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It was a Dark and Stormy Night- #4

Next up– one of my VA cohorts. Yup, Vivi Andrews and I share many things, not the least of which are our initials. She writes sexy shifters as well as  fun and flirty paranormals–and I swear we are two separate people, really. It adds to my mystic if people MIGHT think I’m her…

(She even lives up north. Go figure.)

Be sure to answer her comment at the end to add your name to the draw. Here’s Vivi!

Stormy Weather

I love a good thunderstorm – the sheer power and drama of nature on display.  I’ve never minded getting drenched in a sudden downpour and I positively love seeing lightning strike.

Part of the appeal for me is probably the novelty.  Growing up in Alaska, we didn’t have thunder & lightning and we rarely had hard rain.  Anchorage, the Drizzle Capital of the World.

The first time I was in a thunderstorm (in Massachusetts), I woke up I the middle of the night, totally disoriented and confused.  The window panes were rattling and there was a rumbling sound, but the bed wasn’t shaking.  Rumbling + rattling = earthquake, where I come from.  As soon as I woke up enough to realize what was really going on, I ran outside in my pjs to play in the storm.  (It’s a small miracle I’ve never been struck by lightning.)  I was soaked to the skin in seconds.  My teeth chattered and my glasses fogged, but I loved every second of my first wild summer storm.

Many of my favorite scenes from movies are the ones where the hero and heroine are declaring their feelings to one another through a downpour.  Chasing Amy, the new Pride & Prejudice, the rain drumming on the roof of Johnny’s bungalow in Dirty Dancing (yeah, I love Dirty Dancing and I’m not afraid to admit it), Liesl & Rolf flirting with the storm in The Sound of Music, and that oh-my-god-freaking-gorgeous scene from The Last of the Mohicans that gives me shivers every single time – everything is better in a storm.

It’s that who-the-hell-cares-if-we-get-soaked I-can’t-wait-another-second-to-tell-you-I-love-you feeling.  Gets me every time.

Maybe my own love of storms is why I keep trying to drown my characters in deluges in my books.  The poor hero and heroine of The Sexorcist got drenched more often in two hundred pages than some people do in a lifetime – by causes both natural and demonic.  By the end of the book, they were probably about ready to begin construction on an arc.

In my next lion-shifter story, the fittingly named Serengeti Lightning (Samhain, Sept 2010), I came pretty darn close to electrocuting my hero & heroine when they got caught up with each other and caught out in a storm.  I love the active metaphor of a tempestuous relationship in a tempest.  (Cuz I’m a nerd like that.)

What about you?  What’s your favorite scene from a book or movie that takes place in the middle of a storm?  Do you, like me, think it amplifies the passion of the moment?  Or would you rather they just use their freaking common sense and get out of the weather already?

Vivi Andrews was born and raised in Alaska and still lives in the Last Frontier when she isn’t busy indulging her travel addiction. She writes fun and flirty paranormal romances as well as smoldering shapeshifter stories. For more about Vivi and her books, please visit www.viviandrews.com. Also on her website, you can find details regarding Vivi’s “Have a Heart” promotion, supporting the Children’s Heart Foundation.

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Nancy Gilliland
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Nancy Gilliland

There are so many great storm moments in books and movies, it is hard to pick just one. I love it when the passion is running so high, they don’t notice or care about the rain, all they can see, feel and hear is each other. I loved it when Brittany and Rodriguez kept getting wet-it made me giggle, but also seemed kind of natural and right for them.

Andrea Becraft
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My favorite storm scene is in the movie spiderman. When he is dangling from the building upside down after just saving Mary Jane. As a thank you she peels down his mask only from over his lips and gives him a big sensual kiss. Then puts the mask back in place and off he goes.
I really don’t have one from a book that I can remember. I must not have read a really good storm yet. But with one click that can be taken care of right ;) :)

Lisa J
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Lisa J

The rain scene in Dirty Dancing is one of the best. I also love the comedic value of the scene in Lethal Weapon 4 when Riggs convinces Murtock to strip to his underwear to distract the guy with the flame thrower.

Vivi Andrews
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Nancy – I’m so glad you liked my constantly-dripping hero & heroine! ;)

Drea – I *love* that scene from Spiderman! One more to add to the list.

Lisa – LOL! I’d totally forgotten about the LW4 scene. Good call!

Joder
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Joder

From the movie The Notebook, the kissing scene between our couple is so romantic. There’s a sense of urgency/desperation at that moment that really gets to me. I enjoy a scene like that and find it extremely romantic, to be that carried away with each other that you don’t care what’s happening around you. Oh, to be that lucky.

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Colleen

One that popped into my head is a scene in SCARLETT. Rhett & Scarlett are in a small boat on a river and a storm pops up… they are not exactly happy with each other, but surviving the storm brings them closer for a short time…

Anne
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Anne

I enjoy mystery shows or movies which have a scary/suspenseful scene while it’s storming with lots of thunder and lightening. It really sets the mood, especially if I’m watching with the lights off.

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Fedora

I love reading about storms and seeing them if I’m safely inside ;) I remember learning about them as a literary device in English ages ago–pathetic fallacy, right? I’m blanking on a specific scene, but it’s pretty powerful stuff when the very skies open up to underline the heat and passion of the characters’ emotions!

Vivi Andrews
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Ooooh, The Notebook. Love that one, Joder. So frantically delicious.

I’ll have to check out Scarlett, Colleen. I’ve never seen that one. (And I call myself a film buff…)

Anne – Exactly. A dark and stormy night may be cliche, but it certainly sets the mood well.

Fedora – The oh-so-subtle storm metaphor. They love each other soooo much, they unleash forces of nature! I’m a sucker for that stuff.

Thank you for letting me play on your blog today, Viv!

Ilona
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Ilona

I love storms and especially hot sexy scenes involving thunderstorms and passion. I don’t have a favourite though as there are too many good ones to read about.

Cathy M
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Cathy M

I think one of the classics is Body Heat with Kathleen Turner, totally over the top sexy.

Jane
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Jane

I love the first kiss between Dain and Jess in the rain in Loretta Chase’s “Lord of Scoundrels.”

Amy Kathryn
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Amy Kathryn

Four Weddings and a Funeral…when Andi McDowell says something like “Oh, its raining? I hadn’t noticed….”

Sherry S.
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Sherry S.

I don’t have any favorite that I can think of but I do enjoy a good storm.

CrystalGB
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CrystalGB

I like the kiss in the rain in The Notebook. So intense.

desiree
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desiree

I cannot think of a specific scene in a movie or book but storm scenes are the best. The power in a storm from mother nature is very sexy. It is very natural not man made.

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