You all know I can never pass up a meme about books. And so Sylvia created this one over at her blog, Classical Bookworm. The original list comes from UKTV’s 20 greatest love stories but the additions are Sylvia’s and mine. On the legend: I particularly love the category “I want to marry the leading man/lady” — just classic. The last category is mine cos I was embarrased that I didn’t know these books. And if you can’t share your embarrassment with the entire blogosphere… well. Join in! Add your own favorite literary love stories!
I’ve read it
I want to read it
I’ve seen the movie*
I have it on DVD
I want to marry the leading man/lady!
Holy smokes, I didn’t know this was a book!
1. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, 1847
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813*
3. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare, 1597*
4. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, 1847*
5. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, 1936*
6. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, 1992*
7. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier, 1938*
8. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, 1957*
9. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence, 1928
10. Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy, 1874
11. My Fair Lady, Alan Jay Lerner, 1956*
EDITED TO ADD: ok, see, now that I’ve thought about it, I know why I had no idea this was a novel. Because I thought the musical My Fair Lady was based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Wasn’t it???? I could have sworn that was true (although they have different endings). So is there a different book entirely called My Fair Lady? …Doing research… okay, accd. to wikipedia My Fair Lady is indeed a book and musical lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, based on Pygmalion. And so I don’t really think My Fair Lady counts as a literary romance, although I guess UKTV was just saying ‘love story’ – but in any case, Pygmalion is much much superior story. And- Is The African Queen also never an actual novel but just a screen play?
12. The African Queen, CS Forester, 1935*
13. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald, 1925*
14. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen, 1811
15. The Way We Were, Arthur Laurents, 1972
16. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1865
17. Frenchman’s Creek, Daphne du Maurier, 1942
18. Persuasion, Jane Austen, 1818*
19. Take a Girl Like You, Kingsley Amis, 1960
20. Daniel Deronda, George Eliot, 1876
Maurice, E.M. Forester, 1971 (posth.)* (if I were a gay man)
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, 1877*