Quiz: How Well Do You Know Fiction’s Most Star-Crossed Lovers?
No literary theme is likely as enduring as that of the star-crossed lovers. Beginning with Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” (in which the term “star-cross’d lovers” was first coined) and continuing today with such contemporary classics as John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” tales of soulmates kept apart or turned against each other by the hands of fate are as timeless as they are entertaining. So, how well do you know the most star-crossed lovers from fiction? Take our quiz and find out!
Give yourself 1 point for each correct answer. Now, find out how you match up with some of literature’s greatest (and not so great) lovers:
0-3 points: Landon Carter (room for improvement)
Much like the bad-boy protagonist of Nicholas Sparks' “A Walk to Remember,” you’re not exactly a smooth operator when it comes to romance. Spend some time with Jamie Sullivan, borrow a few of her books, learn those lines (!), and eventually you’ll master the star-crossed-lover canon.
4-7 points: Katniss Everdeen (expert in the making)
Despite your archery skills and numerous other talents, you haven’t quite mastered your knowledge of literature’s tragic lovers. Hunker down in a cave with these books and maybe you’ll learn to let down your guard and embrace these heartbreaking but inspiring tales.
8-10 points: Juliet Capulet (pro--needs another challenge)
As Miss Capulet proves herself a winner in love (albeit, tragically), you’ve shown your willingness to sacrifice time, good standing with your family and possibly even your life to learn all about literature’s ill-fated lovers. Set out on your next reading mission with these tales of Paranormal YA Romance and Promiscuous Protagonists.