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Best Love Stories  by Type: ISTJ

Casablanca (1943)

Character: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

Ah, the classic ISTJ romantic conflict. Duty vs. love. The past vs. the present. The fun-da-mental things apply as time goes by. For those who’ve been unfortunate enough to have never seen this film, here’s the lowdown: Rick and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) fall in love in Paris in 1940, but everything changes when the Nazis attack. Ilsa dumps Rick with no explanation, breaking his heart and rendering him the broken, bitter, cynical man we first meet in Casablanca, Morocco, running Rick’s Cafe Americain. Then she walks back into his life with her husband, freedom fighter Victor Lazlo, and wouldn’t you know it, Rick just happens to have the tickets to get them out of Casablanca to safety in America. Not going to give away the ending here, but it’s considered one of the best in movie history for a good reason. (tears)

Sense and Sensibility (1811)

Characters: Elinor and Colonel Brandon

Jane Austen was nice enough to gift us with two ISTJs falling in love in the same book (and two more in other books, Emma and Mansfield Park). Elinor the sensible sister falls for pre-engaged Edward Ferrars; Colonel Brandon the duty-bound, tragedy-ridden older man falls for Elinor’s more romantic sister Marianne, and both end up getting the girl/boy in the end through their commitment to duty, honor and undying devotion. While they start the story as the tepid, cautious and sensible ones, both open up as the story goes on.

Phantom of the Opera

Character: Raoul de Chagny

Yes, everyone remembers the Phantom’s INTJ devotion, but Phantom is two love stories - one is a tragedy, the other ends happily. Raoul is the childhood friend who comes to save our heroine from herself, and who’s love ballad to her, “All I Ask of You’ from the stage show is memorable enough that I put it as the Musical love song for ISTJ. De Chagny gives us the noble, knight-in-shining-armour side of the ISTJ, as he’s willing to sacrifice anything and everything to save Christine - even if he’s a bit skeptical about this crazy Phantom story.


Character: Shrek himself

One of our favorite modern movie romances is Shrek and Fiona. Shrek is more of the irascible, bitter, burned by the world kind of ISTJ, who’s used to being considered weird and gross and suddenly finds there’s someone else like him out there. Mostly the first two films are the best in terms of the romance, the first being the bizarro courtship between the supposed monster and the princess, and the second being the marriage experience where the proof of devotion comes in the form of action and sacrifice.

Steven Universe

Character: Pearl

One can’t help but cry a bit at Steven Universe’s ultimate tragic love story: That of Pearl and Rose Quartz. While there may be hope for Pearl in the future, her undying devotion to Rose ended with Rose choosing someone else and passing away. Pearl is very much the ‘stuck in the past’ kind of ISTJ, endlessly reminiscing on her lost Lenore and unable to really move on. We’ve been handed three terrific ISTJ love songs here in one go - adding to the list “It’s Over, isn’t it?”

Harry Potter

Character: Severus Snape


The other 15 on the way!



Alan Rickman and his Co - Stars (2)

Robert Hardy (”Sense and Sensibility”, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, “CBGB”), Lindsay Duncan (”Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, “Private Lives”), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”,  “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”), Gemma Jones (“Sense and Sensibility”, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”)


“You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making. As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses … I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death - if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”
Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. He was the perfect potions master and half-blood prince. I also loved him in Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure”.

RAVENCLAW: “Too many scholars think of research as purely a cerebral pursuit. If we do nothing with the knowledge we gain, then we have wasted our study. Books can store information better than we can–what we we do that books cannot is interpret. So if one is not going to draw conclusions, then one might as well just leave the information in the texts.” –Brandon Sanderson (Jasnah Kholin: The Way of Kings)

On this Valentine’s Day, please keep Alan Rickman’s wife Rima in your thoughts and prayers - it is also the one month anniversary of Alan’s death and I’m sure it must be rough for her since they were together for 50 years. Also, keep your thoughts with Rima over the next week, as next Sunday (February 21) marks another anniversary - it would have been Alan’s 70th birthday. Thoughts and prayers!

February book challenge day 8 - favourite genre: Fantasy

Escaping to another world is an experience like no other. When reading we escape reality and take on a new identity. Taking on a new identity and exploring a new world expands this escape and allows for temporary relief. Fantasy allows me to escape to a world that is different and a world where magic exists.