When Wisty meets Heath, she is left utterly speechless. Heath is confident and gorgeous. There’s only one small problem: He’s a former member of the New Order Youth, a group that supported the evil dictator who Wisty and her brother Whit just destroyed. Whit doesn’t believe Heath’s story of reformation, and definitely does not approve of Wisty and Heath’s budding romance.
Wisty and Heath aren’t the first couple to be forced to hide their love. Inspired by The Kiss, the newest book in the James Patterson’s #1 bestselling Witch & Wizard series, we’re counting down our favorite forbidden romances. Check out our top 10 picks below, and be sure to vote for your favorite couple!
Lena and Alex from Delirium
So, technically, all romance is forbidden in the world of Delirium, but that doesn’t make Lena and Alex’s secret love any less thrilling. They spend the summer lounging around abandoned houses, but when it comes time for Lena to be cured (more like lobotomized), they risk everything and make a run for the Wilds. We won’t ruin the ending, but . . . wow.
Romeo and Juliet from
Romeo and Juliet
Classic. This list wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate star-cross’d lovers. Yes, Juliet is fourteen. And yes, Romeo falls in love faster than we can find our phone when it’s on silent. But their love is Capital-F-Forbidden, and they—spoiler alert—LITERALLY DIE because they can’t be together. Or because they didn’t have email. Jury’s still out on that one.
Katniss and Peeta from
The Hunger Games
To be clear: Katniss and Peeta are supposed to kill each other. Their love is forbidden by the government, but accepted because it makes good TV. Sure, Katniss might not be in love when she saves both of their lives, but she does fall for Peeta eventually. Even though by the time she does, he’s been poisoned and is determined to kill her.
Jack and Rose from Titanic
He was a gutter-rat; she had a blue diamond bigger than her face. What more can we say? Jack and Rose are from different worlds, so their love might not have lasted even if the ship didn’t sink (that door could have fit two people). But near, far, where ever we are, we’ll always remember their brief love affair.
Jace and Clary from
The Mortal Instruments
At first, Jace and Clary can’t even be friends because Jace is a Shadowhunter (a demon killer) and Clary is a mundane (not a demon killer). But then Clary discovers that she’s also a Shadowhunter—and Jace’s sister. After that bombshell, they both spend a lot of time thinking about each other, kissing other people, and almost (or in Jace’s case actually) dying. Nothing is more forbidden than dating your sibling.
Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights
Catherine and Heathcliff spend the pretty much entirety of Wuthering Heights talking about how much they love each other, but they both marry different people. And have kids with other people. Then Heathcliff tries to make sure Catherine’s daughter falls in love with his son, but even the second generation is doomed. At least Catherine and Heathcliff get to be buried next to each other?
Sybil and Branson from
In Downton Abbey, the upstairs and downstairs don’t mix—but the romance between Sybil and Branson crosses the barrier between the house and the garage. Sybil’s blossoming feminist ideals lead her straight into the arms of Irish-revolutionary-turner-chauffer, Branson. They’re a couple without a home, begrudgingly tolerated by the Crawley family, but they’re so in love, it doesn’t matter.
The Doctor and Rose from
There is no couple that is shipped harder than The Doctor and Rose Tyler. He’s a 900-year-old Time Lord and she’s, well, human. They fall in love and it’s beautiful and we’re all so happy. But then, they end up in different universes and can never be together. The Doctor does burn up a sun to say good-bye, though. And Rose ends up with a sort-of-clone-thing of The Doctor.
Meghan and Ash from
The Iron Fey
Summer and Winter faeries aren’t supposed to date; their lives are just too different. But Ash (a winter faerie) and Meghan (part human, part summer faerie) can’t deny their chemistry. Things get complicated when Ash betrays Meghan, leaving her a prisoner of the Winter faerie queen. And then there’s a little love-triangle action going on between Meghan and her best friend, Puck. Like we said, it’s complicated.
Stefan and Elena from
The Vampire Diaries
The vampire-human love connection may be a little overdone *coughTwilightcough* but we’re rooting for Stefan and Elena. Fondly known as “Stelena,” their romance is constantly tested, and it doesn’t help that Stefan’s (super attractive) brother is also in love with Elena. Sure, Elena’s a vampire now, but she’s also maybe in love with Damon. Talk about taboo.