What’s the most romantic book you’ve ever read?....(Mind you, I don’t mean the hard-core stuff you hide in plain wrappers under your mattress. I mean True Love, Romance, deeply emotional, heart-tugging, and all that stuff.)I had to give this one a lot of thought. These days, I don't read many novels that could really be called "romantic." In the past I used to read quite a bit of "gothic" romance, by the likes of Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. But I'm not sure I'd call many of those extremely romantic, even though they certainly have all the qualities of a romance novel - they were more suspenseful than romantic.
And, secondly, did you like it? Is it your usual kind of reading, or did it take you by surprise?
So after much mulling over, I'd have to say Wuthering Heights is probably the most romantic book I've ever read. Emily Bronte's tale of obsessive passion that transcends death is the very definition of romantic fiction. Catherine is beautiful, proud and impossible to tame; Heathcliff is rebellious, passionate and mysterious - the perfect romantic heroine/hero pair.
Did I like it? Reader, I adored it! I first read the book when I was about fourteen, and it absolutely astounded me. I've read it several times since then, at various times in my life, and it remains one of my all-time favorites.
And here, just for the heck of it, are some of my other nominees for "most romantic book I've ever read":
- Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Love Story by Erich Segal