All About Love

Love is in the air & our librarians are discussing their favorite fictional romances!


Pride and Prejudice, BBC version

The book is fine too, but Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle make this story magical. There’s nothing better than two very smart people who have utter disdain for each other, yet end up falling in love despite how hard they try not to.

One Day by David Nicholls

This novel takes place over the course of 20 years, but just on one day each year. We first meet Emma and Dexter at their college graduation and from this day they have a bond. As we visit them once a year, sometimes they seem close and at other times it seems their friendship is over, but it never is. By the end of the book you’ll be heavily invested in both of these people and you will feel SO MANY feelings.

Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

The heroine of this Regency romance was ruined at 16 and has an illegitimate daughter, so she is now entirely unconstrained by the trappings of her society and has, in fact, used her outcast status to become quite powerful. She has not one, but two, secret identities which become threatened when she meets a nosy newspaperman. A very attractive newspaperman, as it happens. I loved both of these characters so I loved seeing them come together. MacLean writes very smart humorous romances that are a perfect escape.


The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: Clare and Henry’s love story wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, except that Henry is an involuntary time traveler; Clare meets him for the first time when she is six, but he meets her for the first time when he is 28. Simply being together in their shared present – taken for granted by every other couple – is a struggle for them, but they persevere. Set in Chicago, with abundant references to music, literature, and poetry, this is a book I’ve read more times than I can count.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: Can you make someone else happy? Can you save the life of someone who doesn’t want to be saved? Unsophisticated Louisa is hired to “cheer up” Will, who has become a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident, but Will’s parents, who hired her, haven’t told her the full deal. The unlikely pair develop a friendship and then a romance, but is it enough to change Will’s mind? There are a few typical romance moments, but Moyes pulls no punches.

Both of these were made into movies; I haven’t seen either one, but from what I’ve heard, the magic did not translate from page to screen in either case.

RobSailor Uranus (Amara/Haruka) & Sailor Neptune (Michelle/Michiru) from the 90’s anime Sailor Moon were one of my original favorite couples growing up.  Their love story was so obvious that even 10 year old me could see through the censoring of their relationship in the US dub of the anime.  (This censorship was not present in the manga or the original Japanese language anime, and has been removed if you stream it on Hulu!)  Luckily, the censorship is also gone in the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime, so US audiences can enjoy their playful, loving relationship in all its glory!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz has such a great & well developed love story in it!  I don’t want to give away the big surprise, but it’s a totally unexpected sucker punch right in the feelings!

Steven Universe spoilers ahead!!
Ruby and Sapphire (aka Garnet) are also one of my favorite fictional couples!   In the Steven Universe, well, universe, there are aliens known as Gems that can fuse together to make an entirely different Gem.  Sometimes the results of these fusions are unstable and don’t last, usually in instances where they original Gems are incompatible.  But when the  Gems coming together are compatible, they can create a fusion that is able to sustain itself indefinitely & is much stronger than the sum of its parts.

Ruby is a rough and tumble warrior Gem.  She’s full of enthusiasm, but can be a bit of a hothead & is sometimes overprotective.  Sapphire can see the future.  She’s cool, calm, and collected because she knows how everything turns out in the end.  But this sometimes leads to her disregarding others’ emotions in the moment.  These two opposites don’t seem to have much in common, aside from their love for each other.  But when they fuse, they bring out the best elements of each other and create Garnet – the ultra cool, ultra passionate leader of the Crystal Gems.  Their story was so adorable that a children’s book featuring their story, called The Answer, was made.  Garnet is literally made of Ruby and Sapphire’s love, and she’s got the song to prove it!

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1 Response to All About Love

  1. Laura Faunce says:

    The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Snape and Harry’s mom Lily in Harry Potter. Is that too much of a spoiler? I guess I’m a sucker for unrequited love. X^D

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