What Your Favorite Classic Romance Says About You

Hullo, hullo, hullo!

I’ve been posting a lot of heavier and/or controversial content lately, and as much as I relish those posts and the ensuing discussions … today, I’m in the mood for something light and fun. Something that will make people laugh. I hope this offering fits the bill. πŸ˜‰

This post is an homage to a YouTube series called “What Your Favorite [*insert fandom*] Ship Says About You” over at the channel Eldena Doubleca5t. All credit for both the concept and the original jokes goes to them. I’m simply taking what they’ve done and applying it to the classic romance/period drama fandom. If you want to see some of their original videos, which are DELIGHTFUL, try “What Your Favorite Star Wars Ship Says About You” or “What Your Favorite Avatar Ship Says About You.” The deadpan quips are just *chef’s kiss* On Point.

(Warning: These videos include some strong language and mention certain controversial pairings. So, y’know. Viewer discretion advised. But I find them hilarious.)

Without further ado … here’s my tongue-in-cheek take on what your favorite classic romance says about you!


Anne and Wentworth, Persuasion: You’re a firm believer in second chances.

Enjolras and Grantaire, Les Miserables: You’re a firm believer in tragic death scenes.

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Elinor and Edward, Sense and Sensibility: You don’t get what all the fuss is about. Who needs passion and drama when you can have peace and quiet?

Anne and Gilbert, Anne of Green Gables: You don’t get what all the fuss is about. Shouldn’t every meet-cute involve Character A smashing a slate over Character B’s head?

Marius and Cosette, Les Miserables: You think best-friends-to-lovers is overrated.

Emma and Mr. Knightley, Emma: You think best-friends-to-lovers cannot be rated highly enough.

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Achilles and Patroclus, The Iliad: You just wanted good things for Patroclus … and really, who wouldn’t?

Hector and Andromache, The Iliad: You just wanted good things for Hector … and really, who wouldn’t?

Molly and Roger, Wives and Daughters: You’re always here for silent pining.

Elizabeth and Darcy, Pride and Prejudice: You’re always here for feisty women crushing powerful men’s hopes and dreams.

Margaret and Mr. Thornton, North and South: You watched P&P and thought, “You know what this movie needs? More death.”

Wool and Wheel: 2011

Alexandra and Carl, O Pioneers: You love a good slow burn. A really, really, REALLY slow burn.

Jane and Rochester, Jane Eyre: You are heterosexual.

Heathcliff and Cathy, Wuthering Heights: Are you okay? Do we need to talk?

Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing: Your ideal relationship dynamic involves witty banter.

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Orlando and Rosalind, As You Like It: Your ideal relationship dynamic involves witty banter and cross-dressing.

Mr. and Mrs. De Winter, Rebecca: You like Jane Eyre. You are also heterosexual.

Nick and Gatsby, The Great Gatsby: Your superpower is reading subtext. Mad respect to you.

Gatsby and Daisy, The Great Gatsby: Your superpower is ignoring canon. Mad respect to you.

Gabriel and Bathsheba, Far From the Madding Crowd: You always go for the simple, honest farmers.

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Aragorn and Arwen, Lord of the Rings: You always go for the knights in shining armor.

Eowyn and Faramir, Lord of the Rings: You always go for the precious cinnamon rolls.

Jane and Bingley, Pride and Prejudice: You ARE a precious cinnamon roll.

Marianne and Colonel Brandon, Sense and Sensibility: You have impeccable taste. Congratulations. πŸ˜‰

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What do you think your favorite classic romance says about you?

Did I nail it? Am I way off? πŸ˜›

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33 thoughts on “What Your Favorite Classic Romance Says About You

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  1. Margaret and Mr. Thornton, North and South: You watched P&P and thought, “You know what this movie needs? More death.” <- I'm so glad I was finished drinking when I read this, or I'd have spewed it all over my laptop screen, it made me laugh so hard.

    I'm very heterosexual, apparently. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Ahhhh, these are hilarious! I’ve always loved your sharp wit. And combine it with good taste in literature…yesss.

    Faramir/Eowyn and Molly/Roger are my all-time favorite ships. So. There you have it. I didn’t think I was one for silent pining, but then I thought harder and looked at my favorite books…and my own books. And you might just be right. πŸ˜‚

    The Austen ships are not my top favorites, but I do love them. The quiet, steady ones are my style, though I do love Lizzie and Darcy. But your descriptions fit me for Emma, Jane & Bingley, and Sense & Sensibility. 😍 (I approve of Marianne and Brandon. ❀)

    I like friends to lovers and slow-burns best, for sure. Occasionally I like an enemies to lovers story with witty banter, like P&P, Anne, and Much Ado. (which, by the way, I’ve been thinking again that I should watch Much Ado properly.).

    Also, I think a person’s favorite version of Pride and Prejudice says a lot about them, too. πŸ˜‚ Mine is 1995, always and only. So it made me happy to see the photos you chose!

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    1. Alsoooo….I was properly amused at the North & South one. XD YESSS. It’s not my favorite, but it’s a good movie. Wives and Daughters, though….that one is my favorite. It has EXACTLY the vibe and spirit I love most. My mom thinks it’s a little too heavy and sad, but I love the bittersweet quality. Yeah, there’s some death, but it feels real to me. And it’s also so happy as well as sad. I like that mix. It’s not dark.

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    2. Thank you, m’dear! I’m so glad it made you laugh πŸ˜€

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Yes, I’m not surprised at that–quiet pining/silent devotion does seem to be your type. One of them, anyway. πŸ˜‰

      Haha, glad I got ’em right! Oh yes, I knew you were a big fan of best-friends-to-lovers, that’s so sweet, and it suits your personality ❀

      (There's a GREAT staged version of Much Ado About Nothing on YouTube with David Tennant and Catherine Tate. They're electric together. Highly recommended.)

      For some reason, I've never been able to get into Elizabeth Gaskell, either Wives and Daughters, North and South, or her other stories. I wanted to include them on this list though because a lot of my friends are into them, and they're good examples of classic literary romance! I don't think they're "too dark" for me exactly … hmmmmm … yeah, I don't really know what it is. *ponders*

      Lol! Pride and Prejudice 2005 is my personal favorite version, I LOVE IT TO DEATH, it's one of my top favorite period dramas, actually. But I wanted to include that particular photo from the 1995 film in this post because a) I've already used a lot of 2005 pics in other posts, and b) it's prettyyyy. πŸ˜‰


      1. I was surprised at first, but I’m NOT surprised now. It’s all through my favorites and my own books. YES, the silent devotion too!! It’s a big one for me. I didn’t think I was the type to like pining! I don’t usually like angst…unless it’s the right kind, and then it gets me good. I think most of the couples in my novels involve at least a little pining, often from unrequited love (real or perceived), or other obstacles. And I guess it’s telling that one of my favorite Josh Groban songs is “Un Dia Llegara.” It’s sooo beautiful and bittersweet. (you should look it up and read the translation.)

        Yes, heehee, I’m best-friends-to-lovers ALL the way. It does suit me, you’re right! I guess not all my couples I’ve written were friends first, but most were. *glances at my list and checks them off one by one*

        OOH!!!! They have a version of Much Ado?? A stage version?? This I must see! I kind of wanted to see more of them together (though LOL, they’re so rapid fire i can hardly follow). And I’ve been wanting to try a faithful adaptation of Much Ado! I thought I’d have to settle for the Kenneth Branagh version.

        Hmmm, I really don’t think Gaskell is your style, but at least you tried! Wives and Daughters is EXACTLY my style. If I had to describe my tastes, I would point straight at W&D. But North and South is not so much my style. No, they would not seem heavy to you–only to people who like Austen or brighter stories. W&D is the sweet spot for me between heavy and happy–perfect mix, bittersweet, not TOO dark.

        Yesss, exactly! thanks for thinking of us! I think Gaskell is less known than Austen, but the fans are very devoted and have certain tastes. And I don’t think it’s your style, and that’s okay.

        Hahaha, that’s awesome! I”m glad you have a favorite you love so much! So pretty.

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      2. Oh my, you’re right!! “Un Dia Llegara” is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing it with me *heart eyes*

        Okay, so the David Tennant/Catherine Tate stage version of Much Ado About Nothing USED to be on YouTube, but it seems to have disappeared … I can’t find the full play, just teeny clips of it. Much sad. It’s really good though!! I do highly recommend it, if you can find it somewhere.


      3. Awww, thanks for listening!! If there was ever a song for sweet, silent pining, this is it. πŸ˜€ And it just might be perfect for two or three of the couples in my series.

        Oh! Thanks for checking for me! That’s a bummer. That’s always how it goes. I’m glad you enjoyed it while it was there! Awww, yes! I wish they filmed these things officially!

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  3. These are FANTASTIC, haha!! I’m a longtime shipper of…

    Emma and Mr. Knightley
    Hector and Andromache
    Aragorn and Arwen
    Eowyn and Faramir
    Marianne and Colonel Brandon

    And as a longtime shipper of these fine, majestic ships, I can say you are ON POINT XD

    (Also, the North & South one made me laugh SO HARD.)

    (And yes, of course I watched the Star Wars shipping video. I only just started watching Harry Potter for the first time this weekend–*insert shrieks of excitement here*–so now I’m a little scared about the guy’s comment comparing Ben Solo and Draco Malfoy.)

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      Glad to know it hit the spot for you! πŸ˜‰

      Hahahaha! Okay, I’ll be honest: what the video says about Draco and Reylo is accurate for me. I did think Draco Malfoy deserved a redemption arc–or, at least, he deserved a redemption arc wayyyyy more than Snape, who actually got one. I can’t STAND Snape. Although I dislike Dumbledore even more, but that’s another discussion for another time! (I should at least let you finish the movies before dumping ALLLLLLLL MY OPINIONS on your plate xD)


  4. Apparently I’m a heterosexual who believes in crushing mens dreams, breaking slated over their heads, having witty banter and dressing like a boy… good times 🀣🀣🀣

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    1. Ahhhhhh, I’m glad it made you laugh!! πŸ˜€ The “you are heterosexual” joke comes directly from the original YouTube videos: they would use it once per fandom, for a (straight) pairing they CLEARLY didn’t support. “If your favorite ship is …” and then they would look at the camera and say in the most deadpan voice you can imagine, “You are heterosexual.” IT KILLED ME EVER TIME.

      *giggling just thinking about it*

      Yessssssssssss, girl! Crush those powerful men’s hopes and dreams! xD

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  5. I looove this post! Fantastic job, Katie. Apparently I’m a precious cinnamon roll who has impeccable taste, am always here for feisty women crushing powerful men’s hopes, believe all romances should start with Character A smashing a slate over Character B’s head, and think best-friends-to-lovers cannot be rated highly enough.
    Also, I haven’t read The Great Gatsby yet, but the descriptions of both ships from that book definitely describe me. I am a master at both reading subtext and ignoring canon.


    1. Awwww, all of those sound VERY accurate for you, my friend! ❀ *hugs for the precious cinnamon roll*

      I actually just read The Great Gatsby for the first time this year. I was SHOCKED by the amount of gay subtext. SHOCKED, I TELL YOU. For a novel published in the 1920s, it's very … um … Not Straight. (I may or may not be writing a post about that very topic, very soon …)

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  6. I’m dying. I love the complete opposites you pair one right after another. I’m not sure which are funniest.

    “You are a firm believe in tragic death scenes.”

    “Your superpower is ignoring canon.” I think any Gatsy book lover has a superpower of reading a great deal out of very little. I despise this book or rather the fascination with it.

    “You have impeccable taste.” Lol. this is especially funny because I’m not exactly a Colonel Brandon fangirl.

    “Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing: Your ideal relationship dynamic involves witty banter.” Also, yep. This is me, don’t know how I’m going to make up for my lack of wit, but definitely want a Benedick.


    1. *bows* I live to serve, madam xD xD

      Yeah, the original videos used a similar “opposites” format, so I figured I’d just keep that good thing going πŸ˜‰

      HA! Well, if you’re not a Great Gatsby fan, you’re probably gonna wanna skip my next post then … πŸ˜‰

      Beatrice and Benedick make an excellent pairing. A true classic. (I feel like we’ve chatted about this before, but I can’t remember: have you seen the David Tennant / Catherine Tate version?)


      1. I had to reread this post, its so good.
        Also, I need to see that version of Much Ado!


  7. Ahh I want to respond to all of these but I think my favorite is Jane Eyre! Regardless of your sexuality, how you can ship those two just… doesn’t make any sense to me. #heterosexualbutdoesn’tshipJaneandRochester

    Also: “You watched P&P and thought, β€œYou know what this movie needs? More death.” hOW DID YOU READ MY MIND KATIE


    1. Haha, glad it spoke to you! xD

      I can’t stand the idea of Jane and Rochester as a couple, not gonna lie. πŸ˜› I understand that other people have their own reasons for shipping them, but “it’s a no from me, chief.”

      Oh, no! I definitely wouldn’t say all straight people love Jane Eyre. However, I think the story relies so heavily on heteronormative romantic tropes that you almost HAVE to be straight to enjoy it. And I’m, uhhhh, not fully heterosexual, so *dabs*


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  8. HAHAHAHAHAHA so I guess I’m heterosexual??! 🀣Jane Eyre is a book I’ve been wanting to defend on my blog for a long time just because I know so many contemporaries of mine hate it, but I understand why. I just think the literary significance is fantastic and there’s a lot about it that can get overlooked in the shuffle of Rochester being Rochester πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚*coughs* boi has problems lol πŸ˜‚.

    Also though North and South hit me. MOrE DeAtH plZ.

    Beatrice/Benedick from Much Ado reminds me of an irl relationship I have – too much banter but never enough πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


    1. *deepens my best Jeeves voice* It would appear so, ma’am. πŸ˜‰

      By all means, you should post your own thoughts about “Jane Eyre”! I will be blunt–I DO hate that book, and my opinions on the subject are immovable. πŸ˜‰ But I understand why other people derive value from it, even though I don’t derive any value from it myself.

      Moaaaaaaaaaar deaaaaaath …

      Ooh, sounds promising! xD

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  9. YES.

    *pterodactyl screeching*

    “You just wanted good things for Hector … and really, who wouldn’t?”

    ^^ IT ME

    “You watched P&P and thought, β€œYou know what this movie needs? More death.”” I can’t. xD

    For the record, this user is here for Molly/Roger, Gabriel/Bathsheba, and Eowyn/Faramir FOREVER. <333


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