A few weeks ago we participated in the cover reveal for Frequent Flyers, an upcoming book of romantic short stories that all take place in airports! In a new interview with USA Today, authors Beth Bolden, Angel Lawson, T.M. Franklin, Kira A. Gold, Bev Elle, and Amanda Weaver talk about why they think airports are such a romantic setting and tell us more about their stories.
When asked about their favorite airport scenes, each of the authors said the following:
Beth: Definitely the airport chase scene from Love Actually. Obviously the way the film editor interspersed Sam’s journey to tell Olivia that he loves her before she leaves the country, with Jamie’s own journey to propose to Aurelia, is some of what makes the scene sing. But it’s Sam’s own determination and refusal to let his story end that resonates so strongly with me. I also think that particular storyline emphasizes that just because a love is young doesn’t mean that a love isn’t strong. I’d even say that young love is often the most powerful.
Angel: I love the final scene between Steve Rogers and Agent Peggy Carter in Captain America. Steve is flying a doomed plane after disposing of the villain, while Peggy is back on base. They’d just shared their first and only kiss. The plane contains dangerous materials that Steve knows must be destroyed. His intent is to down the plane in the middle of the ocean, which means he will also die. He places a locket with her photo on the control panel and over the radio they make plans to meet the following Saturday for their first date, with a special promise to dance. His eyes are on her photo as he crashes into the ocean.
T.M.: I’ll have to go with the final scene in The Family Man with Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. He visits an alternate reality where he’d made a different decision in the past and ended up married to his high school sweetheart. He fights all along the way to get back to his high-powered life, but when he does, he realizes that it’s nothing without her. He tracks her down and they have coffee in the airport — a new beginning.
Kira: The first half of Warm Bodies is wonderful. What’s not to love about an angsty undead Romeo holding a girl hostage in an abandoned airport?
Bev: My favorite romantic airport scene from a movie is the classic Casablanca. Café owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) saying goodbye to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) at that foggy airport, and sacrificing himself so she and her husband could escape from the Nazis. In this most touching scene he tells her among other memorable quotes, “We’ll always have Paris,” and “Here’s looking at you, kid!”
Amanda: I love good dialogue and When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite romantic movies. The second time they meet, when they’re on the same flight for business, isn’t really romantic because they still don’t like each other. But they’re already building a relationship, even if they’re both unaware of it at the time. You know they’ll tell the story of that flight for the rest of their lives. “Remember that time we ran into each other at the airport? Gosh, I hated you. It was fate.”
These are some pretty great scenes! Make sure to check out the full interview HERE and take a look at the book trailer below: