A kiss is never just a kiss

2009-08-26 15:15

In his book, The Art of Kissing, author William Cane reveals that there is

more to kissing than simply locking lips. This is the book that landed in my lap

recently, a gift from an old friend (a guy). Why he felt I needed to read up on

the different arts of kissing beats me.

So there I was over the weekend going through 30 different romantic ways of

kissing. From the butterfly, teasing, candy kiss and the popular French kiss

which many might recognise as deep kiss in township lingo. Even more fascinating

is the video demonstrating how you can kiss as if you are the sexiest person


Then there are those magical movie smooches that get us going every time – we’ll call them the Hollywood kisses. You’ve seen them, Spider-Man’s upside down kiss with Mary Jane. Then there is the kiss in the rain in the weepy The Notebook and James Bond’s kissing scene on the beach in Dr No. And who can forget Leo and Kate’s Titanic kiss, the last one before the iceberg? Or one of the most memorable kissing scenes of all time between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in 1942’s timeless romance Casablanca? So what is it that makes a kiss in a movie or a soapy great? I think it’s all of the above although when it comes to some South African soapies we seem to lack in a few areas. If we get the characters are not perfectly matched and the chemistry is thin.

I have to say, though, it’s good to see Karabo Moroka on Generations (played

by Connie Ferguson) in a working on-screen relationship with a man who doesn’t

want her family fortune, to kill her or has baby mama drama. In fact when the

writers brought in heartthrob Thapelo Mokoena to play the part of Gabriel that

was the beginning of some sultry, sexy excitement in the soapy, what with Karabo

being the cougar out to catch her prey. When she finally locked lips with the young bodyguard there was chemistry and it sent electric shivers down our collective spine and for the first time we saw the adventurous side of her character. What I can’t imagine is how the casting director could get it so wrong when

it came to pairing Karabo with Mandla (Fana Mokoena). I used to want to hide under the table when it came to those smooching moments. Those kisses were all over the place, it’s no wonder that relationship didn’t last, we all know that a bad kiss is a deal breaker for any relationship. Ever wondered why Dineo Mashaba ? She has everything

material at her disposal, but she just prefers the younger lips of Tomas

Mashaba. Although if you ask me; she needs the lips of bodyguard Gabriel or

those of Hlomla Dandala.

Then there is the flirting, passionate kiss of Frank and Lolly on Isidingo.

There is nothing more fascinating than a forbidden kiss. You know it’s not supposed to happen, but you are propelled by a greater force and you just can’t resist despite the consequences. And who could forget the time when Steve Stethakis (played by Emmanuel Castis) came out the closet? South Africa experienced its first gay wedding and

kiss. It was again the series that shifted mindsets when it aired SA’s first

inter-racial kiss (in a day-time soap that is) between Phillipa (Bianco Amata)

and Derek Nyati (Hlomla Dandala). Hlomla seems to get on well with most of the

females he gets paired up with. It could also be the fact that he is that good.

Rhythm City followed suit and aired their gay-kissing scene which became a huge

talking point. The protagonists were Stone (played by Zenzo Ngqobe) and Thula

(Wright Ngubeni).

This is the end of my musings on kissing, though there are probably many more

scenes you remember because of a certain kiss. It’s about the moments, the

music, the characters and the timing. That’s what I’d like to see more of in

spicing up our soap romances. After all, kissing is one of life’s sweetest

pleasures, we need to enjoy it on and off screen.

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