I’ve been lurking around and reading Alea’s blog for years—since before the release of The Season, and I love this blog (and not just because Alea has always been kind to me in reviews). I love its passion for books and the community that it has built as part of first, the YA book blogging world, and now the wider world of book lovers.
I also have a soft spot in my heart for Alea because (as you may know) I was her first romance novel. My March release, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, was the first romance she’d ever read . . . and it sucked her into this genre that I love so much. Over the last months, Alea has asked me for recommendations and encouraged me to make recommended lists on my blog, but today, I thought I’d make her a list here—and why stop at books?
In celebration of my new release, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord and Pop Culture Junkie, I give you:
Sarah MacLean’s Top Ten Pop Culture Romances (no Romance Novels included)
- Elizabeth Bennett & Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice – I write historical romance. This has to be number one. But it also has to be on the list because Lizzie and Darcy are such a perfect match. He’s arrogant to a fault, and she’s the only lady with guts enough to stand up to him. Is it any wonder he can’t resist?
- Susan Vance & David Huxley, Bringing up Baby – Played by Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, Susan and David are the best opposites attract couple ever. He’s a nervous, uptight paleontologist with an obsession for dinosaur bones and she’s a wild heiress who has lost her leopard, Baby. It’s love at first sight for her . . . and something entirely different for him . . . and pure, luxurious fun for us.
- Harry Burns & Sally Albright, When Harry Met Sally – The greatest friends-into-lovers story ever. You know it right from the beginning, these two are meant to be. But it takes years and years, and they have to (of course) screw it up before it all ends in smooching.
- Westley & Buttercup, The Princess Bride by William Goldman – Yes. You read that right. I’m foregoing the adorable Cary Elwes-portrayed Westley in favor of the fictional character Westley because, I don’t care how good the movie is, the book is about a hundred times better. And, if you’ve never read it and you love the movie, go now and get a copy. You’ll feel like it’s Christmas in July. Or, October, as the case may be.
- Florentino & Fermina, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Unrequited love has never read so well.
- Mu Bai & Shu Lien, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – So beautiful. So devastating. I defy you to watch this movie and not weep. The love story is incredible.
- Meghann Cleary & Father Ralph de Bricassart, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough – Ok. It’s a weird story. Parish priest falls for young, beautiful parishioner in an immense, epic tale that spans three generations and something like 40 years. Here’s the thing . . . he can’t have her. He’s a priest. And you can’t put the book down because it’s so very over the top and awesome.
- Josh Lyman & Donatella Moss, The West Wing – Seven years of witty banter *finally* pays off. And it’s worth every single episode. Also, Donna has what is possibly the greatest line ever in the history of romance lines:
Josh: “If you were in an accident, I sure wouldn’t stop for a beer.”
Donna: “If you were in an accident, I wouldn’t stop for red lights.”
- Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward – At least one of these romances had to be a real couple . . . and these two are it. They were married for 50 years despite fame and fortune and all the trouble that comes with it. And to make it all even better, when asked about infidelity, Newman once said, “Why go out for hamburger when you have steak at home?” Love.
- Lady & the Tramp – Classic, right? She’s fancy pants, he’s from the wrong side of the tracks. She’s uptight, he teaches her to let loose. It’s a story that’s been told hundreds of times and never gets old. But it rarely gets done better than this. Don’t believe me? Go watch it again, now. I bet it’s better than you remember.
I also have the opportunity to giveaway a signed copy of Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord to one of you!
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The giveaway will end November 8th at 6:59 pm Central Time.
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