The Most Enticing Forbidden Love Story Ideas (2023)

the best forbidden love story ideas

Looking for enticing and creative forbidden love story ideas and writing prompts? You’ve come to the right place!

Read on for story ideas like a convict finding refuge in a monastery only to fall in love with one of the priests/nuns, or a doctor’s dangerous obsession for one of his patients!

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There’s Something about Forbidden Love…

As humans, we are naturally drawn to forbidden stories. There is something alluring about the taboo, the things we’re told not to do or talk about. From forbidden romances to hidden secrets, forbidden stories have captivated readers and writers alike for centuries.

But what makes something forbidden?

Typically, forbidden love stories deal with topics that are considered socially unacceptable or taboo. These topics can vary depending on the culture, time period, and personal beliefs of the reader or writer. Some common examples include sexuality, religion, politics, and violence.

Despite the potential for controversy, many writers are drawn to these topics because they offer a unique opportunity to explore the human experience. Forbidden stories can challenge our beliefs and push us outside of our comfort zones, forcing us to confront uncomfortable truths about ourselves and the world around us.

Famous stories featuring forbidden love

There are many famous stories throughout history that feature forbidden love as a central theme. Here are a few examples:

1. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Perhaps the most famous story of forbidden love, Romeo and Juliet tells the tale of two young lovers from feuding families who are forced to keep their love a secret.

2. Tristan and Isolde – This medieval tale follows the tragic love story of Tristan, a knight, and Isolde, the wife of his uncle. The two fall in love after drinking a love potion, and their illicit affair leads to tragedy.

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – This classic novel features the passionate but doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, who are unable to be together due to their different social statuses.

4. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx – This short story (later adapted into a movie) tells the story of two cowboys, Ennis and Jack, who fall in love during a summer spent herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain. Their love is forbidden in their conservative rural community, and their story ends tragically.

5. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – This novel tells the story of a nurse named Hana who cares for a badly burned man known only as the English patient during World War II. The patient is a mysterious figure with a dark past, and Hana falls in love with him despite not knowing his true identity.

Forbidden Love Story Ideas and Writing Prompts

So what are some of the best forbidden story ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

Please note that the genders in these prompts and story ideas are just placeholders. It is not the intention to enforce any hurtful stereotypes or offend anyone.

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1. Concealed Passion

Two governesses employed by a wealthy family in 1800s England meet and fall in love, but they must conceal their forbidden relationship from their employer and society at large. (Originally appeared in my post Tragic Love Story Ideas.)

2. An Affair in Space:

This story delves into the theme of infidelity among the crew members of a spaceship, who are forced to be away from their loved ones for years on a space mission.

3. Twisted Obsession:

A detective’s obsession with a key witness drives him to fabricate and mastermind serious threats against her, all to create a reason to whisk her away to presumed safety.

4. Compromised:

In exchange for precious bits of intel, a female detective who’s investigating a case reluctantly agrees to give an informant various sexual favors. (Originally appeared in my post Detective Noir Writing Prompts and Story Ideas.)

5. Unhealthy Fixation:

A doctor becomes dangerously obsessed with one of his patients, and as he delves deeper into her case, he begins to blur the lines between professional curiosity and personal desire.

6. Sweet Revenge:

As a revenge for ruining his business, a man orchestrates his brother’s bankruptcy before swooping in to manipulate his wife and bedding her. (This idea originally appeared in my post Dark Romance Story Ideas.)

7. Captive Consequences:

A gang leader kidnaps a politician whose oncoming political agenda might threaten the future of his business. But an unlikely attraction develops and complicates the entire thing.

8. The Suspect from the Past:

When an established psychiatrist is tasked to gain intel from the newest police suspect, she never expects that he’s someone from her past. A highly unethical liaison soon develops. (Originally appeare in my post Intriguing Mafia Romance Story Ideas.)

9. Love Thy Neighbor:

A convict flee to a monastery for refuge and a forbidden love blossoms between them and one of the nuns/priests there.

10. The Demon’s Therapist:

A demon has taken a liking to a human therapist and poses as a client in order to get closer to her. As their unlikely relationship unfolds, the therapist must confront the reality of her newest client’s demonic nature. (Originally appeared in my post The Best Demon Story Ideas.)


I hope the various demon story ideas and writing prompts above spark some inspiration in you! If you need more story ideas and prompts, please browse our Story Ideas & Writing Prompts Category!

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