Top Ten Tuesday 2/13/18: Complicated Love


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

10 of My Favorite Complicated Love Stories

I’m a sucker for romance, it is one of my favorite genres. I gobble it up in literature and in film. But I am really a sucker for unhappy endings and complicated love that just burns the house down so to speak. I love it when the couples have to work hard for it, it feels like they earned their love and it feels more true to life.

Today I am listing 10 of my favorite complicated love stories. The kind of love that is meant to be but the timing isn’t right or there are miscommunications and other things involved that keep the lovers apart. Some of these finally have happy endings but most don’t. There are also a few movies thrown in here for good measure. All are based on novels except for the one film.

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1. Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the most complicated love stories I have ever read. These people have to wait decades to finally reunite.

2. The Great Gatsby
Why Gatsby? Why are you so besotted with Daisy? She doesn’t deserve it. Everything he does is to win Daisy back into his life.


3. Gone with the Wind is a favorite classic, both the film and the novel. In think Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most unlikable heroines in any book I’ve read. She is her own worst enemy and this comes full circle in the end. P.S. I love Rhett. I purchased the hardcover vintage copy above one day at a library book sale for like .50 cents. I wasn’t even looking for it, that’s what I call good book karma 🙂

4. Atonement the movie.

I have the novel sitting on Mt. TBR but this movie. Oh my God. It messed me up for a few days after I first watched it. Sigh. Whyyyyyyyy!


5. Wuthering Heights is another one of my favorite classics. There is just something about it, the stormy Moors, the way Heathcliff and Catherine’s love pretty much destroys everything around them and the intensity and sadness of it all. The Goodreads blurb reads: “Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.”

6. Message in a Bottle
A woman finds a beautiful love letter inside a bottle at sea and it leads her to the love of her life who happens to still be in love with his dead wife. C’mon Nicolas Sparks! I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Why do you love breaking our hearts? This entire list could be composed of Nicholas Sparks books by the way. I have yet to read a Sparks book that did not make me cry.

7. Dear John
*see #6

8. The Fault in Our Stars
Cue the waterworks!

9. An Affair To Remember the movie. (this is the only one here not based on a novel)

Click here for TCM’s snippets if you like. If you enjoy Cary Grant and just good acting in general, I recommend watching An Affair To Remember. It is my favorite Cary Grant movie. The main characters are engaged to other people when they meet on a cruise ship and fall in love. They promise to meet each other in six months at the top of the Empire State Building in NYC if they have broken it off with their significant others by then and want to be together. *sigh* How could you ever NOT run to meet Cary Grant at the top of the Empire State Building?

10. The Harry Potter series . I’m serious. While this isn’t a romance series, there is love in the storyline. In particular the way Snape loves Lily until his dying breath. That aspect of his character got me. All the while you think he is this mean, possibly evil man, he had this undying love in his heart for Lily all along. “Always.”

That wraps up my list of a few of my favorite complicated love stories. Which ones make your list?
Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂


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24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday 2/13/18: Complicated Love

  1. I need to see An Affair To Remember! I’ve never seen it for whatever reason. Love in the Time of cholera and Gone With the Wind (classic!!) look great too.

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  2. Thank you for this excellent list, Naida! I have read/seen some of these. Your crocheted hearts are FABULOUS! I’d like to read Love in the Time of Cholera, and see Atonement. 🙂

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  3. I love the prompt you choose to do! Snape is such a complicated character omg I feel so bad for him and ahh! But omg Gatsby and Wuthering Heights are both so complicated because everyone in those books is just HORRIBLE and I HATE THEM but I LOOOOOOOVE the books in spite of them ahh all the feeliesss

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  4. Hi Naida,

    I have to admit that I am probably not much of an authority on this subject, as I very rarely read classic romantic stories and only get to watch any even slightly soppy film when I am on my own, as hubbie just can’t stand them.

    I suppose I remember a few of the old Black & White romances as some of the most complicated, although funnily enough I never cared for ‘Gone With The Wind’

    ‘An Affair To Remember’, ‘Casablanca’, ‘The Philadelphia Story’, and ‘Briging Up Baby’.

    It is surprising just how many times Cary Grant’s name comes up to – do you think he might have been ever so slightly typecast?

    I hope that your Valentine’s Day was good 🙂


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    • Hi Yvonne, I am a hopeless romantic lol. I don’t think he was typecast, he did do alot of Hitchock films, drama mystery ones too. He was easy on the eyes and such a good actor. I hope you have a good weekend!


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