Love is in the air

Photos of couples from romantic books and movies.

A library is the best place to find the greatest love stories of all kinds. These books and movies get our hearts racing. 

Books

Attachments:  In Attachments, Lincoln is in charge of enforcing his offices emails (this is based right before Y2K) and when he consistently catches two women, Jennifer and Beth, emailing back and forth to each other in a non-work related manner, he falls in love with Beth’s words and personality without even knowing what she looks like. - Becca Smith

Batman: The wedding: It’s a classic workplace romance, in a way. - Joaquin Casanova

The Guardian: This book had some great elements: romance, suspense and an amazing hero dog! It made me cry at the end. - Coleen Tobin

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: The ultimate romance for those who love books and the ways they can bring people together. - Rachel Moore

Jane Eyre:  “I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you–especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly.” –Mr. Rochester. When I read and think about that quote…hand me the tissues, I’m done!!! - Diane Johnson

Outlander: It’s a romantic historical fantasy with plenty of action.  The female character is strong and savvy; and the male character is handsome and strong with just the right amount of innocence to make him irresistible. - Jean Hunt

The Rosie Project series: I normally DO NOT READ ROMANCE but found this series by Simsion intriguing because the primary character is a man with Asperger’s trying to decode the clues of flirting and romantic overtures. This book is humorous and endearing decoding the cues that many of us take for granted. The Kiss Quotient follows the same theme but this time we have a nerdy Asian woman trying to make sense of this complex ritual. She goes to unusual lengths to understand romance, love and sex with hilarious outcomes. - Joanne Tremblay

Saga: Saga is a graphic novel sci-fi series where two species from warring families fall in love and are forced to run away from their homes to be together. It’s a classic Romeo and Juliet tale with a lot more action, excitement and drama. - Becca Smith

Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book One This is an eighties horror comic about a plant monster, but it also has a genuinely sweet love story between the Swamp Thing and Abigail Holland. While Saga of The Swamp Thing: Book Two is the one that has the Swamp Thing traveling to Hell to save his love, followed by the beautiful “Rite of Spring,” it’s best to get in on the ground floor with Book One. - Cameron Burris

Widdershins: A linguistics scholar and an ex-Pinkerton team up to solve a mystery, unravel a Lovecraftian plot, and find each other. - Daniel Jones

Withered + Sere: Two folks with mental illness navigate a wasteland world, and come to grips with their feelings. - Sean Waters

Movies

50 First Dates: What exemplifies love more than making a woman fall in love with you every day? The dedication and persistence shown by Adam Sandler’s character in this film makes me feel fuzzy inside. - Coleen Tobin

About Time: It’s a movie about falling in love and building a life together, but, as the story progresses, you see that it’s also about what really matters in life. As aside, everyone I’ve ever shown it to has cried, so be prepared! - Courtney Evans

Blue Is the Warmest Color: Beautiful, emotionally charged, heartbreaking performances from both Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. - Sara Peden

Crazy Rich Asians: There's so much to love in this movie - the lush Singapore landscapes, strong female characters, and tangled kinds of love. The books are a fantastic read, but the movie teases out more dimensions of the "evil" mother-in-law character and heroine.  - Rachel Cook

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling just “click” on screen, and the script is simply [chef’s kiss]. - Sara Peden

Love, Simon: Love, Simon tells the story of Simon who is gay and is trying to keep it a secret from his friends and family as he isn’t exactly sure how to tell them. He begins emailing back and forth with a fellow closeted gay boy at his school and they fall in love over emails. It’s heart warming and heart breaking wrapped in a romantic story that anyone going through the same problem will enjoy. - Becca Smith

The Notebook: Based on Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel, I loved how two people can be together despite their differences in their personalities and backgrounds. - Taryn Brown

The Princess Bride: I’ve been periodically re-watching this movie for roughly 27 years now, and I still love it every single time. - Sara Peden

The Sound of Music: It was Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, the von Trapps. It took a slow, natural path to their love for each other, and it was set in beautiful surroundings during an unbelievable time in history. I was a teenager when I saw it and was slightly overwhelmed. - Mark Gorey

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Rey and Kylo's relationship.These are two people from opposite ends of a war who find that they share feelings of loneliness and a desperation for connection that creates a bond so strong that they eschew their allegiances to destroy a common enemy. Sadly, they cannot compromise on either of their ideals but leave the audience hoping that they will create their own path in the future. - Ash Albinson

Music

Magnetic Fields-69 Love Songs: Stephin Merrit’s idiosyncratic tour of 20th century popular music. He takes on Tin Pan Alley songs, country songs, Scottish ballads, synthpop, you name it. What unites these disparate genre experiments is his gift for melody and a romantic, clever lyricism. “The Book of Love,” is a beautiful song of devotion, “Busby Berkeley Dreams” and “Come Back From San Francisco” are heartbreaking, and “Long-forgotten Fairytale” and “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” are songs to dance to with tears in your eyes. - Cameron Burris

Posted by RachelC on January 23, 2020