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  1. jennifer blanchard
    February 14, 2011

    The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is by far my favorite love story. It’s the most beautiful story and it’s beautifully told by Sparks. If I write a love story that even comes close to that one someday I will be a happy camper!

    • Suzannah
      February 14, 2011

      Haven’t read the book, but loved the movie!

  2. Sunitha Mathew9
    February 14, 2011

    I love all romantic fiction. I love Pride and Prejudice, like I hear a lot of people say, and I have to agree with you, Persuasion too. Of recent I have found Julie James books quite witty and engaging from the ‘contemporary romance genre.’ I can list many more but you get the idea

    • Suzannah
      February 14, 2011

      Pride and Prejudice is my favourite Austen book, but I still find the love story in Persuasion more touching.

  3. natalie
    February 14, 2011

    Before I actually read this post, I got excited at the title and thought, “Oooh, I can’t wait to comment about Persuasion.” I guess you beat me to the punch! :)

    Seriously, other than Capt. Wentworth (sigh) my biggest literary crush…um, I mean, my favorite romantic novel other than Persuasion is The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Not strictly a romance, but since I first read it circa 1990, I’ve had a HUGE crush on Nat.

    • Suzannah
      February 14, 2011

      Yes, Capt. Wentworth is the best ;) Will have to add The Witch of Blackbird Pond to my reading list!

  4. Cathy Yardley
    February 14, 2011

    I love the romance genre. Done well, the stories can really transport you. One of my favorites, hands down, is Jennifer Crusie’s BET ME. It takes a lot of romantic cliches, and twists them into something new. Also, I love that the heroine is more plus sized — more realistic! Otherwise, from a non-romance love story standpoint, I always loved THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. Sigh. :)

    • Suzannah
      February 14, 2011

      Cliches are something that do need to be upended in romantic (not necessarily genre romance) plots. If you can do something fresh with it, all the better!

  5. Eporter70
    February 15, 2011

    I also like Pride and Prejudice.

    Most of the love stories with which I’ve been enthralled recently take place on television screens. That being said, they usually involve love as a transformational experience that breaks down defenses so the characters can find their better selves. I suppose that idea holds true for Darcy and Elizabeth as well.

    Someone I know said it this way: “You suck, but you don’t have to”. Love can provide that impetus for change and those are the stories I like.

  6. Julie
    February 15, 2011

    Great points. I happen to like fiction that isn’t set in our reality (whether separated in time or space) but they do have to be ‘real’, or ‘true’. I adore conflict (from space battles to restrained Jane-Austen-style frowns); and I love to fall in love with the lead characters.

    Good reminder of what I should be doing in my own writing! Thanks.

  7. Anna
    February 15, 2011

    Oh my goodness, Persuasion is my very favorite romance, too! Is there anything more romantic that Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne at the end? One of my other favorites is Son of the Shadows, but Juliet Marillier.

  8. Jim Thayer
    February 16, 2011

    I’m a big, tough, manly guy (I need to be quick before my wife reads this and starts to hoot), but I’ll never forget how Love Story by Erich Segal got to me. I dislike being seen blubbering. Love Story is proof of the power of romance in fiction.

  9. Amoolya
    October 29, 2011

    gone with the wind is a favorite. why? for one it tells a tale of great but mortal love which strikes a truth somewhere . for another ,the lead characters are brash,pompous ,selfish,unscrupulous in their ways …not your regular meat..which makes it all the more interesting and the characters real.the movie too for a change lives upto the novel.

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