Star crossed lovers. Shakespeare coined the term in Romeo and love-1127710__180Juliet, but ill fated lovers have traversed history, real and fictional, for centuries and will undoubtedly continue to do so. It’s all about astrology: the phrase is rooted in the belief that the positions of the stars determined people’s fates. It’s also wrapped up in destiny, and the idea that the lovers’ paths will inevitably cross.

Destiny and the stars. Sigh. And since I love a good cry almost as much as I do a happy ending, here’s a few famed couples who speak to my heart, old and new, borrowed and blue.

Antony and Cleopatra Their story, dramatized by Shakespeare, still transcends generations the world over. For them, it was love at first sight. But their relationship put Egypt in a very powerful position, and the Romans were wary of that power. In spite of many threats, Antony and Cleopatra were married. It’s said Antony received a false report of Cleopatra’s death while fighting a battle against the Romans, and fell on his sword. When Cleopatra learned of his death, she also took her own life.

Pierre and Marie Curie  In 1891, Maria Sklodowska Curie traveled to Paris to continue her studies because universities didn’t accept female students. An industrious student, Pierre Curie, director one of the laboratories where Marie worked, couldn’t help but be taken with her. after making several marriage proposals, they were finally wed in 1895. Has any couple had more ‘chemistry’? Just three years later, they discovered polonium and radium. When Curie died in 1904, Marie vowed to continue their work, and became the Sorbonne’s first female teacher. Sadly, Marie was without her beloved Pierre for thirty years. But all that time she honored his memory, experimenting and lecturing until her own death in 1934.

Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese in Terminator – Sarah summed it up: “In the few hours we had together, we loved a lifetime’s worth.” It gets me every time! Sarah, a waitress who is thrust into the role of ‘mother of the future’, and Kyle, an embittered soldier sworn to protect the woman he loves, and travels through time to save.

Let me hear from you – The Notebook is one of my favorite movies/books. Would you describe Ally and Noah as star crossed lovers?

Rebecca E. Neely tells stories packed with a punch of romance and suspense, and even a star crossed lover or two. The  Keeper, Book 1 in the Crossing Realms paranormal romance series, is available now on Amazon.