Not Enough Bookshelves: Countdown to Christmas Eileen Cook

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Countdown to Christmas Eileen Cook

Today’s guest post is from Eileen Cook, author of What would Emma do? and Getting Revenge of Lauren Wood (released Jan 2010). I completely agree with her that Love Actually is a fabulous Christmas movie. Thanks for sharing Eileen.

Picking a favorite couple is hard. There are all sorts of couples to choose from:

· The Lifers: These are the couples that have been together since they were kids. They met in a playpen. They had their first kiss before they had even mastered potty training. They finish each other sentences and are always telling jokes that no one else understands.

· The “I-hate-you, now-I must-have-you” Couple: This couple is made up of people who can’t stand each other 99.9% of the time and the rest of the time they are kissing like they are about to separated by war. They are like watching a car wreck, you know you should look away, but the destruction is fascinating.

· The “I-never-realized” Couple: This is the couple that everyone else knows belongs together, but for some reason they don’t realize it for 90% of the book or movie. Usually one half of the couple is chasing after someone who is wrong for them and don’t seem to notice that their best friend would be their perfect partner.

· The Destined: This couple doesn’t meet for most of the movie or book. There are all these scenes where they pass each other in the street, but don’t connect or there is something else that keeps them apart. They are like two puzzle pieces that fit, but you have to get them in the same space for this to happen. When they do click you can’t help but smile. The world feels like a better place when they’re together.

Since it is coming close to Christmas, and I have to pick one couple, I’ll choose a couple from my favorite holiday movie, Love Actually. If you haven’t seen it then you have to run to your local video store or download it right now. My favorite couple in that movie is Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz. He’s a writer and she is the maid who is cleans the house he’s staying in to finish his book. He’s English; she’s Portuguese. They don’t speak each other’s language.
What I love about this couple is that because they can’t understand each other, it frees them up to say the things they really mean. The scenes of the two of them together remind me how often we don’t say what is in our heart. Then, because they are destined to be together, and it’s a romance, they end up together. If you want to know how they figure it out then you have to rent the movie!

I’m curious to hear from your readers- what kind of couple do they like to read about?

Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. When she was unable to find any job postings for world famous author, she went to Michigan State University and became a counselor so she could at least afford her book buying habit. But real people have real problems, so she returned to writing because she liked having the ability to control the ending. Which is much harder with humans.

Eileen can be found blogging here.


Jemi Fraser said…

Great post! I love Eileen's descriptions of the kinds of couples. My fave's Anne & Gilbert from Anne of GG would be the "I hate you…" couple. Well, at least for the first few years 🙂

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