Literary Swoon, Day Seven: Lauren Oliver

February 12, 2012 2012, author interview, lauren oliver, literary swoon, Wendy 33

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Lauren Oliver

It’s only natural that we turn to Lauren Oliver when we’re talking love stories as part of our Literary Swoon series, especially since Lauren describes herself as an “avid reader.” Delirium explored a world in which love is a disease and the young couple at its center have to overcome great odds to be together, so it comes as no surprise that the author herself seems drawn to stories where love doesn’t necessarily come easily.

Beware the spoiler below if you haven’t read the book.

Lauren Oliver’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene
Cindy Ferguson papercut

I was super into Jane Austen as a young adult! I think I’ve read Pride and Prejudice about 87 times, no lie.

My favorite romantic scene in a book is DEFINITELY when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth FINALLY get on the same page about their feelings for each other.


“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”

When Elizabeth assures him that her feelings towards him have changed:
The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight, diffused over his face, became him; but, though she could not look, she could listen, and he told her of feelings, which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his affection every moment more valuable.

“It taught me to hope,” said he, “as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before.”

Lauren Oliver is the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall, Liesl & Po, and Delirium. Stay in touch with her via her website, blog, and Twitter for all the latest news! Her latest title Pandemonium (Delirium #2) will be released on February 28, 2012.

Check out the rest of the Literary Swoon series! 

Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls
Gail Carriger, author of Soulless
Rebecca Lim, author of Mercy
Deborah Cooke, author of Flying Blind
Cynthia Hand, author of Unearthly
Shirley Marr, author of Fury 
Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium

Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood
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33 Responses to “Literary Swoon, Day Seven: Lauren Oliver”

  1. Amber Elise

    I’m upset I never saw your feature with Lauren! I adore her so much. Call me crazy but I could never get into Pride and Prejudice. I’ll have to try it again methinks.

    And you’ve been Book Tagged! Follow the Link to see what that means :p

    Book Tagged!

  2. Mimi Valentine

    Ahhhhhhh, it’s Lauren Oliver! That just reminded me that there are only a few more days until the release of Pandemonium and I’m honestly TOO excited for words!! x) And of course an amazing author like LO will have to choose an amazing Literary Swoon scene like this one! Everyone who knows Mr. Darcy gushes about how amazing he is… and I WANT to know him more than ever! ;)

    Ohhh, Wendy!! Valentine’s Day is almost over, but this event keeps making me wish it could go on even longer! x) Love this, Wen! :) <33

  3. Sarah (saz101)

    Oh my goodness! YES YES YES! I love this speech! *wipes away happy tear*
    Seriously, I have goosebumps running all up my arms. So soooo sweet. P&P is FILLED with my most favorite romantic moments of all time :)

  4. Candace

    I LOVE Lauren Oliver! I’ve read all her books and she sure knows how to write a good romance into her books! I met her in real life too and she’s such a sweetie!
    So I agree that this is an incredibly romantic scene and a perfect choice!

  5. Lexie

    Mr. Darcy is perfection. He is the man which I measure all my fictional crushes against. Awesome choice.

  6. glass

    Somehow, when you read stuff like this, it makes you realise that writers aren’t that different from you – we all started with same books.

  7. KM

    How can you have a better swoon than P&P? I mean, honestly.

    Loving this feature for February! :)

  8. The Night Bookmobile

    Lauren Oliver with the classic. It goes without saying that P&P is the ultimate love story. I’m so excited she’s doing a reading festival near my home next month. I hope I can meet her.

  9. Heidi

    OMG YES! It’s about damn time someone picked this scene. I know, I know, it’s almost too cliche to pick, but so many of us adore it because it is one of the absolute best swoon scenes in all of literary history! My heart fills up and gets all warm just reading it.

    • Wendy Darling

      It’s absolutely one of the best literary swoon scenes ever. I never tire of reading it, and I’m so happy Lauren picked it so we got to read it again!

  10. Andrea @The Bookish Babes

    Pride and Prejudice! *dies* Definitely one of my all-time favorite books. The love aspect is so subtle, Austen definitely knew what she was doing (understatement). Lovely pick by Lauren. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Sam

    I read P&P once YEARS ago, that I barely remember the details now. Does that count? :D

    Lovely choice though. It’s a classic love story.

  12. Jackie's Little World

    I re-read that book just about every year. And that is one of my all time favorite declarations of love. So great!

    I also love the A&E movie version of the book. It’s about 5 hours long *gasp* but it is so accurate and amazing. Plus, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is just perfection :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I love all so many of the film adaptations too, Karen! The book is definitely worth reading sometime when you feel like exploring a classic, though. :)