I learned a certain unforgettable phrase from the romantic comedyThe Holiday. (Okay, before anyone jumps in and protests about some of the content of that movie … I agree. Some of the content: Highly objectionable. Moving on.)
Where was I? Oh, yes … the phrase. Arthur, played by Eli Wallach, is a renown scriptwriter from the Golden Age of Hollywood. He explains the idea of a “meet-cute” to Iris, Kate Winslet’s character — a broken-hearted magazine writer.
What is a meet-cute? It’s the whole boy-meets-girl (or girl-meets-boy) scenario. And in a meet-cute, the crazier, funnier, more unlikely the situation it is — and all the while you know this guy and gal are destined to fall in love — the better.
I’ve already thought of how my hero and heroine are going to meet in my next novel — and, yes, I think it’s a bit zany. Outside the box. They’re certainly not shaking hands and saying, “Hi my name is (fill in the blank). It’s so nice to meet you.”
Think about some of your favorite romance novels or movies. How did the characters meet? In While You Were Sleeping, Lucy (Sandra Bullock) meets Jack (Bill Pullman) at his parents’ house–but she’s supposedly engaged to his brother!
In Sabrina, Linus (Harrison Ford) meets Sabrina (Julia Ormond), the chauffer’s daughter, who is all grown up and quite beautiful–so much so that he doesn’t recognize her. But she recognizes him and enjoys baiting him about who she is and where she lives.
In Your Words: Do you have a favorite meet-cute from a movie or a novel? Why do you like it so much? Writing friends, do you have fun crafting the meet-cute in your novels?