We high five with the amazing Kendra C. Highley yet again over perfect taste in movies (you could build world peace around Princess Bride if you tried) and talk a little bit about her favorites! Her latest book, The Bad Boy Bargain is out right now!
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
The Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice (A&E version FTW!), Beauty and the Beast, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Sense and Sensibility.
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
Princess Bride: The scene at Miracle Max’s and the whole debate about “true love.”
P&P: The pond scene! The look on Lizzie’s face when Mr. Darcy comes across the grass in a wet shirt? ::fans self::
Beauty and the Beast: When the Beast has to let Belle go…and she comes back.
Four Weddings: When Charles admits—at his wedding to another woman—that’s he’s in love with Carrie, then asks Carrie not to marry him.
Sense and Sensibility: Am I on a Hugh Grant roll here? Yes, and Edward’s scene at the end with Elanor is sweet and lovely, but it’s Alan Rickman’s Colonel Brandon bringing Kate Winslet’s Marianne in out of a rain storm then asking for a job when she’s ill that demonstrated the love he had for her. SWOON! (Plus the happy bride with her dashing husband being watched by the lover who jilted her watching from a distance is a fitting ending).
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
No, but I made a lot of Princess Bride references in my previous book, Defying Gravity.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Pride and Prejudice—because Jane Austen is AWESOME.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (I’m cheating) by Laini Taylor…the writing is so beautiful and the story is great.
The Red Rising Triology (Still cheating) by Pierce Brown. Visceral, violent, but so compelling I have a hard time putting it down.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy (yep, I’m a cheater) by Rae Carson. The heroine is unique, self-sufficient, and strong, and the love story is outstanding.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I know, I know) because…J.R.R Tolkien, elves, Aragon, and a great story. That Arwen/Aragorn love story is one of my favorites.
Darcy or Wentworth?
Christian or Gideon?
Not really either?
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Rochester in a heartbeat.
Spock or Kirk?
Probably Spock. Kirk has a girl in every port.
Sunrise or sunset?
Angst or humor?
Tea or coffee?
Wine or beer?
Cake or pie?
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
Blue-collar or white collar?
Jeans or a suit?
Jeans (that fit)
Car or motorcycle?
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.