Unrequited Love – Novels

Discover prompt for yesterday was “hidden”.

The first thought that popped into my head was hidden, unrequited love. So many of us go through our lives not being able to tell the ones we love how we feel for various reasons. Here are some novels with such stories that really moved me –

A Tale of Two Cities – I read Charles Dickens’ classic novel when I was 13years old. Sydney Carton’s unrequited love was my first introduction to this kind of love. I remember howling at the end of this beautiful story with Sydney’s sacrifice for the woman he loved with all his heart. Even though he might have had a chance for a life with her, he passes it up to make sure she ends up with the man she loves.

Harry Potter Series – I think I’ve talked enough about this novel in my post on it. But Snape’s unrequited love for Lily Potter made the final part of the novel even more special for me. I couldn’t stop crying for having misjudged Snape.

Little Women – Lousia May Alcott’s classic novel that broke barriers to potray women as independent thinkers. I love Jo and I adore Laurie. I was shocked when Jo turns down Laurie’s marriage proposal because even though she never showed it but it seemed like she loved Laurie. But thankfully they both get their own happy endings!

Wuthering Heights – so this one isn’t about unrequited love but hidden love. Elizabeth loves Heathcliff but hides it because she doesn’t think he’d be a good match for her. This novel gives me goosebumps everytime I read it.

Gone With The Wind – This is one crazy story about so much unrequited love! Scarlett’s love for Ashley, Rhett’s love for Scarlett – both stories had potential to be great love stories but somehow things don’t work out for any of the characters. Honestly I am not the biggest fan because the story line isn’t that comprehensive enough to justify the long length.

Sputnik Sweetheart – after reading a lot of Murakami’s novels I’ve come to realise that while his stories aren’t out of the ordinary, it’s the way he writes them that captivates your imagination. K’s unrequited love for Sumire (what a pretty name for her but no name for him!) will leave you heartbroken.

The next book is a recommendation-

Kane and Abel – so this isn’t an unrequited love story but there’s a huge hidden story in this novel which will blow your mind. If I tell you, it will ruin the novel for you! If you haven’t read this – you’re definitely missing out on something. Pick up Jeffrey Archer’s mind-blowing tale of two men who come from different worlds thrown against each other.

These were some of the stories that came to my mind. Please recommend good reads in the comments.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi the story of gone with wind is not really a love story with people it is really a story about Scarlett’s love or obsession with Tara the plantation it is where Scarlett draws her strength any other love is secondary this includes Rhett Butler . It’s also Margaret Mitchell’s love of the south and what actually happened to it

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Hi! Didn’t look at it from that perspective, that makes sense.
      I just don’t love the narrative, I think it was a bit stretched! 🙈


  2. Lani says:

    I read Jeffrey Archer in high school, thanks for reminding me of him. I wonder if I’ve read that book?

    Great choices. Have you seen the new Little Women? I was skeptical but they did a really fine job.

    Heathclifffffff! Heathclifffffff! Heathclifffffff!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I started watching the new Little Women a few days back but couldn’t get past the first few minutes. I’d have preferred if it began from the beginning. The movie starts off from the middle of “Good Wives” and I never really loved the way the story shapes up in that novel. 🙈

      But definitely read “Kane and Abel”. It has to be one of my most favourite novels. Jeffery Archer is a master story teller!

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