Sunday, December 28, 2008

Koontz and Kisses

Dean Koontz wrote a children's Christmas tale. Who knew? A bizarre little foray into an android creation by Santa's much maligned twin brother. And it's the sequel to one published in 2004. Who knew? Guaranteed to delight eight year olds with descriptions of snot and boom-whacka-boom onomatopoeias. It's Dr. Seuss meets War and Peace: a sing-song cadence with unique rhyming words but far, far too long for one digestible sitting by a second grader. The reviews of the original tale, Santa's Twin, were much more favorable, but still question: can novelists be successful poets? If you're a fan, might be worth a look-see.


In honor of all that is spectacular about New Year's Eve, I propose a Vortex list of our favorite screen kisses, television or film. They don't have to be first kisses, but they must be memorable. Then, we'll have a bit of fun with the suggestions. Leave your choice(s) in the comment section by Wednesday or email them to me:

What is it that makes a screen kiss great?


Jen FitzGerald said...

Never Been Kissed

Happy New Year, L.A.


Charles Gramlich said...

Santa's Twin was interesting but not that great, I thought. I have a copy of it. I probably won't get the sequel.

One kiss I liked from the movies was when Sarah Conner first kissed Kyle Reese in The Terminator.

laughingwolf said...

old man that i am, i like the bergman/bogart kiss in rick's bar, i think?

as for a novelist writing poetry, easier than a journalist writing a convincing novel :O lol

Marilyn Brant said...

While I Was Sleeping (loved that one at the end :). I think what makes a great screen kiss is when the viewer cares about both of the characters and knows they've been longing for each other, so when the kiss finally happens, there's a sense of relief mingled with the joy. We've gotten to see their hope fulfilled.

Didn't know about Dean Kootz's children's stories. Will have to take a look...

Miladysa said...

The Year of Living Dangerously - in the rain - *grin*

Barbara Martin said...

Ghost with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore ties with the sphagetti kiss from Lady and the Tramp.

L.A. Mitchell said... thief! That was mine. I'll think of another ;)

Charles...yes, best not to bother with the DK book. I don't remember that kiss, I'll have to look for it.

laughingwolf...Casablanca is one of the classic kisses...good one :)

Ohh..Marilyn..yes. Love that one. I'm off to look for that one. Gotta love YouTube :)

Barbara...the Ghost one was very memorable. And, I love the sweet innocence of Lady and the Trap. And My Girl when she leans over to kiss him and he gasps, his eyes wide in surprise. Love it!

laughingwolf said...

happy new year to you and yours! :D

Miladysa said...

Did you find it?

Happy New Year LA x