Top 10 Literary Romances

Claire Danes is surprised as Leonardo DiCaprio takes her hand to kiss in scene from the film 'Romeo + Juliet', 1996. (Photo b
Claire Danes is surprised as Leonardo DiCaprio takes her hand to kiss in scene from the film 'Romeo + Juliet', 1996. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

Literature is renowned for having created some of the greatest and most enviable romances of all time. Love the smush? I do.

With a few helpful contributions from Bookishly's friends on Facebook, I've successfully compiled a list of literature's top 10 romances.

In no particular order...

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1. Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague -- Romeo and Juliet

We couldn't leave them out! Despite an arguably flawed relationship, these two will always be the faces of young and unequivocal love.

2. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy -- Pride and Prejudice

Do we need to add anything more? A romance where both characters needed one another to be the best versions of themselves.

3. Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester -- Jane Eyre

Despite undergoing a number of trials and tribulations, their loyalty to one another prevails. We get to see their love on a number of different levels, not just that initial spark and attraction.

4. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley -- Harry Potter series

The most charming of relationships. From two children who often butted heads, a fiercely loyal friendship as two teenagers, to a blossoming romance in early adulthood.

5. Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe -- Anne of Green Gables

We were able to follow the somewhat complicated relationship of Gilbert and Anne from their very first meeting as children, who were intellectual rivals, to a happily married couple. A whole will they/won't they follows much of their story but Gilbert's persistence and patience pays off!

6.Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler -- Gone With the Wind

A romance that was as exciting and interesting as it was unpredictable and turbulent. Their characteristics that made them so compatible were also the reasons why their marriage broke down. Though they both truly and sincerely loved one another but they realised this at the wrong time.

7. Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley -- Emma

A friendship that eventually evolves in to a relationship and then marriage. Their romance is a breath of fresh air; full of compassion and very selfless. Mr Knightley in particular, is a genuine and kind man who only wants what's best for Emma - even if that means sacrificing his own happiness, wants and needs.

8. Hazel and Augustus -- The Fault in Our Stars

A short romance but a wonderful one. Though very sad it's a love story that teaches us to make the most out of everything, even those small (seemingly insignificant) moments.

9. Ifemulu and Obinze -- Americanah

A wonderful romance where despite life forcing them on different paths, they find their way back to one another at a time when it matters most.

10. Claire and Henry De Tamble -- The Time Traveller's Wife

An unconventional and difficult romance but an honest one. Though their love story is sad and unfair, it's also at times, incredibly happy with both Claire and Henry not taking the times they have together for granted.

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There we have it. Literature's top ten romances (in my opinion), though I could have easily made it top 20... What do you guys think? Who would you include?