I went with the “awesomely romantic couples” interpretation of this week’s theme.
1. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth – Persuasion, Jane Austen. Yeah, I could have gone with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, but what fun would that be? Even though Persuasion is not exactly “up there” in my favorite Austen novels (I think it’s actually number 5 out of 6), I love Anne’s devotion to Wentworth and his to her, despite being apart for so many years.
2. Tris and Four – Divergent, Veronica Roth. Apparently I’m a bit of a sucker for the bad-boy-who-is-really-sensitive-deep-down type. Who knew?
3. Ben and Beverly – It, Stephen King. Even though this one is completely unrequited until basically the epilogue, it always warms my heart to think about Ben’s huge, unrelenting crush on Beverly.
4. Jane and Mr. Rochester – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte. This is partially just because I love Jane so much as a character, but you can really hear her sigh of happiness near the end of the book when she says (spoiler alert) “Reader, I married him.” Squeee!
5. Tommy and Del – Tick Tock, Dean Koontz. I’ve heard a lot of criticism that Del is basically a Manic Pixie Dream Girl on crack, and I can understand those arguments, but my GOD I love her. I kind of think the romance is a little too easily resolved, but it’s okay because Del is hilarious and I love watching Tommy going along for the ride in his perpetual bewilderment.
6. Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling. I know that this is more or less building throughout the series, but that moment in DH when Hermione drops the basilisk fangs to make out with Ron is just too much. LOVE IT.
And because I can’t think of any more good ones, here are my four least favorite couples in books:
7. Marianne and Willoughby – Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen. Mostly Marianne just annoys the crap out of me (“Oh! He doesn’t love me! I’m going to go make myself so sick I almost die now!”) but WIlloughby is a huge jerk too. Just two jerky people who kind of deserve each other, even though it doesn’t end up that way. But they also deserve that. So there.
8. Pansy Parkinson and Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. Again…two jerks who deserve each other. Bleh. I hate to think how evil their child must be.
9. Every couple ever – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte. GAH this book is so frustrating. I totally understand its literary merit now, though, and I definitely enjoyed it a lot more when I read it in college than when I read it in high school, but I still didn’t particularly like any of the characters. They all made me want to scream. Why did they all love that selfish bitch Catherine again?
10. Katniss and Peeta/Katniss and Gale – The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. Honestly, I didn’t like either boy, and would very much have liked for Katniss to have found someone less angsty than Peeta and more compassionate than Gale. Sigh.
- Top Ten Romance Novels (browsingbookshelves.com)
- Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Romances (bookblogbake.wordpress.com)
- Top Jane Austen-inspired Books of 2012 (austenprose.com)