The question this week is the following: What are your favorite love stories and/or couples? This question is asked right now because of the soon to come Valentine’s Day.

Well, this is something I have not thought of before.

The descriptions of first love are the most famous. These are also the ones coming up to mind, when thinking about this. The classical couples of first time lovers. Romeo and Juliet, who are so in love they go into death of fear for loosing one another. I have read the play as well as I have seen adaptions of the love story in various formats.

The book about Tristan and Isolde we read back in school. That is another famous love story of old age.

Those are couples that stay in mind, when thinking about favourite love stories. A much more modern love story I read last year, Eleanor and Park. I loved that one as well.

Love stories are overrated in the way that you often think that this is enough for a story, and only this can drive the story forward. That is not at all true. There has to be a conflict in order to make the love story at all interesting to read about or watch (if it is a film or a tv series). That is why Romeo and Juliet are so popular and their story so easy to remake: it is a classical saga about love – but it is also very dramatic, and it do have the best conflict: the lover’s parents cannot agree and so the love couple has to meet in secret and their love is failed to doom.

We are never so happy as to when we have the opportunity to read about other people’s misery.