My daughter is five and, like most five-year-old girls, princess obsessed. We’ve seen all the movies, more than once. The other day my daughter was watching The Little Mermaid and when it came to the part of the near kiss she shouted, “Would you just kiss him already.”
Don’t we love hating that moment in the movie. Susan May Warren refers to it in her book Kiss and Tell as the “wink.” You know that point, often close to dead center of the story, when romantic tension builds and you want to yell at the screen “Just kiss him already!”
Or often they do kiss but it’s interrupted or perhaps they stop and say “we can’t.” However it works out it always leaves the audience with a taste of the Happily Ever After but pulls the carpet out from under us making us compelled to turn one more page before we turn off the light and go to sleep.
Growing up, I watched all romantic movies I could get my hands on. I loved the romance but I grew to have great expectations of what was to come. If one of the steps was weak or missing, the whole plot felt weak.
Can you recognize the wink in your favorite romance? What is your favorite wink moment from a movie or book and why do you think it is so great?