So I’ve decided to partake in another weekly book meme. Can’t promise (like the other two that I’m currently participating in) that I’ll be doing this weekly but I’ll do my best =) Also, I’m three days late for this meme but I thought it’d be fun anyways to do it, hehehe =)
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s top ten: 10 Favourite Love Stories
In no particular order…
Anne Elliot & Captain Wentworth in Persuasion by Jane Austen
My top favourite romantic book (and my favourite book by Austen). As I mentioned in my BTT post yesterday, there’s just something really romantic about getting a second chance at love and happiness. Anne Eliott especially deserves it after everything she’s been through. Plus, that letter that Captain Wentworth wrote to Anne at the end? Most romantic letter ever!
Margaret Hale & John Thornton in North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Okay, so Margaret and Mr. Thornton’s love story is reminiscent of Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (only set in the north during the Victorian/mid Industrial period) but there’s something particularly wonderful about the development of their relationship. It was particularly interesting to see it from Mr. Thornton’s point of view, how strong his feelings were for her. (I really need to re-read this book, haha) And the BBC mini-series? Perfection =D
Robbie Turner & Cecilia Tallis in Atonement by Ian McEwan
This novel brings up a lot of questions but I do love the tension/UST in Robbie and Cecilia’s relationship here and the backstory leading up to that day in 1935. I guess the tragic element to their relationship sort of adds to their story and leaves me wondering every single time.
Dexter Mayhew & Emma Morley in One Day by Dave Nicholls
The latest book I’ve read from this list and it’s been a while since I’ve been rooting for a couple like Emma and Dexter to hook up. All the missed opportunities and poignant moments between the two of them over the years…i was really wonderful to read the course of their relationship and the strength of that connection over the years…
Pegalia & Antonio in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Another one of my favourite books, I loved reading the development of Pegalia and Antonio’s relationship, all of the confusing feelings involved in it and just how vibrant it was against the backdrop of the second world war. It’s so much more fleshed out than the movie adaptation O_O
Arthur Clemnan & Amy Dorrit in Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Their relationship is a slow development over the course of this massive tome but it’s also a very sweet one: both characters are inherently good living in a world filled with complex and often-not-so-living-straight characters so it made sense that they would end up together in the end. They compliment each other nicely. Not to mention they’re so cute together xD
Jack & Aliena in The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Jack loved Aliena from the first moment he saw her when Tom Builder was employed at Bartholomew’s castle and from then on it’s pretty much her that he’s been devoted to. I found myself rooting for them to pull through despite of all the obstacles they—especially Aliena—faced over the course of the story (after all, they lived in the Middle Ages, where anything can happen really).
Faramir & Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings
I love Arwen & Aragorn, but I love the development of Faramir & Eowyn’s relationship. It’s not as epic and tragic as Arwen & Aragorn’s but there’s a subtle wonderfulness to it, how Eowyn feels at an end because of her unrequited love for Aragorn and struggling to overcome the typical role of women in her society and Faramir’s patience and care for her.
Henry & Clare in The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Once you get through the whole 30-something hanging out with the kid/teenage version of his wife, there is something really lovely and tragic about their relationship. It can never be normal (guh, the ending was a bit of a heart wrench) but it was interesting and lovely to see how much Henry changed as a person by meeting Clare.
Ralph de Bricassart & Meggie in The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Talk about forbidden love (perhaps the only one on this list)! You really feel sorry and frustrated at times with the characters individually but you can’t deny the chemistry and the connection they have (again, once you get through the whole young girl grows up to lovely woman and the priest being older than her when they first meet).
That was a little difficult! Especially as there were so many other couples I wish I could’ve mentioned xD