Well, I have spent another long day tweaking my blog, twitter, and facebook pages. I would just like to say thanks to all of you aspiring and published authors who have already visited and left feedback about the site and for the wonderful reception and encouragement that I have been shown so far by the RWA community.
I must confess, however, that I did take a rather long break this evening to curl up on the couch and watch two of my favorite movies (based on two of my favorite books of course), "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, and "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell.
And aaahhh, Mr. Darcy....swoon, the absolute perfect romantic lead. He is stubborn, and a bit arrogant, yet still tender and vulnerable when it matters most.
I think my favorite part of the entire movie (2005 version with Keira Knightley & Matthew McFadyen) is the scene depicted above towards the end of the movie. After Lady Catherine's visit Lizzie is standing outside in a field and then sees the sillouetted Mr. Darcy sauntering towards her out of the morning mist. There is just something so sexy and alluring about that scene. You can just feel your heart in your throat as you can see the trepidation and hope in Mr. Darcy's face.
And let's not leave out the crass Rhett Butler. It is fitting that only a fiery, independent, and determined woman like Scarlett O'Hara could capture his heart. He saw beyond her haughty "Southern Belle" facade and identified with the real woman that lied underneath despite her many flaws. And in true romantic fervor, he was willing to go the distance in order to claim her affections.
I think tommorrow I will have to delve into the psyche of these two men a little deeper after I've actually slept and had time to reflect more on exactly what it is about each of these men that make them such attractive characters, and how I can incorporate some of these traits into my hero. For now though, I'm off to bed.