Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for Kismet

What is kismet? The definition from simply says -- fate.

The example they use is:

He always said that it was kismet that they met at a showing of their favorite movie.

I love stories with kismet in them. Especially when it has to do with romance. I guess that's because I love the idea that people are meant to be together.

Some fun movies where kismet really made the show were . . .

Just Like Heaven. David Abbot rents an apartment, but while living there this woman appears and tells him to get out. It doesn't take him long to figure out that she's a spirit. He thinks she's haunting the place, but as the course of the story grows, he comes to understand he's very wrong. He is really the only person who can help her with her problem. I'm not going to ruin it for you, but kismet comes into play.

Sleepless in Seattle, an oldie but a goodie, relies heavily on kismet as the couple is brought together because Annie Reed hears Sam Baldwin's son on the radio, and she is inexplicably drawn to the child's story and his father. They finally meet at the end of the movie by . . . kismet.

While You Were Sleeping is a wonderful tale of two people thrown together by one misunderstanding after another. I'd call that kismet.

Here's my question for you. What novel do you think used kismet to bring the main characters together? If you can't think of a novel, how about a movie?



  1. I'm glad you cited three great rom-coms! I can't think of a novel at the top of my head where kismet is used, but one of my favorite movies, Slumdog Millionaire, relies heavily on kismet in order to bring its two leads together against all odds.

    Loving this blog, Kathi!

    1. Thanks, Andrew.
      I hate to admit it, but I've never seen Slumdog Millionaire. I'll have to put it on my DVD list. Thanks!

  2. Another Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan favorite: You've Got Mail! His bookstore may have put her bookstore out of business, but it was meant to be so they could be together!! Kismet <3

    1. Laura,
      I loved You've Got Mail! But I'm more fond of the original story with James Stewart, The Shop Around the Corner. Great flicks with plenty of kismet.

  3. How about the love story with Ryan O'Neal
    All of these ones you told about I have seen and loved -even cried a few tears through some.
    Liked your post today, lot of memories here,
    Paula O

    1. Paula,
      From what I remember of Love Story, it did have kismet. Thanks for reminding me. I'm glad you liked the post today. It's fun to think of the movies that made you feel good. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. As a Hindu, I definitely believe in Kismet :)

    Hope you’re enjoying the challenge so far!
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    1. Damyanti,
      Ah, someone who knows where the word came from. I guess it was kismet that you read this posting. :) Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Fun post and a terrific topic. You've Got Mail--one of my very favorites!

    If you've the time, pop over to my blog and take a look. I'm the author of the Bella and Britt series for kids. Lots of kismit in those stories as well!

    1. Nancy,
      I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I'll definitely pop over.

  6. And another kismet movie for Meg Ryan--When Harry Met Sally. :) Love that one too!

    1. Coleen,
      That was on of my favorites as well.



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