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Valentine's Day: Sweet or Sour?

Does Valentine's Day make you feel all sweet and mushy? Or does it bring out your cynical and sour side? There are books, movies and music for both sweet and sour tastes; here are a few suggestions, some based on the title, most on the content of the work, and some strictly with tongue in cheek. And if you would like to add some Valentine's Day flavour to your own words, consider these sayings, both sweet and sour:


For "sweet" romantics For "sour" romantics
the love of my life a lost love
dear to my heart my heart bleeds for you
a joyful heart, a light heart a heavy heart, a broken heart
kiss me quick kiss and tell, kiss off
love is grand love is blind
kiss of life kiss of death, Judas kiss
lovebirds lonely hearts
win someone's love love's labours lost
love is all you need you cannot live on love alone
a love note a Dear John letter
billing and cooing lovers' quarrel
tying the knot, ties of love ball and chain
ties that bind breaking up
open-hearted, warm-hearted cold-hearted, heartless
sweethearts a soured relationship


For "sweet" romantics For "sour" romantics
Romeo and Juliet
(W. Shakespeare)
The Taming of the Shrew (W. Shakespeare)
Sonnets from the Portuguese (E. Barrett Browning) Sex and Destiny
(G. Greer)
Pride and Prejudice
(J. Austen)
Life Before Man
(M. Atwood)
Sons and Lovers
(D.H. Lawrence)
My Heart Is Broken
(M. Gallant)
any Harlequin-style romance novel Heart of Darkness
(J. Conrad)


For "sweet" romantics For "sour" romantics
Love Story (1970) Mad Love (1935)
Shakespeare in Love (1998) Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
You've Got Mail (1998) The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
Message in a Bottle (1999) Fatal Attraction (1987)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) The War of the Roses (1989)
Love Actually (2003) Mighty Aphrodite (1995)


For "sweet" romantics For "sour" romantics
Love Me Tender
(Elvis Presley)
Heartbreak Hotel
(Elvis Presley)
I Want to Hold Your Hand
(The Beatles)
(I can't get no) Satisfaction
(The Rolling Stones)
Walkin' on Sunshine
(Katrina & the Waves)
These Boots Were Made for Walkin'
(Nancy Sinatra)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
(Ewan McColl)
The First Cut Is the Deepest
(Cat Stevens)
You've Got a Friend
(Carole King)
Friendless Summer
(The Lucksmiths)