- Shiver – Grace and Sam
Shiver is pretty famous and has fans all over the world. I too fell for the hype and picked up the book. As the plot begins, we understand that Grace is in love with a wolf, yellow-eyed wolf – not the pet kind of love, but the romantic type of love that we have for our partners. Seriously? How is that even possible?
Grace eventually finds out that this wolf has a human form too and is called Sam, which paves way for a strong romantic relationship.
If we ignore all the drama involved and just go back to where it all started, it would be really bizarre to think of their relationship. Human and Wolf. Absolutely Weird.
- Wuthering heights – Heathcliff and Catherine
Wuthering Heights, a famous classic by Emily Bronte though deals with multiple serious themes, portrays the weird romantic relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine who belong to different social classes. Catherine though is in love with Heathcliff gets married to Edgar because of his wealth and status. On the other hand, Heathcliff tries to avenge the injustice done to him by having a relationship with Edgar’s sister. Bravo! thats maturity.
Evenafter getting married to Edgar, even while bearing his child, Catherine has feelings for Heathcliff.
What does this woman really want? Why would you marry Edgar, if you are serious about Heathcliff? If thats your plan for improving Heathcliff, you gotta be kidding me girl!
- Fountain head – Howard Roark and Dominique
The Fountain head revolves around the story of Howard Roark, an individualistic young architect who designs modernist buildings and refuses to compromise with an architectural establishment unwilling to accept innovation. While Howard works in Francon’s granite quarry after being fired from Francon’s architectural firm, he encounters Dominique, Francon’s daughter and has a rough sexual encounter with her. Though Roark and Dominique are attracted to each other, Dominique marries Keating, because in the world she lives Roark is shunned. In the process of persuading clients for Keating, Dominique sleeps with Wynand. Eventually Roark and Wynand start working together. When problem sprouts between them, Wynand publishes a denunciation of Roark. At his trial, Roark is not found guilty. Guess what happened then?
Dominique leaves Wynand for Roark.
I wonder how Roark accepted Dominique after her multiple relationships, which she decides based on wealth quotient. While Roark is an individualist himself filled with ego and integrity, I am quite unsure how these two started a relationship at all with no match in their character. Weird as it is.
- Gone Girl – Amy and Nick
Well, I do not have to elaborate much on this. These guys are super famous for their love-hate relationship, or should I say hate-hate relationship. Instead of doing anything silly like getting a divorce and moving on with their own lives, these two force each other to be together inspite of their hatred filled relationship. Amy continues to torture Nick till the end. This is psycho weird and let me not torture you with explanations.
- Norwegian Wood – Toru Watanabe and Noako/Midori
In this book, Toru Watanabe reminisces his college life where he develops relationship with two different women, Naoko and Midori.
Watnabe is confused always, as to who he is in love with, since he finds himself drawn to Midori in Naoko’s absence, and then alienates Midori once Naoko is back. In between he meets this middle-aged woman, Reiko whom he seeks for advice on his decision between Naoko and Midori. Once Naoko is dead, Watnabe has sex with Reiko only to conclude that he wants to be with Midori. Is there anything that is less weird here?
- The Reader – Michael Berg and Hanna Schmitz
The Reader starts with the illicit relationship between a 15-year-old boy, Michael Berg and 36-year-old woman, Hanna Schmitz. Few years later when Hanna is accused of war crimes in World War II, Michael does not save Hanah from her prison sentence, since he does not want to be caught for his relationship with Hanna when he was a minor. But then, he starts sending her tapes training her to read while she is in prison. Finally, after her death, he visits her grave for the one and final time. Its weird how a small boy falls for a woman of his mother’s age. Then he is being selfish when she needs his help and eventually entertains her during her prison time with his tapes. Like, what’s the point?
But then, human beings are unpredictable with their strange thoughts and emotions.
- Twilight – Bella and Jacob
Ah, yes! Perfect pair for the title. This relationship is weird because Bella makes sure to have herself ‘occupied’ with Jacob in the absence of Edward. Throughout the series, there is a brilliant transformation in their relationship. Starting with Book #1, Bella and Jacob are good friends. In Book #2, Jacob fills the gaps Edward has left in Bella’s life. Moving on to Book #3, we have the concept of love triangle, where Bella is with Edward and it is all true divine love between them, and out of nowhere Bella kisses Jacob. Finally in Book #4, Jacob is imprinted by Bella’s daughter and Jacob says, ‘… Look, nothing ever made sense before. You, me, any of it. And now I understand why. ‘
Pretty weird concept of being in love with the mother-in-law till the daughter is born. A new trend coming up there!
I hope you enjoyed reading the list and had glimpses of weird and dark romances in the fictional world. Let me know if you think anyone else fits in the top 7. I would definitely like to add more weirdo stories to my TBR.
Loads of Bookish love,