Love in the afternoon

February 14th, 2008 • Kate

After yesterday’s post about book related love stories, it seems only fitting to ask about your favorite romances. Are they traditional romance novels, classics, or a relationship in an altogether different genre that stood out for you? I expect lots of votes for Jane Austen novels, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that my all time favorite love story is “The Princess Bride.” To be fair, it’s also my favorite adventure novel, pirate novel, swordfighting novel, and comedy. What’s yours?

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14 Responses to “Love in the afternoon”

  1. brimfire Says:

    I just picked up Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair. It's the second book I've read by her, but I'm totally hooked. It's the perfect balance of sci-fi plot and romance. It has a strong female protag, and I absolutely love the smuggler-hero.
    How's that for an untraditional romance novel? πŸ™‚

  2. Julia Says:

    I'm right there with you on "The Princess Bride" – it is tops in my 'favorite everything' category (!), closely followed by "Pride and Prejudice" – and all the other Jane Austen's. I do also love "Jane Eyre," "Gone With The Wind" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel."

  3. Scott Says:

    "The Princess Bride" is freakin' brilliant!
    Going back to the original meaning of "romance," I'd say my favorite is "Sir Gawain & The Green Knight."
    But, honestly, my favorite love story is mine and my wife's.

  4. Helene B Says:

    Yes, yes, yes "The Princess Bride."
    >>>My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die.
    I LOVE that movie, must read the book. πŸ™‚

  5. Jean Says:

    That is a hard one.
    I am a fan of 'Pride and Prejudice' as well as the more modern version, 'Bridget Jones' Diary'.
    I also like the Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot. But it drives me crazy. Is Heather EVER going to get Cooper? Talk about agonizing.
    As for untraditional love story, I like Audrey Niffennegger's "The Time Traveller's Wife".
    I feel like I am missing one here…
    And a note to Scott. You are totally winning bonus points from your wife–assuming you show her your comment.
    πŸ™‚
    Jean

  6. Brigid Says:

    Okay, this is going to be off the wall, but I loved the Luck in the Shadows books by Lynn Flewelling. (If I butchered her name, I apologize.) They aren't for everyone — the romance ends up being between two men. And since I read the books while attending an all girls Catholic high school, you can imagine how shocking that was to me! But there's something so … moving about the way Seregil pines for Alec, and how they finally discover their love for each other. There's something so … (here I am, a writer, at a loss for words) … just WRENCHING about all that unrequited love, especially once Seregil's story comes out, and how he's afraid to reveal his feelings…the gender doesn't matter, the homoeroticism doesn't matter, it's just a truly touching story of how these two people are friends first, and lovers later. I recommend the books highly. (Oh yeah, there's a lot of swordplay, action, intrigue, spying, and adventure, too. Really, the romance is a very sidebar type of plot.)

  7. maggie l. wood Says:

    "The Princess Bride" is my all-time favourite movie/book! And since it's Valentine's Day, it's only fitting to quote Westley – "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while." πŸ˜€

  8. Genevieve Says:

    Anything by Austen or a Bronte. And then Little Women and Anne of Green Gables, or which ever book in those two series has the big LOVE scene in it.

  9. Joya M Says:

    I'm such a sucker for a good romance (I think everyone secretly is), but I rather like star-crossed romances that end up working out. Like Suze and Jesse in Meg Cabot's "The Mediator" series. I mean, seriously, hooking up with the hot ghost who used to chill out on your windowsill until you rescued his soul? Yeah, I'll take one of those. True love surviving through anything–even time–is just really cool. I love the prospect that the impossible can be possible if you keep trying hard enough.
    Told you I was a sucker for romance! πŸ˜‰

  10. Trish Says:

    This one is going to be really weird, but I think the most romantic scene in a book is in Sweet Thursday, when Doc tells his snakes how much he loves Suzy, as he gets ready to call on her in the boiler. It never fails to make me sigh.

  11. Caryn Says:

    Ack! I posted a nice, long comment for this one and it neglected to show up. At any rate, I have to agree with you (and many others) on The Princess Bride. What I like most about it is how witty he is. Anyone who says that depressing books are deeper and therefore harder to write has never tried to write something funny. And, yes, I have to admit to enjoying Austen. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books, but I also like Northanger Abbey because, again, it's humorous. (I love the satire in it.) And I owe a huge debt to Austen, not only because she helped to make the romance genre what it is today, but gives it some respect as well. And, finally, for contemporary authors I love Jennifer Crusie, Kristin Hannah, Meg Cabot, and new favorite Lani Diane Rich.

  12. Scott Says:

    Trish–
    It's funny, I almost mentioned "Sweet Thursday." That book also has the best prologue ever, one of the few that makes me think that maybe prologues aren't always evil.

  13. pri Says:

    Although PB is kickass and P&P produces much sighing after Colin Firth, I have to pick the one which also requires a box of kleenex– Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught.

  14. Joelle Anthony Says:

    The first thing that comes to mind is Betsy's Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace. There are tons of romances all through the Betsy-Tacy series, but really, how can you beat the wedding and their first year of married life? I love it.