Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Christine Rimmer: Random Tuesday

I'm going random today because my brain does not want to settle down and stick to an actual topic. My brain is like that sometimes. Like now, when I'm on deadline and after I write this, I'm off to be disciplined and hit my daily page goal.

So did you hear? Christian Bale will be playing John Connor in the fourth Terminator movie. It's still in production. Not out till next summer. I so can't wait. To me, the original Terminator was one of the top romantic movies of all time. Right up there with True Romance written by Quentin Tarantino and starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, two young lovers on the run with a suitcase full of drug money.

But I digress. About the first Terminator. About how romantic it was. Who can forget Kyle Reese, the warrior from the future telling Sarah Connor, "I came across time for you, Sarah."? I certainly can't. I so loved that movie! For several years it was my choice to have running in the background while I decorated my Christmas Tree. Just something so festive about The Terminator. Don't you think?

You don't have to answer that. We all have different ideas of what's festive--not to mention, what's romantic. A dear friend of mine, on watching True Romance because of my glowing recommendation, told me she loved me--but she was never taking my advice on a movie again.

It's the same with books. What I think is romantic in a book I've read...way too many people say, "not so much." Take Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box. Read it. Loved it. Found it just totally romantic. Yeah, okay, it's gritty and bloody and really fine horror, too. But there's a love story at the core of it. A great love story, I thought... And that was even before I learned that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. I always used to wish that Stephen King wasn't so uncomfortable with romance. I love his books, but felt they'd be much improved if he could weave in a good love story. His son does.

And I really think I've babbled enough for this particular Tuesday. Now I'm off to get those words on the page!

I'll leave you with a question:What's your favorite romance? Book, movie, whatever...

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Donna Alward said...

I saw Terminator 2 when the dh and I went on our first date. And if Christian Bale is in it...wowza!

I can find something romantic in just about anything.

Christine Rimmer said...

>I can find something romantic in just about anything.

Donna, exactly. Romance is everywhere. I mean, everywhere!

Pat Cochran said...

Among my favorite romances: "Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, "Love With A Proper Stranger" with Steve McQueen
and Natalie Wood.

I can't believe that three of those
four talented actors are gone!!

Pat Cochran

Aideen said...


Must agree with Pat on this one, Love With A Proper Stranger was a wonderful film. So sharp yet romantic. I think my favourite romance on screen would have to be The Bridges Of Madison County. I'm sure I don't even need to explain why. And between the pages of a book, my vote would go to Eve and Roarke of the In Death series. They are so in love you can feel it jump right off the pages. And the little sacrifices that they each make along the way for the other might seem insignificant but for these two, they are huge. Its definitely true love all the way. Their romantic gestures are quite witty at times too and I love that in a story.


Christine Rimmer said...

Pat, two good ones. I must rent Love with the Proper Stranger again!

Christine Rimmer said...

Aideen, I must agree with you about Roarke and Eve. La Nora is amazing on so many levels. How she keeps that relationship building, deepening--and sizzling--through all those books is simply incredible. Magic.

Jennie Lucas said...

Thanks for the question, Christine!

I've just added Love with a Proper Stranger to my Netflix list.

My favorite movie romances are The Thomas Crown Affair with Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan (that hot scene where they make love on the stairs...yowza!), and The Bourne Identity, which is very very romantic and hopeful and with such a happy ending. (As long as you don't see the sequel.)

Christine Rimmer said...

Jennie, hey! I have to get that Thomas Crown Affair. I saw the first one, with McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Very smooth and sexy. Can't miss this one. I love both Brosnan and Rene Russo.

Re the Bourne Identity, so true. Great movie. And what they did in the next one was just wrong!

Jennie Lucas said...

Oh, Christine, you have to see the Pierce Brosnan version of The Thomas Crown Affair! It is so sexy, the way the two of them spar throughout, and so much sexier than the first one.

I've seen it at least 20 times. Now we're waiting for the Blueray version so we can see it in nice crisp images. Supposedly they're doing a sequel without Rene Russo--I'm not too thrilled about that. Here's hoping they don't ruin it.

Karen H in NC said...

Well, I have to say anything with Pierce Brosnan will be romantic. And apart from my all-time favorite film 'Gone With the Wind', I think my next favorite film is 'Dirty Dancing'.

Christine Rimmer said...

Oooo, Karen. Dirty Dancing is a real fave of mine. And GWTW...when I was 12, I faked a strange and undiagnosable illness, just to be able to stay home from school and read it. 3 Times!

Nathalie said...

My fav romance is Shanna by K. Woodiwiss.