1. BEST: Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This: “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
2. WORST: Humbert Humbert and Dolores Haze
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Hebephilia is NOT love!
3. WORST: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Madly in love? Or love that is mad?
4. WORST: Sophie and Otto Bentwood
Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
Is there anything more desperate than a loveless marriage?
5. WORST: Jodi and Todd
The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores.
6. BEST: Odysseus and Penelope
The Odyssey by Homer
You can go home again…
7. WORST: Anna Karenina & Count Vronsky
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
8. WORST: Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The prime example of teens overreacting to their angst-y woes.
9. BEST: Jane Eyre and Rochester
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Secrets are thrilling, especially when they bring lovers closer together.
10. WORST: Bella Swan and Edward Cullen
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
This takes “staying in a relationship for all the wrong reasons” to a new level. He just said he wants to murder you. Take his word for it.
11. WORST: Rachel Samstat and Mark Feldman
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Sometimes we take love like a pie in the face!
12. WORST: Oedipus and Jocasta
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
I want my mommy!
15. BEST: Louisa Clark and Will Traynor
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
As inspiring as it is heartbreaking, this is the captivating tale of two people whose improbable romance sets them both free.
16. WORST: Charles and Emma
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Don’t say they didn’t warn you.
17. BEST: Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Sometimes bad first impressions create the best couples.
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