Top Five Literary Romances


Humph! Is it really still January?! I don’t know about you, but to me, Christmas and New Year feel like ages ago… But there is good news. February is only a week away and whilst it won’t make the dark, the cold and the rain disappear overnight, it is at least a step in the right direction.

February is also the home of Valentines Day and wherever you fall in the ‘love the romance’ or ‘commercialised waste of time’ debate (my husband and I fall somewhere in between), I hope you’ll enjoy this list of my top five literary romances!

1. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy – how could this perfect pair not claim top spot?

2. Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars – I’m staying with the Austen theme here, though have to confess that I haven’t actually read Sense and Sensibility. Still, when Emma Thompson breaks down at the end of the Ang Lee movie, I’ve never not burst into tears! (must read the book this year!)

3. Othello and Desdemona- I’m going off-piste here and have chosen these two rather than Romeo and Juliet… They are just wonderful together before Iago messes it all up (but if he hadn’t, there wouldn’t really be any story, I guess – just two blissfully happy people!).

4. Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester – I love this book so much and ‘Reader, I married him!’ never fails to make my eyes well up.

5. Pip and Estella – Controversial, I know, but their relationship has always fascinated me and it can be interpreted in so many ways.

And a special honourary mention for Hermione and Ron, just because I’m a huge Potter fan, love their bickering and find it hard to make up a literary list without any JK Rowling!

It’s interesting that apart from Harry Potter, all the top five are from pre twentieth century works. I thought through all the contemporary novels I’ve read over the years and whilst there are many that I adore, the couples in them just didn’t quite make the grade… Can you think of any modern romances that would make your top five?

And on the same theme, here is a free romantic fiction competition, run by The Cremona Hotel in Bournemouth. There are (modest) cash prizes on offer and for the winner, a weekend in the hotel as well. The deadline is 14th February and do bear in mind that it’s postal entries only. I’ll be having a go, as long as I can think of a reasonable idea fairly quickly!


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