What are the best books about star-crossed lovers?

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    #1The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 

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    Vincent May
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a classic for a reason. I read The Iliad in college, and it's a truly deep and interesting story. As for star-crossed lovers, Priam and Helen are the original Romeo and Juliet. This is one of the foundational works of western literature. This cannot at all be passed up."
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    #2Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd is a classic romance novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Bathsheba Everdene who inherited a large farm from her late uncle in Wessex where she meets three different suitors trying to win her heart. 

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    #3Persuasion

    Persuasion

    Published 6 months after her death, Persuasion is the last fully completed novel by Jane Austen. It tells the story of Anne Elliot, whose family is having economic struggles so they decide to rent their home to an Admiral and his wife, whose brother happens to be Anne's ex-fiancée.

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    Bobby Anderson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Persuasion is one of the last books written by Jane Austen, it deals with two lovers who's one family doesn't accept the other due to social status reasons. It is a story about two people who love each other and are destined to be together against all odds. One of the best books about star-crossed lovers if you ask me!"
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    #4Cyrano De Bergerac

    Cyrano De Bergerac

    Cyrano de Bergerac is a play by Edmond Rostand. The play is loosely biographical, based on the life of the French author, Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac. Set in 17th century Paris, the play is about the struggles of a man with a large nose.

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    Charles Dunn
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Just a nice little romance book that takes place in Paris. The main reason why I chose this book was that it took place in Paris, but the 17th century time period makes this book all the more unique as well. Do not want to say too much about the book itself, other then it was a fun read, and I would without a doubt recommend it!"
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    #5Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.

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    Ralph Vasquez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "interesting book with an interesting story that makes you come back for more each time. It was a book that makes you want to get to the end and see what happens. This is one to add to your summer reading list. "
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    #6Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    Eric Lawrence
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A lot of people rave about Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, but I personally didn't enjoy the book. The writing and characters were both good, but I just couldn't deal with all the racism depicted in this novel. I understand that this is just a depiction of the time period but regardless the racism made this a tough read for me."
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    #7Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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    John Pierce
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A great romantic classic about love struggles and overcoming social conventions and barriers in order to be with one's true love! Another great classic that should be on everyone's "must read" list. Although it was written in another life time, we can all relate to a theme in which there is a struggle between one's social duties and heart's desires. Great choice!"
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    #8Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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    Tammy Robinson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I would rather get this story in an audiobook. Listening to this age-old tale being narrated by an actor is much more entertaining than trying to get through the book on my own. I believe every time I hear this book, I hear something different."
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    #9Temptation

    Temptation
    Tempation is a Dark and Graceful WordPress theme with an Ultimate list of Features. Too many content showcase areas, to show your content in different ways.
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    Russell Garrett
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Temptation is not a book about star-crossed lovers. It is a WordPress theme by InkHive."
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    #10Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.

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    Diane Hopkins
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Pride and Prejudice would definitely be a good example of a great book about star-crossed lovers. It follows the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her journey in a British society and how she learns more about herself and others. The love story that ensues is one that is both very entertaining and interesting to read about. "
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    #11The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid is an American animated musical fantasy movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film follows the story of the mermaid Ariel who is amazed by life on land.

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    Emily Harris
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This movie is one of my favorite Disney movies. I watched it multiple times with my children and now I watch it with my grandchildren. I still laugh at all of Ariel's antics. And of course, Sebastian is my favorite character. The characters come alive on the screen with such vivid colors and animation. I have the book and you just cannot get that in the book. It is a great love story but there are better books about star crossed lovers. "
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    #12Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Isabel de León
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is okay. I had to read it in high school and do a report on it. It has some good parts but a lot of long boring parts also. The characters are kind of selfish and their love for each other seems mostly selfish. It is hard to find an admirable character in this, as most are dishonest or jealous and cruel. Emily Bronte is a good writer but this is a hard read, in my opinion."
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    #13Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a classic romance novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Tess Durbeyfield trying to claim a portion of the family fortune of the D'Urbervilles and meets her cousin Alec.

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    Zachary Evans
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "After reading a couple certified customer reviews of this novel, I am not sure if I would read this one. Not because I would not enjoy it, but apparently, this story does not have a happy ending and it may be hard to invest in characters, want to see them end happy together, and have the whole thing end in a tragedy. "
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    #14Starcrossed

    Starcrossed

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini is a romantic fantasy novel originally published in 2011. This book tells the story of Helen Hamilton as she unlocks her identity revealed to be the Helen of Troy in today's world.

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    Janice Stewart
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Starcrossed is a great book that is about star-crossed lovers. I like Greek mythology with a modern twist which is what this book is full of."
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    #15A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a classic romantic fantasy play by one of the most famous playwrights in history, William Shakespeare. It features love stories of mythological creatures like Theseus and Hippolyta. 

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    Phillip Thomas
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "One of my favorite things to do is go back and re-read the things I suffered through in high school and realize what I was missing. A Midsummer Night's Dream is actually quite funny to me now though I don't remember it as a comedy. The edition I read offers helpful interpretations on each facing page which helps you realize the meanings and discern the wit. Really glad I decided to revisit Midsummer's."
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    #16The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Benjamin Kelly
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Everyone knows about he hunger games. It's just such a great book i'd recommend it to anyone. If you've seen the movie you should definitely read the book as it goes more into detail. Love it!"
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    #17The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.

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    Gloria Ward
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Alexander's translation is marvelous. I read Lattimore in school and Fitzgerald on a circumnavigation, but I always felt that there was so much more in the story. Alexander is a master author - she knows the Greek, she knows Homer, but most important she knows how to write and is a master of the English language. Reading this translation, I can clearly imagine it sung in palaces 2500 years ago, but I can also see it read in fighter squadron ready rooms. The blurbs on the jacket show that the scholars love it, but this translation brings Homer's strength, passion, virility and great storytelling straight home to us English speakers. "
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    #18Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay is the third installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen in her revolution against the capitol as she serves to be the rebels' Mockingjay.

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    Joe Gardner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "While I am not the biggest fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, this one is different. It has other activities you can take part in. The star-crossed lovers caught my attention and made me tell my friends about this title!"
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    #19Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    Abhinav Chavan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is book II in the serious and hooray it is free if one has the Kindle reader which surprised me. Star crossed lovers, the description associated with Romeo and Juliet is mirrored here quite well. Both couples are determined to see their relationship. Both couples risk a lot to make there dreams come true against a determined opposition. So there is a similarity between plots if not a pure riff on the theme. However this is the source for hunger games as opposed to a reviewer ar analyst interpretationd view. It cannot be any more relevant."
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    #20The Thorn Birds

    The Thorn Birds

    This book narrates the adventures of three generations from the same sheep country Australia family. It mainly focuses in two characters, Meggie Cleary, who is trying her best to possess the man she loves, and Ralph de Bricassart, a man who will make it to the Vatican but has strong feelings for Meggie. 

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    Samuel Howard
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I recently read The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. In my opinion, this book was well written, however, at about the midpoint of the book I started to feel like the story was dragging on. At times the writing is overly descriptive which takes away from the rhythm of the story."
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    #21Mansfield Park

    Mansfield Park
    Mansfield Park Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.

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    Daniel Ryan
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I think this might be one of the best romance novels I've had the pleasure of reading. I normally don't read romance but I'd have to say this is a bit of a modern classic. The main character is the typical poor cousin and she has a lot of growth as a character which I enjoyed quite a bit."
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    #22The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.

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    Alan Hawkins
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is a bit cliche. The title will draw in any fans of Shakespeare. However, the concept of the book is done to death. It feels like you're being intentionally jerked around the whole time. The flow does not feel natural. If you like to cry, you should read this book. However, it follows too many classic tropes for me to enjoy it thoroughly. If this was the first book of this type I had read, it would be 5 stars"
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    #23The Boy Next Door

    The Boy Next Door

    The Boy Next Door is a thrilling suspense and romance novel for young adults written by Irene Sabatini. It was published in October 2009. It is about star-crossed lovers in the deadly region of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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Best What are the best books about star-crossed lovers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The IliadBooks 39 Paid
2Far from the Madding CrowdBooks 36 Paid
3Persuasion Books 35 Paid
4Cyrano De BergeracBooks 32 Paid
5Wuthering Heights Books 31 Paid
6Gone with the Wind Books 29 Paid
7Sense and SensibilityBooks 27 Paid
8Romeo and JulietBooks 27 Paid
9TemptationSoftware 24 Free
10Pride and PrejudiceBooks 22 Paid
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