Relationship Advice From 19th Century Novels

There’s no doubt about the fact that art influences the way we experience reality. In fact, art is so influential that it affects the way we understand reality. Literature, Hollywood flicks, advertising or pop songs change our perception of love and what to expect from our partners.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was famously meant to be a parody of sorts. “These violent delights…” It is a cautionary tale as to how dangerous can be for us to idealize a romantic partner, how perilous it is to give up on everything for them. Yet people find the pair’s death as “romantic.”

Another example? The Great Gatsby. People upload quotes from this novel everywhere, as if the love story between Daisy and Gatsby is romance at its finest. It’s not. Daisy does not love him as much as he does her. Also, this so called “love” corrupts Gatsby to the point that he is nothing without her. Everything he does, it’s because of her.

Is this what we’d truly want from love? Is this what we understand by love?

But all this pales in comparison to the manner in which “love” was defined by 19th century novels. Let’s take a look at some of these novels and the way in which they define relationships. Continue reading Relationship Advice From 19th Century Novels

The Love Letters of Famous Writers

Some are erotic, some are sensual, some are even metaphorical in nature. The most famous of writers have always had a different way of writing love letters – dirty, scandalous even. The by-product of having a wild imagination.

Here are some of the love letters sent by famous writers to their lovers.

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If You Want a Happy Ending

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“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”  – Orson Welles

Sometimes when I write I think too much. I worry about things I shouldn’t worry about, and I write as if I’ve got something to prove to someone. That’s a mistake. Over thinking, trying to outsmart the reader only to outsmart yourself.

When I wrote Jazz I wanted for the ending to the story to deliver a certain message. Throughout the novel there’s some talk about happy endings, about what we want to get from life, and stuff like that. Of course, those characters are mistaken in their belief that happiness is a destination, but nevertheless… they want and try to reach for something, and they’re not even sure what that something is. Continue reading If You Want a Happy Ending

[TV Show Review] You: Is This The Weirdest Show Ever?

Because it’s Valentine’s Day, you might consider binge watching You, one of the most bizarre shows Netflix has to offer.  Well, it’s romantic. Kinda…

To be honest, I thought You was mostly about some psycho-dude stalking a girl, learning everything about her, just to get her to fall in love with him. Well, it is about that, but it’s much, much stranger. Strange things happen from the very first episode, and it’s all unpredictable. Continue reading [TV Show Review] You: Is This The Weirdest Show Ever?