“A man’s kiss is his signature.” Mae West
A kiss is like nothing else. Time stops. We acquiesce, each in our own way, to a shared experience. In a romance novel the first kiss can come at the beginning or the end. It can be sweet or steamy. Confuse or confirm. Insist or implore. If done right it draws a strong reaction from the reader.
A roller coaster of a first kiss involves a lot of attention to detail. A lot of rich detail. As a reader, the experience for me is in the details, in the exaggerated sense of awareness. It’s played out in slow motion and high definition.
I wish I had some magic formula to impart besides staying true to your story, the tone, the mood, the setting, the characters, but I don't. You're on your own. Oh, except for dialogue. Please include some! There is nothing sexier than a well placed spoken word or two.
But I can share my five favourite onscreen kisses:
Oh my, I love this scene! I can't remember how it goes in the actual book but the onscreen scene is just...incredible. The library, the ladder, the formal attire.
There's something about kissing in the rain. And Ryan Gosling.
Come on, you know you want to try it!
Again with the rain. Although this time it had more to do with Hugh Jackman.
And you know I had to fit a vampire in here somewhere.
“A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know.” Mistinguett (Jeanne Bourgeois), Theatre Arts, 1955
Feel free to leave some tips or advice in the comment section. Ditto your favorite onscreen kisses! Or favorite written ones.