Past and Present Reads: Best Love Story Ever

This week marks my 40th marriage ceremony anniversary, so for
this publish, I googled the best love tales of all time. Guess what tales seem within the “High 3” of most lists? Romeo and Juliet, Anna Karenina, and Wuthering Heights
Some lists additionally embody Gone with the Wind and Casablanca.

     Notice any tendencies? What’s it that attracts us to tales the place love
is unrequited or the couple is doomed?


    One concept is it’s as a result of human beings yearn to search out love and to glory in its fledgling state—and we lengthy for tales of others with whom we are able to establish. But, the perfect literature is constructed on battle and stress. The highest-rated tales actually have that. 

     What of Delight and Prejudice, you might ask. Positive sufficient, that novel additionally seems on nearly
each web checklist for the best love tales of all time. It is acquired battle, little question, however noting how the would-be
lovers find yourself fortunately engaged, it’s a marvel the story isn’t categorized with Cinderella as an alternative
Maybe the important thing
distinction between the fairytale and Jane Austen’s traditional is that Darcy doesn’t simply swoop in and save
Elizabeth. Somewhat, the feminine protagonist’s emotions and mind are central
to her and Darcy uniting.

     For a literary, fashionable retelling of the Austen traditional with a cheerful ending, I
advocate Eligible. I used to be impressed by
writer Curtis Sittenfeld’s reinterpretation for right this moment’s readers (and never solely
as a result of the majority of the story is ready in Cincinnati, metropolis of my delivery, nor how I
“sometimes” have the responsible pleasure of watching The Bachelor on TV in hopes of seeing somebody fall in love).

     Novels that alternate between the previous and current are good for many who crave tales of timeless love, the place even a number of centuries don’t cease two lovers from being collectively. There’s the beloved Outlander sequence, in fact, however I additionally provide up a 1972 e book that spent six months on the New York Occasions Greatest Vendor checklist: Inexperienced Darkness. 

     Now, my very own love story has survived for 4 a long time . . . however given the literature that is additionally stood the take a look at of time, mine will not be the stuff of
legend. My husband and I have not met with a tragic separation or discovered one another within the 1600s. Nonetheless, I’m typically requested how we have loved such happiness
and longevity. Brace your self. The irony is, it’s not all about love. We truly like
one another, too. It’s about shared household values and sensible give-and-take and a delight
in having come as far as folks and as a pair for the reason that day we mentioned “I do.”


     Over time, we have taken pleasure collectively in viewing the tragic love tales on the massive display, from Titanic to the newer field workplace smash, Surprise Lady. On the theater, it’s onerous to beat a great
lump within the throat, shared with the individual you like.

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