In this post I will count down my favorite love stories that have appeared in books!
Number 10: Possession by A.S. Byatt
~This book is unique in that it tells two love stories. One set of lovers are Victorian poets, and the other are scholars who are studying the poetry of these two poets.
Number 9: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
~This book is the love story of Jane and her employer, the brooding and dangerous Rochester.
Number 8: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
~Known as both this Pulitzer Prize winning novel, and its Oscar winning film counterpart. The story of Scarlett O’Hara and her three marriages is iconic! The main love story is of course the one between Scarlett and Rhett Butler!
Number 7:The Princess Bride by William Goldman
~Another book that is equally iconic as a film. This is one time when the book and film are equally great! Part of this is due to the fact that William Goldman also wrote the screenplay, and also there is no denying the pitch perfect casting! I always adore the romance of Westley and Buttercup.
Number 6:The Witches of East End by Melissa De La Cruz (the whole series!)
~These books take the theory that all witches are Gods and Goddesses that are bound on earth. Freya is a Goddess of Love and she fulfilled that in being famously always in love. The television show based on these books was also really good, and I wish it would have lasted more than two seasons.
Number 5:Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (the whole Women of the Otherworld series!)
~This is another book series made into a good television show, and again the television show was short lived (only three seasons). The books provide a longer story, and several more love stories. Both the books and show feature one of my favorite pairs of lovers, Clay and Elena. They are both werewolves and their story of being true mates is very romantic and sexy!
Number 4:A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (the whole series!)
~These books feature the love story of Matthew and Diana. Matthew Clairmont is a vampire who falls in love with witch Diana Bishop (decedent of Bridget Bishop, first woman to be executed in Salem). The television show based on these books is currently in its second season.
Number 3: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
~Fitzgerald based this love story very much on his own marriage to Zelda. Honestly he based most of his work on her, and on their often tumultuous relationship.
Number 2: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
~This is one of the most iconic love stories in literary history! I adore the tale of Elizabeth and Darcy!!!
Number 1: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
~Emily Bronte’s only novel tells the tragic tale of Catherine and Heathcliff. This is a haunting and very beautiful tale, and even though it ends in tragedy, I have always believed them haunting the moors together to be truly romantic!
Note: I realize for several I mention they are parts of series, and this can be seen as cheating. Yet I consider all the books in those series to be equal in my favor!