Chapter 21

Baby Love: Underage Love Stories

Most audiences can relate to stories of first love. Adolescents who fall in love are sure that if it goes wrong they will die of the pain. Thankfully most of them survive and live to love another day. It is a universal experience that can be sweet, painful, embarrassing, innocent, impassioned, misunderstood, awkward, scary, and life-changing. It is one of the events that mark the shift from childhood to adulthood.

There may have been teen love stories before the sixteenth century, but let’s start with Romeo and Juliet, a perennial favorite that has been remade dozens of times and has been performed on stages around the world every year for the last 400. This story is a tragedy. These two are so young ...

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