This is probably my favorite scene in any movie about dance, ever, although the scene in Strictly Ballroom, where our hero slides on his knees across the floor in the final Paso Doble probably comes in a close second.
I love this movie, Shall We Dance, but I’ve only seen the Japanese version. I should probably watch the American version, but it’s a movie with such a quintessentially Japanese mind-set that I can’t imagine it translating. I can see that you could make an American movie about a shy guy, or someone really repressed letting himself blossom on the dance floor, but the element of ‘otherness’ that is almost seen as perversion with regard to a man dancing with a woman who is not his wife doesn’t have a cultural equivalent here.
I recently wrote a dance story, and I’m subbing it for the I Do Anthology, Alex Beecroft’s brain-child, which will be a charity anthology with the proceeds going to Lambda Legal. I have little hope of it making it in. First off, it’s too long. Longer than I planned. Big surprise there. I’m a wordy person. Who knew? 😳 Second, and most alarmingly, it has no sex in it. At all. What the heck was I thinking? Not that they wouldn’t take my story because of no sex, but that it just isn’t my usual style to write a romance without showing the long-awaited coming together of my protag and love interest. So it being not my usual style is probably a problem. But it proves that I actually do have more than one style. I’m going to put a couple of paragraphs as a sneak peak in my Yahoo Group, just for giggles, because membership has it’s privileges.
For the record, I am now #6 on the All Romance Reader top ten best sellers, here, but I seem to have dropped off the list of reader rated books all together leaving me to believe that it was a fluke, or a typo, or one of life’s cruel hoaxes… *Sighs*
I’d still like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has read my books and been so kind, and to invite you to check out the free short stories on the website (which means click on the little blue linky thing on the bottom if you’re reading this on LiveJournal, navigate around and leave comments or questions here or anything else you like. You can join my Yahoo Group both on the About Me page of my website and on the Contact page.
Thanks again for reading!