Why Erich Segal's 'Love Story' Can Snare Teens Into A Love Of Reading

04/07/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Emily Farrell The Los Angeles Times

The miracle of "Love Story" is that, despite its age and a lack of references to cellphones or computers, the emotions ring true to teenagers. As frighteningly odd as their mating rituals seem nowadays, kids do respond to the old-fashioned romance in "Love Story" with as much enthusiasm as Shakespeare's audience did to "Romeo and Juliet." I am sure that Segal, a classics scholar, was well aware of the connection.

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