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My top 5 romantic movies

This past weekend my husband and I got to do something that is rare nowadays…we were able to go to the movies and out to dinner without any kids!  Of course, I was determined to take advantage of the opportunity and see a romantic, sensual movie…unfortunately, there really weren’t any available in the theater.  We ended up seeing “New Year’s Eve”, a romantic comedy which was a decent movie in its own right, but not quite what I had been wanting.

The experience got me thinking about romantic movies and how few of them have really stuck with me and are able to instantly put me into the mood.  So I decided to put together a list of my top 5 romantic movies, some of them might be predictable and many people might find them boring and stupid, but I like them.

#5  Bridget Jones’s Diary (I chose this movie because Bridget Jones is weird, awkward and far from the most beautiful woman around, but she has a hot man who loves her and treats her like a queen, even when she is being an idiot)

#4  Jane Eyre (One of my favorite love stories of all time, I love the novel, and so far, have loved every film adaptation I have seen)

#3  Titanic (Ok, it might be corny and so 90’s, but I love Rose and Jack.  There is something so romantic about tragedy)

#2  The Notebook (When Allie and Noah finally made love, it was awesome, even if Allie was engaged to some other poor guy at the time.  Plus, who doesn’t love the scenes between Allie and Noah as an old couple?  When they died in each others’ arms, it was enough to make the hardest heart soft)

#1   Gone with the Wind (Probably the first romantic movie I can remember watching that really got to me.  I always loved Scarlett and wanted her and Rhett to be together, but she was just so stupid at times, sitting around pining for that wimpy Ashley Wilkes.  One of my favorite scenes of all times though is when Rhett gets drunk and carries Scarlett up the winding staircase to make love)

Ok, so there you have it, my top 5 romantic movies.  What about you?  Feel free to share your own favorite romantic movies, I just might check them out if I haven’t seen them already!

 

 

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Romance novels – make them into movies!

Perhaps it is just me, but I have often wondered why they don’t turn more romantic novels into movies.  The romance novel market is a thriving one, a look around Amazon or any local bookstore should show you that.  Even when you browse the shelves at Wal-Mart or your local grocery store, you tend to see more romantic paperbacks than any other genre.

However, unless you count the Nicholas Sparks or Danielle Steel books that have been turned into movies, it seems like very few adult romance novels, even those off the bestsellers list ever get a movie contract.  I guess you could assume that maybe moviemakers figure they would be a hard sell, although that seems pretty odd, since they do make quite a few chick-lit books into movies…and surely those would have a similar demographic.

So what do you think?  Why do they not turn many romance novels into films?  Would you be willing to shell out the money to see some of your favorite romance novel characters heating up the big screen?  I know I would love to see some of these movies made, but perhaps I am in the minority.  If you have an opinion on the matter, please feel free to leave a comment below!