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Sunday, January 17, 2010

So This is Love


Tonight my three-year-old and I were cuddled on the couch, watching Cinderella. It came to part where Cinderella and the prince dance at the ball and my daughter hugged me and said, "Oh, Mommy, this is a lovely part."

She then proceeded to sing the entire love song, all the while wearing the most adorable smile.

There is something about romance that moves us, apparently even toddlers. I'm a sucker for a good love story and often find myself bored if there's not some sort of romance present in whatever novel I'm reading. Right now I'm reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the sequel to The Hunger Games. I'm totally enthralled with the current love triangle. It's soooo good.

What about you? Do you crave a good love story? What are your favorites?

18 comments:

Jade said...

I LOVE love stories! I have to be predictable and say Mr. Darcy and Lizzie. Oh, sigh.

The Jade and Johnny Depp one is pretty good too. Destined to be a classic me thinks.

Shelby said...

love a good love story.. fave probably is the ghost and mrs muir. love it.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

My favorite is POSSESSION. I also loved Jim Harrison's LEGENDS OF THE FALL and GONE WITH THE WIND. I guess I like a bit of tragedy in my love stories.

ann foxlee said...

Yes, I get annoyed at stories that offer up a lonely, yearning MC, only to never let them make a connection with another lonely, yearning character!
I'm a complete sucker for stories with a little romance in them, and it doesn't even have to be a lot of romance-- just a tiny bit and I'm happy :-)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I'm a sucker. For some reason, I do get swept away with tragedies. One of my favorites is Tristan and Isolde.
Give me Buffy and Angel any day over Bella and Edward.
Books with love stories that lingered after I read them: Possession, Pride and Prejudice, Like Water for Chocolate, The Time Traveler's Wife. I also really like the love stories that Kristin Cashore weaves into Graceling and Fire.
There are so many, but I think at the heart of a great love story is something huge that stands in their way, making the longing so bittersweet. You really got me noodling this morning. :)

Amalia T. said...

I kind of love Beauty and the Beast. The Little Mermaid makes me sad though, because Ariel has to choose between Eric and her family and the life she's known--I hate that idea, that to have the love of your life you have to give up everything that made you who you are.

And of course, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, as mentioned above, are awesome! I also looooooved the love story of the Diana Gabaldon OUTLANDER books. You might like them, actually! They're historical fiction via time travel.

Bane of Anubis said...

Fatal Attraction. J/J -- Last of The Mohicans (the movie; never read the book) stands out in my mind right now for some reason.

Paul Greci said...

I like all kinds of stories. Catching Fire was a great read. I see Bane's comment. I remember reading The Last of the Mohicans years ago--very compelling. Now I'm going to have to check out the movie!!

Lisa and Laura said...

HUGE sucker for romance here. And that is sooooo cute about your daughter. Some of my favorite books with romance are Love Walked In and Belong to Me by Marisa De los Santos. Really, really good.

Debra Giuffrida said...

I agree with Amalia T. & with Shelby. Jamie Frasar is a dream and his love for Clare unflagging in the Outlander series and the Ghost and Mrs. Muir... sigh. May my romance characters evoke the same feelings in my readers.

L. T. Host said...

I love story'd myself out yesterday. Not that I'm done, mind you. It was just one of those kinds of days... you know, sitting at home, torturing your significant male with rom-coms.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Everyone wants to believe in happily ever after. It's lovely to read about it, or watch it happen in the movies. The truth is everyone gets their own happily ever after, it just may be different from what you imagined!

Elspeth

P.S. When they were little, my daughters' favourite was "Sleeping Beauty". I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen that movie. Sigh.

Dawn Simon said...

I always get into the love stories in books and movies, too. I'm going with Jade: Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. *sigh* Bane's FATAL ATTRACTION cracked me up.

Ooh--CATCHING FIRE! Enjoy it!

Dominique said...

I've heard it said that every story is a love story. I don't know if that's entirely true, but it's certainly a lot true. I'm okay with that. I like love stories.

Steph Damore said...

I think most books need a little love story tied in there somewhere. Although, I must say I'm a sucker for a happy ending (read: No Nicholas Sparks!).

Julie Dao said...

That's my favorite Disney movie :) I am a hopeless romantic and I always crave a good love story.

Lorel Clayton said...

Love love stories! I find a book lacks something if there's no romance of any kind. It's what fires me up and makes me turn pages eagerly. I liked the whole Sookie-Bill-Eric triangle in Charlene Harris' books, most of Twilight, and every Disney fairytale ever made (especially Beauty and The Beast).

Jemi Fraser said...

I love a good love story! Nothing like a strong romance to make you happy :)