Almost Kisses, or Hand Me The Tissue Scenes

17 Aug

Today’s Kisses Guest is Caitie Quinn. Caitie’s made a study of kisses, or at least her main character has… which leads to a little more than she bargains for. Let’s see if either of them learned anything 😉


It’s going to come as no surprise that I loveeeee me some kissing. Even though my books are sweet (and so my kisses are too) I love the build, the emotions swirly-swirling, the anticipation and nerves and joy and gut-dropping, gut-wrenching excitement of a kiss.

But, there’s one thing that can out angst even the angstiest kiss: The Almost Kiss.

I give you, Exhibit A:

Fanny has just walked in on Henry (who she is working really hard to love so everyone will leave her alone) in bed with someone else. Of course Edmund comes to her, emotions high. And, cue scene!

OMGOSH! The pain, the heart-shredding pain of that. To want that much. To not be able to have it for so many reasons. To back away knowing – knowing – that was most likely the closest thing to intimacy you’ll every share?


But why stop there? Let’s move on to Exhibit B, shall we?

Peter and Oliva from Fringe!

So much baggage, so much temptation!

And then so much panic. How often does kissing lead to panic? Maybe I should have done a study on that instead!

Lastly, Exhibit C:

The ultimate Did They Or Didn’t They Couple. People argued about what was going on for years (until the baby showed up… then we were all like, ok. If you say so.) But no Almost Kiss montage is complete without the incomparable Mulder and Scully…kind of.

And finally, let’s end with something sweet. An ALMOST kiss that turns into a First Kiss. Who can forget the complete heartbreak and growing pains of The Man in the Moon? *sniff*

*goes to get tissues*

Ok, I’m back. Here we go:

Now, luckily for e, I’m scheduled to write a kiss this weekend. They’re both going to shy away from it, knowing it’s too soon (or, in his case, she’s too crazy) but sometimes, no matter how hard you try, that Kiss takes a swipe at Almost and knocks it out of the ring.

I’d LOVE to hear about your favorite Almost Kiss. Tell me why that leashed passion shoots you straight through the heart – Would you rather watch them or read them? For me, it’s a win-win!


Caitie writes stuff. Stuff that’s funny — hopefully.

If it’s not funny, you can totally blame the weather, or her lack of chocolate, or the formatting, or her cat. Wait, she doesn’t have a cat. Scratch that last one. Check out It’s in His Kiss on Amazon.

Caitie blogs at, or you can check her out on twitter @CaitieQuinn or email her at Caitie.Quinn (AT)

4 Responses to “Almost Kisses, or Hand Me The Tissue Scenes”

  1. Bria Quinlan August 17, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I’m going to be honest, I hate Fanny with a passion in the book. I just wanted to constantly smack her. But the movie…well the movie made her so much stronger that she won me over.

    Now I need to go watch all of those!!!

  2. Darcy August 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    What a spectacular montage of almost kisses, Caitie! The yearning is so palpable I find I lean toward the screen! Afraid I’m going to get an “F” on this assignment tho. Whenever I see movie clips of kiss scenes my mind floods with the epic “collision kiss” from Shakespeare in Love between Gwyneth & Joseph. *super swoon* i might need smelling salts to recover 😉

  3. sashikaufman August 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    I think Jane Austen takes the cake with her almost kiss scenes. Her whole books could be categorized as the near miss almost kiss. And I love it! I think my favorite is Sense and Sensibility though.

  4. Bria Quinlan August 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    She is the queen!!!

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