Soul Ripping Romance Tag

valentine's tag

Well, here we are again: Valentine’s Day *dun dun duuuun*. Seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about some truly devastating-soul-ripping romances πŸ˜‰Β Thank you so much to the wonderful Nel @Reactionary Tales, the lovely Kat @ Life and Other Disasters and the fantastic Sam @Rivermoose ReadsΒ for tagging me to do this. They all run *brilliant* blogs about books, life and TV- I highly recommend you check them all out!!


  • Thank the person who tagged you and create aΒ pingbackΒ to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)


romeo and juliet

Romeo and Juliet– an old ‘un but a good ‘un. I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of this tale as old as time or these particularly young star-crossed lovers, but I defy anyone to find a more beautifully written romance!

jon and ygritte

Jon and Ygritte– there are most definitely times in the show when I wish it could go back to this.

ross and demelza

Ross and Demelza– I love this relationship with everything I have, but wow, it’s as tumultuous as the Cornish sea.

aragorn and arwen

Arwen and Aragorn– I know not everyone is in love with this, however I remember being captivated by their loyalty to each other in the film (and Tolkien’s notes) and I’d describe this as one of my first ever ships. And I would sail it to the Undying Lands.

lily and james.gif

Lily and James Potter– I know everyone has a lot of (LOUD) feelings about all the relationships in the Harry-Potter-verse nowadays- nonetheless for me, no matter what happened while they were teens, I always believed in their enemies-to-lovers romance (and be devastated by their tragic end).

throneofglass series

Dorian and Sorscha (or Dorian and Manon- basically Dorian with anyone πŸ˜‰ )- dude simply can’t catch a break- and I love Maas for making me suffer so through his romantic entanglements (but alsoΒ why’d you keep doing this to me?!!)


Warner and Juliette– I really didn’t ship this when I started the series- yet Mafi COMPLETELY turned this around and now I see theirs as a poignantly sad love affair.

seven husbands of evelyn hugo

Evelyn Hugo and the one she loves (*if you’ve read the book you’ll know who that is but I won’t spoil it for the rest of you*)- I don’t want to give away anything about this gorgeous mystery romance!! I guess you’ll just have to go and read it for yourself if you want to find out what I’m talking about πŸ˜‰


Beth, Zezee, Lucinda, Mim Inkling, Book Beach Bunny, Kat @Novels and Waffles, Rivermoose Reads, KatieΒ and Journey into Books

And that’s all for now! Do you have any fictional romances that straight up break your heart? Let me know in the comments!

51 thoughts on “Soul Ripping Romance Tag

  1. Awesome tag! I haven’t seen Romeo and Juliet in soooooo long! What a blast. I think my favorite out of all of these is Arwen and Aragorn though. I loved all your choices! Happy Valentine’s Day! πŸ’—

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  2. Omg I’ve been watching Lord of the Rings this week (for approximately the millionth time) and getting ALL those Arwen/Aragorn feels 😭 And UGH James and Lily will forever be the most beautiful and heartbreaking romance, until the end. Evelyn and [love interest] too!!! So many tragic and beautiful love stories on this list! ❀️


  3. I like your choices but I also suggest Claire and Jamie of Outlander (gotta love that Scottish accent!) and Anne Elliott/Frederick Wentworth of Persuasion. And there’s always Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester…… *sighs*



    I am right there with you on Romeo and Juliet. I’m so over everyone hating on it as “insta-love”. Hipsters just want to be cool thinking they know better than Shakespeare. Also would like to point out that, contrary to what the memes might tell you, that their relationship didn’t cause the death of 12 people (or whatever it did), their parents’ dumb-ass feud did.

    Though I do wonder at the wisdom of continuing to teach this book in schools in light of the teenage suicide epidemic… No need to romanticize it…

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    1. You’re welcome!! I’m so glad!!

      YES!!!! I really agree with you!! It’s not cool to hate on Shakespeare- like anyone else could have written so beautifully on love!! EXACTLY!!!

      yeah I can understand that perspective of course, but I think that there are also ways of looking at it that involve more of a focus on context

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  5. Excuse me but who has a problem with Arwen and Aragorn? Give me their numbers, addresses and astrological signs. xD I cried for them, and then I cried even more when I read the story of Beren and Luthien in Silmarillion, and you can only imagine what I did once I found out the former were based on the latter and they in turn being based on Tolkien and his wife Edith… Also, who has a problem with Lily and James? Give me their…you know the drill. xD

    Jon and Ygritte are also among my favorite devastating couples, I have a knack for those it seems. I’d also add Lyanna and Rhaegar to this mix, I hope it gets more explored in the books, if those ever come out. :/

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  6. Sarah J Maas writes some incredible romances, and I haven’t read Kingdom of Ash yet but I really hope Dorian manages to catch a break in the last book at least. My heart broke for him when Sorscha died. πŸ™‚
    Also I love Juliette and Warner, I didn’t ship them at first when I read the first book but by the third they were definitely one of my OTPs.
    Great post, and thanks for the tag as well. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  7. Thanks for the tag!
    I’m the opposite of the Jon-Ygritte match, but I’ve only read the books. Haven’t watched the show up to that point yet. Been procrastinating. Didn’t like Ygritte tho.


  8. Maria and Tony from West Side Story, and Jim Stark and Judy from Rebel Without a Cause. I mean, James Dean in anything and Natalie Wood in both of these films, they couldn’t have gotten them wrong if they’d tried.


  9. Oh, and also loved Arwen and Aragorn – they were the perfect couple! First time ever I thought that a film adaptation did something better than the book. πŸ˜‰


  10. Lily and James…. I would never have thought of that as a HP relationship… duh!!! Lol. It is the perfect one! And now that I’ve thought about it… it’s probably my favourite in the whole series πŸ˜‚β€οΈ


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