Parting is such sweet sorrow!

This week we are again travelling through the tropes of fantasy with our able guide Nathan from the Fantasy Review Barn.  This week’s topic is:


Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice MLT, a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that. But that’s not what he said! He distinctly said “to blave.” (Thanks to Wendy again.  Let’s find those examples of True Love!)

Gollum and the Ring.  Lord of the Rings – I had to go there.  I suppose I could have chosen Aragorn and the she-elf but thought I’d think alternatively here and Gollum did love that ring!

Beauty and the Beast – Many different versions and retellings.  However, the story remains the same that Beauty changes the Beast through true love.  Hey, I quite liked him as a beast but there’s no accounting for taste – some folks are just plain rude!

Jorg and Katherine – this is an odd choice – not sure if you can call it ‘to blathe’ but I liked the idea of it.  Jorg kept his strange fascination for Katherine.  Was it love??

Locke Lamora and Sabetha – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.  Locke has been enamoured with Sabetha for ever!  We’ll see how this plays out!!!

Howl and Sophie, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I had to have this – I like the way the romance between Howl and Sophie grows gradually – without even the two of them knowing!

Ron and Hermione, Harry Potter, JKRowling – a bit obvious but I thought I’d give it a mention!!

25 Responses to “Parting is such sweet sorrow!”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Gollum and the One Ring are such a *perfect*, unexpected choice! Well done! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha – I think Aragorn and Arwen would have been a more conventional choice, plus I’m not sure that the Ring loved Gollum back! But.. pfft!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Bob (@beauty_in_ruins)

    Jorg and Katherine is definitely an interesting example that I wouldn’t have thought of – nice!

    • lynnsbooks

      That’s another one of those choices that’s a bit odd I suppose because it did seem a bit one way! But, …
      Lynn 😀

  3. Nathan

    Can a psychopath feel love or is it just obsession? And Stockholm syndrome in Beauty and the Beast? And Gollum?

    Love it, you took much the same path as me with some less than ideal examples.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yep, I don’t actually read a lot of romance I have to admit so I struggled a bit – I probably could have come up with a few better examples but I decided to go with it. I do fancy this Moth and Spark that you mention though.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    I love The Princess Bride quote 🙂

  5. Laura @ The Half-Strung Harp

    Gollum and the Ring – hilarious! 😀

    Good call with Locke and Sabetha. I decided against including them because I’m still not sure how much she really loves him in return . . . poor Locke. 😦

    • lynnsbooks

      I think you’re right of course – the relationship is very one sided. I was going to go with Jean and his pirate lady. But I do tend to use Jean at every opportunity.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Ah, yes! Locke and Sabetha! He has such a romanticized view of her, you can’t help but want it to work out.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m not sure that Sabetha has such strong feelings for Locke – it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Bookwraiths

    Jorg did have that creepy “stalker” kind of love for Katherine. Not sure it would ever have developed into more than that though, because Jorg didn’t seem to have any love left in him — not really.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – it’s a bit of a strange choice as it does come across more as obsession by Jorg and isn’t reciprocated really. I didn’t have a lot of great ‘true loves’ to choose from – perhaps I should get more onto the romance reading!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh poor Locke. He’s so head over heals for Sabetha he’s doomed to be played by her for the rest of his life 😛

    • Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

      heels* because I can’t seem to spell today.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I think my theme this week relied quite heavily on one sided true love – because the ring didn’t love Gollum, Sabetha – debatable, Katherine definitely not. Probably the last two only count! I was thinking of sneaking Generation V in there but it’s a bit early to know how that will pan out!
      Lynn 😀

  9. rudejasper

    Nice out of the box thinking with Gollum and the ring! Also nice classic fairytale True love reference with Beauty and the Beast – A story where true love is a really key plot point!

    • lynnsbooks

      Actually, out of all my choices – I think Beauty and the Beast is the real epitome of true love – because after all the curse wouldn’t be broken! Plus I love that tale.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Miriam

    Gollum and the ring! Love it 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      I think a lot of my choices this week were very poor! Mainly because they weren’t true love – or they were most stalkerish – but I don’t tend to read a lot of romance. I should have had the Outlander series thought – damn my bad memory!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Kaja

    Ugh, I thpought about including Locke and Sabetha but then I went for mutual love only 😀 I *hope* they end up together, but I’m not sure they will!

    • lynnsbooks

      I sort of think Sabetha loves Locke – but it’s not equal – if that makes sense. And it comes across as though she could walk away more easily. It will be interesting to see how Lynch concludes that theme.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Danya @ Fine Print

    Hehehe, Gollum and the Ring…you’re so clever! Somehow I left out Ron and Hermione, I can’t believe you’re the only one I’ve seen so far to include them. They’re the perfect odd couple.

    And hopefully this time next year we’ll be able to slot Nevada and Mad Rogan in this trope. 😉 I’m rooting for ’em!

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh yes to Nevada and Rogan!!! Can’t wait for No.2.
      Lynn 😀

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