I have a soft corner for romances. Not that I go all gaga over romances but I do harbor a special place for them in my heart. The literary world has given us some exemplary romances that still give me chills. I am listing here seven of such romances. If I leave your favorite one out feel free to remind in the comments box and I will update the list.
- Anna Karenina – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is one of his immortal works. Meant as a novel about adultery and morality as Tolstoy developed the novel, he began to like Anna. In Anna, Tolstoy gives us a heroine who can love passionately and in Vronsky we have a lover who is ready to give up all.
2. Wuthering Heights – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte features a passionate but forbidden romance between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Catherine marries Linton but her love for Heathcliff is never over. It becomes a part of her. Heathcliff on his part loves Catherine to the extent that he punishes people around her even after her death. The novel has some interesting quotes about forbidden love.
3. Gone with the Wind – Gone with the Winds by Margaret Mitchell set during the American Civil War is rich in themes of slavery, racism and is a coming of age novel. Gone with the Wind gave readers the passionate lovers Rhett and Scarlett.
4. Love in the Time of Cholera – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the story of love and waiting. Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall in love but Fermina later chooses to marry a wealthy doctor. Florentino then has more than 600 laisions with different women but keeps his heart reserved for Fermina, whom he proposes again after 50 years after her husband dies.
5. The Great Gatsby – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, set in 1922 is often termed as the “Great American Novel”. The novel gave us Gatsby whose love for Daisy is consuming and unfulfilled.
6. Romeo and Juliet – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a tragic play about two young star crossed lovers. It is only their death that brings their feuding families together. The play has inspired a hundred adaptations and continues to inspire love stories written and produced all over the world.
7. Love Story – Love Story by Eric Segal is one of the cult modern classic romances which can be found in a young college girl’s hand more often than not. Oliver and Jenny have set major romance and relationship goals for generations to come.