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10 Books and Movies that explain what love is
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:58:15 PM »
1. Wuthering Heights : A total eclipse of the
In one of the oldest heart-wrenching classics in
the "lost love can turn a good man evil" scenario,
Emily Brontë’s novel takes us back to 1802 at the
Wuthering Heights estate. In this timeless love
story, our leading man Heathcliff grows to
become best friends with his adopted sister,
Catherine, his life-long crush. But an offhand
comment, overheard at the Heights, changes the
course of both of their lives.
Fun Fact: The 1983 Bonnie Tyler power ballad
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" was inspired by
Wuthering Heights.
2. Anna Karenina : Love can be a train wreck.
Frequently a top author’s choice, this Tolstoy
novel is a literary soap opera. Set in the highest
circles of Russian society, Anna Karenina visits
her brother Stiva in Moscow to help him save his
marriage. While there, she falls in love with Count
Vronsky. A married woman, Karenina fights off
her desires until they overwhelm her and she
leaves her husband, Alexei. Denied a divorce,
Anna spends her life looking for acceptance in her
relationship. When the strain of their love life
becomes too much, Anna leaves Vronsky in a
rage and well, if you haven’t read it, do! We won’t
give away a heart-wrenching ending.
Fun Fact: Anna Karenina became a best-seller all
over again in 2004 after Oprah put it on her list.
3. Romeo and Juliet: Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
In one of William Shakespeare's most celebrated
works, this tale of "star-crossed lovers" has been
told and interpreted time and time again (from
film classic West Side Story to teen flick Romeo +
Juliet ). A story all lovers can relate to, Romeo
and Juliet focuses on the tragedies that
accompany the loss of true love. Lovers Romeo
Montague and Juliet Capulet, two of the most
famed clans in literature, come from opposite
sides of the Verona tracks and their family's
disapproval of their love eventually leads to their
Fun Fact: In the popular computer game The
Sims 2, there is a neighborhood called Veronaville
in which two characters named Romeo Monty and
Juliette Capp fall in love.
4. Casablanca : Play it again, Sam.
Made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid
Bergman, this love story was originally a play by
Murray Burnett. The play was turned into a script
by writers (and brothers) Julius and Philip
Epstein and their friend Howard Koch. In the
story, American Rick Blaine is the owner of a
gambling club "Rick's Cafe Americain" in the
Moroccan city of Casablanca. Set during World
War II, Rick is a bitter man having been scorned
by ex-lover Ilsa Lund. When she walks back into
his life suddenly, now married, with her husband
in tow, Rick is forced to come face-to-face with
well-aged heartache.
Fun Fact: In a 2005 poll by the American Film
Institute, the Casablanca line "Here's looking at
you, kid" was ranked the fifth most memorable
line in cinema history. (Six other lines from the
film are also in the top 100.)
5. Midsummer Night's Dream : Dream a little
A romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, this
play takes place in Athens as Duke Theseus plans
a large festival around his marriage. During this
time, Theseus' daughter, Hermia, is refusing to
marry her fiancé. Due to a true-love-in-the-wings
named Lysander. Against her father's wishes, she
flees the nuptials for the woods. And guess who?
While there, they befriend fairies who cause a bit
of mischief. Cue a new love triangle and surprise
Fun Fact: In the 1989 blockbuster film Dead
Poets' Society , the character Neil Perry (played
by Robert Sean Leonard), was cast as Puck in the
a local production of A Midsummer Night's
Dream .
6. Doctor Zhivago : Boy meets girl meets girl.
This Noble Prize-winning Russian novel by Boris
Pasternak is the ageless classic of one man torn
between two women. Yuri Zhivago is a medical
doctor and poet during the 1917 Russian
Revolution. While married to aristocratic Tonya,
he falls in love with nurse Lara. Set during a war
time, Zhivago's love triangle falls prey to a twist
of fate, and becomes a tale of protagonist versus
an achy, breaking heart.
Fun Fact: Doctor Zhivago 's first film version was
a made-for-TV version produced in Brazil in 1959.
7. Sense and Sensibility : Sisters and soul mates.
Another Jane Austen classic from 1811, this love
story focuses around the Dashwood sisters –
Elinor and Marianne. When their father dies, they
lose their family estate and are reduced to a life
of poverty. The story follows the sisters as they
move in with a distant relative, leading them to
equal parts heartache and romance .
Fun Fact: In Ang Lee's 1995 remake of Sense and
Sensibility, there are six actors who went on to
play parts in the Harry Potter films: Emma
Thompson (Sybil Trelawney), Alan Rickman
(Severus Snape), Gemma Jones (Madam
Pomfrey), Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge),
Elizabeth Spriggs (The Fat Lady) and Imelda
Staunton (Dolores Umbridge).
8. Dangerous Liaisons : Les Liaisons dangereuses
is a novel composed of letters.
The classic eighteenth-century novel by Pierre
Choderlos de Laclos is the ultimate dark tale of
lust, greed, deception and romance, featuring the
Marquise de Merteuil, who requests that her
partner, the Vicomte de Valmont, seduce the
young daughter of her cousin. Meanwhile, young
Cecile has the hots for her teacher, Chevalier
Danceny. Love affairs, deception and lies aplenty
Fun Fact: The 1999 cult movie hit Cruel
Intentions was a modern adaptation of the novel
Dangerous Liaisons .
9. Pride and Prejudice : A literary game of cat
and mouse, widely known as Jane Austen’s most
famous novel.
Charles Bingley is new to town and has leased an
estate with his sisters and close friend Fitzwilliam
Darcy. Named a "catch" by all the single ladies in
town (due to surprise . . . his looks and money),
Darcy is also known as snob. Neighbor Elizabeth
Bennet finds herself repulsed by Darcy’s ego. The
resulting pas de deux between the feisty twosome
makes for a quite a page-turner.
Fun Fact: Helen Fielding’s book Bridget Jones's
Diary was inspired by Pride and Prejudice .
10. Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame: Oh
Victor Hugo’s story, set in Paris in 1482, centers
around Norte Dame cathedral. In this "true love
comes from within" story, Gypsy dancer
Esmeralda is longed for by Quasimodo, Notre
Dame's kind-hearted but deformed bellringer.
Upon order of Archdeacon Frollo, Quasimodo
attempts to kidnap Esmeralda, but is caught.
Standing trial, Quasimodo is humiliated by the
public and his victim Esmeralda has pity on him.
Soon after Esmeralda is blackmailed and
sentenced to death for the murder of her crush
Phoebus. On her sentencing day, Esmeralda is
saved from death by her dear Quasimodo. But
can true love overcome her distaste for his looks?
Fun Fact: Hunchback of Notre Dame has been
adpated to the screen numerous times and cast
two famous Anthonys in the leading Quasimodo
role - Anthony Quinn in 1956 and Anthony
Hopkins in 1982.
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