So, Cecilia realized something. (You remember Cecilia, don't you? Thought so, carry on.) Cecilia realized that we've never really had a good talk about Austen smooches during Austen in August. And that is a travesty. So Cecilia set herself the arduous task of gathering up the finest examples of Austen kissery, and is presenting them here in a Top Ten (ish, and by ish, I mean there are 5) Tuesday of her fave Austen smackers!
. . . with additional commentary from me, which she doesn't know about yet. *waves at Cecilia*
Yes, I know, there is no kissing described anywhere in any of Jane Austen's novels blah blah blah blah blah. (Also, some academics would disagree with you.)
Now onto my TOP 5 JANE AUSTEN KISS SCENES (In movies.)
5. Emma (1996): Darkling Friend Kiss
I may be in the minority but I never bought the chemistry between
Note from Misty: I developed a hardcore crush on Jeremy Northam as a result of this movie. (Well, half this movie and half The Net. And yes, I know he was the bad guy in that. Don't ask me to explain childhood Misty, I can't.) But the way he pecks at her in this kiss, like a bird going for a worm, just doesn't do it for me.
4. Persuasion (2007): Kiss at Bath
This is my favorite and most-watched movie adaptation, but not my favorite kiss, probably because I can't help but get fixated on the spittle in her mouth and her tears. Their next kiss, in the final scene, is better, but feels more like an epilogue than a pivotal moment, so I didn't count it here.
Note from Misty: I can't get past the spittle. Or her ever-greasy hair.
3. Pride & Prejudice (2005): Candlelit Kiss
This is also more of an epilogue but the only kiss we get since the previous scene is an almost-kiss. The kissing itself isn't that swoonworthy but the cinematography is!
Note from Misty: The cinematography saves everything in this movie. I've grown to love it because of the cinematography. As an adaptation. . . well, we won't talk about that, but boy, it sure is pretty!
2. Northanger Abbey (2007): Falling Into Bushes
Sorry, you gotta forward to the end of the clip, but it'll be worth it. The two actors make this such a vibrant, eager and energetic scene that captures the giddiness of a first kiss, even after having to get through all the lead-up dialogue first.
Note from Misty: Fave. Hands down fave. I love the bumbling awkwardness, and the fact that she pushes him into the bush. Get it, Catherine.
1. Mansfield Park (1999): The Almost Kiss
I can't even find this clip on youtube which is a TRAVESTY but let me set the scene. Fanny is crying. Edmund is comforting her. They are both seated on the bed. A hand here. A nose graze there. And OMG their lips are so close. Only he draws back and runs away. But Cecilia, you say, this isn't even a real kiss. I KNOW, OKAY! But it's still pretty hot. You can kind of catch it with a score from 1:45-1:58 here.
Note from Misty: Almost-kisses are hot. Anticipation, baby. An-tic-i-pay-ay-tion. . .
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