When talk turns to iconic lovers, whose romance has been keeping readers and viewers enthralled for literally centuries, the discussion wouldn’t be complete without giving some serious time to Robin Hood and Maid Marian. Bards of old knew the appeal of an exiled noble turned outlaw with a heart of gold, who robbed from the rich to give to the poor, turned his back on privilege to find something better, and found, in the doing, that the real treasure was the love of a highborn lady who would choose to follow her heart rather than the plans set forth for her by others. No wonder this love story has continued to endure and thrive, reimagined, reinterpreted and given new life with each new telling.
Moviemakers knew this, too. From Errol Flynn’s landmark swashbuckler (Bugs Bunny optional) to Disney’s animalistic take on the legend, Mel Brooks’ humorous take, Keira Knightley’s action-adventure take on Marian, not to mention the BBC series that graced us with Gerard Butler’s presence, up through the heart-rending Robin and Marian, where Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn bring all the feels with the middle aged lovers making one last grab for happily ever after, the story of Robin and Marian is a natural for the romance genre, so no wonder romance writers have found more than one way to make the legend their own.