Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pursuing the Impossible Romance

It’s a theme that’s been sucking me in for as far back as I can remember. Even though I’m only 42, I grew up watching the classics. My favorites were, and still are, the old black and whites. There’s just something about them that draws me in. Sure the acting is completely over the top, but the romance…  ohhhhhhhhhhhhh the romance. Yes, yes. I was born in the wrong era. Except that I like this era...most of the time. I know, I know—I’m a walking contradiction. That being said, I’m a HUGE fan of “gazing into each other’s eyes”, “gentle kisses to the forehead”, and “tons of sexual tension”.

            Have I mentioned that I LOVE sexual tension?

(Fans herself) Watch five minutes of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Yup. That’s romance. Then again, there’s always the famous “phone scene” from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Okay, (braces herself) now I’m swooning. But my all time favorite B&W love story has to be ‘Now, Voyager’, the 1942 classic starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid. Talk about a romance. You go, Charlotte Vale! Sigh. I think I’ve watched that movie 100 times.

My fascination with doomed love, wasted passion, and lost potential isn’t limited to just movies, either. I'm a writer, for Pete's sake! I read books...lots of books. And yes, I loved Wuthering Heights despite isn’t insane point of view (follow along, now): newcomer Lockwood narrates the entire novel as if it’s a diary entry as told to him by Nelly, the servant girl? (Scratches head) That’s what I said. But it’s dark and foreboding and—yeah, I loved it. I think it’s the only novel I’ve ever read where I despised every single character, yet still loved the story as a whole. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. As is true of any great novel, Wuthering Heights deeply affected me. Weeks after I finished reading it, I found myself still wanting to smack each one of the characters upside the head. Multiple times.

 Yeah, great book.

The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer-Bradley’s 1983 reworking of the Arthurian epic is also on my short list. What can I say? As a reader, the impossible romance draws me in. It’s really that simple. And since we, as human beings, are a culmination of our life experiences, the same holds true for me as a writer, as well. Work in my fascination with the paranormal and, well…have I mentioned that Courting the Flame comes out in June, 2012?

The opinions expressed above are solely those of Diana DeCameron.
Opposing viewpoints are welcome.
Translation? Feel free to comment, folks. 

Don't let's ask for the moon...Bette Davis, Now, Voyager