It’s a love story, baby just say yes

I found myself in tears the other week upon finishing The Bronze Horseman. It is not a short book. Even I, the queen of speedreading, didn’t manage it in one sitting. It’s an astounding novel and despite everything, it is a love story. In fact, it has officially claimed the number one spot on my list of great love tales.

Despite that, I wouldn’t want to even for a second live it out myself. After all, it takes place in WWII in the Soviet Union, and if you’ve read it – or even know anything about that time in history – you’ll understand.

It seems to me there are a great many love stories written, and yet, very few are truly happy. Bella and Edward (yes, terrible books, but still IMO a ripper of a love story…). Sayuri and the Chairman in Memoirs of a Geisha. Heck, even Jessica Darling and Marcus in the Sloppy Firsts series  – which I love and obviously reference every chance I get. Even going back to the fairytales of childhood, Cinderella has a miserable lot in life before that damn ball. Snow White and Sleeping Beauty don’t have it all that great, either.

Maybe without a little adversity in our love stories, they wouldn’t be believeable at all.

What’s your favourite love story (please don’t say Romeo and Juliet!!), and is it one you would want to live out?

9 thoughts on “It’s a love story, baby just say yes

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair August 15, 2010 at 16:55

    You HAVE to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The love between the two main characters, Jamie and Claire is by far the greatest love story I’ve ever read.

    I will have to check out The Bronze Horseman – sounds good!

  • Reply eemusings August 15, 2010 at 17:53

    Just Wiki’d Outlander and added it to my list!

    Speaking of interesting historical stories involving Time Travel…Kindred by Octavia Butler is a good one. She travels back in time to the black slavery period.

  • Reply Kara August 16, 2010 at 04:51

    Will it be way too totally cheesy if I said The Notebook? I loooove the whole story. My heart breaks everytime I watch the movie.

  • Reply Fig August 16, 2010 at 09:26

    Is it cheesy to say my own? LOL I really love my love story with The Boy though. It’s pretty awesome to me.

    But I’m with Kara. I love the love story in The Notebook.

  • Reply Revanche August 16, 2010 at 13:13

    No votes for The Princess Bride, huh?

  • Reply Serendipity August 16, 2010 at 17:30

    I am so going to read this book. As for my favorite love story, I’m not really sure. I might have to say The Notebook. I bawled through the book and movie just the same. I’m now going to be thinking because I’m sure there’s a ton I’m missing.

  • Reply eemusings August 16, 2010 at 17:46

    OMG, yes – I bawled so hard at the end of the Notebook.

    @Fig – you’ll have to tell your story on the blog sometime!

    @R – I’ve never actually seen/read the Princess Bride. Should I remedy?

  • Reply me in millions August 19, 2010 at 03:00

    I loved the Time Traveler’s Wife (the book… didn’t see the movie)… a love story through time and space. Sooo romantic.

  • Reply Revanche August 23, 2010 at 12:40

    You absolutely should remedy. Best to watch, it’s wonderful!

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