6 Degrees of Separation: Romeo and Juliet

June 4, 2016 | 6 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

This month, the starting book is William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, which is probably one of the most famous love stories of all time. One of the things that I love about Romeo and Juliet is that it is not just about the love affair itself, it is just as much a family drama (and I love dysfunctional families).

One of my favourite quotes from Romeo and Juliet “cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night” can be found in the mystery The Body in The Wardrobe by Katherine Hall Page. The husband of one the main characters, Sophie Maxwell, is named Will.

Will is also the name of one of the characters in A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George. Another character in that story is named Rory Statham.

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach was recommended to me by Rory. This space opera is not the type of book that I would have picked on my own, but I absolutely loved it.

Another of Rory’s favourites is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This classic love story is set somewhere in the north of England in the end of the 18th/beginning of the 19th century.

Another classic love story is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which also is set in England in the early 19th century. Although Jane Eyre and Rochester are great characters, I think I prefer the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

This brings me back to A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George. In addition to Will and Rory, another character in the book is Clare Abbott, who is the writer of “Looking for Mr. Darcy: the Myth of Happily Ever After”. Although this is first and foremost a mystery, an integral part of the story is the family drama that slowly is revealed.


This time, my chain took me from a classic love story with two feuding families, via some of my favourite books, authors and new discoveries, to end with another family drama. This is also the first time my chain did a loop.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Romeo and Juliet, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.