Romance movies are some of my favorites, and if I had to pick my top five they would have to be the ones I could watch over and over and never get tired of. While this isn’t a complete list here are a few of my favs:
The Princess Bride
10 Things I Hate About You
She’s the Man
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
And not necessarily in that order.
What’s your favorite scene from each one?
This is almost as tough as picking out my favorite movies.
For Ever After it is a tie between this scene where Danielle has decided to go for a swim and Leonardo di Vinci nearly walks right into her because he’s wearing these shoes he invented that look like boats. She screams. He falls into the water. Which of course leads to her spending some time with the Prince. Their back and forth banter is charming and I get sucked in each time I watch it. “Why do you irritate me so?” “Why do you rise to the occasion?” – Love this!
Or there’s this scene where the price tries to act as Danielle’s protector, but instead she comes down (after climbing a ginormous tree by herself) and saves the prince. Yes. You go girl.
Picking a favorite scene in The Princess Bride is impossible as just about every scene in that film is my favorite. Like the battle of wits.
Vizzini says at the beginning that he can’t choose either wine and in the end he turns out to be right. So did he actually win the battle of wits after all?
And who doesn’t love Miracle Max?
He’s hysterical and then when his wife comes out… OMG… I laugh out loud every time!
Then of course there’s the iconic start of the film where we learn about “As you wish” and the history of Buttercup and Wesley. Swoon.
In 10 Things I Hate About You, the best part is when Kat reads her poem in the end.
There’s just something so raw about her emotions that I tear up every time I watch it.
The absolute best scene in She’s the Man is an easy pick only because it’s the funniest one in the whole movie. Viola comes back to the dorm room where she’s pretending to be her brother and finds her roommate, Duke with a tampon shoved up her nose. Seriously, watch it now and see if you can not laugh at this comical exchange.
In the The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I cried more than I laughed which is totally different from how I usually like my romance movies. Charlie’s story is so heart wrenching and then there’s so much hope that final letter he writes brings, I turn into a sobbing mess.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
I wish I could say that I did because they are all so wonderful in their own ways, but I didn’t. At least not directly. I think some of the emotions these scenes evoke are equal to some you will find in Road to Eugenica, but there aren’t any scene to scene correlations you can pick out.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Wow, this is tough… Only five?
The Awesome by Eva Darrows – This book has been one of my top favorites since I read it years ago and hasn’t been replaced. Maggie is this absolutely hysterical MC who I fell in love with immediately. She is snarky and sassy – or as Dylan and Drea would say, maybe a little Snassy at times. Her relationship with her mom is different from most you get in YA books. I laughed out loud so many times I lost count. I always hoped there would be more stories about Maggie, but sadly there haven’t been. Eva if you ever read this, please consider writing more. ☺
More than Music by Elizabeth Briggs – I actually got this book from Elizabeth after she had posted on Twitter than she was giving away a box of “damaged books.” Which mine didn’t turn out too bad when I got it. And even if it had been badly damaged it wouldn’t change my love for this story. Elizabeth has a way of creating characters that you just immediately connect with. And the romance between Maddie and Jared is totally swoon worthy. (He can be my book boyfriend any day.)
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler – Maybe because I know what it was like to live when the AOL dialup was a thing, but this book really took me back in the best way. Josh and Emma were both so real to me, and I loved the conflict of Josh not wanting to change anything and Emma wanting to change everything. My favorite line is still, “What the hell happened to Pluto?”
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer – I think this is the kind of book you can read over and over and notice new things each time that you never did before. There was something so sad and beautiful in this story, and an ending I never saw coming. It was genius on so many levels.
The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker – I didn’t pick this book because it is an Entangled title, but because I love this book. J.C. really brings you into a whole other world and the romance in this book had me swooning from the first time they met. (No spoilers) I am really hoping there are more books to come out in this world and even with these characters. It’s a new favorite and one I’m not sure will get knocked out of its place any time soon.
Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
With so many swoon worthy guys in books it’s really hard to narrow this down to just a few. I would have to say that Patch from Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series is one of my favorite book boyfriends. Although he’s dark, mysterious and comes across as emotionally unavailable, you know there’s more to him. He really jumps off the page as being real.
The same can be said for Noah from the Mara Dyer series. At first you aren’t sure if you should trust him or not and that lingering question makes him that much more intriguing.
This was the feeling I was trying to go for when I first conceived Maddox, but as I started to write him I realized that there’s more to him than just this. He tries to be this brooding mysterious kind of guy, but in the end who he really is can’t stay hidden behind this façade.
Dylan, to me is more like Wesley from The Duff. He’s beautiful and knows it. Sometimes he lets his ego get the best of him, and he isn’t as forthcoming with his feelings.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
I’m not sure I can remember that far back to the first, but one romance that has always seemed to stick with me is Where She Went, by Gayle Forman. Adam’s story of heartbreak – especially after everything he did to get Mia to stay – really sunk deep into my bones. Their relationship before her accident wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t mean he wasn’t irrevocably in love with her and would stop at nothing to be with her.
That book made me laugh, cry, and absolutely fall in love with Adam myself.
I actually have more than one copy of this book on my shelf, and was lucky to get one signed when I saw Gayle at a book event here in Texas.
I haven’t sat down to read this book cover to cover from the start again, as I’m not sure my heart could take that, but I do pick it up from time to time and read passages of it.
Darcy or Wentworth?
Christian or Gideon?
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Spock or Kirk?
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?
Car or motorcycle?
This was so much fun. Thanks for having me.
About Road to Eugenica:
Yesterday, Drea Smith couldn’t do anything spectacular—even walking and texting at the same time was a challenge. But today, she suddenly has more answers than Google, can speak and understand numerous languages, and she can fight. Like a boss.
Drea has no idea where her encyclopedic knowledge has come from, but she’ll take it when she discovers someone out there knows her secret and wants her badly. And that they’ve been searching for her since she was born.
Since she was created.
With the help of her best friend Dylan, who just wants to keep her safe, and Maddox, a mysterious new boy who is prepared to get her answers, Drea will have to push her new skills to their limit as she uncovers nothing is quite what it seems.
As she uncovers…Eugenica.
About A.M. Rose:
A.M. Rose is the author of Road to Eugenica, and writer of young adult novels of all genres as long as they have a hint of romance, the drinker of too much coffee (with way too much coconut creamer), and lover of all carbohydrates.
Currently, she lives in Houston, TX with her three boys (yes, her husband is in that count) and three cats. When she isn’t writing about swoony boys or ways for her MC to get into trouble, she is an avid reader, critiquer, (is that even a word?) and trampoline enthusiast.
A.M. Rose is a graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Communication and a minor in underwater basket weaving. (Okay, maybe not the basket weaving part.)