Where are the great love stories of today? from ABC Unleashed 2/2/09

Katherine Scholes posed this question in an editorial at Unleashed at ABC.net.au

She asks

Ask your friends to name a great love story – a book or a film – and they’ll probably come up with one set in the past. Something like Pride and Prejudice, Dr Zhivago, Gone With the Wind, Titanic – or my favourite, The African Queen. If they do choose a contemporary story it’s likely to be one that takes place in another culture, like Slumdog Millionaire. The fact is, it’s very difficult to conceive a great modern love story located in our own world. There’s no problem with writing stories about people falling in love – after all, it happens in real life to most of us, often more than once. But the truly great love story is not the stuff of everyday life. It has to have serious tension, high-stakes conflict and genuine uncertainty about how things will turn out.

In the interests of scholarship I repost someone else’s post.

In answer to question in the title this was posted –

VoR :

03 Feb 2009 9:58:07am

Then there’s Charles and Camilla. It was Destiny. Her ancestor was his ancestor’s mistress. But she married someone else when he was away too long on naval duties. He married a virgin with a long pedigree and good breeding characteristics. Who was too young and naive to realise the deal she was expected to accept, and suffered in the loveless marriage, particularly when Charles and Camilla reconnected. Popular in life, his wife became iconic in death. The whole world was against his liason with Camilla.

(Would this be better as opera, mini-series or You-tube parody?)

I was thinking more on the lines of Buffy and Angel or Buffy and Spike or Angel and Cordelia.
However somebody said it better.

Helena Celeste :

02 Feb 2009 11:04:54pm

No great love stories? Buffy and Angel! or Buffy and Spike. She had a thing for the undead. As do quite a few modern romance heroines, from Twilight (with its subjugated female desire) to True Blood, vampire romances are the new love stories. There is an entire genre with hilarious paperback covers, all featuring vampire heroes with rippling muscles, who seem to be defying traditional lore by getting a suntan.

If you are throwing in modern day romances then please add Brian and Justins romance from “Queer as Folk”.

( I quite liked this Unleashed, it asks a very accessible question.)


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