Monday, February 13, 2012

Pre-Valentines Day Post: Favorite Love Stories


Hello, friends! 

Valentines day is tomorrow, and while I'm not really big into the day, (except the candy), I Love a good Love Story. With the help of a few of my favorite bloggers, I bring to you a list of our favorite love stories!


Kathy from A Glass of Wine:

I have two favourite love stories. Since most people will talk about Pride and Prejudice I decide to select my other favourite that is a little more mordern - Anna and the French Kiss.

I love how Anna and Etienne start out as friends, and how it grows into more. It is very realistic. They seem to better each other, and are just there for each other when it counts. Anna's "butterflies" when first getting to know Etienne and the initial sweetest of a new crush is written perfectly by the amazing Stephanie Perkins!


Lori from Pure Imagination:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I feel like this is probably a common choice (as it should be) but I have to pick it. Lola just speaks to me. There's something about a intelligent boy pining after a girl that I loooove. Cricket really is my kind of guy. Their whole situation reminded me of my husband and I. That's why it's a favorite.




Petra from Safari Poet:

One of my favourite love stories is Pride & Prejudice. The reason why I love it is because it's not perfect. They're first meeting isn't how I'd envision the beginning of a love story and there were so many obstacles in their way. When I read it for the first time knowing that Elizabeth and Darcy end up together, there were still times when I seriously doubted that. Then (of course) they do and any other ending would of felt wrong. It's one of those books I never really think about how the story might continue because I know the most important part whatever happens – they're together, which is why it's one of my favourites.


Marla from Starting the Next Chapter:

I would have to say that Persuasion by Jane Austen sticks out most in my mind. It isn't a conventional love-at-first-sight kind of story, but it's all the more powerful in that Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth are able to set aside their differences and have a second chance to attain their happily ever after, in spite of past mistakes and hurt feelings.




Carina from Fictional Distraction:

There are so many beautiful love stories that I’ve read. But I love contemporary love stories most, because they make me believe that these kinds of things can actually happen to all of us. And it’s no secret that my favorite love story is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anna and Étienne share a beautiful friendship, but have to overcome many obstacles to finally be together. They’re wonderful characters, who make you wish that they were real and you could be friends with them. They are realistic – they have flaws. And since this makes it so easy to identify with them, it’s become the perfect love story for me. Whenever I feel bad, I pick up my copy of Anna and the French Kiss and read my favorite scenes, which never fails to make me smile again.


Amy from Denim-Jacket Librarian Dishes:

My favorite Love Story (book) right now...would have to be Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. The story of Sam and Grace is so very romantic especially in how they both are fighting to be together. I guess I relate because it seems that it's been an uphill climb for my own beau and I to be with each other. Plus, he really loved Shiver as well and thought of us while reading it, which makes the book extra-special for me.




Brodie from Eleusinian Mysteries:

Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy. While not strictly a love story, there's no denying their epic romance plays a huge role throughout the entire series. What I love so much about them is the respect, strength and devotion that burns at the heart of their relationship. If there is ever such a thing as soulmates, then I'd suggest you look no further than these two. They can read each other like a well written novel - they understand what drives the other to be who they are. Their personalities both compliment the other and inspire them to be better. Their chemistry is explosive. Their love is true. And their sparring? Uh, HOT! More sweaty, sexy fight scenes, please! :)


Jenny from Mimosa Stimulus:

I guess my favorite would have to be ANYTHING by Stephanie Perkins or Sarah Dessen. I don't read a whole lot of "love story" type stuff, but those two always manage to tempt me happily into it!



Me:

My most favorite love story of all time would definitely have to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. It grew slowly over time, and in such a sweet way, and they were able to work through their prejudices. It's definitely my favorite love story of all time.






So there you have it! Lots of great love stories from a few of my favorite blogger friends!Thank you so much, ladies, for helping me with this post! I've really enjoyed seeing what everyone's most romantic love story is!


Now a question for you... What's YOUR favorite love story???

18 comments:

  1. Definitely Persuasion by Jane Austen. I even named my blog Waiting For Wentworth because I love it so much. The story itself is wonderful and just full of hope. Have you read the letter that Wentworth writes to Anne? Who wouldn't swoon over a guy like that?

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  2. Such a fun post! I love how much Stephanie Perkins is on this list! Thank you for including me.

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  3. Shatter Me, definitely. No doubt about that. Although of course I love a lot more, like Lola and the Boy Next Door, The Iron King, Firelight...

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  4. When I think of romance, I think of Anna and the French Kiss!

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  5. A post full of love stories - it's absolutely awesome. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

    I was very close to mentioning Pride & Prejudice as well and it seems that Elizabeth and Darcy's story is just as popular as Anna and Étienne's. :D I love it! :)

    Carina

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  6. I loved Anna and the French Kiss and the Vampire Academy is my favourite series ever ... Dimitri *SWOON* !!!
    I read Pride and Prejudice last year and realy liked it .. especially Mr Darcy !! :)

    Great post Christy ;)

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  7. Yay for all things Stephanie Perkins! Anna and the French Kiss will always be a favorite of mine I think. I never tire of Anna and Etienne. Of course I never tire of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy either:) Such a fun post, thanks for sharing everyone!

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  8. Great idea and some really solid choices!

    Favorite love story EVER? I'm loath to pin myself down. But today I think I have to go with the Queen's Thief series.

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  9. My favorite would have to be Wuthering Heights! But I agree with you, Pride and Prejudice is an amazing love story! Happy *early* Valentine's Day!

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  10. You guys seriously chose a lot of my personal favorites - Pride and Prejudice, Lola & The Boy Next Door, Anna & the French Kiss and Shiver, to be exact. After reading the justifications for VA and Persuasion, I kind of want to read them now too! Thanks for the great post :)

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  11. I think of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I love those two the most.

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  12. Oh my gosh. I think my favorite has to be Scandal In Spring by Lisa Kleypas! I love the entire series, but it was just something about that book... And I soooo need to read Anna and the French Kiss soon! Great post.

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  13. I'm not big on valentine's day, but I'm big on love :)

    So with that, I do have to admit my favorite love story of all time isn't in a book, it's actually two character's from a television show, Peyton and Lucas from One Tree Hill. They are not only star-crossed, but are each other's soul-mates in a huge way. There is something about their bond and the journey they have together and separately that is captivating. It's one of the fictional couples that made me believe in love and how two people are destine to be together always find their way back to each other in the end, no matter what. Plus it's cool that they were friends first and Lucas had a crush on her since he was 12 and they finally talked when they were 16/17 years old; so cute!

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  14. Nice to see some classics up there! My favorite love story is actually Villette by Charlotte Brontë, mostly because it's so different from most of the romances of both now and Brontë's time.

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  15. Hi! You have been awarded the One Lovely blog award. I enjoyed your blog so thought I would share it. Hope you don't mind! Here is the link to my blog to check it out.

    http://thinksbooks.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-two-awards.html?showComment=1329183063675#c6782614640927184478

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  16. Thank you so much for asking me to take part, Christy!! Love this post! HEE and yes, I love how often the genius of Stephanie Perkins is mentioned. She IS the Queen of Contemporary Romance, after all. And oh gosh, it's so making me want to reread both Anna and Lola!! <3 And I so adore Sam and Grace in Shiver too, such a beautiful love story.

    Awesome post!

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  17. Stephanie Perkins was a popular choice--as she should be! Thanks for including me in the post! :)

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  18. Thank you for letting me be apart of this. I'm glad to see you agree with my choice. Definitely going to read the one here that I haven't yet.

    Safari Poet

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