So I've come to the conclusion that I want to write a love story. Not just a love story, but a die-hard, kickbutt, do-or-die love story where you just love and admire the characters and root for them at all costs and think about them once you close the pages and swoon over the guy (because, hello, Will Herondale, anyone? :-p).
And that's gotten me thinking----What makes a good love story?
I put together my favorites (Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, Twilight, The Infernal Devices trilogy, and Wuthering Heights) and tried to find the common factors.
Here's what I've come up with!
1. They all have a charming/intriguing (sometimes hot) dude with some type of mystery. Edward's a vampire; Heathcliff is a gyspy child from who-knows-where; Will has a heart-wrenching secret reason for being a jerk; Romeo is from the family Juliet's family hates; Rochester has a wife that Jane doesn't know about.
2. There always seems to be a 3rd, interfering party that makes them question or that challenges their love. Cathy and Linton, Jacob, Jem (though I LOVE Jem too for Tessa, which I think is why their story was so heart-wrenching!), Paris wants to marry Juliet, and Rochester's wife.
3. They all have high stakes where the characters face the prospect of NOT being with the one they love. In some cases that's death. As for Jane, Tessa, and Cathy, it's marrying someone else; for Bella it was Edward disappearing on her.
4. And many end in death or misery because they risked EVERYTHING for their love, and lost. In this case, I'm thinking of stories like Anna Karenina, Romeo and Juliet, Lancelot and Guinevere, and Tristan and Isolde. I much prefer the happy endings though!!
And Jane Eyre is my favorite favorite favorite of them all. Sigh.
Can you think of any common factors I've missed? And what's your favorite love story?