It didn't start with Romeo and Juliet, although sometimes it seems like it did. Stories of doomed love go back to the one of the earliest known pieces of written fiction, The Epic of Gilgamesh. However you interpret the details of Gilgamesh and Enkidu's relationship, the depth of the heroes' bond and Gilgamesh's life-changing grief after Enkidu's death prove that romantic tragedy is as old as literature itself.
This week, we'd like you to share your favorite story of doomed love. Please tag your post favorite doomed love story blog. A few bloggers will receive a story of love that might be doomed (but we're hoping for a happy ending), Monica Marlowe's 2011 debut Finding Felicity. Here is the overview:
"Madeline O'Connor was happy. Or was she? When she learns that her estranged sister is gravely ill, she leaves behind her life in Manhattan to be at her sister’s side in Italy. There, she discovers an ancient Benedictine monastery that accommodates travelers, and she decides to stay there, among the monks. Everything in her life turns upside down when she falls for Brother Anthony Lamberti, a soft-spoken Italian completely different from the men she knows in New York. Together Madeline and Anthony find love for the first time, and learn that life and love always find a way. Loving Anthony creates a new life for Madeline. A new life she would never have imagined and yet is perfect for her in every way."
So post a blog entry today! For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term secret holiday ingredient blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to the entries on our most recent topic, reinventing yourself for 2012. From a scary/funny suggestion for authors and their identities to a deadly serious but inspirational story of lessons learned after cancer, Red Roomers shared their past reinventions, hopes for the future, and suggestions for how you can reinvent yourself.
Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room