To begin with one of the greatest love stories of all time.
But this idea was soon banished, and her spirits were very differently affected, when, to her utter amazement, she saw Mr. Darcy walk into the room. In an hurried manner he immediately began an enquiry after her health, imputing his visit to a wish of hearing that she were better. She answered him with cold civility. He sat down for a few moments, and then getting up walked about the room. Elizabeth was surprised, but said not a word. After a silence of several minutes he came towards her in an agitated manner, and thus began,
"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
I don't remember the first true love story I ever read. There was Little Women in junior high (I was on Team Amy)--perhaps it was Anne and Gilbert in the Anne of Green Gables books. I don't remember them making my heart pound though, not like the time I peeked into the "adult" romance novels (um actually christian historical romances!) as a teenager. I remember being intrigued but also rather unimpressed with a friend's Harlequin. And then at twenty I met a girl besotted with Mr. Darcy. I thought he was a giant jerk the first time I read the lines above. But that book of pride and prejudice and how love conquered over both, has stayed with me. As have the rest of Jane Austen's novels, and indeed, the literary works of love, sex and romance I've found since. They have staying power. You don't need a new one a week because they are lasting, these stories we become so passionately attached to. As the Brontes were, living more in their imaginations than in the real world. Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, these are books still on top 100 lists and they are unabashedly romantic, about the trials and treasures and illusions of love. About the dark moments of intimacy as well as the light and witty and tender. These are books I believe we can all learn something from.
Any kind of literary love sex and romance goes here. I take an interest in adultery, general naughtiness, hot sex, incest, women willing to murder for love, the abusive cases, when a love is unrequited, addictive, obsessive. All that plus true love from the heart. Or even nonlove with sex. It's all there, you've experienced or perhaps better yet (?) you've read about it. Or you're about to.
That is what I hope will happen here. If I've inspired you and you have some of your own literary hot stuff you'd like to share, just lay down a line here and let me know what it is. You're desperately crushing on your own Mr. Darcy (or Humbert Humbert)? This is the place, my friend. Relax, fan yourself.