By far, my favorite kind of kiss is the Kiss=Redemption kiss. This kiss is easily confused with the "I like bad boys" kiss, and yet they couldn't really be more different. For example, I'm as repulsed as a couple of jazzy songs and a carnival will let me be by the kiss (or its substitute) at the end of Grease.
But take Logan Echolls and Veronica Mars. At first,
Logan's sole purpose in
life seemed to be humiliating Veronica and forcing her into isolation and misery. I hated Logan. But there were glimmers of another side to Logan: a tortured, lonely soul hiding in there, somewhere. And then this:
There--do you see it? She is kissing the good part of
Logan, not the bad, and he
is shocked to feel that good part of himself reaching back to kiss her too. From
that moment on, any writer with any brains at all would make sure that all he
does for the rest of his life is to live worthy of this moment. Of course he'll
do it clumsily, and of course he'll have moments where he's torn by two
opposing forces, and hurts her. I'm not saying the writers at Veronica Mars
nailed it. Eventually, I think they fail. But this kiss does change both
Veronica and Logan forever. And that's my favorite kind.
How about you?