Valentine’s Day is coming up, and lots of people take this day to relax with their sweethearts with a romantic dinner and a movie. However, since movie ticket prices seem to be skyrocketing these days, there is another option besides the regular old “go on a date to the cinema” fall-back. For literature lovers, there are plenty of romantic books that have been turned into romantic movies. This list is in no particular order, but these books and movies can be guaranteed to make Valentine’s Day a little more romantic on a tighter budget.
1. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting played the titular characters in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film. Baz Luhrman also has a colorful version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
2. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier- This phenomenal book was turned into a movie starring Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. This story deals with a Civil War soldier separated from his love. Due to the high military presence in San Antonio, this movie is likely to resonate with many of our people in uniform.
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- The BBC version starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle is the stand-out movie production, but for those opting for a shorter viewing experience, the Keira Knightley and Matthew McFadyen version is available as well.
4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy- Not only highly philosophical, this historical fiction piece includes the story of a naive young girl who does not realize who her true love really is until it is too late. Audrey Hepburn starred with her then-husband Mel Ferrer in the 1956 version.
5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell- Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are the glorious Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 film.
6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte- Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche are Heathcliffe and Cathy in the smoldering 1992 version.
7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana play the main characters of Claire and Henry.
8. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway- Tragic and haunting, the story was brought to life by Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes in 1932.
9. Atonement by Ian McEwan- The breathtaking story was magnificently brought to the silver screen in Joe Wright’s movie starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.
10. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell- Richard Armitage and Daniella Denby-Ashe turn up the romantic quotient in the highly acclaimed BBC miniseries.