fannish5: List your 5 favorite unrequited love stories.
My favourite unrequited love stories tend to end up requited, because my heart can't take it otherwise. I hate
love triangles with a passion. Still, let's see:1. Dean ----> Emily, Emily of New Moon.
So Dean is highly disturbing in just about every respect to a modern reader: he was best friends with her father, he first encounters Emily when she's prepubescent and expresses interest in her straight away, he's controlling and goes out of his way to destroy her career ambitions because he wants all of her attention for himself. Daddy-Long-Legs
has nothing on Dean. But I do like Dean, and he has the advantage over Teddy in that he manages a strong presence in all three books. This seems to be a theme in L. M. Montgomery's books: the romantic interest is absent for a while - Montreal for choice - which gives the heroine time to realise she loves him. I think the only series where this works really well is Anne
, because Gilbert is only out of Anne's sphere for half of Anne of the Island
and gets mentioned in every chapter anyway.
Dean is so sad
when Emily breaks the engagement. I think that's it.2. Sebastian ----> Charles, Brideshead Revisited.
This is the part of the novel which interests me most - I can't stand
Julia and I don't know why. I don't think I'm alone on the former, since I can remember reading critics who say the novel goes downhill after Sebastian and Charles separate (in all fairness, I suspect that I'm thinking of Christopher Hitchens, who would
say that). Sebastian excites all my maternal instincts, that's what.3. Basil ----> Dorian, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Basil is another character who makes me feel protective. I over-empathise with him, because being in unrequited love is bad enough, but being in unrequited love with someone who won't hesitate to use you and throw you away when they're done is ten times worse. 4. Martha ----> Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who.
I'm kind of batshit about this one. I wouldn't necessarily count it as my favourite unrequited love story; I have too many issues with it (some of them to do with race and Rose, some of them with the writing). But I ship it. I ship it platonically, too. (Technically, I do that with all of these, but I'm not above quarrelling about this one.)5. Brienne ----> Jaime, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Brienne! Who's so loyal and kind and stalwart, and Jaime, who's...well, he's loyal. Up to a point. (That point would be when his idol sleeps with Lancel, Ser Osmund and Moon Boy, too, for all he knows.) And Jaime's learning to be kind, sometimes, when he feels like it.
My Book-a-Day project has already fallen behind, so I'm reading two today to make up for it. First, ( The Romanovs by Oliver Thomson )
I also read ( The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling )
Today, I watched ( Dickens's Secret Lover )