Fangirl Confessions | Ultimate OTP Reunions

Fangirl Confessions | Ultimate OTP Reunions

There are so many definitions when it comes to the word, “romantic.”

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Its purpose is multi dimension and it certainly can (and does) suggest a great many moments, emotions and possibilities. Plus, it’s both an adjective and noun.

Its definition reads as follows:

adjective: romantic; adjective: Romantic
1. conducive to or characterized by the expression of love.  2. of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality. 3.relating to or denoting the artistic and literary movement of Romanticism.

noun: romantic; plural noun: romantics
1. a person with romantic beliefs or attitudes.
noun: Romantic; plural noun: Romantics

Sometimes I use it by its adjective use, but other times, it works well to describe someone’s outlook on life. For the purpose of today’s post, we’re using it in its characterization that’s used as an “expression of love.” In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to take a look at a few of my favorite “reunion” moments from film or TV. Most of which, let’s be honest, happen in period dramas.

There’s something about old-fashioned period romances that truly understand the nuances of romanticism. The ups and downs, the declarations and heartbreak. In short, the sheer beauty of a love story is forever and always best represented in period dramas.

Despite their superiority, there is one (lone!!) scene I love from a TV show, so naturally, they have to be considered. Because of this, there is a vast difference that spans genres and styles. Today we look at (a mere) seven such moments from cinema (big and small screen) and discover these swoon-worthy moments.

(Warning, there are potential spoilers below.)

1: Elinor Dashwood and Edward, Sense & Sensibility (2008) | Their reunion scene in the new ITV miniseries is beautiful. But then since I am SO not a fan of the scene in the 90s adaptation, it could be I find anything a vast improvement. That said, I still love this moment. You can buy Sense and Sensibility digitally on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD

2: Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice (2005) | Through many will wonder at seeing this film adaptation on the list, I’m not sure in admitting, it’s this version that has stolen my heart. It’s breathtaking, beautiful and as close to cinematic “love story” perfection as I’ve seen. You can buy Pride and Prejudice digitally on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD
If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” – Mr. Darcy

3: Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | After the disappointing end to their story in ‘At World’s End,’ fans were long awaiting a reunion between, really, the only “ship” in this Disney franchise. We were rewards in the final (aka fleeting) moments of ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ Though for me, I’ll admit, it wasn’t exactly what I hoped it’d be.You can purchase or rent 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' on Amazon Video or buy it on Blu-ray or DVD.

4: Lizzy and Col. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | Though quiet, I adore this "Reunion" scene between these two. In fact, I even gush over it in a "Romantic Moment" feature. Because, why not? You can rent or buy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies digitally on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD

5: Luke and Lorelai, Gilmore Girls | Simple but effective. Following a fight (all set in motion by Lorelai’s family), Luke appears on her doorstep and without a word, kisses her. For these two, it was all that is needed.

6: Margaret Hale and John Thornton, North and South (2004) | Though it’s been many (many) years now since I first watched this elegant costume drama, it still feels as fresh today as it did then. It’s a beautiful love story that’s perfect amidst its bittersweet imperfections. You can purchase North and South on DVD

7: Natasha Rostov and Pierre, War and Peace (2016) | Never in a million years did I think I’d like this story – even in cinematic format. Little did I know how very much I would adore both of the recent adaptations. Of course, I have a fondness for the most recent because it stars the supreme talents of Lily James (Downton Abbey) and (!!!) James Norton (Grantchester). You can rent or buy War and Peace digitally on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD

Other favorites include Mabel and Lord Goring (An Ideal Husband, aff link); Ethne and Harry (The Four Feathers, aff link); and Anne and Captain Wentworth (Persuasion 2007, aff link), just to name a few.

That’s it for today’s Valentine’s Day post. Tell me about your favorite reunion or romance scenes. Do you like any that I’ve picked? Tell me which are among your most memorable. I’d love to chat about your favorite scenes.

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  1. Yes, yes, yes to Margaret Hale and John Thornton in North and South. That scene at the trains station...swoon. Also, I adore Mabel and Lord Goring in Ideal Husband. They are both so witty and charming.

  2. Beautiful list! Love all the couples you chose. Definitely love the scene in Pirates movie. Though I did want a bit more too ;)

  3. Definitely agree with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, and of course oh god Lorelai and Luke!! That scene in POTC was the only one I genuinely enjoyed in the film, but it wasn't what I hoped, either. The movie disappointed me as a whole, honestly :(

    I really need to watch Sense and Sensibility, and North and South (Armitage!!)

  4. Oh, you had me as soon as I saw the image of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy! I adore those two, plus Emma and Mr. Knightley and Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. Those romances will always stand the test of time!

    Thank you, Rissi, for this wonderful post in honor of Valentine's Day! You have chosen such lovely films for your list.

    Blessings, Net


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