Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love in Literature

(photo by K)

Happy Valentine's Day!

I thought I would just throw a question out to you all today ...

What is one of your favorite romances in a non-romance book?

I'm going to pick Jasper Fforde's Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots and Something Rotten -- the second, third and fourth books in the Thursday Next series.  The main character, Thursday Next, is pregnant but has a husband who has been "eradicated"--wiped from history--by unscrupulous government time guardians.  She wants to have him restored but in order to do that she has to do something infinitely more difficult -- not forget him.  It's a very romantic part of these fantastic literary adventure novels.

Spending the day with my two true loves,


  1. I did a list of my favorite literary couples today, and almost all of them are from non-romance books! (Faramir and Eowyn would be the first to come to my mind on hearing this question, though.)

    I think in a non-romance book you can see how the characters deal with all different kinds of situations, both together and apart. And that makes the romance feel like it has more substance, because it's rooted in life, not just in itself.

  2. I couldn't agree more. It feels like there is more depth to the romance when you understand more about the characters' motivations in life and their responsibilities. It's more than just "their eyes locked".