Your heart starts beating faster as the hero and heroine come to their final confrontation. He says something, she snaps back indignantly, declaring her independence, and whips around, adamant she’ll never speak with him again. He grabs her arm, refusing to let her go, and spins her into his embrace. His lips descend on hers in a passionate kiss that makes your toes curl as you repress a feminine shriek of pure, estrogen-driven delight. He breaks off the kiss, both of the protagonists stare at eachother for a half-second of indescribable connection, and then he says it. The line that makes butterflies swarm in your stomach as your heart squeezes in a throb too harsh to let any oxygen go to your brain. The words that are eternally engraved on that portion of your soul that contains your deepest, most ardent longings.
Coming out of the scene is like coming out of the best dreams; reality seems dull and pale in comparison, and all you can do is think about that line, that simple stream of words that calls to you, seduces you, overcomes you.
Isn’t it a shame they aren’t real? Why aren’t men (and lines) like that a part of our lives? Are boys/ men in books just better?
These are questions I really don’t know the answer to. Maybe it’s fate, maybe it’s destiny, maybe it’s pesky reality intruding where it has no business. But instead of thinking about it, let’s just go over some of our favorite lines, shall we?
- The Princess Bride: “As you wish,”
Every time he says that line he means, “I love you,” EVERY TIME!
Also, he has some epic lines in the book, such as, “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”
Sadly, Buttercup isn’t very bright in the book…
- Pride and Prejudice: Pretty much everything that crosses Mr. Darcy’s lips
“You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love… I love… I love you. And I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” *Swoon*
“In vain I have struggled this will not do, allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” *Swoony, Swoony Swoon!*
- Jane Eyre: “You transfix me, quite.” (And, again, pretty much anything that Mr. Rochester says)
She literally hears his voice when he calls to him even though they are thousands of miles apart. Also, the tormented fellow has quite a talent for prose.
- Wuthering Heights: “If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.”
Ah, Heathcliff. So many more from this man, too! He begs her to haunt him, for goodness sake:
“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
Admittedly, he’s crazy. But who is to say that all of the good men aren’t?
- Romeo and Juliet: ” It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”
This play is a stereotype for a reason. Romeo might be a flighty fellow, but he is also poetic to a fault. It’s good to remember that that ended with a tragedy, as romance often does. (Except in fiction. Read reviews to control your fate.)
- Tangled: “You were my new dream”
Okay, okay, I know this doesn’t really fit with the theme of everything else (romantic literature) but I feel that Eugene Fitzherbert (Flynn Ryder) needs to be recognized as a truly epic fictional man. They literally had meetings when they created him, trying to pinpoint the traits of a perfect man. Unrealistic expectations in men can start early.
There are many other fictional men with fabulous lines: which is your favorite?