Sunday, May 11, 2008

Enter or Endure the Wrath of the Salamander

Meet the newest member of the family. My son was thrilled with this little guy, whom he named Bruenor, after the dwarf Bruenor Battlehammer in R.A. Salvatore’s Icewind Dale trilogy. It’s my son’s favorite book series, and when I asked him why name a salamander after a dwarf, he said, “They’re both spirited and they don’t like to stay in one place.”

I am now searching for a terrarium with the tightest-fitting lid in the civilized world.

I am also waiting, impatiently, for entries for my contest. Here’s the original post, but skip those requirements. I’m going to make it easy for you. In the comments of this post, give me your favorite romantic line of all time, from books, television, film, or song. The contest runs until May 30, and the winner (chosen by my hubby’s fedora) will receive a $20 gift certificate from Amazon. Come on and enter! Who wouldn’t love book money?

It’s better than a belly rub.


StarvingWriteNow said...

Well, I don't know... belly rubs are pretty good.

I actually read a good romantic line this weekend from "A Flaw In The Blood". It's a Victorian-era mystery, not technically a romantic book. The hero has just saved the heroine from being gang-raped and they've made it to safety, blah, blah... she admits, in the heat/stress of the moment that she's always loved him and he says "I would marry you this very moment if I could."

It was sad and lovely and very, very sweet(you'd have to read the book to find out why).

Honestly, though, considering everything (it's 5 months today) I haven't been romantic-feeling at all. There's a million lines I've read and heard over the years that have stirred me like nothing else-- but right now, I just can't go there, you know?

Bernita said...

Will mention the contest. Meant to today but got side-tracked.

Robyn said...

Consider yourself entered, Beth.

Thanks, Bernita!

Charles Gramlich said...

Here's my entry, my favorite romantic line.

Say I'm reading a book and a beautiful woman like Lana asks, "whatca reading?" I say, "I'm reading a book on how to meet beautiful women but I had no idea it would work so fast."

Robyn said...

Charles, that's ingenious!

Missie said...

One of my favorite lines ever was from a movie, not a book. Believe it or not, it's from Jerry Maguire. The scene where Cuba Gooding Jr's wife is just freaking out on the phone with Jerry because her husband is down on the football field and not moving. She's at home and has no idea how badly he's injured, and she's begging Jerry to go check. She's crying and screaming and pleading, and says something like, "This family just does not work without him!" That line has always spoken to me.

Another line in a book I just read that I forgot the title to...The heroine ends up leaving the hero, taking their newborn baby because the mob guy she used to date showed back up and she's trying to protect the hero, goes into hiding with the kid, then gets amnesia, blahblah. The hero is understandably incredibly mad at her after he finds her and the kid..he is taking the baby back to his home for a few days to spend time with her since he hasn't seen her in months, due to mom's flight. He puts the baby in the car, tells the heroine goodbye and drives off. The heroine is just falling apart, seeing the love of her life drive off with her daughter, feeling she has messed up everything irrepairably (sp?) Then around the corner comes the guy back in the car, pulls up in front of her, and jumps out. She says, "did you forget something?" He walks up to her, grabs her arms, pulls her close, and says, "You. I forgot you." That just tore me up and made me cry.

Okay, sorry for the War and Peace post.

Robyn said...

Just one of those moments that makes you want to bawl, innit?

The hero's line, that is, not your post.

Precie said...

Ooh, lookie! You DO have a blog! :)

Here's my entry. It's a line from Diana Gabaldon's DRUMS OF AUTUMN (the fourth book in her OUTLANDER series)...

"And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours. Claire---I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you."

ps--I'm running weekly book contests this month over on my blog, in case you're interested. :)

Robyn said...

Thanks Precie! And what a line- SWOON.

Pipsqueek found the Whole Cheese! said...

Are we allowed to enter more than one? A few come to mind. The trouble is that a one-liner sans context loses much impact. Here are a few that, in context, have moved me profoundly:

1. "It was death that was the dream." From Mary Stewart's Touch Not The Cat. However, I am loathe to disclose an explanation for anyone that has not read the book. The paragraph it comes from reads as follows:

'His head went down to hers. His tears dried against her cheek. "You came. And they can never part us now, Nell, never again. This is ours, for ever, love. It was death that was the dream."'

Dear, non-wicked Nick.

2. "She is the arrow." Absolutely profound moment in the movie, "A Knight's Tale." Will, smitten, has been following Jocelyn, who coins him "Sir Hunter." Loathsome Count Andemar, who wants her for a trophy wife, scornfully refers to her as The Target. Will corrects him by saying, "No... She is the arrow."

Talk about absolute paradigm shifts via punned metaphor.

3. The romantic song that moves me every time I hear or watch it performed by Adam Pascal is "Your Eyes" from the musical, Rent. The song itself is rare in that you can lift the lyrics alone and they make a beautiful poem freestanding.

Hm, I guess the line would be,

"You were the song all along, and before the song dies... I should tell you... I should tell you... I have always loved you -- "

Er. Those are a few.

Nice to meet you, incidentally. I chortled my way through the floor your comment rips on some extremely traumatizingly bad book covers. Heek! Found you via my friend, Anna Bowling.

Snark is one of my favorite words. (Thank you, Lewis Carroll!) I've been using it for years and knew that anyone using it in a blog title had to be at least a distant, kindred spirit.


Carrie G.

Pipsqueek found the Whole Cheese! said...


Actually. My favorite romantic line of all time is this:

"nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands"

from e.e. cummings' poem "somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond"

K. Enjoy!

Robyn said...

Thank you, Carrie! And yes, you may enter as many times as you like.

writtenwyrdd said...

I can't think of any lines! :(

Robyn said...

You've still got time, Written!

kim h said...

from birget jones
i like u, i like u, just teh way u are.

kim h

Robyn said...

Thanks for entering, Kim!

Becky said...

OK - I can't remember where I read this line, but it made me laugh out loud and is my favorite Romantic line of all time:
"OK Gerdie, brace yourself, here I come..." LOL