Monday, February 10, 2014

Tim Paul - Favorite Love Story

I tend to not have favorites. But I do have currents. Which is to say, "this is the [blank] I am most currently digging."

So the love story I am currently most digging is actually the Ice King's background story, which has only been explored a few times. When you first meet the Ice King in Adventure Time, he's a hilarious weirdo that is always kidnapping Princess to try and force them to marry and love him.

As you learn his history, he was driven mad by the magic in the Crown (which give him his powers), turning him into the Ice King. He may have saved the world in the past as well. He might have stopped the Lich King as well. 

As he lost his mind, he also lost the love of his life, Betty. No one is sure what became of Betty.

Now, almost a thousand years later. Ice King is a lonely, kooky magic-user, with domination over the power of ice and snow, living with penguins in his Mountain Fortress in the Kingdom of Ice. 

But every now and then, he's haunted by fragments of his past, in particular, Betty.

I love it, because the Ice King is far more than he seems. 

Michelle Dickens- Favorite Love Story

Among my favorite love stories is F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Although the romantic aspect of the novel is a small component within a larger context of decadence and corruption in the roaring twenties, I find Gatsby's unwavering devotion to Daisy very touching. In keeping with the symbolism in the novel, I utilized a color palette of green and golds to illustrate the characters' affluence. It was also fun to experiment with an art deco approach to recreate the look of the period.

Angela Rizza - Favorite Love Story

Meet me in Montauk.

Elisabeth Alba - Favorite Love Story

I have always loved tales of Robin Hood and Maid Marian!

Richie Pope-Favorite Love Story

The story of Joel and Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind will forever be my favorite love story. If who you are is based on your memories and experiences and you erase someone out of your memory, aren't you just erasing yourself? Relationships always end, but we enter them anyway. We enjoy the ride, knowing this.

The final exchange between Joel and Clementine puts it perfectly:

Joel: I can't see anything that I don't like about you.
Clementine: But you will! But you will. You know, you will think of things. And I'll get bored with you and feel trapped because that's what happens with me.
Joel: Okay.
Clementine: ...Okay.

Lee Moyer - Favorite Love Story

The splendid BrainPickings offers a fine essay on this topic:

As we make historic progress on the dignity and equality of human love, it’s hard to forget the enormous indignities to which the lovers of yore have been subjected across the 4,000-year history of persecuting desire. Among modernity’s most tragic victims of our shameful past is Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned multiple times for his “crime” of homosexuality, run into bankruptcy and exile, and fell to an untimely death. But Wilde’s most “sinful” quality — his enormous capacity for passionate, profound love — was also one of the most poetic gifts of his life.