I’ll Do All I Can to Keep You Safe: Catching Fire (2013)

Most Romantic Moment #4

Catching Fire

Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

So we are bringing Catching Fire back to the Valentine’s posts as well. This movie is more special for me than the first film as when it came out I had read the whole series, I saw this in theaters, and the cinematography was better as it wasn’t so shaky and all over the place. I also love how we got to see more of Peeta, and in a better light as Katniss trusts him. When the books and movies came out everyone was on the Gale train (Liam Hemsworth is pretty fantastic looking), but not me-Peeta is way better. Peeta is so adorable and sweet and loves Katniss soooo much.

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Catching Fire takes place a year after Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games with their pretend love. Now they both have houses, money, food, etc; for them and their family. And the best thing of all, they never have to compete in the Hunger Games again.

Katniss and Gale are having issues as Katniss is trying to deal with the trauma of the Games and her confusion for what she feels for Gale and Peeta, along with trying to care for her family. She and Peeta (who wants their relationship to be real); are doing tours at each district proclaiming how happy they are to have survived, honoring the those that died, saying how grateful they are to the capital, etc; that whole spiel. President Snow is unhappy with this, as they have been sparking rebellions all over. The President Snow would like nothing better than to get rid of Katniss, but can’t outright kill her as it will cause a full on revolution. He decides that for the big anniversary of the Hunger Games they will pick from those who have won in the past, killing her in the process.

Katniss and Peeta aren’t the only ones scared and angry to have to go back, as none of the others thought they would ever have to repeat the process. They have to make alliances and try to trust each other, but which of the teams?

Most Romantic Moment #4: I’ll Do Everything I Can to Get You Out of the Games

So last time I wrote about Catching Fire, I talked about how romantic that Peeta is so in love with Katniss but decides that being her friend is enough.

This time I want to focus on how Peeta works so hard to keep Katniss out of the games. While Katniss has the survival skills, drive, and focus-Peeta has the charisma, people skills, and is a natural leader.

Katniss is not a people person, she does not do well with in that arena. She can’t charm, she can’t flatter, she can’t work a room. But Peeta can. He used this to help in the first game, and now with this one he exercises everything he has to help win the capital over to her.

I love how Peeta is so earnest in his love for her and how he thinks of everything. It is expanded more in the book, but that was top-notch planning, saying she is pregnant and giving the details on their “wedding”. Yep, he uses all his interview time to try and save Katniss, every ounce of charm, every thing he has in his arsenal to do all he can to keep her out of the games.

AWWWW, he is so sweet-but then everything Peeta does is sweet…he is a baker after all.

For more on Catching Fire, go to Being Friends is Good Enough: Catching Fire (2013)

For more on Peeta Mellark, go to Peeta Please!

For more on The Hunger Games, go to It’s Fantastico!

What You Care About is Important to Me: Beauty Pageant, Parks and Recreation (2009)

Most Romantic Moment #3

I started watching Parks and Rec when Amazon Prime added it and I love it as it describes how working for a public can be sometimes.

Parks and Rec follows the lives of the employees of the Parks and Rec department and all the shenanigans and things they get into/work on.

Ron Swanson is the head of the department and he is a libertarian who loves alcohol, meat, and trying to stop the government from “overreaching”. Under him is Leslie Knope, who loves Pawnee, government, overachieving, and doesn’t let anything stop her enthusiasm. The rest of the department is rounded out with Tom Haverford-who cares about fashion and making money, only being in government for “contacts”. Donna Meagle who is “mysterious” and cool: Gerry “Jerry” Gergich who everyone picks on; April Ludgate the intern who hates everything; and Andy who was musician, turned shoeshiner, turned P&R employee. Also thrown in is Leslie’s best friend Ann Perkins, a nurse, who at first doesn’t work for the department but ends up being roped in by Leslie.

Auditors Chris and Ben come for a visit to get the town back into shape, but end up staying in the town.

Most Romantic Moment #3: What You Care About is Important to Me

And while I love Leslie and Ben:

But before Ben was Officer Dave Sanderson, and I loved Leslie and him together (at least until Ben came along).

So, this episode is from season 2 episode 3. In this Leslie is judging a beauty contest and is asked out by Officer Dave Sanderson, who she met in the previous episode. Officer Dave asks her out, but Leslie’s hopes are dashed when he thinks the picture of Madeline Albright is a picture of her grandmother. Feeling like they will have zero in common, she blows him off.

Leslie goes into judging the beauty pageant and is full of joy and optimism, but then finds out that it means nothing. All the other judges don’t care about brains, talent, answers, etc-just who’s the hottest. And they keep going on and on about the empty headed Trish.

Ugh.

After the pageant, Officer Dave comes in and tells Leslie point blank he likes her, and hands her his number so that she can call him if she wants to go out. He then storms off-crashing into Trish without giving her a second look.

Yes, he didn’t care about “hottie” Trish that every guy has been salivating over.

Then Leslie knows she has a winner. She later calls him and he comes to her office. She asks him out to dinner and he agrees, naming all the “powerful” political women on her walls.

How romantic!

Aw! It’s so cute! He went and researched all the women, and even their policy, so that he could talk to her about it. I searched and searched but couldn’t find a screencap or clip. But if you watch it on Amazon it is adorable!

For more from Romance is in the Air, go to Kiss the Girl: The Little Mermaid (1989)

For more romantic moments from TV shows, go to I Made You A Bummed Out Box: Gone Glitter Part I, Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse (2012)

Kiss the Girl: The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

I have reviewed this movie before for Valentine’s Day, but decided to pick another moment from it. You can never have too many!

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So The Little Mermaid is based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Anderson (Love him).

So Ariel is a mermaid, but she really loves human things. She is always collecting things from shipwrecks and going to the surface to talk to birds and see land. One night she is watching a ship that is bringing Prince Eric home. A huge storm occurs and causes the ship to be destroyed.

Ariel saves Eric and brings him to land singing Part of Your World“. 

When she gets home her father discovers her treasure trove of human items and destroys them. In typical, teenage fashion, she throws a temper tantrum and goes to see the evil witch Ursula, who takes her voice in exchange for giving her legs. Ariel has three days to get Eric to kiss her, if he does she will be a human forever- but if he doesn’t then she will turn back into a mermaid and belong to Ursula.

That’s not good.

Ariel goes topside but has difficulties getting Eric to kiss her, as he doesn’t want to take advantage of a mute girl and is in love with the girl who saved him (couldn’t see her only heard her); along with Ursula’s lackeys getting in the way. Ursula transforms herself into a beautiful woman, takes Ariel’s voice, puts a spell on Eric, and gets him to agree to marry her. Ariel and friends are trying to stop the wedding, but will they be able to in time? Or is it too late?

Most Romantic Moment: Kiss the Girl

This is a great song and a great scene. You have the perfect atmosphere with the blue lagoon, a rowboat for two, a group singing in perfect harmony a romantic song; and to top it all off you have them in the weeping willow!

I love it!

I LOVE weeping willows and find them beautiful, magical, and incredibly romantic. I love this part of the song.

For more on The Little Mermaid, go to Waiter, There’s Some Disney in My Jane Austen

For more Disney films, go to In the Spa House of the Spirits: Spirited Away (2001)

Love Notes: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

Romantic Moment #1

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

So I reviewed this adorable movie last year as part of my series Non-Austen Films for Austen FansI put it on for background noise and became completely sucked in.

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So Laura Jean has had some big changes. Her best friend Josh (who she was secretly in love with) started dating her older sister Margo; it is the start of junior year and Margo is heading off to college to Scotland; Laura is feeling a little lost as she is losing her other best friend and the one she has (Josh)…well it is even more awkward now that he isn’t dating her sister than when he was.

Everything seems normal, lonely, but normal until one day Peter Kavinsky approaches her out of the blue stating that nothing will ever happen between them.

Laura Jean is confused until she realized he got his letter!

You see every time Laura Jean has fallen in love with a boy she would write them a love letter, but she never sends them. She addresses it, seals it, and stashes it in her closet. She has fallen in love with five guys, so far:

  • Kenny from camp
  • John Ambrose McClaren from Model U. N.
  • Peter Kavinsky in 7th Grade
  • Lucas after Homecoming
  • Josh Sanderson, best friend turned sister’s boyfriend

She is horrified the letters were sent out but even more so that Josh will be getting one-oh no!

That’s not good.

Peter’s girlfriend, Genevieve, dumped him for a college guy, and in order to get her back-he approaches Laura Jean about pretending to be his new girlfriend, as him dating Laura Jean will piss her off. Laura Jean isn’t interested, but then Peter points out that if they are “dating”, then Josh won’t believe the letter is how Laura Jean feels now-and no awkward conversations will have to be done with Josh or Margo. Laura Jean agrees after they come up with a series of rules.

The two start “dating” and really enjoying each other’s company. Everything is going great until Laura Jean falls in love with her fake boyfriend. Will everything turn out okay?

***Spolier Alert***

Most Romantic Moment: I Wrote You Love Letters

So when Laura Jean and Peter are negotiating thier “dating contract” he negotiates writing her a love note every day. Genevieve always wanted him to that and he never did, so he knows it will get her super angry and jealous.

It works as Peter gives Laura Jean one every day and often in front of Genevieve. Laura Jean figures they are nothing, or might even be blank, never reading them but throwing them away.

I’m done

Later after she and Peter have been “dating”, and she falls hard for him, they break up after a video of them kissing goes online and he spends the night with Genevieve “talking” to her. All night?

Peter says nothing happened, but Laura is not buying it.

However, Laura is heartbroken over it.

One day while she is sharing how she feels with Josh, her sister reveals that she saved the love notes, and Laura Jean is surprised to see that Peter really wrote her a love note every day.

I totally didn’t see that coming as what teenage boy would right love letters? I thought they would be blank too. But no, he wrote amazing love letters!

I love it!

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a love letter!

For more on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, go to Non-Austen Films for Austen Fans: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

For more love letters, go to You Were Right, Let’s Get Married: Psycho (1960)

For more “fake relationships”, go to Even Though You Are Only Using Me and Made Me Look Like a Jerk, I Only Care About Helping You: Picture Perfect (1997)

I Won the Read the Write Act & Six0Six Design Giveaway + Can’t Fight This Feeling: Romance is in the Air, Part VII

So if you have been following me for a while, you know how I feel about free things.

As I always say:

“Free is always good unless it is diseases.”

So I just cannot resist a giveaway-anytime I see one I have to enter it.

So in november I entered the ReadtheWriteAct giveaway that had partnered with Six0Six DesignThe winner would receive their choice of homemade pencils.

When I was contacted by Vanessa Scott-Hayward as to which set I wanted, I told her to surprise me with any of the Jane Austen ones. I was sure I would love any of them as you know how much I love Jane.

Plus I am horrible at making decisions:

Or what to pick…

The set came in right before Christmas and it turned out I was given the “Jane Austen on Love and Marriage Pencil Set“.

“Jane Austen on love and marriage. Austen’s wisdom on falling in love, all in one of my custom literary pencil sets.  The perfect gift to give this Valentines Day. AND it is also ideal to give as a Galentines present to your bookish bestie! Taking quotes from her letters and novels I have compiled five of my favorite romantic Jane Austen quotes.”

These pencils were absolutely beautiful and very well made. And when I saw them, I thought the same thing, they are the perfect Galentine’s gift. I ended up breaking the set up to give two to my friends, one to my niece, and one to SewMelissaWrites in the giveaway I did-keeping the last one for myself.

I was going to review this later, but as this is a perfect Galentine’s gift, I know I needed to review it before, and give you all a chance to order it for your best girlfriend or galfriend!

Last month I visited with two of my friends. One of them was talking about this:

“If a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.”

So I knew it was the perfect pencil for her.

My other friend we were talking about getting back into a relationship after ending one that lasted a long time. I thought the pencil with this quote was perfect for her:

My niece is turning 13 this year, and all I can think is I hope that she doesn’t get involved with boys. 13 year old boys have a lot of growing up to do, so I sent her the pencil with this quote:

Last month I did a giveaway and I ended up mailing it later than I planned as life got in he way. So as a consolation prize to SewMelissaWrites I put one of these pencils in there, the one with this quote:

And kept the last for myself.

These are gorgeous, but they are made in Ireland. So when ordering just factor that into your shipping time! Absolutely gorgeous and a great gift to give.

For more giveaways, go to I Won the Two Sisters Tea Giveaway

Well with tomorrow being the first of February, you know what that means:

Yes, the time has come for me to choose 14 romantic moments from film and TV:

So whether you are single:

Or in a relationship:

Whether you love Valentine’s day:

Or hate Valentine’s Day:

There is sure to be something you will love on this list. So don’t fight your feelings any longer…

and join me! And of course I have to end on:

To start Romance is in the Air from the beginning, go to Boom Box of Love: Say Anything (1989)

To start Romance is in the Air: Part II, go to Language of Love: Love Actually (2003)

To start Romance is in the Air: Part III, go to I Can See Your Beauty: The Breakfast Club (1985)

To start Romance is in the Air: Part IV, go to I Can’t Pretend, I Have to Be: Casual Sex? (1988)

To start Romance is in Air: Part V, go to I Did It for You: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

To start Romance is in the Air: Part VI, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)