea down before reading the head size comparison.

He did appear to "grow into" his size as he got older.

Meghan Carver said...

Good morning, KD! I adore romantic comedies, and you've named my favorites! I was just thinking the other day that it's time to watch (again!) You've Got Mail. Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, and Hitch are wonderful, but You've Got Mail also has BOOKS. :-)

KD Fleming said...

Hi Kelly,

I think I've watched 2 of the Fast and Furious movies, so I know who Dom is, but I don't think she was actually in the ones I saw. They referenced her. And you could tell she was his true love. It gave him a sort of brooding, attractiveness.

As it said in my bio, I am a huge Marvel-Avengers fan. For action/adventure RD, Jr. and any of the other Avengers are my go to's.

But I may have to check out the F&F's I missed and see what Dom's history is.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Missy Tippens said...

Welcome Karen!! It's great to see you again. Have enjoyed spending time with you at conferences!

Congrats on your release! This was a great post.

I'm with Ruthy on the Castle dialogue! And love the movies you mentioned as well.

KD Fleming said...

Hi Rose,

WYWS is my #1, and I think Meg Ryan is so adorable in her movies, but I think watching her with Tom Hanks sort of spoiled it for me seeing her with anyone else.

With Sandra Bullock, I loved her in The Proposal, Two Weeks Notice, and The Lakehouse.
I guess that makes me fickle.

Thanks for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...


Hi. I don't think I watched that one. I looked it up and I remember the ad for it, but I must have missed it.

I watch a lot of the Hallmark movies, so I may have to go back and check that one out.

Thanks for the reminder.

KD Fleming said...


Thank you so much. And I totally agree. I learned about being specific when choosing your words through a workshop that referred to them as "concrete" words. You use a word that so succinct and specific to what you are trying to show that no other one will paint a clearer picture.

My stories run like a movie in my head and when I'm reading for one of my critique partners or judging a contest, I let their words paint the picture for me and if it blurs the image in my mind, I have my pink highlighter out making a notation.

Thanks so much for dropping in. Good luck with your writing.

KD Fleming said...


I totally forgot about Kate & Leopold. That is the exception to the Meg Ryan paired with anyone but Tom Hanks rule.
I loved that movie. And really, the accent and the richness of the clothes. Who could resist.

*And on a side note, her old boyfriend who kept getting injured that brought Leo forward in time is Hugh Jackman's nemesis in the Wolverine Comics

KD Fleming said...

Thank you Janet.
I'm so excited to be here. It's always a ton of fun hanging out with you guys.

27 Dresses is a great movie. I think you'll enjoy it.

Cara Lynn James said...

I really liked While You Were Sleeping and I think I'll watch it again. Watching romantic comedy movies helps me a lot to write romances. Great post!

KD Fleming said...

Thanks so much. And, yes, I loved Leap Year. I first saw Matthew Goode in "Chasing Liberty" and really thought he was so handsome. And I'm a huge Amy Adams fan. Loved her role in The Wedding Date.

I got my husband to go with me to see Leap Year by telling him it was set in Ireland and that there were going to be a ton of outdoor shots of Ireland. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'm glad you found some useful tips in my post. Good luck with your writing.

KD Fleming said...

Thanks for stopping by. I don't think I've read her stories. I write contemporary but my escapism reading is 99% historical. (I'm not sure what that says about me.)

But y'all are adding to my "need to check out" list between the movie and book recommendations.

KD Fleming said...

Hi Sherri,

I haven't watched Music and Lyrics which is a surprise to me. I think something came up and I missed it while it was in theaters and pay-per-view.

I love Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore--her pairing with Adam Sandler in movies is like the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan teaming. They look like a real couple.

Hugh Grant has been in so many rom-coms. He has that winsome, boyish personality. You can't help but love him.

I can see a visit to the streaming movies site in my future. ;) All the best.

KD Fleming said...


Thank you for stopping by. And yes, we should give You've Got Mail an extra point for the "books".

When the music starts for that movie, I just smile and my heart gets ready because it knows it's about to get a jolt of sweetness.

And don't forget the all-time book made into a movie classic, Pride & Prejudice. The Keira Knightley version is my absolute favorite.

KD Fleming said...

Hey Missy.
Being here today is like pre-conference hanging out with friends time.

Castle and Beckett are definitely two of my tv favorites.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hopefully we'll run into each other in NYC and get to hang out there.

KD Fleming said...

Cara Lynn,

I totally agree. I was searching the DVD tower to see where my copy is. I'm thinking it will be in my dvd player and inspiring me tonight, too.

Thank you so much for stopping by and good luck with your writing.

Sarah Claucherty said...

I have to pick just one!? ;)

My favorite book/movie is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. (I prefer the Keira Knightley version, but the others are also well done.)

The best scene (especially in the movie) is when Darcy proposes to Elizabeth for the second time. As you noted in your post, they spend much of the story exchanging dialogue and refusing to admit their mutual attraction, but they finally admit it in this scene.

Sarah Claucherty said...

I love all the movies mentioned in your post! Now I'm going to have to re-watch them all... :)

Becky Dempsey said...

People have already mentioned a lot of great couples. Anna and Declan..."Kiss the girl!" Kate & Leopold...You've got mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Enchanted. I'd love to win a copy of your book.

Kav said...

Oh dear, I'm embarrassed to admit I've never seen While You Were Sleeping and I've never heard of Hitch or 27 Dresses!!!! Am I going to flunk Romantic Comedy 101? Probably, especially when I tell you my all time favourite romantic comedy.

Don't laugh.

Enchanted. You know -- the fairy tale movie that starts out animated until the main characters fall into New York City? Goodness, just thinking about it cracks me up. Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. And the chipmunk! So many great scenes and I'll admit I watch it every single time it's on TV.

To redeem myself -- though this isn't a comedy -- I love The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. A love story that transcends time. I actually own that one, and I don't own many movies.

Debby Giusti said...

Karen, such a great post. Love "While You Were Sleeping!" Love the leaning dialogue you shared. I was hanging on every word...and seeing the movie play out in my mind! Must watch it again.

"Sweet Home Alabama" is one of my favorites too! The ending scene--the crystal shop the hero owns--was filmed just a few miles from where I live. At Star's Mill for anyone who's been to Fayette County, GA!

Over the Christmas holiday, hubby and I frequently tuned into Hallmark movies. So fun to watch. They always keep me smiling. Wait...there was one that had me in tears, about a military hubby who had died. Of course, there was a happily ever after, but I went through a lot of Kleenex to get there. :)

The sun is shining in GA. The rain has ended, and I'm happy!


Debby Giusti said...

Karen, such a great post. Love "While You Were Sleeping!" Love the leaning dialogue you shared. I was hanging on every word...and seeing the movie play out in my mind! Must watch it again.

"Sweet Home Alabama" is one of my favorites too! The ending scene--the crystal shop the hero owns--was filmed just a few miles from where I live. At Star's Mill for anyone who's been to Fayette County, GA!

Over the Christmas holiday, hubby and I frequently tuned into Hallmark movies. So fun to watch. They always keep me smiling. Wait...there was one that had me in tears, about a military hubby who had died. Of course, there was a happily ever after, but I went through a lot of Kleenex to get there. :)

The sun is shining in GA. The rain has ended, and I'm happy!


Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

KD, I LOVE While You were Sleeping! In fact, it was on TV the other day (and of course, I own it on DVD!), and I just had to watch a few minutes of it. It was actually at the "leaning" scene that you just mentioned! How funny!

I'm a HUGE Anne of Green Gables fan, and with the passing of Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert Blythe in the Canadian TV miniseries, I have been re-watching those movies. Anne and Gilbert are definitely my favorite couple in the books, and the movies are great! They spar wonderfully, and Gilbert does a lot of talking with his eyes.

Your book sounds fun! Have a great day!

Connie Queen said...

I've never seen 27 dresses. Must put that on my list.

I love all romantic comedies.
All the ones previously listed plus The Housesitter, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding, How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, and I'm sure I'll think of several more later.

Did I say I love romantic comedies?

DebH said...

Kate & Leopold, While You Were Sleeping

the "leaning" scene? classic!

I do like a lot of the old classic films too with Hepburn & Tracy.

Meg Ryan with almost anyone is a good rom-com. I'd say she's the queen of rom-com's.

The one line in a rom-com that ALWAYS gets me is in Fools Rush In with Matthew Perry.
It's what he says when he's trying to convince Salma Hayek that they should be together:
"you're everything I never knew I always wanted."


would love to win that Starbucks card - could really use it today...*heh*

thanks for the great post. now i'm itching to watch some romantic movies.

Connie Queen said...

Does McClintock w/John Wayne and Marueen O'hara count? Love that one.
Nothing better than a mud fight.

KD Fleming said...


They say great minds think alike. I love the banter back and forth between Lizzie and Mr. Darcy.

And I have more than one set of favorites too. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...


I don't think I've seen Kiss the Girl, so one more to my to be watched list.

This is fun. I may have to go pop some popcorn and reacquaint myself with a few movie faves.

Have a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...

Don't worry Kav. There were way too many to name and I've confessed to missing some you guys have listed.

BUT, for a little connectivity, The hero, Kevin, in 27 Dresses is the Prince in Enchanted.

And I have Enchanted on DVD.

I love the Lake House too.

Enjoy your day.

Myra Johnson said...

Karen, it's a treat to have you in Seekerville today, and thanks for the reminders about some great romantic movies!

Does anyone watch Forever? I'm enjoying watching the dynamics between Henry and Jo. I expect it will eventually go the way of Castle and Beckett.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Be still my heart, Jeanne T. Matthew Goode in anything!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

One of my total favorite rom coma is a little seen one called Morning Glory .

KD Fleming said...

Hi. I'm so glad you stopped by. The hubby and I may have to take a detour through Fayette County and check out the crystal shop on our next trip to the mountains.

I love all Reese Witherspoon's rom-coms, but Sweet Home Alabama is probably my biggest favorite.

I cry over almost all the Hallmark movies. There's one with Terri Polo and Andrew McCarthy called Straight From the Heart. He's a widower and the scene at his wife's grave makes me cry just remembering it. He was so amazing in showing how deeply he was hurting.

And yay on the sunshine. I'm south of you in Florida. We start out sunny, but the late afternoon switches to the liquid kind.

Hugs back to you.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Oh wow. Great examples.

That leaning scene made me think of It's a Wonderful Life when George and Mary are listening to the phone call together and Mary is actually listening, but George is very distracted by her scent, and her hair, and ... her and it seems to go on forever. I love that scene.

Pam Hillman said...

Joe, Jr: Hey, Luce. Is this guy bothering you? ‘Cause, you know, it looks like he’s leaning.

I can still hear the SWAGGER in Joe, Jr's voice when he says this. lol

Too funny!

PS... I added several new RC's to my watch list today. :)

Janet Dean said...

Anita Mae, I love that phone scene in It's a Wonderful Life! And George's crazy reaction to knowing he loves Mary.


KD Fleming said...


I always love it when they take a Classic and let it stay one for views on tv.

I mean, there's a reason it's stood the test of time and gained that title.

And I go back and read books that make me feel a certain way just like I watch movies that touch on certain emotions. They're my comfort viewing. (We have comfort foods, comfort clothes. Why can't we have comfort books and comfort movies or characters?)

Thanks for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...


I forgot about Housesitter. I didn't like Steve Martin until I saw him in Roxanne and after that I loved him. He was so great in the Father of the Bride movies.

And Kate Hudson is carrying on the tradition from her mom with her pairing with Matthew McConaughey. They make a great couple.

KD Fleming said...


Hi. So glad you stopped by.

I love Cary Grant. I watch his movies now and realize he was the first romantic comedy hero. Charade, House Boat, The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer.

I even think George Clooney looks a bit like him--sort of suave and debonair.

KD Fleming said...

And Connie,

I love Maureen O'Hara paired with John Wayne.

The Quiet Man is one of my favorites and I like McClintock too.

Sandy Smith said...

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan do make a great movie couple.

This was a fun post. Please enter me in the drawing.

KD Fleming said...


Thank you so much for the warm welcome. It's been great being here today.

I watch Forever and I can totally see Henry and Jo's relationship becoming Castle2. They are good together.

Jackie said...


The feeding the cat/phone call scene was so funny. WYWS is definitely my favorite movies of all time. I admitted that at a Sunday School party, and a college professor declared it was his favorite movie, too.

What a fun day!

KD Fleming said...


I don't remember seeing Morning Glory. And I like both Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams.

What about Sabrina with Harrison Ford? That was really good too.

Tanya Agler said...

Dear Karen/KD, You had me at romantic comedy. I could write for hours about one of my favorite subjects. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of While You Were Sleeping. I love that movie, but my favorite movie couple is Lucy and Jerry Warriner (played by Irene Dunne and Cary Grant) in The Awful Truth. There's one scene where she makes a wavy line with her arm to indicate the path he's taking and a straight line with her arm to show her smooth way.

Thanks for the tips.

KD Fleming said...

Hi Anita Mae,

Sometimes people don't realize what a great visual can do for capturing an image in the memory.

The reason why I referred to describing the scene as "painting" it is because even though you are using words, they create a mental image for your reader through their imagination. If you convey the intensity, the emotion between your characters during those very important moments, it stays with them.

Movies are the best way I can literally show you what I mean so that everyone has the same visual.

When you get it right in the movie or on the page, we feel that as well as see it. It's why I love romance and romantic comedies.

KD Fleming said...


I loved Joe, Jr. in that. I saw him later in Law & Order Criminal Intent and he was some important city official. I could not get the white t-shirt and the droopy jeans image out of my head.

If Amazon or Netflicks has a run on downloads tonight, we'll know what happened. ;)

Tanks, for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...


I totally agree on the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks team.

I think he's so boyishly likable and she's always been so adorable, we can't help but like them.

Good luck in the drawing and thanks so much for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...

Well Tanya,

Even though I said I love Cary Grant, I obviously haven't seen all his movies. I had never heard of that one. I just looked it up on IMDB and it sounds like a great one.

I will be checking where I can get my hands (or my eyes) on a copy.

This has been terrific today. It has me smiling and itching to write a "big scene" for my hero and heroine instead of editing.

KD Fleming said...


I was still single when WYWS came out and I had the VHS tape. If my little brother (he's in his 30's now) finds it on television, he will text me and tell me the torture movie is on because I made him watch it with me over and over. ;) But he liked it, I know.

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hi KD,
Thanks for this wonderful post - making me remember all the wonderful movies!
Right now my favourite couple (or maybe my favourite hero) is Jamie and Claire from Outlander. (If you can ignore the nudity and the violence)LOL.
Jamie is just so noble and heroic, he makes me sigh. Last week Claire was being flogged after being condemned to death for witchcraft, and Jamie charged in with swords ablazing and said "I've sworn an oath before God to protect this woman." Basically takes on the whole town that has assembled to watch the trial. Sigh.
Also love "You've Got Mail" - one of my all time favs!!
Now I'm in the mood for a good movie! Still wanting to see the new Cinderella!


Jill Weatherholt said...

What a fun post, Karen! I loved reading about the leaning scene. I've seen that movie so many times and that scene makes me laugh every time.
I love the Megan Ryan and Tom Hanks pairing. I would love for them to make a new movie together. Romantic comedies...they're my favorite.

Tammy Baumann said...

Hi Karen,

You and I have the EXACT same taste in movies! I have all of those too! Great post BTW and your book sounds fabulous!

KD Fleming said...


Thanks so much for stopping by. And that scene you described of Jamie and his oath, is definitely hero-worthy material--not to mention with the accent and the kilt. I love Scottish heroes.

And I think You've Got Mail & While You Were Sleeping are about tied for favorite today.

KD Fleming said...


I would LOVE to see a new Rom-Com starring Tom & Meg.

Even guys know what "the leaning" scene is, I think.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...

Hi Tammy,

Of course we like the same movies. Firebird sisters are a very pro-rom-com flock. ;)

It's great "seeing" you.

Deanna Stevens said...

Enjoyed your thoughts today!
I think Ghost would be one of my favorite couples. Patrick Swayze :)
toss me in the dish please.

KD Fleming said...


They did make a great couple.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing.

KD Fleming said...

Thank you, thank you again to Tina and all the Seekers for a warm welcome and a really fun day.

Thank you to every one who shared their favorites and gave me some more great movies and books to check out.

I wish you all happy writing, happy reading, and happy Rom-Com watching. God Bless.

Carol Post said...

Great post, Karen! I love romantic comedies, and since my husband likes them too, when we do a movie night, that's usually what we watch. I can't think of a favorite, because I love them all!

KD Fleming said...

Thanks, Carol.

Hog tying is involved for mine to willingly watch a romantic comedy.

I think it's a tie between The Avengers or While You Were Sleeping as to movies he sees on the screen and he makes a quick exit.

But he took me to the movies to watch them every weekend while we dated. In 16 years of marriage, I think we've been to the movies less than 10 times. (I order them from Amazon and then fight the rope and lasso him to the chair.) ��

Becky Dempsey said...

KD, The mention I made of "Kiss the Girl" was from a scene in Leap Year when the boarding house owner 'forces' Declan to kiss Anna.

I never made the connection between Kevin in 27 Dresses and Prince Edward in Enchanted! Now I'll have to go watch them both again!

ohiohomeschool said...

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail. I love that one.

Fun post.

Sherri Woodbridge said...

What a great, informative, and useful article. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. My favorite pairing are a toss up of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail" or Sandra Bullock and (?) Jack in "While You Were Sleeping". I also love Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in Sound of Music.

Anne-Marie said...

Hi, Karen. I'm sorry I'm late to the party. Your post is excellent. Your examples are my favs as well.

I can't wait to read your new book.


Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

My favorite is a tie between While You Were Sleeping and Pride and Prejudice. Great character pairings there. :)


Sorry to be so late Karen, but my favorite you have already mentioned. An Affair to Remember. I still cry when I watch it. Awesome movie.


KD Fleming said...

Becky D. Part 2
Enchanted was on this past weekend and yes, I watched it, humming along with the songs. ;)

KD Fleming said...

Thanks Becky (OHS).
Meg & Tom in You've Got Mail is definitely one of my most favorites. I watch it every time I see it on.

KD Fleming said...

Hi Sherri,

Bill Pullman played Jack in WYWS. And yes, all those you names are favorites of mine too.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in and leave a comment.

KD Fleming said...

Hi AM,

Thanks for stopping by. And I know you love these movies since we trade DVDs back and forth.

Hugs and smoochies.

KD Fleming said...


Yes, I love both of those. My husband sort of groans if he sees it on the screen because he knows that's all that will be on that tv.

Thanks for stopping by.

KD Fleming said...


Late or no, thank you so much for dropping by.

I love that one but don't watch it as much as Charade because of the scene close to the end when Cary Grant is talking to her and sees the painting, I start bawling like a baby.

Such a classic.