I’ve written about love stories before, and how I don’t write them, really, but then I came across this when reading:
“A love story can never be about full possession. The happy marriage, the requited love, the desire that never dims – these are lucky eventualities but they aren’t love stories. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name.”
- Jeffrey Eugenides, introduction to ‘My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead’
Hmmm. To muse on.