Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so The Circle caught up with some students around the Student Media offices to ask about everyone’s favorite literary love stories.
Elizabeth Wieck, senior in journalism, said Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, were the perfect literary couple. “She loves him ever thought he’s blind and he’s been burned by fire,” she said. “They have a very tumultuous relationship, but they end up together in the end.”
Raye May, senior in creative writing, said Cathy and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. “Their lives keep them apart, but in the end, they still love each other. Despite how much they hurt each other, they still love each other even though they can’t have each other. When she dies, he weeps more than her husband does. The redeeming part is they can love each other even though they’re terrible people. They’re really terrible.”
Jordan Hays, junior in journalism, veered away from the traditional love stories.
“In the book ‘Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said’ by Phillip K. Dick, the main character basically loses his identity,” Hays said. “He wakes up in a motel room in his fancy suit with $5,000 and nobody knows who he is. He tries to get back in touch with chick he was in love with, but she doesn’t remember him either. That’s probably my favorite love story.”
Ben Croomes, senior in sociology, also didn’t choose a stereotypical love story.
“In my 20th Century British Literature class, we read ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ by Muriel Spark,” Croomes said. “In the book, her love interest doesn’t actually love her. I’ve always liked the unrequited love stories. They don’t actually ever connect.”
Kaylie Sautter, senior in marketing, said, “‘The Great Gatsby’ is my favorite book. [Gatsby and Daisy] were each other’s first love and then he goes away and makes money so he can be good enough for her. He comes back and they fall in love again, but she’s so selfish, she still is in love with her horrible husband. “
Claire Woodall, junior in marketing and Spanish, chose a more modern tale with ‘Message in a Bottle’ by Nicholas Sparks. “It wasn’t as corny as some of the other [Nicholas Sparks novels]. It’s a more real story.”
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