It’s Tuesday and time for another The Broke and the Bookish TTT!
February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) instalove romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).
Since I don’t celebrate Valentine’s in any way, I figured I could at least do a list! I’ve opted for “favorite love stories”, crossing all genres and media (but it ended up being mainly movies).
- First and best: Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett. And even though the newest movie version (2005) was OK, it wasn’t even close to beating the good old BBC TV adaptation from 1995.
- Juno. Ellen Page and Michael Cera are just super cute awkward teenagers + Allison Janney & JK Simmons as Juno’s parents <3.
- It has a love story but is mainly a story about female friendship. And they sing a cappella. Pitch Perfect.
- (500) Days of Summer. Any movie where Joseph Gordon-Levitt dances is a good movie. Plus it has Zooey Deschanel in it!
- It’s been mentioned here before, but there’s no helping that; Austenland. Keri Russell is impossible not to like and JJ Feild does the best Darcy character since Colin Firth. (Storyline? I don’t know what you’re talking about.)
- Nia Vardalos is amazing, and her depiction of a Greek family kills in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
- Yeeeahh, how about Music & Lyrics? Surprisingly, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore make a totally believable couple. Plus it includes this gem:
- Sophie Kinsella’s “Can You Keep a Secret“. I haven’t re-read it, but really liked it the one time I read it.
- If I had a guilty pleasure romantic movie I guess it’d be The Holiday. I just can’t help it, and Kate Winslet and Jack Black are so adorable I don’t mind Jude Law/Cameron Diaz.
- Ok, so this is not a traditional love story, and it contains Ryan Gosling. BUT HEAR ME OUT. This is a sad/cute/happy/depressing movie that I guess you’ll either love or hate. Lars and the Real Girl. If you don’t mind a bit of weirdness.