Book & A Movie: Anna and the French Kiss + When Harry Met Sally

Sometimes there is a scene or a reference in a book that reminds you of a movie. The movie itself doesn’t have anything to do with the book, but the connection was there. In my case it usually makes me smile or induces a bit of nostalgia.

Anna and the French Kiss

by Stephanie Perkins

Published in 2010 by Dutton Books

372 pages


Nobody does a romantic comedy better than Meg Ryan. I actually listed Got Mail also as a possibility. But as I looked at the dialogue When Harry Met Sally was a better fit by a hair. The whole email scene in chapter twenty-eight reminded me of the phone scene. Meg and Billy Crystal talk back and forth and watch a movie together. WARNING again–the scene below is from the end of the book. FORGIVE ME–I picked between St. Clair’s dialogue to piece together the highlights and the areas that fit the video clip. As you watch the clip picture him at Point Zero making his wish, while Anna sails past to Notre Dame. He looks up at the epic architecture and takes off running to her.

[St. Clair] “I had to. I couldn’t wait for you to come down, I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to see you now. I had to know–“

…”I’m saying I’m in love with you! I’ve been in love with you this whole bleeding year!”

…”You’re the most incredible girl I’ve ever known. You’re gorgeous and smart, and you make me laugh like no one else can. And I can talk to you. And I know after all this I don’t deserve you, but what I’m trying to say is that I love you, Anna. Very much?”

“Will you please tell me you love me? I’m dying here.”

And then we’re laughing . And then I’m in his arms, and we’re kissing…And in between kisses, I tell him I love him.

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