Friday, 7 May 2010

Top Ten Picks - Favorite Love Stories Of All Time

This week over at Random Ramblings its the turn of the Top ten Romantic stories. Alas this means that Chris will not be submitting anything this week which is no bad thing as I can think of plenty. Romantic books are something which I do enjoy a lot but don't read too many of them, perhaps because I hate anything cheesy so its hard to find romantic books which do not fall into this category. If anyone has any recommendations for me then please leave them in the comments sections and I will be sure to add them to my wish list. Also do read the other entry's in this as there have been some really good suggestions.

1.Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

OK when I quizzed Chris about romantic stories this is the only one he could come up with as he did love the film with Leonardo Dicapio as did I. I did study this in school and while I enjoyed it the story did come very much alive for me in that film. I've seen it a few times now and every-time I watch it I still practically beg Romeo not to drink the poison.

2.Water for Elephants

Not my favourite book in the world but I did like the couple in it. What I liked was that after the drama and tragedy is all over, they manage to live a perfectly nice life and grow old together. I think that's beautiful.

3.The Time Travelors Wife

I only finished reading this yesterday but I knew it was going to be on the list pretty much from page 50. They spend most of the book living quite a normal life just like everyone else which is intercepted constantly by Henry's time travelling. One of the most connected couples I've ever read about.

4.Pride & Prejudice

Well OK this will pretty much on everyone's else's list so I wont say any more apart from, well how could I resist this ultimate I hate you, no I love you couple.

5.The Notebook

I've only ever seen the film and because I have yet to find a blogger who recommends the book over the film, that's how its staying. But the film I loved and thought the two actors playing the lead roles were brilliant.

6.Lady into Fox

OK this isn't a romantic book as its about a lady who turns into a fox while walking with her husband one day. But the reason I put this on the list is because the husband seems determined throughout to keep going with his marriage despite what has happened. He looks after her, feeds her and even continues to share the marital bed. Then when his wife decides she wants to live outside as a fox, her husband still insists on sleeping outside near her den (if its warm enough) and even gets a little jealous when she has cubs with a male fox. Now if that isn't taking your 'for better or worse' vows seriously then I don't know what is!

7.When Harry met Sally

For me the ultimate friends becoming lovers story complete with a new years declaration of love.

8.Sleepless in Seattle

Well Meg Ryan you made it on the list twice, playing the American sweetheart did your career wonders.

9.Pretty woman

Completely implausible, a complete fairytale but I love it. Plus when I was in LA I went into the hotel in the film at the end of Rodeo and used their toilet, this didn't enhance my love of the film its just something I thought I'd share.

10.Lost in translation

It would have been a little gross if the two characters in this film had gotten together but its made all the more powerful because they don't. I remember a TV programme over here got someone who could lip read to try to work out what Bill Murray whispered in Scarlet Johansen ear at the end but unfortunately they could only get half of it.

If your popping over on the blog hop then welcome :)


  1. Good on Chris for being able to name even one.
    I love both the song and the film Pretty Woman. Now that you have mentioned it, I'm going to have to put the DVD on.

  2. Stopped by from the Blog Hop and who do I find? My friend Petty Witter!!

    You have a lovely blog here!

  3. I'm hopping on by to check out your blog! And now I am a new follower! I look forward to reading your posts!

    Please feel free to check out my blog, too, and consider becoming a follower in return...I've only been blogging for a month and am slowly building up my followers...once I get 50 followers on Google Friend Connect I plan on having a celebratory book giveaway contest!


  4. I do love those movies-- I had considered when Harry met Sally-- it is such a good movie.
    I've never heard of Lady into fox-- sounds very unusual and interesting.

  5. Thanks for your comments, and welcome to the people from the bloghop - I will certainly be checking out your blogs.
    Lesa - it was written in the 1920s and yes unusual is the word

  6. Some books from earlier eras are surprisingly weird and avantgarde, aren't they.

    Thanks for checking out my top ten-- I was working on it way past my bedtime-- I edited it today and added some more bookish info/links about Gigi if you are interested--- The author was living a wild life in the early decades of the 1900's -- very intriging and I want to read some of her books.

    Also, added a funny about thornbirds-- well, it amuses me...

  7. Hi! Yeah I did come over here via the blog hop thing and I'm glad I did. :) Your blog's great.

    That's a nicely compiled list. Wow, Lady into Fox is certainly compelling, I'm putting it on my to-read list now.

    I've seen most of the movies listed though I miss watching When Harry Met Sally! So gonna search for the DVD. Thanks for reminding me about it. :)

  8. I definitely understand what you mean with what you said about Water for Elephants. It was a good book, but not a favorite. However, the love story in it really stood out for me as well.

    And seeing as Meg Ryan also made my list, your statement about her being America's Sweetheart was definitely great for her. Have you seen her lately though? Massive facial treatments and whatnot -- not such a good look unfortunately, imo :/
    Great to have you with us again this week!

  9. Great choice with Bob and Charlotte from Lost in Translations. I can't really pick out exactly why, but that is one of my all-time favorite movies.

  10. I haven't watched all of these movies, but I agree with the choices of the ones on the list that I have. One book on my list would be Jane Eyre - in terms of adaptations, the ones with Toby Stephens and Timothy Dalton.