Love Style 2011.1 - Hyperbolic Love

As we near Valentine's Day, I like to examine different styles of love.  Last year I did a post on Beatnik Love.   This year I have a few different kinds of love I want to put on display.  I will start with Hyperbolic Love.

Perhaps this is your style of love.  If you're not sure, ask yourself the following question:  Have you ever said to your significant other, "I would catch a grenade for ya, throw my hand on a blade for ya,"  only to find your significant other would not do the same?  That's what happened to this poor fellow.  It obviously disturbed him to the point of writing a pop song about his pain.  Yes, hyperbolic lovers are prone to drama.  And those of us who are not of this love style can be inclined to mock such statements, but remember, the next time you are frustrated with your hyperbolic love's over developed sense of divaness, he/she would be willing to take a bullet through the brain....for ya.

Have you ever been a bit hyperbolic in your affections?  Come on fess up!!  Or maybe you have a character who is a hyperbolic lover.

Next time, Love- Simile Style.


  1. HA! That song always cracks me up too.

    I have to admit, though, I was big time dramatic in high school when it came to love. Hyberbolic all the way. I remember one night sneaking out after midnight to run on the rainy street and think about the boy I "loved."

    . . .um, yes. I'm afraid that is a true story.

  2. This actually reminds me of a terrible movie with Ellen Degeneres (before she came out) that I saw with Graham in high school called Mr. Wrong. There's a part where the guy says something like "I love you. I love you so much! I love you so much I'll break my own finger to prove it" after which he commences to break his own pinkie finger. Disturbing and really, the only funny part of the movie.

  3. I can't stand that song! I think it's so annoying. I LOVE your picture though. Very impressive. Disturbing, as is the song, but awesome. More drawings please.

  4. RENEE!! That.Is.Awesome. I have such an image in my brain of you doing that. I laugh because I can relate. I went through a phase where I was sure I was going to die in some tragic way. I planned all the things I would leave behind for the people I love. I imagined how sad they would be when I was gone. Not hyperbolic at all.

    That is hilarious! I have never seen that movies, but now I must go youtube that scene. It is obviously the perfect example of hyperbolic love!

    You're too kind. More stick figure drawings it is!

  5. LOL... I was like this in high school and had all kinds of weird "tests" that I put my boyfriends through including they had to correctly answer the question: "What would you do if we got married and had kids and I got leprosy and had to go live in a colony for the rest of my life?" I married the man that answered that question correctly, so it just goes to show you.

  6. Yes, I was a little dramatic in high school, but now I won't even get a glass of ice water for my love if I'm not standing up already. It's sad. :)

  7. No dramatic love stories, but it's amazing how that song grows on you.

  8. Wendy,
    That's hilarious! If a man could answer that correctly I think he deserved to be the one! Now I want to know what the correct answer was.

    Marriage often takes us from hyperbolic to understated love. ;)

    It is entertaining. Every time he sings his heartfelt, "I would catch a grenade for ya" I giggle a little.

  9. The correct answer was: I'd leave the kids with family and come stay with you so you wouldn't be alone. That was before we'd had kids and we've been married 13 years now, so his answer might have changed. LOL. My first boyfriend said he'd write to me but the kids should come first because they'd need him. I remember thinking: "WHAT???!!! I'd need you!!! Forget the kids!!!" We were together for five years, and I kept thinking that he'd pick our nonexistent kids over me.

  10. Wendy,
    Thank you for the very amusing and definitely not disappointing answer. It saves me from coming up with a pretend one of my own just to satisfy my curiosity(yes, I might actually do something like that).

  11. LOL... I just IMed the husband this question to see what his answer today would be.

    "Dunno. I'd probably have to alter my work schedule so I could drop the kids off at school in the morning and pay someone to watch them after school. Then, I'd buy a hazmat suit so I could come visit."

    It's still a good answer... after 13 years. And he still knows to answer my weird questions... after 13 years.

    Ahhh love.

  12. Wendy,
    Still a great answer! Just a bit more practical after 13 years. Marriage does that to the best of us.:)

  13. Hyperbolic lover - what a great tag! I will have to think more on this. My husband is a bit like this. I tend to think about the romance in my stories this way but then tone it down when I write it.

    On my blog you said you are setting a similar goal to mine. I will definitely check back here and see how you are doing! Would you like to exchange email/tweets too?