9 February 2016 2 Comments
I’m not a big fan of commercialised holidays designed to make people spend money on overblown romantic gestures. Also not a fan of anything that makes people feel depressed and worthless for not being in some kind of romantic relationship
That being said, Valentine’s day themed top ten Tuesday!
In anticipation of an abundance of overly romantic YA and erotica from most TTTs this week, i’ve decided to showcase 10 different types of relationships with my own list. I thought it might be a difficult task, but happily I had more than enough books to choose from.
I guess I should warn for spoilers for at least half of the books below… Read at your own risk!
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell: Entrapment
The relationship in this book starts as forbidden, but bringing happiness, and leads to free thought and rebellion, but ultimately ends in betrayal.
The Sacred Art of Stealing by Christopher Brookmyre: Opposites Attract
One is a thief stealing priceless works of art. The other is one of the police officers out to catch him. This book allows them to explore their attraction to one another, and make it real, without either compromising their conflicting goals.
My Beautiful Launderette by Hanif Kureishi: Gay and Interracial
Technically a film, but I did read the screenplay in 2012, so it absolutely counts. This story explores with brutal, beautiful honesty the love story between a young Pakistani man and a male right-wing extremist in the late 1970s.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Rivals
Two young magicians hopelessly in love, while embroiled in a rivalry by the experts who train them. All as their mysterious and enchanting Circus of Dreams travels the world.
What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson: Soulmates
Although a book about soulmates, and the idea that two people will find each other time and again, in endless lifetimes, this book isn’t sweet and romantic. This books is about death, despair and how love and loss can tear a person apart.
The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham: Equals
I will never not talk about how much I love Mike and Phyllis Watson. They are my favourite. True partners, equals and an all around amazing couple. They have mutual respect, friendship and love. They are hashtag relationship goals.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach: Student/Teacher
This book has a lot of characters and a lot of subplots. One of my favourite characters was the teacher involved in a relationship with one of his students. I liked it because although you’d think the power balance would be skewed in the teacher’s favour, it really, really isn’t. He’s in love and in his first gay relationship, and experiencing that, along with other life changing choices he makes, was fascinating.
Rough Music by Patick Gale: Affair
This book has two time lines, centred around one family, one beach house and two love affairs. On the face of it, these are nothing I would look for in a book. But the characters, motivations and relationships (not just the romantic ones) are so well crafted and explored.
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence: Arranged Marriage
A young king, arranging himself a marriage to an even younger girl, to align their families and increase his army. I frowned though the entire first chapter, until the girl spoke up and revealed herself his equal. She brings a lot to Jorg’s table, and i’m looking forward to seeing where their relationship goes in the next book.
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: No Relationship
A feminist novel that demonstrates how women don’t require men or romantic relationships to be fulfilled. Herland is a utopia where women thrive without men. So screw you, Saint Valentine.