Top 5 Wednesday: Hate to Love Ships

Okay, who doesn’t love a good hate to love romance? I mean, the tension, the will they/won’t they can drive me through a book like nothing else. A truly good “hate to love” romance is not actually “hate to love.” It’s more of a passionate frustration, often driven by misunderstanding, between parties who are mutually stimulated/attracted (often intellectually) by the other. There’s just something so fun about this trope, and so satisfying, that it has been played upon again and again throughout the history of literature. “Hate to love” romances done well can truly explore a character’s growth and change, and I think that is why we can’t help but love this trope. Without further ado, here are my top 5 Hate to Love ships in books.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Okay, yes, I did start with Jane Austen again, but Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship is literally the best example of “hate to love” because it pioneered the trope. Almost everything that follows in literature is directly derived from Austen’s novel. Her satirical tone, her ease with language, not to mention the near perfect symmetrical structure of the novel single Austen out as a master of her craft. She truly understood her society as well as human nature in a way that makes her works so accessible today. Continue reading

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A Definitive Jane Austen Movie Adaptation Chart – Part 1

I admit, I AM one of those people who unashamedly declares Jane Austen as her favorite author. I know it’s cliche, but there is a REASON so many people are such die-hard fans. Austen produced some of the most profound, satirical social commentary of her day, and her understanding of human nature allows readers/viewers to resonate with her works 200 years later.

There are a plethora of Jane Austen movie/TV adaptations, and as a connoisseur of her work, I have waded through almost every single Austen adaptation in existence, all of which I have a lot of emotions about. So here is an abbreviated chart/list of some of the best Austen adaptations I have discovered in my years of searching for the perfect Austen movie. I would love to hear your opinions on the adaptations, if you thought I did not include something that should have been included, or if you just think I’m plain wrong. Continue reading

Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

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5/5 on Rachel’s Rating Scale
PG for mild violence
Young adult, fantasy, historical, humor, magic

Have you ever been in the middle of Pride and Prejudice and thought: “you know what this book needs? Wizards.”

Because that is exactly what this books adds. And its awesome.

One of the best parts about Sorcery and Cecelia is that it was crafted as part of a letter writing game between two highly skilled and hilarious authors. Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer wrote letters back and forth, each from the perspective of a different character, Patricia as Cecelia and Caroline as Kate. The authors were not allowed to talk to each other about the future of their stories, and they simply had to play off each other’s letters. The result is one of the most hilariously entertaining novels I have ever encountered.

Cecelia and Kate are cousins and best friends who are separated when Kate is taken to London for the season. As the girls begin their correspondence, Cecelia starts to uncover a world of magical ability despite her aunt’s hatred of the subject. Meanwhile, in London, Kate stumbles upon a feud between two wizards, and somehow finds herself in a sham engagement to a man who drives her crazy. As the cousins continue to exchange letters, they unravel a sinister plot that threatens both girls and the people they hold dear.

The above is not really a great synopsis, but with two conjoining story lines its hard to summarize. Just take my word for it though that it will be one of the most entertaining reads you will ever have. Cecelia and Kate are both wonderfully witty, bold, and mischievous, often taking matters into their own hands without waiting for someone to do things for them. And, of course, these are also two excellent romances woven throughout, which are just as amusing and hilarious as the rest of the book.

The end will leave you craving more, and though there are two sequel books, I have never been able to get all the way through either of them (believe me, I’ve tried multiple times), so I wouldn’t recommend them. Which actually makes me quite sad.

Either way, this is NOT a book to pass up on if you’re looking for something fun to read.

And also, Jane Austen and magic. How can you say no to that?