Romances So Bad, They’re Scary!

It’s almost Halloween! The ghouls and goblins will be out to play and candy will be abundant. To get into the Halloween spirit, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most messed up couples in literature to get your Halloween-y romantic hearts a-fluttering.  

Oedipus and Jocasta

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So…incest. Oedipus kills his father and marries his mother. When Oedipus finds out, he plucks out his eyes and Jocasta kills herself. No thanks! 


Catherine and Heathcliff

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Heathcliff is described as a gypsy figure who is taken in by the Earnshaw family. He’s brought up with the children of the house and falls for Catherine. Even though Catherine and Heathcliff love each other, Catherine can’t marry him, because it’s below her station. Basically, Catherine dies in childbirth, but Heathcliff still loves her, sees her spirit around, and even attempts to unbury her at one point, but doesn’t. 


Gatsby and Daisy 

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Daisy Buchanan may be one of the most frustrating characters ever. She seriously cannot make a decision and I wanted to shout at her the entire time. “Just choose!!!” She flip flops between loving Jay and Tom, and in the end, her actions, in my opinion, cause Gatsby’s end. No matter how much they loved each other, they cannot find a way to make it work. 


Jamie and Cersei Lannister

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They are brother and sister! What more do I have to say… other than they’re ruthless, cunning, destructive and the worst? 

Dolores (Lolita) and Humbert Humbert 

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She’s 12 and he’s a middle-aged man. He’s obsessed with fantasizing about nymphets (ages 9-14). That’s as far as I’m going to go with this one. 




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