Wednesday, April 13, 2011
"K" is for Kiss
No, not these guys ---->
<---- Something more like this.
Smooches. Smacks. Pecks. Puckering up.
Kisses can mean so many different things: Goodbye. Hello. It's not you, it's me. Yes, I will marry you. I'm trying to distract you from what's really happening. Ew, yeah, you really need to brush your teeth.
It also matters who is kissing. Is it a kiss by Aunt Sally that a child tries to shy away from because she always smells like cabbage and hugs too hard?
Is it a spontaneous gesture by a young sailor, who grabs a pretty woman and bends her back in a kiss to celebrate the end of the war?
Are the kisser and kissee in a Disney movie?
All of these kisses come across differently, and require little description...there are pictures, after all, which doesn't require the viewer to imagine how they appear or do much interpretation. When writing, it's similar, but the author has to create the visual for the reader to allow their imagination to take over. As with any action, kisses can arguably come out just as powerfully in writing as on screen. We've all read books in which we squeal when the couple you've been rooting for kisses for the first time, or groan when the two people you don't want together lock lips. It's all in the word choice. The writer (who is usually following some sort of plot or outline) has to go along with the feel of the story. Who is kissing? Is it a romantic situation, or between relatives? Hell, do the characters even like each other at all? What does the kiss feel like from the narrator's perspective? Is it soft/hard/possessive/painful/scratchy/toothy/drooly/sloppy/dainty?
Do you have a favorite literary kiss?
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