Valentine’s Day, we meet again, my old friend…
Sometimes it is easier to figure out something by looking at what it is not. If you look at the antonyms for romantic, here’s what you get – practical, realistic, probable. That about sums it up, doesn’t it – the opposite of being a practical and realistic person is being a romantic, and my dear romantics, February is all about you – this is your month to shine, you impractical, unrealistic souls!
In honor of Romantics everywhere, here’s a brief and incomplete list of some of my favorite Romantics, lovers, and wooers in literature, film, and history:
- Rhett and Scarlett – you knew they would be on my list, of course.
- Narcissus and Echo – surprised? Why? The concept of loving and not being loved in return is most certainly in the realm of the romantic.
- Doc Holliday and Big Nose Kate – on again, off again, on again, off again – she set fire to a town to break him out of jail – that’s got to count for something!
- Lancelot and Guinevere – I always rooted for Lancelot. Sorry, King Arthur, but it’s true.
- Rick and Ilsa – Casablanca – I shouldn’t even have to put the title… but I did.
And, the rest of the old standbys – Helen and Paris, Anthony and Cleopatra, Elizabeth and Darcy (Pride and Prejudice), Cathy and Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights).
What about some pop culture romantics? How about Danny and Sandy from Grease? Jack and Rose in Titanic? Wesley and Buttercup in the Princess Bride?
And, I intentionally left out Romeo and Juliet. Don’t worry, their story will be told next week.
Did I miss one of your favorites? Who do you think belongs in the realm of the romantics?
If you don’t know the history behind Valentine’s Day, you can find out all about it on History.com.