Saturday, December 03, 2011

Wildcard Weekend: Looking forward New Year's Eve and giveaway.

Harlequin Presents Extra and Riva author  Aimee Carson looks forward to her favourite holiday and offers a giveway book.
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the corner, but today I want to talk about how I like to spend my favorite holiday, New Year’s Eve.

The accepted standard is to celebrate at a party with dancing, champagne, and a countdown that culminates in a kiss.  Some people prefer to welcome the incoming year with fireworks. For those who don’t mind crowds, watching a ball drop in Times Square is a popular option, though a friend once described her experience as a very cold eight hours standing in one spot without a bathroom.  And although I love a good party and a falling ball as much as the next person, I prefer to ring in the New Year with a low-key evening on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, a good movie, and a restroom close by.  

The key to the evening, of course, is selecting the right film. For those of you who choose to spend the holiday at home, here is a list of my suggestions for New Year’s Eve themed movies:

When Harry Met Sally (1989) – Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, this is the ultimate friends-to-lovers movie, culminating on New Year’s Eve.  Perhaps best remembered for “that” scene in the diner, When Harry Met Sally has many memorable moments and a fascinating evolution of hairstyles.

An Affair to Remember (1957) – Each engaged to another, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on a cruise ship and fight the fact that they are falling in love. On their final night on board, they dance together during a New Year’s Eve celebration.  At the risk of being pelted with rotten vegetables, I’ll admit I lost interest during the last half of the movie. It feels as if the plot unwinds and then tries to redeem itself with a lovely, tear-jerker of an ending. It’s the first half that really shines, because the flirtatious and fabulously witty banter between Carey Grant and Deborah Kerr is absolutely sublime.

About a Boy (2002) – Arguably Hugh Grant’s best film, the movie is about a self-centered, superficial guy who learns how to be a grownup via his new, twelve-year-old misfit of a BFF. One of my favorite moments occurs when Hugh meets Rachel Weisz, which he describes like this: “On New Year’s Eve, I met Rachel. She was interesting, smart, and attractive, and for about five minutes I had her convinced that I was too.”  The transformation of Hugh Grant’s character is masterfully done.

Bridget Jones Diary (2001) – After a New Year’s Eve spent alone, Renee Zellweger makes a resolution to keep a diary and improve herself. Charming and funny, I (mostly) didn’t mind the many cringe-inducing moments.

Trading Places (1983) – Particularly prescient given the current Occupy Wall Street movement, the plot involves a snobby investor (Dan Aykyrod) and a cunning street hustler (Eddie Murphy) who unwillingly trade lives after a one dollar bet between two callous commodities brokers. The climax involves a commodities scam, a New Year’s Eve party on a train, and a gorilla.  Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are fabulous together, and watching their developing bromance is a delight!

And finally, no New Year’s Eve movie list would be complete without the Poseidon Adventure(1972) and its 2006 remake, Poseidon. A band of New Year’s Eve revelers on a cruise have their party rudely interrupted by a massive rogue wave. They spend the early morning hours of the New Year trying to escape a sinking ship. My favorite of the two is the remake, mostly because it stars Josh Lucas. J

So, what’s your favorite way to ring in the New Year? A party? Fireworks? Or do you prefer to spend it at home? And if there is a New Year’s Eve themed movie you feel deserves to be on this list, don’t hesitate to let me know! To celebrate the beginning of 2012, I’ll be giving one lucky commenter a copy of my latest book, How to Win the Dating War, on shelves now in the UK.

Aimee Carson writes fun, flirty and steamy romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon.
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  1. Hi Aimee--I celebrate New Year's Eve exactly like you do! My husband and I have only spent one New Year's Eve out in the 30 years we've been married. Usually the family settles in for the Twilight Zone marathon, although I remember ringing Y2K in with the Three Stooges. I'd love to watch a wonderful romantic comedy, but the husband prefers the Stooges, lol.

  2. Hi Jeannie! Y2K was spent with the Three Stooges, huh? Sounds like a perfect fit LOL. I'm pretty lucky as my husband doesn't mind a romantic comedy. One New Year's Eve my family did an all day Lord of the Rings marathon. The next day my kids insisted on using their Gollum voices :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I usually spend New Years at home. Don't have to worry about traffic that way.

  4. Hi, Chey! Yep, it's so much more comfortable at home where it's warm and far, far away from all the crowds:) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. We spend New Year's Eve at home but when my parents were alive we quite often spent the night at their place playing cards with their neighbors. We have never been to a New Year's celebration that we have had to pay for. My husband doesn't dance so that cuts out the majority of the parties around. We have been known to break out a new picture puzzle and sit down to wait for the ball to drop. Last year we finished the puzzle early and went to bed. Pitiful but true.

  6. LOL, Kaelee. There have been a few New Year's Eve nights where I was too tired to stay up, too. The nice thing about celebrating at home is you can set your own timetable! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hey, Aimee!

    Poseidon Adventure is one of my favorite movies, though I prefer the original version. We usually go to a friend's party for New Year's. Not sure what we're doing this year since we just moved. Actually, I think this year Mark will be OOT for a bowl game. I'm be keeping charge of the boys.

    And it's never certain whether I'm going to be able to stay up until midnight!

    Abbi :-)

  8. Welcome, Abbi! You know, there is something deeply satisfying about watching a disaster movie while knowing that you are safe :) Thanks for dropping in to say hello!

  9. Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit. After putting the names into a hat, I pulled out Jeannie's. Congrats, Jeannie!

    And Kaelee, I still owe you from my last blog post on The Pink Heart Society (I pulled your name out of a bowl that time)

    Jeannie and Kaelee, email me your addresses at and I'll get your books to you :)

    Happy New Year, everybody!

  10. Really! How wonderful! Email is on it's way. Thank you so much.