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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. Sigi Berben's avatar Sigi Berben

      The Little Mermaid

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:26
    2. Faith's avatar Faith


      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:55
    3. Savannah Alosery's avatar Savannah Alosery

      For me the best love story I've ever read was the book Kamer 411*, written by Simona Vinci. The book needs to be wherever I go, as for some reason it feels like it is actually me that is written in the story. The ideas about love, hate and passion are magnificent to read. The main person is the one who experiences it all, but on the other hand the story is written like she looks at if from a distance. *You may call it Stanza 411 in Italian or Room 411 in English.

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:15
    4. Lauren Deane's avatar Lauren Deane

      Avry and Kerrick in the healer series by Maria V. Snyder. They prove that with a lot of hard work and faith in each other, you can overcome almost any obstacle and end up loving each other more as a result. It's romanticized sure but it reflects my own relationship so well

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:25
    5. Jade Hewton's avatar Jade Hewton

      Disney's Pocahontas (movie). Makes me cry every time. :,)

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:32
    6. Ashtyn Taylor's avatar Ashtyn Taylor

      I love the relationship between Shane Schofield and Libby Gant in the Scarecrow series. They always had each others back but were able to put their job before their relationship. I'm still not okay with the circumstances that ended their relationship :_(

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:45
    7. Maria Demartino's avatar Maria Demartino

      The love story between Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid in Bridges of Madison County. I balled my eyes out on the train as I read the last few pages of the story. So poignant.

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:27
    8. Nathalie Chu's avatar Nathalie Chu

      Gavin and Ninian in The World, the Flesh and the Devil. Their love survived against tremendous odds, among which the most powerful: religion. Gavin is a catholic priest and he is forbidden to love. Sorry about the earlier post, I missed the title.

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:54
    9. Nathalie Chu's avatar Nathalie Chu

      Their love has survived against tremendous odds, among which the most powerful: religion. Gavin is a priest and he is forbidden to love.

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:40
    10. Sarah Rodgers's avatar Sarah Rodgers

      I love the unrequited love The Little Prince has for his elusive rose

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:04
    11. Hannah Lau's avatar Hannah Lau

      The love of Rewind and Chromedome from IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye comic. The love of Kate and Marak from The Hollow Kingdom. The love of September and Saturday from the Fairyland series. The love of King Shahryar and Scheherazade from Arabian Nights. The love of Marie and Pierre Curie. And, eventually, my own love with my intended.

      Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 03:28
    12. Flora Angelica's avatar Flora Angelica

      My favourite love story is the intense and dual one between Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw in "Wuthering Heights". Heathcliff is the perfect example of a faithful and passionate lover, a true Byronic hero whose feelings are strong enough to the point of becoming an obsession; his love for Cathy is both his strength and weakness, his best quality and his worst fault.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:18
    13. Karen Dow's avatar Karen Dow

      My favourite love story is that between Nick Dismas and Constance Bell in Others by James Herbert. Theirs was a very unconventional love and although Constance dies soon after they meet, Nick is certain they will be together for eternity when he dies.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:37
    14. Brenda Galván's avatar Brenda Galván

      Gone With the Wind is one of my most favorite love stories of all time. While the book is not just about Scarlett and Rhett's love story, I believe it's very real and raw. I think something like that is possible and, while I would have loved to have them end up together in the end, I know they can't and I understood that. I don't think that them being together at the end would have made that much sense, because of how much Rhett had to suffer with Scarlett and the way he is. And because Rhett. Just...Rhett.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:59
    15. Aleksandar Milic's avatar Aleksandar Milic

      For me it's Apuleius' The Tale of Cupid and Psyche.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:58
    16. mariela's avatar mariela

      Timeless "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. A love story so true that even 200 years later it continues to teach women it is possible to be smart and romantic at the same time.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:23
    17. Peter Williams's avatar Peter Williams

      I chose ' The Life And Death Of Miguel Cervantes ' by Stephen Marlowe . It's a tale of unrequited love but is more than that , it interweaves the life of Cervantes , Spies and Love . It's brilliant .

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:29
    18. Mariana Pires's avatar Mariana Pires

      As much as I love Jane Eyre and thunderous Mr. Rochester, I had to go with Death at Intervals by Saramago, the tale of Death and a cello player who just wouldn't die. It's a wonderful, original, insightful book, as is the unconventional love tale between them.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:22
    19. Mr G Bate's avatar Mr G Bate

      Well as a slightly different take on love story, have to say Clive Barkers The Forbidden, one of the stories from the books of blood. which became the film Candyman. The Candymans seduction of Helen is beautiful and tragic in the book.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:17
    20. Gladys's avatar Gladys

      No doubt at all, Pride and prejudice. All girls have to read it! ALL!

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:48
    21. Madi's avatar Madi

      I have chosen the new, yet moving love story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Although quite a mainstream, stereotyped teenage story, The Fault in Our Stars possessed a captivating and moving tale of two cancer patients. And, as John Green stated throughout the tale, this is not a cancer story. It is not one based around the devastating disease, instead it is purely a lifestyle. It is real, and honest, and how love should be. It isn't dreamy, or perfect. It's awkward and pure, and is the exact type of down-to-earth love affair that leaves you speechless.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:34
    22. Greg Miller's avatar Greg Miller

      I've gone with De Profundis, Oscar Wilde's prison letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, the story of love gone wrong and one partner's attempt to find reconciliation and even grant some forgiveness in the face of the other's self-centred indifference.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:55
    23. Naddy Bh.'s avatar Naddy Bh.

      Oscar Wilde has captured the reality of true love in his short story 'The Nightingale and The Rose', where the nightingale was deeply sincere to give his pure love in order to help this man succeed in winning his love. Despite how the man behaved, the effort that the nightingale gave in (its life) to save the love that it believe in, made me realized that love is pure and kind. the love shown by the nightingale explains the pure love for others that is poorly appreciated and seen, nowadays. first time i cried reading over a short story. leaving me in awe and silent for few days. heart broken.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:49
    24. Maitha's avatar Maitha

      pride and prejudice by jane Austen

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 05:37
    25. Chantelle Bayes's avatar Chantelle Bayes

      Like Water for Chocolate! It's full of passion and food and family and about dealing with life even when it's disappointing.

      Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 04:44

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