Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top 10 "Awww" Moments in Literature

Question: Top 10 "Awww" moments in Literature

Answer: One word of caution: “Awww” moments tend to appear at the very end of novels – we apologize in advance for any PPR (Premature Plot Reveal).

1.      The wireless scene between Stephen and Cassandra (I Capture the Castle) – Stephen sacrifices his savings to purchase the perfect birthday gift for Cassandra.  Unfortunately, the “Awww” scene is follow very quickly by an “oh, no” scene, but still...
2.      Sam’s marriage to Rosie (The Return of the King) – Even though this scene is tucked at the very end of the trilogy, it’s great to finally hear some good news for the greatest BFF of all time.
3.      Fleur’s declaration of love in the hospital (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) – There’re plenty of “Awww” scenes throughout this series, but for us Fleur’s verbal commitment to Bill despite his grisly face-job was quite touching.
4.      The final kite running scene (The Kite Runner) – In order to protect the conclusion we can’t describe this scene in too much detail.  We’ll just say, “For you, a thousand times over.”
5.      Final garden scene between Colin and father (The Secret Garden) – When hardness and bitterness give way to forgiveness and acceptance... the definition of an “Awww” moment.   
6.      Every scene between J.L.B. Matekoni and Precious Ramotswe (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency) – Despite, or maybe because of his awkwardness, this mechanic from Botswana is quite the ladies man...
7.      The Butterfly scene (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) – This insect had quite the appetite and paid the price, yet in the end he received his reward.   
8.      Father’s return (Little Women) – What could be more precious than a father’s long anticipated return to his little women.
9.      The come to their senses scene between Elizabeth and Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) – With so much arrogance and presumption it was only a matter of time before an epic “Awww” moment.
10.  Roses on graduation day (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) – Flowers from dad... we won’t say anything more.  Quite touching.

Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. Yay to Samwise Gamgee! Best, best, bestfriend ever!

  2. The roses on graduation was one of my favorite scenes in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! I had forgotten about that. I love the relationship between her and her father.

  3. Love your list and your blog, and I have a similar mission! Sam: huge awwww.
    And your nod to The Very Hungry Caterpillar made me regret not putting The Giving Tree or The Missing Piece on my list!

  4. Rosie and Sams wedding is one of my very favorite aww moments along with the moment when frodo tells sam he's glad that at the end of things they are together. fun list today.

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  6. I wanted to add a Kite Runner scene to my list as well but couldn't figure out how to do it without giving away anything...so much to give away...I'll remember that entire book the rest of my life...

  7. I think it is absolutely okay that you "gave away" the turning point of Very Hungry Caterpillar. It was to be expected....

    I tweeked "awww" to be moments that give one pause. Here's my Top Ten "Awww" Moments. I hope you'll stop by and see what you think.

  8. Fabulous list! The Little Women scene makes me shed a tear every time, and you've made me remember fondly The Very Hungry Catapillar. I saw a picture of a woman who'd gotten him tattooed on her wrist. So adorable!

  9. I'm so glad that someone had an awww moment from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I couldn't put my finger on just one moment/scene. Thank you.

  10. What a great post! I loved the Little Women scene you described, and the P&P scene too..
    I never realized the Colin scene in The Secret Garden was an awe moment, probably cause I forgot everything but the magic opening of the garden gate and the awesome food they had :)

    Dee from www.readseverything.blogspot.com

  11. That is a great list, thanks for sharing.