Wednesday, March 21, 2012

RTW: Favorite Literary Moments

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
A long-awaited kiss, a surprise ending, a character's sudden decision… these are the moments that make us smile, gasp, and LOVE a book for the rest of our lives.
What is your favorite literary moment?

This was a tough one for me. So many moments to choose from! I was going to do top three but then I couldn't narrow it down to three, so here are my top five:

5. **PERCY JACKSON SPOILERS** The moment when Percy Jackson realizes that the Great Prophecy isn't referring to him. It's a really pivotal moment and, to this day, I still look back on that scene in awe. It's the moment when Percy realizes that the destiny he's spent so much time preparing himself for, isn't even his. He has to decide if he should trust his instincts and place the world in his biggest enemy's hands.

4. **CATCHING FIRE SPOILERS** The last line of Catching Fire still gives me chills, even now a couple years after I've read it. "Katniss, there is no District 12." I was speechless from shock for quite a long time after that. The scene before that line is powerful, but made many times more so by that one strong line.

3. The moment where Harry goes to face Voldemort for the final time. I doubt there will ever be a time I'll be able to read that scene with shedding tears over it. The past seven years of trying to evade death converge in one heart-wrenching scene.

2. Numair and Daine's kiss in Realms of the Gods. I've read the book more times than I can ever dare to remember, but this particular scene I've read about five times more. It's a moment of such desperation and passion that I can't help but smile while I'm thinking about it writing this. It was certainly a long-awaited kiss.

1. And, finally, one of the most quoted scenes from Harry Potter: "Still? After all this time?" "Always." It was one of those scenes that I cried over just thinking about seeing it in the movie. In one word, Snape successfully made me go from pure hatred towards him to crying and proclaiming my love for him. If that isn't a successful scene, I don't know what is.

What is your favorite literary moment?


Gabrielle Prendergast said...

I agree with all of them. Nice choices.

Colin Smith said...

Oh, the whole thing with Snape in book 7! JKR had teased us for years about Snape. I can still hear her saying "Keep your eye on Snape..." I think many suspected he was on Dumbledore's side, but to see it all spelled out. The sacrifices he made, and all for a girl he never had, and could never have. I can only imagine what Harry must have felt when he lifted his head out of the penseive. Great moment.

Jaime Morrow said...

Ah yes! Book 7 of HP. Such a good moment and such a powerful line. Like you say, it takes the reader from pure hatred to understanding in one small sentence. Great choices :D

Crystal said...

I loved the Snape/Lily moment. So poignant. And that line from Catching Fire made my jaw drop. Luckily, I read Catching Fire only a month or so before Mockingjay came out, so I didn't have to wait long to find out what happened.

Amber Lee said...

Snape was such a sad character. The whole time he was just in love with Harry's mother, but couldn't get over the fact that Harry looked so much like the man who stole her away. It's heart breaking.