Monday, February 14, 2011

A little treat from the archives: The Most Famous Lovers of All Time

In honor of Valentine's Day! From, the most famous lovers in literature and history. (Originally posted February 13, 2009)

1. Romeo and Juliet--portrayed at left by Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Franco Zeffirelli's movie adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play.

2. Cleopatra and Mark Antony

3. Lancelot and Guinevere

4. Layla and Majnun--OK, this one I admit I had never heard of, but you can read about them here

5. Tristan and Iseult (Isolde)--pictured portrayed by James Franco and Sophia Myles in the 2006 movie adaptation

6. Eloise and Abelard

7. Paris and Helena

8. Orpheus and Eurydike

9. Napoleon and Josephine

10. Cyrano and Roxane

11. Pyramus and Thisbe

12. Werther and Lotte

13. Odysseus and Penelope

14. Jane Eyre and Rochester--The romance from my favorite novel of all time! It gives hope to every young girl who isn't beautiful that the man of her dreams can still fall madly, passionately in love with her. Who can forget Jane's impassioned speech to Rochester, just before he declares his love for her:

"Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you."

15. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler--From one of my favorite books and movies, Gone With the Wind.

Got any favorites here--or couples that you think should be added to the list? Let me know in my comments section!

Check out my book blog, Cindy's Book Club, where I'm reviewing Jenny B. Jones' Save the Date!


AuDz said...

I definitely think Scarlett and Rhett should be higher on the list.

Happy Valentine's Day, Cindy :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

CINDY!!! I REMEMBER THAT FIRST MOVIE!! I was about 13....ahhh, those were the days! THANK YOU FOR COMING, and yes, isn't that version of Poetry Man lovely? HAPPY LOVE DAY DEAREST!!! Anita

Lea said...

Oh, my, I hardly recognized any of those. How sad! :o)

Hope it was a "happy hearts" day for you!

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