The most famous love stories in history


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10 Romance Novels that Were Really Hard to Write
Thursday, 20 June 2019

 You thought that writing academic papers was hard? Try writing romance books!

Wait; isn’t romance writing supposed to be easy? You just think of few characters, make them fall in love and give them some trouble before they end up together. Sure, that’s easy when you say it like that. But when you’re trying to write an outstanding romance novel, it’s a bit more complicated than that.


 Writing a novel is not “hard” per se. The writer has the story deep within. But along the way to developing a novel, something dreadful occurs: the writer’s block

In his journal, Franz Kafka wrote this: 

JANUARY 20, 1915: The end of writing. When will it take me up again?

JANUARY 29, 1915: Again tried to write, virtually useless.

If Franz Kafka struggled, then all writers struggle. Period.
But let’s focus on romance stories. Which ones were truly hard to write?

10 Romance Novels that Were Hard to Write

1. Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque

Ravic is one of the most complex characters in literature. This is someone who gave up on the possibility to love, but not in the romantic way we usually see in romance novels. No… he really gave up. When he meets Joan Madou, they develop a deep friendship, but both of them are too damaged to make it work.
Why was the book hard to write? Remarque was a German writer living in exile. While he was working on this novel, his sister Elfriede Sholz was beheaded by the German authorities in 1943.  

2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

This novel was an instant hit as soon as it was published. But that doesn’t mean that Daphne du Maurier had an easy time writing it. She was in a complicated marriage and she was very distant to her children when she wrote. 

3. Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

This isn’t your usual romance novel in which boy meets girl and they end up together after some struggle. Oh; no. It’s one of the most inventive pieces of literature ever written.
The novel is based on a stream of consciousness, so the author takes you back and forth in the story, with numerous other elements in between.

University professors love assigning this book as a project to students. It’s so complex that they often ask for research proposal writing help, so they can complete the report on time. Yes; analyzing a novel like this one takes research in addition to reading. 

4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Marquez managed to show love as a physical and emotional disease through this novel. It’s a story about youth, passion, commitment, and death. It’s a heavy, burdening story that leaves you with a bitter taste in your mouth. It’s no wonder why Marquez took decades to write it.

5. The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato

Try writing an existentialist romance novel. Can you imagine writing a story that makes you believe in love and then crashes your dreams in a burst of darkness? 

No? Well, Sabato did it!

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Pride and Prejudice is often labeled as the perfect romance story, which is relevant even today. But can you imagine Jane Austin pushing herself to write even though she was heavily criticized and never achieved great success while she was alive?

7. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

It’s a large, complex book. Golden had to dig deep into the Japanese culture and history to make the story believable. Mineko Iwasaki, a retired geisha that he interviewed for the purposes of writing the novel, sued him for defamation of character and breach of contract after the publication. 

8. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Greenwood started writing the book in 2009, but published it in 2016. It’s a haunting, controversial story that people hate to love. It’s not easy to present the relationship between a young girl and an older drug addict as a romantic love story.

9. We Are Water by Wally Lamb

This sounds like a more usual love story. After 27 years spent in a dysfunctional marriage, Annie falls in life with a rich art dealer. But the art dealer is a woman, and that complicates things. Wally Lamb managed to portray complex homosexual relationships in the most beautiful way. 

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

When Louisa May Alcott suggested her manuscript to a publisher, she got this response: “Stick to teaching, Miss Alcott. You can’t write.” 

Yeah; right! 150 years after the publication of the novel, it’s still considered a favorite. The publisher who rejected her was James T. Fields? Ever heard of him?

You Just Got a Reading List

Does true love exist? That’s the question that all these authors tried to answer. Some of them were pretty pessimistic, but others presented love as something that’s highly possible to occur for the most average people of all.

If you were looking for something romantic but you weren’t after a light read, you just got your reading list. All above-listed novels are masterpieces. Some of them were incredibly difficult to write. 

Read the descriptions of the books and choose the first one you’ll read. It’s difficult for you to choose a single one? Make a random pick and start! I promise it will be great.
Once you’re done with your first outstanding romance book, you’ll be looking for more. 


Alvin Franklin is an avid reader and blogger. He loves the classic, but that doesn’t prevent him from exploring contemporary publications. Alvin works as an academic writer - that’s the perfect job for someone who wants to spend entire days at home.
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