The dreaded V-Day is almost upon us….

February 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Posted in love | 4 Comments
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…so to ‘celebrate’, I’ve decided to list my favourite literary lovers.

1) Cecilia and Robbie in Atonement. So gorgeous, and so goddamn tragic (though the casting of Keira Knightley and James McAvoy as the star-crossed lovers may be partially to blame for my use of the former epithet). And Robbie writes a very dirty love letter.

2) Antony and Cleopatra. She pretends she’s killed herself, so he kills himself; he dies in her arms, so she kills herself. What could be more tragic than that? Perhaps Shakespeare inspired The Smiths? ‘To die by your side, would be a heavenly way to die…’

3) Jude Fawley and Sue Brideshead in Jude the Obscure. Yeah, so there’s suicide here too, and a nasty scene with a pig. And – SPOILER ALERT – they don’t ultimately end up together. But Jude loves Sue, and Sue loves Jude, and but for a bit of fratricide, they might have stayed together.

4) Humbert Humbert and Lolita in Lolita. You might not like it; in fact, you’ve probably not even read it and have already decided that he’s a pervert, pure and simple. But this IS a love story.

5) Hanna and Michael in The Reader. Hmmm…suicide, murder and an unusual coupling…can you sense a pattern here? Despite her sadism, despite her war crimes, and especially despite her illiteracy, I believe that Michael never stops loving Hanna.

Enjoy your V-Day, happily or unhappily single or paired up. And maybe try to have a normal, boring relationship, unlike this lot.

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  1. I wish I’d written this post. Agree with all of them, and great call on number 4. Lolita is one of my favourite books, and I always get drawn into Humbert Humbert and his enticing words. I always want him to get away with it – all of it!

    • Thank you, Amelia. That’s a lovely sentiment. Lolita and The Reader are very similar in that respect: both try, and succeed, I think, to twist the reader’s sympathies.

  2. 1) Fantastic book – I’m a bloke and I cried. Film was a shit cop-out though
    2) Classic and deranged which makes it even better and realistic
    3) Ditto number 2)
    4) Unbelievably awesome book – works even better if you’re a bloke (I believe)
    5) Excellent again

    Mine would have been different but that’s the beauty of literature – yours are perfect but not MY perfect.

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