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    We do love a good love story; be it classic, traditional, sinister or even paranormal, it has the power to knock you off your feet. Being curious creatures, we'd like to know which love stories resonated the most with our customers. From Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice to Nights At The Circus, The Princess Bride and Norwegian Wood, which love story do you love the most?

    Three winners will receive a set of 10 timeless love stories from the Penguin Clothbound Classics series! Competition ends on Monday 10th February. Good luck!

    Update -- winners: Marge Paal, James Gibb, Julie Maloney

    Competition now closed

    Posted by Anna Anna

    Categories: competition, Penguin, love

    Love stories

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    Comments

    1. Angela's avatar Angela

      For me, it was Pride and Prejudice.

      Posted Mon, 03 Feb 2014 05:08
    2. Philippa Harrison's avatar Philippa Harrison

      I chose Penny Plain by O Douglas. It's a story that captures the lives of people living in a Scottish lowlands village between the world wars. They are pleasant people doing their best to live well and the love story is set within their lives, not pretending that nothing else happens in a life but falling in love. I love it.

      Posted Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:27
    3. Jennifer Brady's avatar Jennifer Brady

      I entered this competition but didn't get any confirmation email that I entered. Nor did my answer come up like some other on the comments, then again, I left it as an answer not a comment, is this the confusion? But then some of the answers in the comments like 'My best love story etc is my own' are deemed unsuitable, and others are 'under review'. So where is my 'comment/answer' then? Is it unsuitable or under review? You can tell I really want to win these books.

      Posted Sun, 02 Feb 2014 21:36
    4. salome's avatar salome

      Jane Eyre!! off course and Norwegian wood :) but my favorite Jane Eyre :)

      Posted Sun, 02 Feb 2014 02:47
    5. Ian's avatar Ian

      Wuthering Heights. Easily. So many stories have the star-crossed, two halves of the same whole lovers but none of them express a perversity quite like Emily Bronte's Catherine and Heathcliff. It's as if they truly believe they share the same heart, brain, even skin, and because they can't splendour in it they destroy each other, bringing a whole new meaning to kindred spirits.

      Posted Sat, 01 Feb 2014 12:16
    6. Valeria's avatar Valeria

      My Favorite is a Chilean Nobel call "Golondrina de Invierno", even more beautiful than Persuasion, my second favorite :)

      Posted Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:32
    7. Haradas Mudiyanselage Nimali Priyaka Jayatissa's avatar Haradas Mudiyanselage Nimali Priyaka Jayatissa

      I just love the story of Medea. Even thought it's based on revenge, there is a Medea's love and affection for her children and Jason. It's incredible...

      Posted Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:45
    8. Brian Mc Keown's avatar Brian Mc Keown

      I still cry when I see the Hunchback holding the beautiful dead girl ,"and their bodies fell to dust and were one." Doesn't get any better than that!

      Posted Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:18
    9. Ingelore Follert's avatar Ingelore Follert

      DE LAS ROMÁNTICAS: La escritora del Amor por excelencia es JANE AUSTEN...y sus mejores novelas son "Orgullo & Prejuicio" y "Persuasión"....ambas perfectas en relación a la profundidad de sus personajes y al modo que el amor va ocupando todo el espacio. Y de las que TERMINAN MAL: -"ANNA KARENINA" y su amor brutal por Vronski, que la llevó a dejarlo todo, para luego perderlo todo -y "CUMBRES BORRASCOSAS" donde el "amor lleno de odio" de Heathcliff no lo detiene ni la muerte.

      Posted Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:13
    10. J-Louise's avatar J-Louise

      For everyone out there who voted Pride and Prejudice, I completely agree with you. However, I wrote North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, because it deserved to be mentioned. It's also a fantastic story and not nearly so well known. I decided it deserved a voice.

      Posted Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:10
    11. Nancy H. Torok's avatar Nancy H. Torok

      I have always identified with Jane in Jane Eyre. I must have read this book a dozen times before I was even old enough to fall in love! I have yet to meet my Rochester, though.

      Posted Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:41
    12. Ksenia's avatar Ksenia

      My favorite love story is The Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque. It's the most beautiful love story despite the tragedy that runs through every page of it. This story is not just about love of a man and a woman, but most of all, it's a story about the love of friendship that never dies and never betrays.

      Posted Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:54
    13. Jennifer's avatar Jennifer

      Eros & Psyche; not only because it seems like an early Beauty & The Beast, another one of my favourites, but because the story of these two lovers is about looking passed the pure physical and how that love can push you into becoming a better person. Psyche, through Aphrodite's trials, not only wins Eros back but also a place as a Goddess through her own merit. I always enjoy role reversals, where the princess is the knight and the dashing prince is the damsel in distress, and Eros and Psyche has this twist where the active character throughout the tale is the woman. She's the nobody who proves that shes not only worthy of Eros but he's worthy of her, by the end of the tale they're equals. And i think that's pretty great.

      Posted Thu, 30 Jan 2014 03:08
    14. Samantha's avatar Samantha

      I love Alice in wonderland because Alice struggles with who she is in the story. I can relate to this in my own life.

      Posted Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:26
    15. Silvia Gutierrez's avatar Silvia Gutierrez

      The Notebook to me is proof of what a true bond of love can be, how he shows his devotion and care for her. That no matter social levels love can conquer in the end. How he makes the effort to remind everyday of how they fell in love, is so inspiring for those of us still looking for love. The Time Travelers Wife is similar in a way because she too has to face difficulties of time and obstacles no one can ever imagine but she does it for love. She waits and loves to the very end and even after he's gone she hopes to see him again..

      Posted Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:41
    16. Silvia Gutierrez's avatar Silvia Gutierrez

      The Notebook to me is proof of what a true bond of love can be, how he shows his devotion and care for her. That no matter social levels love can conquer in the end. How he makes the effort to remind everyday of how they fell in love, is so inspiring for those of us still looking for love. The Time Travelers Wife is similar in a way because she too has to face difficulties of time and obstacles no one can ever imagine but she does it for love. She waits and loves to the very end and even after he's gone she hopes to see him again..

      Posted Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:38
    17. Kelly Otten's avatar Kelly Otten

      I just love Pride and Predjudice! That moment where Mr. Darcy bares his soul and is a bit too honest and gets Lizzie's back up even though she can think of no one else as he intrigues her so deeply it's as though her subconscious knows of her love before she knows herself. It is a story of timing and patience and of knowing one's true self and allowing another to know the intimate workings of your heart and truly being "seen" and accepted by your lover. I think deep down, we women want just that, to be "known" and still admired for who we are. Mr. Darcy steals my heart every time I read this book!

      Posted Wed, 29 Jan 2014 02:49
    18. Angela Izquierdo Ferrandez's avatar Angela Izquierdo Ferrandez

      " Whem dreams may come" A real love even after life :)

      Posted Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:47
    19. Leanne Stafford's avatar Leanne Stafford

      The Love tragic love story between Dr Yuri Zhivago and Lara. It is so moving and beautiful.

      Posted Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:33
    20. Meg's avatar Meg

      I just love the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs! The love story between John Carter and Dejah Thoris, Princess of red men, is a story I simply can not resist ! :))

      Posted Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:46
    21. Popescu AlexandraLavinia's avatar Popescu AlexandraLavinia

      Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler! The most amazing love story I've ever read about!

      Posted Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:52
    22. Storm Ross's avatar Storm Ross

      It may not be on anyone's list. But anyway you look at it. Dracula.. Love never Dies.

      Posted Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:27
    23. Mimi Routh's avatar Mimi Routh

      It was 6 a.m. Christmas Eve morning in 1982. Greyhound brought extra buses to meet the demand. I was going south to Bakersfield for family Christmas. Mexican women with babies filled many seats. I ended up with no choice but the last seat beside an elderly giggling cowboy and a man with long legs. I sat between them, snuggled up beside the restroom. I was very angry. Told I said, "I didn't pay for this!" I was 40 years old, never married but had my ducks in a row. Long Legs -- Richard Wayne Routh -- and I talked all the way and all the way back. He disappeared in Modesto -- to shave! We married the following August with little Greyhound buses parked on top of the Danish-style cookie wedding cakes. Both military veterans, both family scapegoats or black sheep. He wrote poetry, played guitar, took me places on his motorcycle. When he died, I smelled Old Spice in the apartment for weeks. I miss him! Any time I go in a hardware store, he is there.

      Posted Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:38
    24. Jenny Pitkin's avatar Jenny Pitkin

      Lovesong by Alex Miller is beautiful crossing race and religion. It is also set mainly in Paris - the city of love.

      Posted Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:35
    25. Demay Jenny's avatar Demay Jenny

      For me, It was Jane Eyre. I don't know why, but the place, the atmosphere, god, I loved it ! :)

      Posted Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:08

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