That feeling when you think about the classic love stories!
Yes, no matter how our lives have been, full of romance or bruised by heartbreaks, we all have a thing for some eternal love stories penned down by some amazing writers across ages.
We grew up with them and perhaps even have butterflies still now thinking about Mr. Darcy or Juliet. Classics like these have restored our faith in romance, in life.
While there are thousands of romance writers, some have become timeless.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we have a list of 7 love-stories which will sweep you over your heels:
(1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
Charles Bingley comes to town and settles down with his sisters in their estate.
Mr. Darcy, his close friend is considered as the most eligible bachelor because of his books and money but his snobby nature is a big turn off.
Then there is this beautiful and intelligent neighbor, Elizabeth Bennet who gets repulsed by his ego. The novel is an engrossing read about these couples and how they learn to live with one another.
“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”
(2) A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare:
In Athens, Duke Theseus hosts a grand festival for his marriage while his daughter, refusing to marry her fiance runs away into the woods because she is in love with Lysander.
Now the woods is the home to fairies who become friends with the couple. What happens next is a love triangle, magic and an ending which leaves us surprised!
Ay me, for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .
(3) Casablanca by Murray Burnett:
Originally a play by Murray Burnett, this was taken up by Julius and Philip Epstein and turned into a script for the movie along with their friend Howard Koch.
During the time of World War II, Rick, an American and owner of ‘Rick’s Cafe Americain’ suffers a massive heartbreak by his lover Ilsa Lund.
The cafe, a gambling club is located in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. Rick’s life takes a new turn when his ex comes back into his life and now, she’s married!
“I like to think you killed a man. It’s the Romantic in me…”
(4) The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks:
Noah and Allie are a couple who have grown old together. Battling a third cancer and other diseases, Noah narrates their tale from his notebook to Allie who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The story is about how they cope up with their ailments to stay strong and remain lovers till their last breath.
“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”
(5) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini:
Set in the Afghanistan of early 1960s, when war made children orphans, the story revolves around childhood lovers Laila and Tariq.
While Tariq’s parents move to Pakistan and Laila stays back, pregnant with his child, she is forced to marry Rasheed after she loses her parents in a bomb blast.
Rasheed gives her a false news of Tariq’s demise and while Laila settles down in her home with Rasheed’s wife, Mariam and bears him a child, Tariq comes back. Now it’s up to them to stand up against the abuses and conspiracies in order to unite.
“Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”
(6) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy:
Set in a very elite society of Russia, the novel revolves around Anna Karenina who visits her brother Stiva in Moscow to save his marriage.