Stories that fly in the face of the happily-ever-after.
Gone are the days of being hitched up to the unmarried lad or lass in the next village. And as sweet as it may be, the classic tale of boy meets girl followed by a period of hand-holding, marriage, children, careers and the rest hardly makes for gripping drama. Often the real story lies in the mechanisms of falling in and out of love, how we keep the flame alive over time and through adversity, or how we deal with loss. Here are some stories that cut to the heart of this complex business, illuminating the intricacies, hilarities, heartbreaks and realities of love.