Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about beginnings – specifically the beginnings of romantic relationships. I was discussing the genesis of romance in both reality and fiction with a friend over coffee the other day, and, although there were several people around us clearly on awkward first dates, I realized that I couldn’t recall many love affairs from movies or books beginning in coffee shops. This surprises me, given how cliché the concept of meeting at a coffee shop is…Do you think art doesn’t represent this very often because meeting in a coffee shop is a little boring, or, perhaps, because it feels so cliché? (I know I like writing meet cutes that are quite specific to my characters, and maybe a coffee-shop meeting seems a bit too unspecific to many writers other than me.)
Still, I know so many couples that had their first dates in coffee shops and this makes me wonder if there are some great caffeinated meet cutes in movies and books that I simply can’t remember. I mean, there must be dozens of café au lait romances in French flicks or Woody Allen movies that are simply escaping me…What say you? Can you think of romances in books or movies that begin in coffee shops? (Right now all I can think of are Noah Baumbach’s “Kicking and Screaming” and the TV show “Friends.”) Do you have a favorite meet cute – caffeinated or not – from a book or movie? Do tell.