Most Romantic tales or characters from SFF and Horror fiction?
Come on people - we're just two days away from Valentine's Day - so what are the most romantic tales to be found in Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror fiction? (I'm emphasising Horror there because there is a lot of dark, gothic, vampire-based romance out there in particular).
And I'm rewriting it taking some of the critiques as in the 6 fingers issue into consideration.
In the novel 1984, there is a love story subplot between the main character Winston and Julia. They try together to find a life away from the thought controlling oppressive government. It shows that there is beauty in love and free thinking. Another neat and a little corny love story is in the movie The Terminator. Half way through the movie and on the run from the trigger happy Terminator, time traveler Kyle Reese reveals to Sarah Connor that he loves her. I just love the line, "I came across time for you Sarah."
The definition of romance seems to vary between men and women. I think men prefer more subtle romance stories whereas women tend to drift towards the whole bare-chested vampire/pirate/cowboy sweep-me-off-my-feet thing. When it comes to sci-fi romance, the In Death series by J.D. Robb comes to mind along with other harlequin novels but I don't think it's fair to say only women writers understand love. I find a lot of awesome guy-oriented love stories in video games and visual novels more than anything else.
How about Blade Runner? There are numerous levels of love here especially Human/Replicant and the known terminal existence time.
"A Boy And His Dog", a Lassie come home after the apocalypse?
I can't say if this is the most romantic but in The Martian Chronicles there is a tiny tale of a man who loved his dead wife and daughter so much that he made androids of them so he could survive until help arrived.
The Oscar nominated film Arrival has a couple who will one day be married coming to grips with the knowledge that the relationship will end badly. Should they go ahead and allow the future to happen or should they stop seeing each other? Questions
In my story Heavens Gate, Jonathan is a quiet man who loves his wife in spite of her flaws. Over the course of 5000 years he becomes a computer program an android a holograph and finally a human again...and is only content when he is reunited with his wife.
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