The Worst Breakups in Literature, Ranked

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Look, no one likes to read books about people breaking up with each other with grace and maturity. We like to read books where people take a loving, stable relationship and burn it to the ground. That’s why most fictional breakups are the literary equivalent of a train going off a cliff while it’s also on fire—not because it’s realistic, necessarily, but because it’s more fun that way. Here are some of those breakups, ranked from “yikes” to “I can’t believe I had to read this catastrophe with my own eyeballs.”

Topics: Books
Tags: harry potter, twilight, breakups, books we love, hamlet, pride and prejudice, the crucible, classic literature, funny lists, characters we love, much ado about nothing, rankings, breakups in literature, medea, 19th-century ghosting

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