Dialogue with Emotional Punch by Vicki Batman
Several years ago, the film version of Pride and Prejudice was released with a different cast from the popular BBC series, the premise being five daughters with little fortune need to marry a wealthy man. However, Elizabeth Bennett wants a marriage filled with love and turns down the reverend cousin, the male who inherits, in her quest.
Her eye catches William Darcy, a very rich boy who’s quiet, thoughtful, a good friend and quite prideful and prejudiced. It doesn’t help that he thinks she, too, is prideful and prejudiced. Quite the conundrum that could have easily kept them apart…until they begin to see the true qualities in each other. Near the end (spoiler alert!), Darcy finds her and says, “You have bewitched me, body and soul.”
The line is magnificent. I want someone to be bewitched by me, body and soul. I want to be bewitched by someone, body and soul. Who could stop thinking, moving, meditating, sleeping without having thoughts of this one special love consuming their minds? Totally.
Other emotional lines have pierced people’s hearts: “You complete me” from the movie Jerry Maguire is one. I’ve felt that. I understand the idea of my mate and me complementing each other and becoming whole.
Then there is the famous piece of dialogue from Love Story (movie and book), “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” which may be right, but is really so wrong. In actuality, we apologize and that means more to our spouse.
From Rebecca (movie and book) by Daphne du Maurier, the opening hook is a good indicator of what is to come: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Here, we get an indication the narrator had a dream about a place and there is a bit of nostalgia about it–happy times? Sad times? Something is stirred and we’re curious to know more.
The 1963 novel, The Graduate, and also made into a movie, has this famous line: “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” Uttered by a new college graduate, we can sense a bit of dismay, humor, leaving us intrigued as to what the young man will do. Will he dally with Mrs. Robinson? Does he know how to dally?
In the Princess Bride (book and movie), the stable boy takes whatever the princess dishes and always says, “As you wish.” That phrase tells of his love for her without actually saying the words I love you. When we notice what he’s doing and see the twinkle in his eye, we go “aah” (an inside joke), thinking is she ever going to catch on? Yet when she does, they come together, and our insides go squishy wishy with finally. Much happiness.
Deeply captivating words from movies and books stay with us. They resonate and bring forth emotion.
What movie or book lines intrigue you?
Award-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, a romantic comedy mystery to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Learn more about Vicki and her writing on her website.
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