- No. 20: Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Because nothing says 'romance' like a story in which the male and female leads' most powerful feelings for one another are, respectively, an increasingly strained sense of duty and an overwhelming neediness.
- No. 13: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Because there's no better way to say 'I love you' than to dump the guy because he's not rich enough, drive him to emotional and moral ruin and ultimately to his death, and then go on with your life as though nothing had happened.
- No. 7: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Because what girl doesn't dream of being shackled for life to an emotional cripple who will never get over his evil, dead first wife?
- No. 6: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Because the people who responded to this poll were obviously thinking about the film, not the book.
- No. 4: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Because the best that a strong, intelligent woman can hope for is the choice between a needy man-child and an emotionless bully.
- No. 1: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Yeah, I've got nothing.
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