Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Literary Couples

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!


10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Literary Couples

  1. I am so glad you are a fan of Mr. Tilney as well! So few people seem to enjoy Northanger Abbey …
    And I agree on Darrow and Mustang and am really curious as to what will happen with them in Morning Star. Even though I shouldn’t have, I preordered the book :/ couldn’t wait until it gets cheaper.

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  2. I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day fan either though I’m always okay with getting chocolate. I’m actually cheap enough that I’d prefer getting the chocolate on the 15 or 16th after it’s gone on sale.
    I love Ron and Hermione together. To me they’ve always just fit and they balance each other so wonderfully. Great list!

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