In Dreamless, the second novel in Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed series, Helen Hamilton finds herself drawn to Orion, a funny and brave guy who helps her forget Lucas, the boy she loves despite herself … and despite the curse that’s ruled their families for centuries. Helen may be the star of a great love triangle (she’s not named after Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman of the ancient world, for nothing), but she’s got more than romance to deal with right now—like trying to survive the Underworld.
Every night as she sleeps, Helen descends into the treacherous, nightmarish landscape. Every night, she tries to defeat the Furies, the vicious beings whose thirst for revenge is threatening to destroy them all.
An action-packed thriller AND a romance: Does it get any better? Here, Josie shares six of her favorite love stories that aren’t afraid to get tough.
directed by James Cameron, written by James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, William Wisher., Jr
Not only is this movie just a cray-cray original idea that spawned an entire genre of stories about robot-on-human-violence (which was perfected, in my opinion, in The Matrix), but the love story at its center is just gut-wrenching. Kyle travels back in time for the woman of his dreams, saves her life a jillion times, spends one night with her, and then dies for her. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.
If you’ve never read a screenplay, you can get some of them off the Internet. I suggest all budding young writers do this at least once. In my experience, if you want to learn how to structure something that’s pure story, reading screenplays and then watching the movies they turn into is a great way to learn how to develop a streamlined plot in a limited amount of time.
This book is a bit obscure, but it’s so worth it. It’s one of my favorite gritty love stories. It’s the second book in the series, but you don’t really need to read the first. Here’s the set-up: Arha is a priestess in charge of this huge, underground labyrinth. One day, a sorcerer breaks into the tombs and gets lost. She watches him and then traps him. But while she watches him slowly starve, they start to speak to each other. He changes her life, and of course, they fall in love. (But the love isn’t realized until the end of the series, so don’t hold your breath.) The thing about this book is that it’s as much about self-discovery as it is about falling in love, and I think those are always the best love stories. Love should teach us about ourselves and about the world. Plus, LeGuin’s writing is just gorgeous.
directed by Ridley Scott
written by Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples (based on a novel by Philip K. Dick)
by Charlotte Brontë
by Cormac McCarthy
directed by Michael Mann
written by Michael Mann and Christopher Crowe (based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper)