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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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    1. Catherine Quin's avatar Catherine Quin

      Persuasion by Jane Austen for me too. I agree totally with the comment about Capt. Wentworth's letter. I get all fangirly thinking about it! But I love that they given each other a second chance, they didn't settle when conventions would of had them do that. They both waited and finally they get their HEA. Just perfect.

      Posted Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:56
    2. fairy67's avatar fairy67

      Pride and Prejudice, absolutely. I read the novel when I was in high school. I like Darcy sooooooo much!! So happy that Elizabeth and him had a happy ending. This novel made me fall in love with Jane Austen and the other novels she wrote, most importantly, I fall in love with Great Britain from then on! :)

      Posted Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:48
    3. Rita Faria's avatar Rita Faria

      My favourite love story is my grandparents love story: my grandfather taught my grandmother how to write and read... he gave her the freedom that no woman was allowed to possess at the time! :) But in literary terms I would have to say that the love story between Tris and Four, from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth is my favourite!!

      Posted Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:32
    4. AllisyaAzman's avatar AllisyaAzman

      Tariq and Laila, in A Thousand Splendid Suns. These two were childhood friends and their love blossomed along the years they grew up. Not like any other romances, what makes them the best was because their love progressed in times of hardship and turmoil. They had to fight for their love and that is, in my opinion, the sweetest way to be in love.

      Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:52
    5. Cynthia Boyd's avatar Cynthia Boyd

      Persuasion is just an amazing love story; I particularly enjoy reading and re-reading the opening lines of Captain Wentworth's letter to Anne Elliott: "You pierce my soul..." Beautiful writing. Jane Eyre would be a close second for best love story ever written. Heart-wrenching sadness mixed with incredible emotion especially when Jane meets her love again after so long an absence and he is blind. But still she persists without fear and complete resolve! An incredible story that has lived on for centuries!

      Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:14
    6. Bianca Czarnobai De Jorge's avatar Bianca Czarnobai De Jorge

      Guys, Persuasion has the most beautiful love letter in history!!

      Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:02
    7. Beverly Payton's avatar Beverly Payton

      Gone with the Wind! Best love story ever!

      Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 03:19
    8. Beverly Payton's avatar Beverly Payton

      My favorite Love Story of all time is "Love Story". Romantic, sad, uplifting and filled with so many emotions.

      Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 03:16
    9. Michelle Alford's avatar Michelle Alford

      I know it will come through a thousand times, but Pride and Prejudice is just such a beautifully crafted love story that for me it cannot be surpassed. The sweet, aching tension and the true beauty of their love when requited makes it by far the winner for me.

      Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:02
    10. Gabriela G. Melo's avatar Gabriela G. Melo

      Pride and Prejudice was one of the love stories that marked my life the most. It's easy-to-read and to understand, the romance is well developed and it's far more enchanting than you can picture. It's incredible how someone who lived two hundred years in the past can still touch everyone's heart with such simple and delicate words, as well as the characters themselves. Pride & Prejudice shows us the kind of romance that we can't find anymore nowadays. It's pure, it's deep, and it has a great meaning to it, far more than just kissing and having affairs. The way the relationship between the two characters is developed is absolutely meaningful, and we can feel their own feelings growing through the whole story. It's absolutely fantastic.

      Posted Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:06
    11. Gabriela Stankova's avatar Gabriela Stankova

      When we talk about lovestories there is always one book's name is coming to my mind, it's Katherine Stone's Bad of Rosses. Its about the real love, love that can resist the time. Even if you don't believe in destiny this book will make you believe.

      Posted Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:55
    12. Tobias Buelow SchmidtJasinskis's avatar Tobias Buelow SchmidtJasinskis

      My favourite love story is not in any book - it is the story of how I met my wife - feel free to read it here:

      Posted Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:19
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      Personally, I love the story of the phantom of the opera! Its is tragic and cruel, but the phantom does anything, even killing, to show somehow to Christine how much he wants to be with her. She was a fool in my opinion... The love story doesn't have a good ending, but it's different and I love that!

      Posted Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:11
    14. christina liu's avatar christina liu

      This is so cliche, but my favourite love story is beauty and the beast. It teaches you that looks don't matter. Also bella likes books :)

      Posted Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:00
    15. hlasim's avatar hlasim

      Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte I really loved Catherine's character...

      Posted Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:29
    16. Loh Yen Jeong's avatar Loh Yen Jeong

      This might be slightly unconventional but my favourite book will have to be 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'. Its one of those books that you feel compelled to pick up again immediately after finishing the first run, and where each fresh read brings you new perspectives and insights. I love how love can come in so many façades in the story, and that it recognise that different people might have vastly different wants and underlying motivations in love.

      Posted Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:53
    17. anne venhuis's avatar anne venhuis

      I am a big fan of The Great Gatsby, even though the story doesn't end as most love stories do.

      Posted Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:10
    18. Aase Marit K. Brandbyge's avatar Aase Marit K. Brandbyge

      My favourite love story is that of Cecilia and Robbie in Atonement by Ian McEwan.

      Posted Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:10
    19. Viviane Sampaio Almeida's avatar Viviane Sampaio Almeida

      If I had to say my favorite of all time, it'd be Pride and Prejudice. The way Darcy leaves everything behind and chases Elizabeth is just one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen. He grew out of his Pride to tell her his feelings. Elizabeth, once full of prejudice because of his money and his appearance, allowed her heart to feel something for him despite her Pride. I believe that's what love is. Not allowing anything to get in the way of your loved one. It's amazing to think that in the 18th century Jane Austen would be responsible for creating such an outstanding love story and that it would be affecting so many people till this day.

      Posted Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:17

      For its dark, atmospheric story of all-consuming love it has to be Wuthering Heights.

      Posted Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:02
    21. Skye WeiHu's avatar Skye WeiHu

      I love Pride and Prejudice and when Darcy overcomes his pride, and Elizabeth overcomes her prejudice, ending with them both relinquishing to the love they have for each other. I truly loved this book!

      Posted Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:50
    22. maria makinson's avatar maria makinson

      I have to go with The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons. I loved this book!!! Beautifully written and set at the beginning of WWII in Russia - love can conquer anything. And the sexual tension between Alexander and Tatiana is intense.

      Posted Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:56
    23. Jasmine's avatar Jasmine

      Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel!!!

      Posted Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:37
    24. LuanaLyu's avatar LuanaLyu

      I've choose Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë!

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:56
    25. Elise van der Heijden's avatar Elise van der Heijden

      My all time favourite will be Hasse Simonsdochter by Thea Beckman (it's a shame it hasn't been translated!). A strong female protagonist who saves a man and later falls in love with him (and more of cours;) Based on the actual life and death of historical figure Jan van Schaffelaar, a Dutch national hero, this sees his life through the eyes of Hasse, a sixteen year old girl who saves him from being decapitated as a criminal by publicly offering to marry him like a good Christian. This scene still send my guts into my mouth, it's so well written. - Ensues a fantastic adventure against the backdrop 15th century Netherlands, a time of political and religious (same thing in most cases as it was then) strife. Hasse dons men's armour and rides with Jan and his band of ruffians De Graafschappers, having myriad mishaps and triumphs.

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:16

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