Let’s Talk Romance: Love Don’t Come Easy
“… The course of true love never did run smooth …” Lysander in a A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 1, scene 1, 132–140 by William Shakespeare, English playwright
There’s a universal truth that applies to both real-life romances and fictional ones: Falling in love don’t come easy.
Consider a few novels and movies with me:
- Pride and Prejudice: Elisabeth and Mr. Darcy spend the better part of the book heartily disliking and misjuding one another. And when Mr. Darcy does declare his love for Elisabeth, he tells her, “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” But Jane Austen goes on to write, “. . . His sense of her inferiority–of its being a degradation– . . . were dwelt on . . . ” Not wise, Mr. Darcy. No wonder Elisabeth rejected you.
- Save the Date: Jenny B. Jones writes a novel where, once again, the hero (Alex) and the heroine (Lucy) dislike each other. Despite that — they need each other. Alex hopes Lucy can help him win votes for his Congressional bid and Alex promises to give Lucy the money she needs for her shelter. But are they using one another — or falling in love?
What about movies?
- The Magic of Ordinary Days (one of my all-time favorite movies!): Ray marries Livy, who is pregnant with another man’s child. He tells her later that he married her because he thought it was God’s will. Livy, however, is still in love with the man who abandoned her — and she hates being married to a farmer and living in such an isolated location. Can an arranged marriage become a real marriage?
- While You Were Sleeping: Lucy is in love with and engaged to Peter — and then she falls in love with Peter’s brother! (Hey — there’s a familiar plot line!) And Peter’s brother, Jack, falls in love with Lucy. What a mess!
Shakespeare had it right when he wrote “… The course of true love never did run smooth …” But then again, isn’t that half the fun of reading a romance novel or watching a romantic movie — seeing when and how the hero and heroine figure it all out and achieve their happily ever after?
In Your Words: What’s your favorite “love don’t come easy” romance novel or movie? Looking forward to you joining the conversation!
I’m visiting with Kathy Harris over at the Divine Detour blog today — talking about the detours in my life & what kind of song I’d be! I hope you drop by!0 I like this!