My Favorite Fictional Couples…Just for Valentine’s Day

Jenny and Ollie From Love Story by Eric Segal – Jennifer Cavilleri and Oliver Barrett IV

Just like Romeo and Juliet, this is one of my favorite love stories. Although I give my own characters happy ever after endings, there’s room for great romances where the lovers lose each other too soon, or when they’re too young. This story was very sweet on so many levels.

Love Story: Love means never having to say you’re sorry. Read the summary now.

Warning, this is a tear-jerker: Click on image for trailer

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler  

When I’m asked who are some of my favorite fictional couples are, my mind goes straight to this couple. They’re a good example of the more realistic love relationships that aren’t syrupy sweet.

This is my very first book/film in which I did not get my happy ending. Although I always give my own characters in my stories a happy-ever-after, I still learned from these two unconventional characters that in life, and in fiction, we should not strive for perfection or to be liked. Being an individual and staying true to ourselves is more important.

Click the image to see their first kiss, I love the way Rhett has no illusions about either of them. Read the summary now.

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet

Ever since my days of studying English literature, I have loved Jane Austen’s books, particularly Pride and Prejudice. I especially like the 1995 British TV series interpretation with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet.

I liked her fieriness and Mr. Darcy’s growth arc throughout the story. Read the summary now.

Click on the image to see the short video, with Elvis Presley’s “Always on my Mind”.

Bride and Prejudice

There is also the very entertaining and funny 2004 Bollywood-esque Bride and Prejudice version, directed by the incredibly talented Gurinder Chadha. Read the summary now.

I have loved Aishwarya Rai since I saw Taal years ago, and she’s amazing here, with her gorgeous, lilty English.

What about my true Bollywood favorite characters, you ask?

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. This onscreen couple are my all-time favorites, and these are the movies in which they have weaved magic for more than two decades for us all to enjoy:

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) – Rahul Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali Sharma (Kajol) Read summary now.

Alongside this movie, my daughter and I never tire of watching these two classics over the past years too: Kabi Kushi Kabi Gam and Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge (1995): (Click on the images for the short trailers.)

      

Many of you already know who my Bollywood hero is – and always will be! – Hrithik Roshan. I love all his movies. Here are some of my favorite movies with him and his lucky co-stars!

See Crazy Kia Re song

Although I love Hrithik paired up with Kareena Kapoor (Yaadein), Priyanka Chopra (Krrish) and Katrina Kaif (Bang Bang), I love the sizzling chemistry between him and Aishwarya Rai in Dhoom 2 (2006)

With the action, the romance, the songs and Hrithik dancing – it’s got it all! Read the summary now.

I also loved Hrithik’s latest movie, Kaabil, which is garnering amazing reviews – hey, I’m not surprised – across the world.

What I love about Bollywood revenge movies is how they capture the emotion and passion so much better than the Hollywood action Die Hard-type, ‘been there, done that’ formulas.

 

Who are some of your favorite characters and why? It doesn’t matter which era or genre.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.

Gloria Silk

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We all have extremely busy lives especially with our crammed family and work schedules. But did you know that volunteering and spending some time helping others can do wonders for your well-being? So many of us feel so good when helping someone even in the smallest way.

Almost 7 years ago my final cancer treatments after my mastectomy and reconstructive surgery werecompleted.

Although I did not want to hear about this at the time, I can now agree with the old saying “this crisis is a blessing in disguise”. It may sound strange, but I do appreciate life and health so much more, instead of taking it all for granted like I had before. No matter what, we are all mortals and our time on earth is very limited.

When my husband got ill and we nearly lost him because of endocarditis in 2011 (strange I remember this year!) God seemed to be reminding me that without love and working on enjoying every single day, life is literally a waste!

Cliches have become commonplace because they are truths we all recognize, but sometimes forget or get too busy or distracted to really live by. Cliches start to lose their meaning if we merely throw them around without genuinely understanding them before it is too late.

How often have you heard this? “If you don’t have health you have nothing.”

Only when you are faced with a crisis such as seeing your loved one deteriorating, or feeling like you are losing yourself – your mind or your body – to an unstoppable force or disease, do you sit up and listen.

Despite many diseases such as Smallpox, Polio and others which can now be prevented by vaccines, we need much more continued research and commitment  to eradicate diseases such breast cancer and the other cancers. But there is still a long way to go.

How Can We Help?

Volunteer – Give Your Time (Instead of Money)

With much speculation about how much of our monetary contributions actually reach our hoped destination, we can all still help as much or as little as we can – by giving our money and/or our precious commodity: time.

When nearly all my treatments (double mastectomy and later reconstructive surgery) were almost finished, as a way of paying forward I trained as a peer support volunteer for Canadian Cancer Society. Through CCS I have helped many women diagnosed with breast cancer or those needing to talk to someone who has gone through what they are facing. Although I would not give any medical advice or personal opinions about their specific circumstances, I knew how important it is to listen to their fears and hesitations on the emotional level.

While going through my own recovery journey with the help of God, my family and good friends, I learned the hard way that we cannot walk this path alone.

I would listen and help these women list out the questions and help them decide on their own best way forward, so they can take each part of the process, and every day, one step at a time. Many times it was all about how a mother with so many family and work responsibilities could handle the load.

Just like I had in my own situation – and still have to be conscious to do this – I helped the women to take time to rest, and be kind to themselves, guilt free and to allow themselves to accept help from their friends and loved ones. This was temporary, I would repeat, as we all feel like we will never get out from this dark cloud in our lives. But many of us do, and continue to live healthy and happier lives.

Although it can be hard to hear the ‘new friends’ crying or being reminded of how I had dealt with the same issues or questions years earlier, I feel it is worth every moment to be helping someone I may never even meet. It is my honor to be there for them, just like a peer support volunteer had helped me on my own journey.

It reminds me of how strong I was, and how much we are all capable of, and how many wonderful people and organizations out there can help us.

How Can YOU Help?

You may not want to volunteer or have the time to do this on a regular basis. You may have a different commitment to a different cause. That’s absolutely fine.

Take time to search within yourself and the internet: What subjects are close to your heart? Do you love animals, are you committed to helping the elderly, or at the local hospital? Ask your friends or colleagues what they do. But you may well discover that even the tiniest amount of effort on your part will help on many levels. If you have children you will be teaching by example, and most of all you will know that you are making a difference.

Share with me below in the comments how you help or would like to make your own difference.

Stay Inspired, and enjoy the beautiful fall colors.

Warmly,

Gloria Silk

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