For The Winner’s Kiss Blog Tour we are going to go ahead and list a few of our favourite, or most memorable is perhaps more accurate, fictional kisses. Fictional kisses are such an interesting business–was the kiss consensual and not simply returned because the kisser was “hot” (big issue we here at The Book Wars have noticed)? Was the kiss believable? Was the kiss appropriate for the place, time and conventions of the era being written about? etc . . .
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman–I really love the romance, respect and friendship between the characters in these novels. Seraphina and Kiggs’ kiss at the top of the tower was memorable, mostly because it finally happened and it was so perfect and imperfect. It helps that we are in Seraphina’s head for the duration and that she is so down to earth about her life and situation . . . I just really enjoyed this kiss. :)
- This is more of a moment than a kiss, in Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins, I just love the moment when Katniss, reflecting on her love “triangle” situation with Gale, thinks: “I really can’t think about kissing when I’ve got a rebellion to incite” (CF 125). I think I love this moment because, for me, it is more powerful than any of Katniss’ kisses with Gale–and it obviously is to Katniss too. She has more important things than romance and kissing this boy or that to think about. Love it.
- Todd and Viola in Monsters of Men — it’s a great kiss. Viola does the kissing, and well, here’s the quote:
His noise is getting quieter, but I can still see it there still-
See how he feels the skin of my hand against his, see how he wants to take it and press it against his mouth, how he wants to breathe in the smell of me and how beautiful I look to him, how strong after all that illness, and how he wants to just lightly touch my neck, just there, and how he wants to take me in his arms and-
“Oh, God,” he says, looking away suddenly. “Viola, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean-”
But I just put my hand to the back of his neck-
And he says, “Viola-?”
And I pull myself towards him-
And I kiss him.
And it feels like, finally.
Well. I only have one memorable kiss and it cannot even be called a kiss to be honest. So sorry but
At the end of The Cracks in the Kingdom Elliot Baranski, tired, bewildered, and forgetting everything and everyone that made him him meets Madaleine for the very first time though they have been communicating via the cracks in their world for quite a while. He doesn’t really remember her but he recognizes her on some deeper level you may call friendship or love. And he kisses her on her forehead. It’s a chaste kiss but dangit it had a lot of impact. It was sweet without being saccharine and it was flirty without being creepy. It was the perfect kiss for what their relationship is at the time and I loved it. So there, my favourite fictional kiss.
And you guys thought I wasn’t a romantic.
1. Ash by Malinda Lo: I just love the way Ash and Kaisa’s kiss is described. It is, hands-down, the most romantic one I’ve ever read: “Then they took the last step together, and when she kissed her, her mouth as warm as summer, the taste of her sweet and clear, she knew, at last, that she was home.”
2. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson: I think the award for funniest kiss goes to the one in “The Course of True Love (and First Dates)”. Magnus and Alec make out. Magnus offers to stop before they do something Alec isn’t ready for, but Alec, er, keeps on … and then freaks out and decides to leave before it goes too far. Except, instead of saying goodnight and walking away calmly like a normal person, Alec kinda flees the apartment and promptly falls down all the stairs. This tumblr had the perfect GIF to go with that scene*:
*Though, despite what the post says, it wasn’t Alec’s first kiss.
3. I suspect at some point there will be a kiss (or two) in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King which will be good and/or bad, so I’m gonna leave a space here for that one, okay?
Steph has now convinced me to finish the Chaos Walking trilogy.
- Not a successfully romantic kiss but one that makes me grin is Dimple’s kiss with Julian in Tanuja Desai Hidier’s Born Confused. It’s gross and honest and so, so funny. I laugh every time I read it.
- And *huge spoilers* the scene in The King of Attolia after Gen has had a nightmare and Irene reassures him (the one in which he ends up in Irene’s nightshirt). And the scene after the first assassination attempt, which, actually, comes first chronologically. Anyway, both the kissing scenes in KOA. All the scenes. Whether there is kissing or not.
- Possibly the kiss at the end of The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson. I was so hoping that something might turn out this way, and it DID. (And then *spoiler* he died, which. Well.)