Beyond Happily Ever After

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    Beyond Happily Ever After
    By Christina Morris, The Indianapolis Star
    June 25, 2005

    As I was watching the bittersweet ending to the classic romantic comedy "Roman Holiday," starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, I thought, "Why is it that the most romantic love stories are those that don't work out?"

    And as I thought about how the two lovers in "Roman Holiday" are forced to go their separate ways, some of the most famous and historic love stories popped into my mind: Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, and Charles and Diana. We seem enthralled by tragic romances.

    Why aren't the most memorable and romantic stories about couples who have long-lasting relationships filled with love as well as stability, openness and trust? Perhaps we prefer the tales of star-crossed lovers because we can use our imaginations and dreams to replace the tragedies that interrupted these characters' seemingly perfect love with the hope of a beautiful "happily ever after."

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