To celebrate Valentine’s day, I decided to reveal some of my favourite love stories featured in novels. I usually don’t read books that focus solely on a love story, those in which nothing else happens besides a couple trying to get together or to solve any problems that they may have. I enjoy books featuring love stories, but they have to be accompanied by a compelling plot, witticism, an interesting historical background, an epic adventure, or an array of complex characters.
I will try not to reveal many significant plot points about the books I am about to mention, but in order to convey my thoughts on some of the relationships I can’t completely avoid spoilers. So, if you haven’t read the following books and really don’t want to know too many things about them, it’s best not to read the short texts under my choices.
In no special order, these are some of my favourite love stories featured in books:
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth makes fast judgments. Mr Darcy struggles to overcome his pride and give less importance to social status. Their relationship is considered a classic thanks to Jane Austen’s wit and funny remarks. Their love isn’t immediate and is prone to misunderstandings. But the longer they spend together, the more it grows.
Cecilia and Robbie – Atonement by Ian McEwan
Cecilia and Robbie have known each other since a really young age, as his mother is a long-time worker at her parents’ house. But when they return home during University’s Summer break something has changed. I loved the way they struggle to come to terms with their love for each other, the wrong letter, the moment they share at the library, and how Cecilia stands up for Robbie when he is wrongly accused of an incident, which will have devastating consequences in a time of war.
Kitty and Levin – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Russian classic Anna Karenina is better known for its main couple, Anna and Vronsky, but my favourite love story in the novel is the one between Kitty and Levin. At the beginning of the book, Kitty wrongly believes that she is in love with Count Vronsky, who doesn’t intend to marry her, and thus refuses Levin’s marriage proposal. She later realises, though, that her previous decision was a mistake. When Levin proposes a second time, she says yes. It was quite interesting to read about how Levin had to adapt to his new life as a married man and how that affected his vision of the world.
Jon Snow and Ygritte – A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
One is a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch, the other a wildling. Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love story is quite funny and created a few complications. Their upbringing differences, Jon’s inner struggles and inexperience with women make this a captivating romance.
What are your favourite love stories? Have you read any of these books?