SparkNotes of Love: Relationship Tips from Iconic Love Stories
All through February, people all over the world will celebrate love and relationships with their significant others. Whether it be canoodling over a candlelit dinner or cuddling up at home watching movies, nothing says “I love you” more than spending some quality time with your one true “bae.”
However, Valentine’s Day can be difficult if you’re flying solo as a party of one. Well, thanks to these four critically acclaimed literary figures, you’ll never miss your chance to make a real connection with the girl/guy of your dreams again.
Let’s start with best-selling romance author and love expert number one, Nicholas Sparks. In 2008, Sparks followed up his previous show stoppers, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Dear John, with a 15th romance called The Lucky One. Like all of Nicholas Sparks’ novels, The Lucky One set the bar high for lovers seeking their other half, or as the main character, Logan, put it, the key to their destiny.
If you feel a spark with someone’s picture during your nightly Facebook stalk of friends and their friends, consider taking matters into your own hands. Don’t rely on a mutual acquaintance to introduce the two of you–simply follow the example of character Logan Thibault and move right next door to the object of your affections. Build a relationship by offering to help with daily activities, whether it be bringing in groceries, washing the car, or bonding with their adolescent child.
Though some may find it a little forward and maybe unnerving to find you everywhere they go, if you look anything like the characters in the movie (Zac Efron or Taylor Schilling), they’ll totally overlook these coincidences and hopefully invite you to dinner more often. Bonus points if they introduce you to their mother.
The second author, Scott Fitzgerald, introduces Jay Gatsby to the world in his most famous novel, The Great Gatsby (1925). Some readers romanticize Gatsby’s charming obsession with the exquisitely beautiful Daisy Buchanan so much that they desire to find someone as passionate about them as Jay Gatsby was for Daisy. Gatsby was so in love with Daisy that the mere thought of other men loving her “increased her value in his eyes.” Hubba Hubba.
Having trouble capturing the attention of your crush? Pull a Gatsby and invite them to your many lavish parties but keep your mysterious allure going and don’t attend. Just watch secretly and relish in the satisfaction that they even showed up. Have a friend invite your love over and surprise them by showing up, too. Make sure they know you’re in it for the long haul. You should be so devoted to them that you’d even take the blame if they ever murdered someone. The things we do for love knows no bounds.
The following author and love aficionado Stephanie Meyer revolutionized the perilous but worthwhile journey to find the “one” and to eventually fall unconditionally and irrevocably in love in her famous Twilight Series.
When first encountering your love, throw them off your scent by ignoring them completely. Not only does this tactic strongly confuse them, it intrigues and motivates them to find out everything about you. Then, occasionally drive by their house to watch them while they’re sleeping—just to check on them for security purposes. If accidentally caught, fess up and tell them you don’t have the strength to stay away from them anymore. If you played your cards right, they’ll reply, “then don’t.”
Keep in mind that almost everyone comes with baggage and it takes a lot of bravery and trust to lay it out. Show them you love them by taking them to a secluded spot where you can be alone and drill them with questions and accusations until they finally tell you what they’re hiding. Soften the tension by accepting them for who they truly are and then maybe they’ll let you in–perhaps they’ll even invite you to play baseball with their family.
The last and final romantic tip kicks it back, old school, to famous romance icon Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. For centuries, women have fantasized about meeting their stubborn yet charming, “Mr. Darcy” and living happily ever after with 5,000£ a year. Some men idolize a woman like Elizabeth, strong willed and capable of taking care of herself, yet still needing a partner in crime.
Following the footsteps of Mr. Darcy, when your love comes along, do everything you can to make them feel inferior to you. If possible, separate their sibling from their true love and claim it was “in their best interests.”
Just when you think they couldn’t hate you enough, throw a jab or two about their family at the same time you confess your most ardent love. When all seems lost, suddenly swoop in to correct the messes you’ve made. Wear a good top hat, show them how much you’ve changed because of them, and admit you love them, flaws and all. You’ll not only get the person of your dreams, but you’ll also have an interesting story to tell the grandkids.
Although Valentine’s Day is almost over, there’s still an entire year to put these lessons into practice and experimentation. Since these devices seemed to work fabulously for our four famous literary couples, they should certainly work for us now. However, no matter what happens, no matter what method you choose, remember that good things always come to those who wait. Almost all literary couples took their time to come together and as a result, their love lasted through the ages. Just as author John Steinbeck says, “If it is right, it happens—the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”
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