Unrequited love

Unrequited love. That’s a hard topic. We’ve all suffered, one way or the other. Google “unrequited love” and it turns up over a million hits. Mostly for the sort of site that offers cliche advice about how to recover from unrequited love. The kind of advice that’s been around forever. We read it in Seventeen Magazine when we were first learning about love, we’ve read it in Cosmopolitan as we grew into love. Our mother’s and friends imparted it, and now we find ourselves mouthing the same phrases. The kind of advice that boils down to one phrase: Get over it.

Easier said than done, isn’t it? (One aside-Do men’s magazines ramble on about this disability? Do men suffer from unrequited love? Sure they do. They just don’t talk about it.) So I’m not going to give you any advice on how to recover if you’re suffering. There’s plenty of advice out there. I’m just going to give you a couple of nice literary blogs to take your mind off the pain of loving someone you can’t have.

At See Michelle Read, guest blogger Aimee of My Fluttering Heart reminds us of a greater type of unfulfulled love, the type of love for which all hope is dashed by circumstances. And Simone Ogilvie (a romance author courting the publishing industry—another type of unrequited love that I hope she can turn around) at The Romantic Query Letter and the Happy-Ever-After gives us a nice short post about the pain of unrequited love.

About that unrequited publishing love thing. If you suffer from it, and you write, you might try Help! I Need a Publisher!

3 thoughts on “Unrequited love

  1. Thank you for the links to other blogs and sites – I am looking forward to checking them out. I am wondering what prompted you to write about unrequited love this particular day?

    It is on my mind a lot as I have been in that strange state for, probably more than 15 years, without even realizing it!

    I love the spectrum of your philosophy of life this blog gives!

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Why write about unrequited love? Well, don’t we all yearn for something or somebody we can’t have? But this was just one post in a series of anti-Valentine Day posts. A whole day devoted to happy hearts and lovey-dovey stuff seems unfair to all those yearning hearts out there. They should be able to celebrate something, no matter how cynical.

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