Rachel Dacus, Poet & Writer. My forthcoming novel is THE RENAISSANCE CLUB.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
My Favorite Fictional Sweethearts
Valentine's Day approaches, and over on Goodreads, someone asked me what are my favorite fictional couples. I cheated, of course, and managed to get in three pairs of lovers.
First, I'd have to say Romeo and Juliet. There's nothing like starry-eyed and highly sexed young lovers spouting the world's most enchanting, poetic love lines as they barrel toward their doom.
Right behind that pair are, for me, Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy in the book and movie BECOMING JANE. I'm a devoted Austenite, and would of course include all her lovers, Emma and Mr. Knightley first among them.
The biodrama about their author, starring the compelling James McAvoy, is based on an imagined (but possible) love affair between Jane and the Irishman. I love that story because the demise of their plan to run away together rests on noble feelings on both sides. They recognize what in the long run would be best for the other. Swooning and spiritual upliftment, quite a combo! They're in some ways the opposite of Romeo and Juliet.