With Valentine’s Day coming up fast, chances are you’re streaming all your favorite rom-coms on Netflix, re-reading your favorite love stories and soaking up the lovey-dovey energy. Or if you’re a Valentine’s Day hater, you might be staying as far away from them as possible (and sending out a V-Day-hating card or two). But if you’re happily in the former camp, you’re going to love this new infographic from Unplag. The plagiarism company looked at some of the most popular love story novels of all time and drew out exactly how each of them ends. Spoiler alert ahead!
The company looked at a good mix of classics and modern love stories: Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Cyrano de Bergerac, Madame Bovary, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Anna Karenina, The Master and Margarita, Gone With the Wind, Thorn Birds, The Great Gatsby, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Phantom of the Opera, Bridget Jones’s Diary Series, The Notebook, Twilight Series and Fifty Shades of Grey Series.
What they found was that love stories can end one of six ways: death, marriage, children, staying together, separation and unrequited love. And a few of the novels end in more than one outcome. For example, Wuthering Heights ends in death and separation. This might be a good choice for the Valentine’s Day cynics out there!
A surprising number of love stories end in tragedy — death was the most common on this list, with eight, and separation was a close second, with seven. Stories ending with people staying together, marriage and children were a little less common. Eeesh. Maybe we should stick to Galentine’s Day this year.
What’s YOUR favorite love story, and how does it end? Tweet us about it at @BritandCo!
(Graphic via Unplag; featured image via Justin Sullivan/Getty)