Sunday, February 6, 2011

I was a heavy heart to carry; My beloved was weighed down.

Hello Dearest of friends.
Today's title comes from Heavy in Your Arms by Florence and the Machine [a new found musical joy]
Today I want to talk about Love in literature.

I know, I know.. I can hear you.. "Noooo! No more intellectual crap!"
but really, think about it: Nowadays, we live vicariously through fictional characters. Whether it be in books, movies, or TV, fictional characters seem to be the go-to thing for us as teenagers, and even people in general.
Now, a huge theme in ANY story is Love.
Let's be honest: it is an intrinsic part of humanity, and it's something that every person craves... This is why any story that has ever appealed to the masses has some form of romantic element to it... Or even just familial/friendship love.
Over the next few days, I'll discuss all of these themes in all of my favourite stories, Starting today with Romantic Love, in my favourite movies. :)
I'll just share with you a few of my favourite fictional relationships from some of the most influential stories of our time.

Arwen and Aragorn - The Lord of the Rings
Their relationship is an incredible story of hope. Even when Arwen's father told her that there was nothing but death for her if she remained in Middle Earth, and that it was futile because Aragorn was never coming back, she continued to believe that there was a chance for them. And when Aragorn grew weary of the troubles he faced, he relied upon his love for Arwen, and her promise to him to see him through. It's beautiful. I get goosebumps every time I watch The Return of the King, and Aragorn finally sees Arwen.
Han Solo and Princess Leia - Star Wars
This is one of my favourites because well, their love story is just amazing. Both characters are strong on their own, which is very rare nowadays with the whole idea of being "completed" within another person. Their strong personalities clash at first, but the fact that they have this sort of chemistry is what leads to their falling in love. Not to mention the humour in their tension. Just love it. Finishes off the fantasticality that is Star Wars.

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger - Harry Potter
Where do I even begin? The love story of R+H is absolutely incredible. It is so well developed... And the big point scorer: IT TAKES A LONG TIME. Love doesn't happen instantly [well, it can.. it just isn't always immediately realized]. They spend five-six years developing a beautiful friendship that eventually ends up blossoming into romance in the final book of the series. Although there is ALWAYS romantic tension between Ron and Hermione, neither of them are ever really particularly brave enough to actually admit it. The fact that their first kiss happens in the midst of a battle is just beautiful. They realize it's "now or never" and finally come clean about their feelings... Goosebumps!

Stay tuned for further musings on Love.


Love Always,
Emma Cate


  1. I haven't seen any of these movies.

  2. Well, the HP one doesn't come out until July, Robbie. That's understandable.

    I haven't seen Star Wars... so :P

  3. Great post. Han and Leia is one of my all time favorites.
    Leia: "I love you."
    Han: "I know."

  4. Robbie. Stab to the heart. I can't believe you.
    You're missing out!

    I adore this "February, love" idea, Emma! And I very much enjoyed this post. :)

    lol Kindros...I love that part as well!

  5. though not a big fan of valentines day, I did like that you brought out Arwen and Aragorn. Yes, it's the everlasting love stuff that gives me goosebumps too, even as a guy :)


  6. Love the HP one