Saturday, February 4, 2012

Guest Blog Featuring Autumn Jordon


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Recently, a friend and I had a conversation concerning movies that featured a growing relationship between a man and a woman and what really makes them a true romance.  I mean there are a lot of films that have a love story up front and center but still they’re not considered a romance.  Examples that jump to mind are, Speed, Romancing The Stone, and The Mummy.  Don’t believe me? Google them.

So what makes one story an epic romance and the other an action story? Let’s compare these two examples; Casablanca and Pearl Harbor.

Casablanca is considered a classic love story, it has been for decades. In fact, if you Google best romance movies of all time, it’s #1 with Gone with the Wind as #2.

I know Casablanca is one of my favorites. I swoon every time I watch Humphrey Bogart, who plays bar owner and freedom fighter, Rick Blaine, clink champagne flutes with Ilsa Lund, played by Ingrid Bergman, and says, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

The film has a love triangle, so there is lots of conflict.

Later in the film, Rick and Ilsa confess their love and then Rick convinces Ingrid to get on a plane with the other man and leaves him behind to take on the Nazi regime.  Not a happy ending, and we all know in today’s romance industry, a HEA is an ultimate requirement.

Now, let’s look at Pearl Harbor. While the blurb for the movie reads, Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war it’s not considered a romance.  With heroes as yummy as Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, why not?

Like Casablanca, the story centers around a love triangle and both are back dropped by war, the same war. Pearl Harbor even has a tainted HEA. So why is Pearl Harbor not a romance? 

IMO, I think it has to do with how much focus is on the romance. There are more action scenes, and certainly they’re more vivid, in Pearl Harbor than there are in Casablanca. 

What do you think?

One lucky commenter will win a copy of Evil’s Witness, Autumn Jordon’s award winning novel.  Winner will be announced Sunday, February 4th, 2012.


Elementary school nurse Stephanie Boyd’s ordinary world changes forever when she and her children witness a blood bath. To escape the wrath of the Russian Mafia, she has no choice but to help the FBI uncover the mafia’s mole inside the U.S. Treasury. While on the run with the handsome agent who is willing to die for them, Stephanie learns the meaning of self-sacrifice and love.
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  1. Hello, Autumn.
    I so agree with your blog and your thoughts. I've often said those same words and have noticed that almost all movies have a little romance. Maybe not all, there are some strictly horror flicks or actions movies, I suppose, but even in those they are usually willing to fight, or give up their life, for someone. So, yes, there's a little love story in everything. After all, what fun is life without a little romance?

  2. I feel there is romance of a sort in most movies.How much of the story that appeals to men is what keeps them from being listed as romance. HA! Guys don't want to see a movie classified as romance. War stuff? Things blown up? they are right there. And please- they are so wishing they are the guy getting the gal the same way we wish we were getting the guy.

  3. I agree that many movies not labeled romance are romances. Pearl Harbor is one of my favorites but if it had been labeled romance my husband NEVER would have gone to the movies with me to see it.

    As far as movies are concerned, labels are a marketing ploy. If labeled romance the movie becomes a 'chick flick' and therefore an entire audience of men (such as my hubby) is lost. But label the movie suspense or action or comedy and the men will not think twice. My sons love Transformers. There is a romance in there too, just not the focus. I think women are happy with any form of romance and not near as concerned with the label put on the film.

    One of my all time favorite movies is Last of the Dogmen. It is labeled as adventure, western. There is a subtle romance in there with one powerful kiss that makes the movie real and emotional.

    I'll take a movie with a great storyline and a touch of romance not labeled as such anytime. I can do without the labels and make my own decisions!

    Interesting topic- thanks!

    Heather E

  4. Really enjoyed the topic! I don't think labels should be put on movies or books. My husband enjoys reading romances that are set in the old west!!

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  5. It's interesting as to which movies are classified as romance. Most movies do have some sort of romantic connection. A great post thank you.


  6. I have never seen Casablanca but strangely enough I just got the video to watch for tomorrow night. I'm glad that you have told me that it is Romance #1 of all time!
    I too think that there is some type of romance or relationships in every movie. Perhaps this is because movies are our "reflections" in some ways.

    Oh, and please enter me in your draw:
    janet(underscore)kerr (at)msn(dot)com

  7. I would assume that the PR department decides which label would bring in the most revenue.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  8. Hi, everyone. I'm glad you liked the post.

    LOL, Carmen, you are so right. What would life be without love.

    Rita, You have men pegged. That is why you write them so well.

    hregtv, My DH is the same way. I hate that movies which revolve around a love story are labeled Chick Flicks and they just totally refuse to go see them. If I told my DH Casblanaca was a WWII film he'd be front and center. Add that it's #1 romance of all time and he wouldn't give it a peek. Shrug.

  9. You're one lucky lady, Martha. Hang on to him.

    Thanks, Mary!

    Oh, Janet, I hope I haven't spoiled it for you. You will love it.

    I'm sure they do, Mary. I think the brains know romance sells, I think that is why Speed 2 has the couple on their poster and why IRTS we find Mike and Kathleen swinging on a vine.

  10. Hi, Autumn! Great post - and I agree with Heather above. Marketing and promotion have so much to do with it! (And I'll admit - don't hate me - I've never seen Casablanca. I've seen bits and pieces over the years, but never watched it. Did see Pearl Harbor once.)

    Have a great day! :)


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