When it comes to difficult scenes to write, some might assume it’s the love scenes, but actually those are often the most fun to write. Or perhaps you might think it’s dark scenes like murder or on-the-run scenes, but those are super fun too. No, for me the hardest scenes to write are the love declaration scenes. It’s so hard to get those right. To have the exact payoff your readers have been waiting for. When it’s done right, they’re often the very best scenes in the book, but they can also be rushed and melodramatic. The writers in Hollywood get it right a lot because there are a lot of movies and TV shows that do this particularly well.
Here are some of my favorites.
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: “You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”
Monica: You wanted it to be a surprise.
Chandler: Oh, my God.
Monica: Chandler, in all my life I never thought I would be so lucky as to fall in love with my best, my best…
Monica: There’s a reason why girls don’t do this.
Chandler: Okay, okay I’ll do it. I thought, wait I can do this, I thought that it mattered what I said or where I said it. Then I realized the only thing that matters is that you, that you make me happier than I ever thought I could be and if you let me I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way. Monica, will you marry me?
Rick: “Because I love you. But you already know that, don’t you?”
[later in the episode]
Kate: “He got away, and I didn’t care. I almost died, and all I could think about was you. I just want you.”
WHERE THE HEART IS (the movie)
Novalee: It’s too late, isn’t it, Forney?
Forney Hull: Too late for what?
Novalee: I lied to you, when you asked me if I loved you, and I said no. Remember?
Novalee: I lied. It wasn’t true, I-I love you. It’s just I lied because I thought you deserved something better.
Forney: Something better than you? Novalee, there isn’t anything better than you.
THE WEDDING PLANNER: “I barely know you. I don’t know your dad’s first name, I don’t know if you ever wore braces, or contacts, or glasses and I have no idea how you came to be a wedding planner, Mary. But I do know the curves of your face. And I know every fleck of gold in your eyes. I know that the night at the park was the best time I’ve ever had.”
Just writing this post, looking up the quotes, had me back in those moments, feeling those *sigh* emotions all over again. Words are powerful, aren’t they?
So how about you? What are some of your favorite declarations of love, in books, movies or on TV?