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More specifically, I’m answering THIS prompt (as part of a multi-blog celebratory event!):
In one scene of the novel Janelle and Ben get in a heated debate about a marriage proposal in the Dickens novel they’re reading in English class, a debate which echoes in the development of their relationship later in the novel. Do you have a favorite (or least favorite!) fictional declaration of love or proposal? (The entire movie LOVE ACTUALLY is not a proper answer. )
WELL. As much as I would have loved to answer Love Actually (since it is one of my all-time favorite movies), I guess that’s not allowed. (But my secret, unofficial answer is totally Love Actually. Look at me, I’m a rebel!)
My official answer is the following scene from the 2005 Pride & Prejudice. Just . . . first, just watch it (and swoon):
Technically, this comes right after Mr. Darcy pops the question, and the clip primarily consists of Elizabeth rejecting him, but I think it still counts.
Reasons I love this scene:
- Um, hello. The sexual tension charging this scene is unparalleled. Every time I watch it, I have trouble breathing. When they lean toward each other, fighting against the urge to kiss, I die a little inside. Brilliantly acted!
- Both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, despite their faults, are doing what they think is right to protect the people they love (Mr. Bingley, Jane and the Bennet family), sticking to their guns even when it becomes obvious that this whole conversation is going horribly wrong.
- I always want to stand up and CHEER for Elizabeth, who, despite what she may feel for this man (and despite the rain and the monument they’re standing under and the fact that Mr. Darcy looks so very delectable all rain-soaked and tormented), stands up for herself and her family. It may have been easy to give in to Mr. Darcy at that moment, but Elizabeth would never do such a thing. If he wants to marry her, he’ll have to come up with a better proposal than that — one without insults, preferably.
- The ominous thunderclaps, perfectly (and hilariously) timed right after 1) Mr. Darcy insults her father, and 2) Elizabeth proclaims that he’s the last man in the world she could ever be prevailed upon to marry. (Oh, Elizabeth. Honey. The universe is laughing at you in that moment. In fact, maybe that thunderclap is the sound of the universe laughing.)
I think Lizzie Bennet and Janelle Tenner (the heroine of Unraveling) have more than a little bit in common. They’re both ferociously intelligent and unshakably dedicated to their families. They have exactly zero tolerance for crap and won’t take it from anyone (and especially not from the menfolk), and they expect a lot from their prospective partners — intelligence, loyalty, wit, and dedication to doing what’s right.
So now, a little bit about Unraveling:
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.
But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
You can read the first 90 pages of Unraveling here.
My initial reaction, posted on Goodreads:
What a fabulous, breathlessly exciting book! With a killer voice, a strong, whip-smart heroine, and a vivid California setting that pops off the page, UNRAVELING is a slick sci-fi thriller you won’t want to miss.
About the author, Liz Norris:
Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan’s recent snowpocalyptic winter.
She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together.
Her first novel, UNRAVELING (Balzer+Bray, April 2012), is the story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.
And finally, a giveaway!
Fill in the giveaway form here for a chance to win one of two copies of Unraveling. Giveaway open anywhere the Book Depository will ship.
Thanks for helping me celebrate the release of Unraveling! And good luck!