February is a huge month for all Booktopians, here’s a few hints of what it’s about….
Aristotle described it as “composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”.
Plato said when touched by it “everyone becomes a poet”.
Charles Dickens described it as “the truest wisdom”.
Yes, you guessed it – February at Booktopia is the month of LOVE.
All this month we’ll have huge discounts on all that is LOVE IN PRINT. We’ll also have some love related polls going on, culminating in the big question…..
WHAT IS THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD?
We’ll put our heads together and from next week we’ll have heats for you to vote on, followed by the short list.
Then once you vote on that, the Greatest Love Story Ever Told will be announced on Valentine’s Day.
But for now, we want to know what form of love you most like to read about.
Remember, this is just what you like to read about. I enjoyed reading 1984, it doesn’t mean I want it to happen. Well, apart from the cushy public service jobs.
Here are some options… And scroll down to vote on your favourite in the poll below.
An undeniable, unquenchable thirst for each other. Usually with a couple of twists and turns but without any turbulence from the two protagonists. Stories of true love knowing no bounds has captured us for thousands of years.
Some of us are still searching for that one true love, others may never find it. It’s a complicated world, and the existence of a true love waiting for your embrace can shed light on the darkest of places.
Often full of fun and fantasy, books such as The Princess Bride have proved timeless, the strength of their message so powerful against the backdrop of true love.
In its own way a kind of tragic love (for one person anyway), a love not reciprocated or returned in kind has been the subject for millions of works.
Sometimes gut-wrenching, sometimes whimsically funny, so many classics of literature owe their long-lasting appeal to the terrible feeling of having your love being reciprocated float away in the breeze.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ haunting epic Love In The Time Of Cholera still manages to get everybody who reads it a little emotional, such is the powerful story of unrequited love.
While the subject of lust over love has always had a strong presence in writing, the sheer number of books that have sashayed into the mainstream and onto our bookshelves in the last few months has been unprecedented.
Whether two parties realise it or not, it’s exciting to watch cupid pull the strings in the background as two kindred spirits are slowly, and often unknowingly, pulled together.
A love that is destined from the start, in many ways the truest of love, is riveting. Where everything in the protagonists’ minds tells them to get away from each other, yet serendipity takes hold.
Books like One Day have sold squillions, the story of a love that slowly emerges, despite the best efforts of the couple involved, will always entertain and enthral.
Often you can see it coming. Two souls collide and, while the picture may be muddled or clear, you sense their fate will be grim to say the least.
Through history the most beautiful love stories have always been tinged with tragedy – the thought of what could have been haunting us forever.
The tragic tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet continues to gather an audience – every generation transfixed by the classic story of a love that could not be.
As long as there is a love, there will be others who doubt its measure, question its intent and forbid its existence. Tales of forbidden love can scratch away at you like a errant tack in the shoe for days, such is the emotional story of the most powerful thing in the world, love, being taken away.
Whether it’s through class, family, race or religion, the forbidden love has been one of the most popular form of love story for many years and will undoubtedly remain that way for many years to come.
The tale of forbidden love across all borders is just one of the brilliant aspects of one of the greatest works of the last century, Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell To Arms.
WRONG (BUT I CAN’T LOOK AWAY) LOVE
The ultimate guilty pleasure. Wrong love can be unrequited, it can be lustful, characters can find their true destiny in spite of it, it can certainly end in tragedy and to be truly wrong it must be a teensy bit forbidden.
Whether it’s the way of the love, or the motives for that unlikely love, wrong love is far more common in literature than we think. Some of the greatest works, such as the deliciously conniving Les Liaisons Dangereuses, explores a love that is the product of many many wrong roads taken. And of course, wrong love can be a bit icky (I’m looking at you Lolita)
And you can vote on them right here….
Voting closes at midday tomorrow, when we’ll be discussing the winner and the books that fall into its branches. We’ll also be asking the same question on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow and over the weekend, so let us know your thoughts or nominate the Greatest Love Story Ever Told to go into the poll next week.
Remember, February is the month of love at Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore.
About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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