I was inspired by The Top 10 Grandest Romantic Gestures of All Time slideshow. It made me think of grand, romantic gestures in fiction. If a gesture you were looking for is missing, chances are I just haven’t read or seen what it’s from. I couldn’t even think of five, let alone ten. You’re more than welcome to add gestures in the comments. So, without further ado, in no particular order, four grand, romantic gestures from fiction:
1. Where it’s from: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The lovers: Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster
Gesture: Using his only wish to fulfill her dreams of meeting her favorite author in Amsterdam. Since they each have battled, and are still battling, cancer, teenagers Augustus and Hazel both received a “wish” from the Genie Foundation, a foundation that fulfills a dream for cancer kids. Since Hazel used her wish to go Disney years before she met Augustus, she had no idea how she could meet Peter Van Houten, author of her favorite book, An Imperial Infliction. Augustus decides to use his wish to give Hazel her dream –a trip to Amsterdam together to meet the author. The trip may not go exactly as planned, but it’s still makes the heart go “AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!”
2. Where it’s from: new Doctor Who, season two finale, “Doomsday”
The lovers: The tenth incarnation of the Doctor and Rose Tyler
Gesture: Creating a supernova just to say goodbye. Confession time: I do not like Rose and I do not ship Rose and the tenth Doctor. You can pelt me with punishment salmon later. HOWEVER, I still feel bad for them in this episode. After Rose ends up stuck in a parallel universe, the Doctor finds one last, but closing rip between the worlds inside his TARDIS. He finds a star and blows it up just so there is enough energy for them to see each other one last time. He can’t “come through properly” or else both universes would cease to exist, but he does what he can. They give their teary goodbyes, and just as he says, “I guess this is my last chance to say it. Rose Tyler, I”, the rip closes, leaving his “love you” unsaid. Even I became a bit teary-eyed.
3. Where it’s from: new Doctor Who, season five finale, “The Big Bang”
The lovers: Rory Williams and Amy Pond
Gesture: Guarding the Pandorica while Amy was inside for two thousand years without resting a single moment. The quote can explain itself: “According to legend, wherever the Pandorica was taken, throughout its long history, the Centurion would be there, guarding it. He appears as an iconic image in the artwork of many cultures, and there are several documented accounts of his appearances and his warnings to the many who attempted to open the box before its time. His last recorded appearance was during the London Blitz in 1941. The warehouse where the Pandorica was stored was destroyed by incendiary bombs, but the box itself was found the next morning, a safe distance from the blaze. There are eyewitness accounts from the night of the fire of a figure in Roman dress, carrying the box from the flames. Since then, there have been no sightings of the Lone Centurion, and many have speculated that if he ever existed, he perished in the fires of that night, performing one last act of devotion to the box he had pledged to protect for nearly 2,000 years.” That Lone Centurion? Rory Williams. Enough said.
4. Where it’s from: Merlin, season two, “The Lady of the Lake”
The lovers: Merlin and Freya
The gesture: Taking her to a lake with scenery similar to where she grew up and then giving her a makeshift funeral.
Even after he finds out that she unwilling changes into a beast at midnight, and that she’s killed others as a result, Merlin doesn’t see Freya as a monster. As she slowly dies, he takes her to a lake similar to where she grew up, the next best thing to taking her home one last itme. When Merlin tries to figure out if there is anything he can do to keep her alive, she says “You've already saved me. You made me feel loved.” She promises to repay him someday, somehow, and then dies. He dresses her in a gown fit for (and stolen from) royalty, puts her in a boat, pushes it away, and sets it on fire. Merlin truly loved Freya.