I have always been a sucker for Hallmark Christmas movies. I don’t start watching them until the day after Thanksgiving, and never watch them after New Years Day, but in between, my husband does a lot of eye-rolling. Truthfully, he thinks my obsession is adorable.
My go-to romance movies otherwise are Pride and Prejudice, the Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen version. My youngest son used to say, “Mom, are you watching the English movie again?”
Another favorite is While You Were Sleeping, with Sandra Bullock. And who doesn’t love You’ve Got Mail? I could watch both once a month, or more.
The first to change my life, or make me a romance fan, are much older. My grandmother and I used to watch Cary Grant’s His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, and The Philadelphia Story. Needless to say, Cary was my first ideal leading man!
Most recently I discovered the “Before” movies . . . Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. I know I was late to that particular party, but being able to watch all three in a row, without having to wait ten years in between each, was such a gift. These three movies inspired me as a romance writer, more than any other. Brilliant subtleties, rich and complex characters, breathtaking scenery . . . that’s what I want to write.