Great Love Stories

j0433068Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I have been thinking lately about some of the greatest love stories in literature. Some of the great love stories end in tragedy, some take place in far away locations or in a different time, but they all resonate with us on some level because they transcend time and place.

I searched around and found this list of the top 20 greatest love stories:

  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, DH Lawrence, 1928
  10. Far from The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy, 1874
  11. My Fair Lady, Alan Jay Lerner, 1956
  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

I think it is interesting most of these novels are classics and that the most recently published novel on this list is The English Patient from 1992. I have a degree in English Literature and I have only read 6 of the books on this list… do you all agree with the results of their survey? What are some of your favorite love stories?

Here are some of my favorite contemporary and classic love stories:

  1. The Notebook, Nicholas sparks
  2. The Time Traveler’s wife, Audrey Niffeneger.
  3. The Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer
  4. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  5. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  6. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
  7. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden