The First Annual Love Sucks Literary Awards by Deb Tiffany

debauthorpic1I had a hard time with the topic this week. I’m happily married now, but I’ve had my share of bad times in the love game, and who wants to go there again? Yes, I’ve been dumped flat on my proverbial. Yes, yes, yes, I have spent evenings with Patsy Cline and a bottle of Shiraz. Yes, my husband can still push my buttons.

But then I started thinking about my favorite novels, and it cheered me up to no end because, friends, while my love life might have sucked, it never sucked as much as, say, Emma Bovary’s. And, so, I present the Love Sucks Valentine Awards for Heroes and Heroines of Literature. Even if you’re cueing up Patsy as we speak, it can’t be this bad.

For making Very Bad Choices for Very Good Reasons: Anna Vronsky

For being the Ex from Hell: Madame Merle from Portrait of a Lady

Best Star-Crossed Lovers: Romeo and Juliet
Runners Up: Cathy and Heathcliff

For figuring out that love really doesn’t have to suck, after all: Elizabeth Bennett

Best Martyr for the Cause: Hester Prynn

Best Unrequited Lover: Jay Gatsby

Best delusional pervert: Humpert Humbert
Runner Up: Gustav von Aschenbach from Death in Venice

Best Temptress: Deliliah
Tied: Salome

And finally, the All-Around Medal for Stalking, Inappropriate and Misplaced Affection, Bad Timing, Self-Delusion and general Kick-Ass Bad Girl Behavior: Scarlett O’Hara, of course. No matter what your love drama is, you can only aspire.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Who’s in your Literary Love Hall of Fame?

6 Replies to “The First Annual Love Sucks Literary Awards by Deb Tiffany”

  1. Well, Happy “Buy Me Something Or Else Day” to all you lovely ladies of the pen. I can only wish that everybody LOVES your books the way I love to read all kinds of books. Currently reading Wally Lambs’ latest. Love him.

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