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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. Sarah Malley's avatar Sarah Malley

      What an amazing competition and such a beautiful prize! I am absolutely obsessed with Penguin's Clothbound classics! I am yet to read the classic romance novels like Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Persuasion or Wuthering Heights that I have heard so much about, so I don't feel that I have read the greatest romance novel as of yet.. So the only book I have to compete with is Twilight. An intoxicating story of an almost deadly infatuation, loss and against all odds; of love that still managed to conquer all. So please, pick me! I shall put them to good use and update my list of best romance novels lol xx

      Posted Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:23
    2. AlexielMihawk's avatar AlexielMihawk

      I really love Persuasion by Jane Austen. I think it's one of the most profound and complex love stories ever, it's not just about having a second chance, it's so much more. Persuasion is all about growing up, being able to recognize your mistakes, accepting them and trying to be a better person; it's about learning, being loyal and truth not only to other but mostly to yourself. It's a story on the importance of being indipendent, of not listening do other judjments 'cause you only live once and you should take your own decision. It's Jane Austen's more mature novel and the best one, it's so well written and so captivating. I just love it! I love Anne and the Captain even more than Lizzie and Darcy (and I really love P&P).

      Posted Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:51
    3. Ana's avatar Ana

      Jane eyre is a great story but I think my favorite has to be Pride and Prejudice. I love this book, it is such an amazing classic. It's just one of those books that I could reread every year.

      Posted Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:08
    4. Tafara Tahwa's avatar Tafara Tahwa

      Jane Eyre. Awesome competition!

      Posted Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:33
    5. Odess Anareta's avatar Odess Anareta

      Well this is amazing.

      Posted Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:21
    6. shae's avatar shae

      The Fault in our Stars ... I mean it was "Okay"...

      Posted Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:46
    7. Joyce Lee Chiu Yueh's avatar Joyce Lee Chiu Yueh

      I love the story of the last unicorn because it is a love that leaves her ever changed and I love the pathos of the 'unhappy' ending.

      Posted Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:31
    8. Rachel Whelen's avatar Rachel Whelen

      Jane Eyre is my all time favourite. I love the connection between Jane and Rochester.

      Posted Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:53
    9. Francisco Pires's avatar Francisco Pires

      I love Pride and Prejudice! It's an amazing love, and this is an amazing competition, with amazing prizes. Hope I win this time... fingers crossed!

      Posted Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:42
    10. Alison Washington's avatar Alison Washington

      Wuthering Heights I have loved since a child. No matter how many times I read or watch the movie I always cry. It has everything in it and is an amazing story of love, cruelty, betrayal, passion, desire ,fear tragedy, discrimination pride, and death.

      Posted Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:19
    11. J's avatar J

      Lolita - by Nabokov, "the only convincing love story of our century". Pregnant with passion but ultimately ending in pain, Lolita is a tale of sensuous, forbidden, desperate and consuming love - undeniably the best love story of our time.

      Posted Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:56
    12. Thuraya's avatar Thuraya

      I really like the story between Sam and Charlie in Perks of Being A Wallflower. It's sweet and has edgy twists and sad parts, but it's really adorable. And both of their personalities are really relatable.

      Posted Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:56
    13. Stella Clark's avatar Stella Clark

      Thanks for all the great suggestions - my favourite has to be Pride and Prejudice, because it is the only book I have read multiple times and enjoyed more every time, but on the basis of the comments made I think I need to go back and read Persuasion again too. and Jane Eyre. and try a couple of the others as well :)

      Posted Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:35
    14. Lilla's avatar Lilla

      My own of course :) Defeated everything - through a thousand miles, through an ocean, through a coma and he is still the One. Literary love stories - I adore the passionate obsession of Heathcliff and Cathy, the powerful emotion of Rhett and Scarlett, the tender longing of Don Quijote for Dulcinea, the undying devotion to Lily by Snape, the neverfading love of Edmund for Mercedes, the pure innocence of Romeo and Juliet and so many more. Love makes it worth reading... Love makes it worth living! Because LOVE is all you need

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:51
    15. Mariana Jaytel Martinez Gomez's avatar Mariana Jaytel Martinez Gomez

      I know it's a movie but my favorite love story is 5 cm per second (Byōsoku Go SenchimÄ"toru)... At books -almost a childish option- I'll always love James/Lily/Snape story from Harry Potter but that movie... God! This film does not have a happy ending but a realistic one that perfectly fits the situation we live in today... with all the technology and our fear to feel.

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:59
    16. Natalia Y. Slipenko's avatar Natalia Y. Slipenko

      I do love classical love stories like Pride and Prejudice (though I would never call Romeo and Juliet a love story, per se) - but today, I have a somewhat unconventional choice - The Call of the Wild. It's not about romantic love or passion or things like that, but it is undeniably about love and devotion, which makes it maybe not what people typically call a "love story," but certainly a story about love.

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:14
    17. Judith's avatar Judith

      Moulin Rouge! I just love the ending-it's so tragic and beautiful and makes me cry everytime I read it!

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:33
    18. tsichiro's avatar tsichiro

      The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:44
    19. MW Gerard's avatar MW Gerard

      I know it sounds weird, but I think the Count of Monte Cristo might be my favorite. Edmund's undying love, the struggle for Mercedes, even the tangential story of Luigi Vampa. Lots of desperate, unrequited love.

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:02
    20. J R Marshall's avatar J R Marshall

      Brazil, directed by Terry Gilliam, begins with the romantic ideal set in a disturbing and anti-romantic world and moves through the search and struggle and mistrust and consummation, loss, torture and the final attainment of the romantic ideal in absentia. How else can love be pure?

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:11
    21. Ana Cristina Guerreiro's avatar Ana Cristina Guerreiro

      Inês de Castro and King Peter I of Portugal The dramatic circumstances of her relationship with Peter I, which was forbidden by his father King Alfonso IV, her murder at the orders of Alfonso, Peter's bloody revenge on her killers, and the legend of the coronation of her exhumed corpse by Peter.

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:43
    22. john manning's avatar john manning

      For me, it just stands out as a powerful and tragic love story set in the massive historic upheavals of the Russian revolution

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:37
    23. Margaret Taylor's avatar Margaret Taylor

      A Knight in Shining Armour by Jude Deveraux, Nicholas Stafford the Knight, and thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery cross the boundaries of time as Jude Deveraux weaves a powerful love story of a knight who hears a woman's tears of distress. I have read it a number of times. It is a story for anyone who believes in a power of love that can span centuries to capture two souls in need of each other. It is a 'once upon a time sort of story' but we read love stories to escape reality, don't we?

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:21
    24. Emma Amourette's avatar Emma Amourette

      Persuasion by Jane Austen is my all-time favourite love story. It is a tale about hope, overcoming your own weaknesses, and putting aside the past. It is such a simple plot, but ooh the character development!

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:19
    25. Emily Evans's avatar Emily Evans

      Pride and Prejudice is my favourite but I love all of the classics!

      Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:06

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