Tension

So much of it. Of the sexual kind. Not me! I am fine, thank you, even though you probably didn’t need nor want to know that.

The other night I decided, finally, to sit down and watch The King and I for thw billionth time. I remember watching it as a child, one of the fond memories I have of time with my mother. It was something that was always on around the holidays and we would watch it whenever TMC had it on. My mother and I would laugh at the King’s “Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera”, we loved the play that the characters put on, and I would be singing ‘Getting to Know You’ and ‘Shall We Dance’ for days. Hell, the songs are still in my head! What is awesome is the fact that Grendal enjoys the movie, though not to the same degree as myself. I have heard him humming some of the songs and he has quoted the King before. Always gets a smile out of me.

As a kid I always knew that Anna and the King liked each other. It was never hidden. Watching it this time around I was suddenly fully aware of the look that the King was giving Anna during ‘Shall We Dance’. In the back of my head I was wondering why I had never noticed it before.

It got me thinking about other movies and such, and sexual tension. Mainly in my childhood/life in general.

Phantom of the Opera was a big one for me. Thats also an obvious one for anyone who has seen a performance or listened to the soundtracks. It was my first musical and, at the young age of a second grader(what is that, 7?), I was in awe of, what I thought was, the romance between The Phantom and Christine. I qucikly got my hands on anything and everything related to the Phantom of the Opera. I devoured the original novel, I remember balling my eyes out because I couldn’t watch Claude Rains’ Phantom movie(didn’t do my homework), and I was given tape after tape, CD after Cd(I wore that shit out) of the soundtrack. To this day I know every song and every breath in those songs. I was rather upset to learn that there were other musicals based on the same story and I hadn’t heard nor seen them.

Back on track! SEXUAL TENSION! It wasn’t until I found a list of Phantom of the Opera inspired books. I stumbled upon Susan Kay’s novel and I was in love. I took that book out so often at the library and was excited when I found a nice hardcover copy on EBay. That novel doesn’t skimp on the tension and made you aware that the Phantom was a killer(which many fans and fanfic writers seem to forget). I loved and felt a little shy about reading parts of it. There was nothing explicit but my 14 year old imagination was all a flutter.

Jane Eyre was another book and movie like that for me. Many moments of me trying to will the charactera to just admit their feelings and kiss. The torment of it all, though, was worth it in the end.

There are tons of others that I have stumbled upon over the ages and it seems like something I rather enjoy. Watching these characters interact and seeing something between them. Whether or not they become an item in the end doesn’t change things for me. I enjoy the tension. I do prefer these things in a visual form mainly to see the actors and actresses perform these bits. How a certain look and a specific moment can change the feeling of a scene is amazing. Whether it’s just the stance of a body, the way they smooth their hair, or even the way the walk towards the other. It’s amazing. Even the way a line is delivered can change it.

Its funny, now that I think about it. Everything that is running through my mind, none of it enters the realm of erotica. Like I have said before, I read and enjoy that stuff. More than likely I prefer the non-erotica stories because its a little something extra. I mean, I perk up instantly and I’m thinking, ‘what is this? Am I making this up?’

I’m looking at you Hannibal.

See what I mean?

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