This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Valentine’s Day freebie. I’m not really a fan of Valentine’s day – I don’t like pink or hearts or chocolate. Whether I’m in a relationship or not, I just find it cloying and annoying (don’t even get me started on the whole history of the holiday). I thought about doing some sort of anti-Valentine’s post this week, but, since I do enjoy literary romance, I decided to embrace the holiday for this one brief moment in time. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share my top ten favorite literary couples.
In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
- My number one couple forever is Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy. Obviously. Jane Austen is as close as I get to reading romance, and I am definitely a Mr. Darcy fangirl. Judge me if you must.
- A close second is Catherine Morland & Mr. Tilney. Honestly, I find Catherine a bit naive, but completely relatable – who hasn’t put their foot in their mouth trying to impress a crush? And Mr. Tilney has almost unseated Mr. Darcy as my favorite literary crush. Almost.
- Next up is Ron & Hermione. I never really understood why everyone seems to pair Hermione with another character. I think she and Ron are perfect together. I always identified with Hermione – I’m a rule-following nerd with frizzy hair – and that includes her unrequited crush on Ron throughout the last four books of the series.
- And, sticking with Harry Potter (because I can’t just choose one – limiting myself to two was hard, honestly), my next favorite couple is Remus & Tonks. I could cry just thinking about them.
- This is definitely not the post popular couple of the series, but: Darrow & Mustang from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising. As much as I adore Eo, after reading the books a few times, I’ve started to realize that, while she had an amazing dream, she was a little immature, manipulative, and selfish (if you’ve read the second book, you know what I’m talking about). Darrow has a much more mature relationship with Mustang.
- This next couple is one that I actually wasn’t a fan of when I first encountered them. But then I grew up and read the books again, and realized they’re perfect for each other. In case you hadn’t guessed already, it’s Katniss & Peeta from The Hunger Games. And to think I was actually mad that Katniss didn’t end up with Gale. I am definitely Team Peeta.
- It’s rare to read an entire book rooting for a couple you know is going to end badly. But that’s exactly what happened with Celia & Marco in The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Now this is a tragic love story done right! (I’m not a fan of Romeo and Juliet, in case you hadn’t noticed.)
- Going back to some classic romance, one couple that has definitely stuck with me is Jane Eyre & Mr. Rochester. They’re a bit weird (there’s definitely a lot of secrets and some supernatural elements), but I love them. Especially when Mr. Rochester is played by Michael Fassbender. Just saying.
- I don’t remember a lot of the books I read in high school (how was that already almost ten years ago?), but one couple I still feel strongly about is Gemma & Kartik from Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty. I need to reread this series soon, because I love these two.
- And, finally, I couldn’t do this post without mentioning Arwen & Aragorn. She gives up immortality so she doesn’t have to live without him. Need I say more?
Okay, those are my top ten literary couples! If you’d like to find out more about Top Ten Tuesday or see everyone else’s Valentine’s Day-inspired posts, head on over to The Broke and the Bookish and check them out.
I’d love to hear what your favorite literary couples are – so let me know in the comments!