Star-Crossed Lovers

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Some romances are simple stories of love at first sight and of a life together happily ever after. Other romances are far from fairy-tales, with lovers having to battle through trials and tribulations to earn their happy endings. The latter is most certainly the case with FALLEN, the new paranormal romance, fantasy film starring Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine and Joely Richardson, based on the worldwide bestselling YA book series by Lauren Kate. Fallen sees Luce (Timlin) torn between two students at Sword & Cross reform school: dangerous Cameron (Harrison Gilbertson) and mysterious Daniel (Irvine), unaware that the latter is an angel, and has loved her for thousands of years. Tormented by strange visions, Luce begins to unravel the secrets of her past and finds she must choose where her feelings lie, pitting Heaven against Hell in an epic battle over true love.

As Fallen arrives on DVD and VOD on May 1st, we take a look at some other classic cinematic tales of star-crossed lovers…

Edward and Bella – The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)

A teenage girl falls in love with a vampire, what could possibly go wrong? When Bella, an awkward and timid teen, relocates to the rainy and unpopulated coastal town of Forks to live with her father, her life changes forever. At school Bella befriends a strange and reticent yet irresistible boy named Edward Cullen who becomes transfixed with her. It is soon revealed that he is a century old vampire, whose bizarre behaviour is emblematic of his inner turmoil between his love for Bella and his desire to bite her. Through five blockbuster movies, we see their romance tested to the limit, overcoming a love triangle with werewolf Jacob Black, and faced with countless life-or-death situations. From fighting off the crazed vampire James on his hunt for Bella’s blood, to battling James’ revenge-stricken partner Victoria and the ominous Volturi, Edward and Bella’s relationship must conquer its fair share of drama, yet their relationship stands the test of time. With Bella finally being granted her wish of becoming a vampire in the finale of the franchise, the couple were finally liberated to live and love in peace and harmony.

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