Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan  from the movie Fifty Shades of Grey.
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan from the movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

Words sure to woo this Valentine's Day

NEED some inspiration this Valentine's Day? Check out these well-loved titles to impress your significant other.

Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram Chandra - well, not quite a love story in the traditional sense, but many wonderful tales of love, life, loss and any other "l” word that will have you sobbing into your Weet-Bix in the morning. It earns its place in this list for the single quote in the book from which the title is taken. "What could my mother be to yours? What kin is my father to yours anyway? And how did you and I meet ever? But in love our hearts have mingled like red earth and pouring rain.” You quote that in the club, you are guaranteed a mate for the evening/life.

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte - this is one for all those couples out there who want to get dark and romantic.

A single accidentally overheard conversation changes the course of two generations of a pair of families residing on the moors of northern England for the absolute worst.

Catherine and Heathcliff's love is enduring and devastating for the people around them. It even transcends death.

Fifty Shades of Grey, EL James - Now, it's not my cup of tea but who am I to argue with more than 100 million book sales of the Fifty Shades franchise? What started off as fan fiction of the vampire series Twilight has spawned several books and two movies, the latest of which is out now.

Anastasia Steele is a graduating English student, clumsy, analytical and awkward. Christian Grey is a self-assured, handsome CEO - with a secret penchant for handcuffs, whips and masks. Sounding slightly familiar? Twilight fans, meet Edward Cullen and Bella Swan for adults.

Cue the invention of the mummy porn genre. It's naughty, but it's not naughty enough to have people questioning social conventions, sexual power, the role of femininity in society or other vital questions of this day and age. I'm calling it Fifty Shades of Beige.

The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare - Two young men find themselves in a new town and end up falling pretty hard for the local girls. Lucentio loves Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of Baptista Minola.

But before they can marry, Bianca's elder sister, Kate, must be wed. Petruchio arranges to marry Kate against the tempestuous older sister's will. Chaos and intrigue ensue. It is one of the Bard's best-known tales.



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