It’s the basis of so many love stories — novels, short stories and poems. And, yet, it’s a simple gesture. It’s a kiss. But, what does it mean?

  • Is it passionate? The author could be building up to something more, or setting the stage for an evolution in the plot. So, you may just ask: “Where do we go from here?”
  • Is it a “Hello”? Or, perhaps, it’s more of a “Goodbye”?
  • There’s the kiss of Judas. Betrayal. Perhaps the worst way possible to act turncoat and false friend?
  • Or is it an expression of friendship? Or maybe it’s unrequited. Is it a kiss that’s unwanted?

A kiss can seem like the best thing in the world, or dash a relationship into the deepest, most disastrous abyss of loss and devastation. It can be romantic or depressing as hell.

You may already have your favorite kiss in literature. There are so many, but a few works really stand out. Here are the Top 5…

  • William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
  • Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
  • William Goldman: The Princess Bride
  • Kate Chopin: “The Kiss”

Which of the kisses in literature do you most remember? Which is your favorite, and why?

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