The editors here at PLL are kicking off a weekly Toolbox series where we’ll share our favorite YouTube clips on a specific topic, ranging from swoon worthy romance to kick butt action sequences. They’re moments we draw inspiration from as we’re developing a project, and we hope you will too!
This Friday’s topic: Love/Hate Dynamics, from PLL co-founder Lexa Hillyer.
One of the sexiest and most oft-used devices in romance is the love-hate dynamic, wherein characters are so busy hating each other that they don’t realize they are perfect for one other. This is a deeply satisfying reversal, in part because the fiery friction that defines hate is also often what leads to heat. After all, it’s far more exciting to watch dynamic relationships that evolve, rather than static emotions—humans are complex, and so too are their relationships. My favorite love/hate clashes range from classic to contemporary:
Lizzy & Darcy
Pride & Prejudice is one of the most famous examples of a story that hinges completely on two people who resist each other, only to fall helplessly in love in spite of themselves. This particular confrontation is, in my opinion, where the entire plot hinges. Up until this point, Lizzy’s anger towards Darcy has been growing and growing, but as soon as the damning phrase is out of Lizzy’s mouth, insisting she could never love him, it’s as though her romantic feelings begin to unfold from there.
Joey & Pacey
Ah, the classic pain-in-the-ass high school boy who loves to pick on the good girl. Why are the immature types so adorable every time? Is it because we secretly sense that they are acting out for our attention? Pacey is definitely the all-time never-do-well boy you have to love, and the scene where he first kisses Joey shows just the right amount of sheer annoyance that leads to attraction:
“Don’t you ever get tired of talking?” Harry & Sally
They arrive in New York certain enemies, then evolve into reluctant friends, and finally find romance… but not without a few hilarious hiccups. There’s nothing like an all-out war with your friend turned lover turned ex at another person’s wedding, especially when it’s punctuated with an appetizer spear.
Damon & Elena
Yes, this trick works with vampires, too. ‘Nuff said.
This scene perfectly and hilariously illustrates how it’s possible to simultaneously care deeply for and detest one’s ex-husband:
“Ethyl, I’m dying” Beatrice & Benedick
Shakespeare’s original verbal sparring partners make “much ado about nothing” by constantly harassing and teasing each other over every little thing, claiming they’ll never fall in love. Here’s the point where they finally cave:
“No more than reason” (NOTE: There won’t be a new development jam next week due to BEA-mania, but we will have news of awesome giveaways where you can win some of our books!)