Monday, February 13, 2012

Greatest Love Stories: Which Ones Are Missing?

Ellery Adams (filling in for Kate Collins today so she can turn in another wonderful mystery novel to her editor in time!)

I always read over the lists of greatest love stories and feel like some of my favorites have been left out, so I'm going to add a few of my favs here and then invite you to add yours. This way, the most comprehensive list of love stories will be right here, inspiring us for tomorrow's holiday of love.

To me, some of the most romantic love stories are not fiction, but fact.

History tells us of several famous couples whose relationship lasted for decades. That's real love! A few of these time-tested couples are Josephine and Napoleon, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

There are so many literary romances that I wouldn't ever be able to list them all, but of course I am partial to the one between Miss Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. It's the story I go back to again and again when I want to sigh dreamily.

And movies? The most romantic scene for me is the one in Out of Africa when Robert Redford washed Meryl Streep's hair. Only a woman could understand how sensuous and
tender that act could be.

And I love the chemistry between Rhett and Scarlet in Gone With the Wind. I know lots of folks see that between Bella and Edward in the Twilight series, but I guess I need my romantic leads to be a wee bit older.

Okay, I've just scratched the surface. Can you add to this list?


Heather said...

I don't know that I would include Napoleon and Josephine among the great love stories of all time. I mean, the guy announced he wanted a divorce by having the connecting door of their bedchambers bricked over in the middle of the night. And all because she couldn't give him the heir he desired. Doesn't exactly spell "romantic" in my book. ;-)

Sue said...

How about Love Story with Ryan O'Neal or Titanic with Leonard DeCaprio Then there's Sleepless in Seattle and You've got Mail. Those are some of the "love stories" that I go back to.

Mary G Shipman said...

My parents, 62 years of "for richer, for poorer and in sickness and in health". A beautiful and inspiring testament to love.

Harbinger said...

Heathcliff and Cathy. So in love but so very bad for each other.

And definitely Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennett!

And then there's Maxim de Winter and the unnamed new Mrs. de Winter.

There may be a Laurence Olivier link here, although he was supplanted in my heart by Colin Firth in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Anonymous said...

Although my source is not Conan Doyle but the BBC series, I will have to add Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler....

Shirley said...

Bridget Jones' Diary (Colin Firth again), love Pride and Prejudice, the BBC one with Colin Firth, and the one with Keira Knightly.

Also the "chemistry" between Castle and Kate (especially last week's episode set in the 1940's!!!

Barbara said...

I think "chemistry" as well: Kathryn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Such an odd couple but so very much in love in real life and on screen. The sparks that flew between them practically sizzled.

Vickie said...

I can only go with movie and TV romance like someone mentioned Castle and Kate on 'Castle'. Or Bones and Booth on 'Bones'. Favorite romantic movies are 'While You Were Sleeping', 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'The Mummy' series (it's a romantic movie for me)

I cannot get into the Twilight flicks, those two are just so insipid, no fire! I need fire.

ev said...

Eve and Roarke!!!

Mina Lobo said...

The first which come to mind are Colonel Brandon and Marianne, from Austen's Sense and Sensibility; Westley and Buttercup from The Princess Bride; and Jane and Rochester from Bronte's Jane Eyre.