“This got me thinking … about how important specific gestures are to romantic scenes, whether they’re “this romance is building” scenes or “this romance is about to explode into major smooches/sexytimes” scenes. One of my college professors said that a writer’s job is to make the reader experience a familiar thing as if for the first time, and this is especially relevant during romance. Almost all people have experienced a kiss before, even if it’s just from your Aunt Mildred or something, so we all know what it feels like, and it can be easy to feel disconnected from the word “kissed,” or phrases like “their lips pressed together,” just because they’re so familiar. These phrases are so common as to be almost negligible, which means the reader’s eyes might float right over them like they don’t exist.
I remember watching this moment in the theater and getting a weird chill when their hands met, and another one when he stretches out his fingers afterward, like he can’t believe he just touched her. That second moment was a little bit weird, unexpected— it made the first moment more powerful, because it suggests an emotional impact as well as physical contact.”
- Veronica Roth | “A Different Kind of Romantic Gesture” on YA Highway