LONDON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A British survey of romance novelists found Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is the most romantic novel of all time, the BBC said Friday.
The Romantic Novelists' Association polled its 700-some membership to determine the 1813 masterpiece was held in higher regard by current practitioners of the genre than Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre."
Other well-regarded romance novels were "Gone with the Wind," "Wuthering Heights" and "Rebecca."
"The core of each story is what people risk when they fall in love and what it can cost," said a group spokesperson. "These authors lay it bare for us in a way that is as relevant today as when the books were first written."