It’s Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re lucky in love or jaded and cynical, there are plenty of romantic novels out there to fit your mood. I asked some esteemed EW writers and editors for their favorite love stories, and as expected, we got some earnest responses and a couple of oddballs.
To start out, two of my favorites would be Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (passionate and seriously screwed up — just as romance should be, right?) and Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman (an erudite story made accessible by a raw portrait of young love).
Here are a few picks from EW’s books editor Tina Jordan:
Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak: Is this tale of a physician and poet and the woman he loves (who’s not his wife, btw) made romantic by the sweep of the Russian Revolution and Pasternak’s glorious writing? Or because the face of young Omar Sharif is imprinted upon Yuri’s?
Persuasion by Jane Austen: I’m sure there will be lots of votes for Pride and Prejudice, but I’d like to put in a word for my favorite Austen novel, which could be the textbook example of a moving love story (intelligent, long-ignored, slightly long-in-the-tooth middle daughter finds love despite her obnoxious father and annoying sisters).
NEXT: Kristen Baldwin on a Dickensian romance…