Feb 14, 2013
5 Favorite Fictional Couples
It’s Valentine’s Day! Which you may or may not be a fan of, but since I’m a sucker for a good romance, I thought I’d blog about some of my favorite fictional couples.
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe
From the first time Gilbert Blythe pulled Anne Shirley’s red braid in school and called her “Carrots,” it was on. What I love about their romance is that it endured through years of prickly adolescence and matured into true love. I mean, Gilbert gave up his job for her! And Anne got a scholarship to college and won a writing contest! And then they went to college together and Anne got a B.A. when it was really hard for ladies to do that! And Gilbert still loved her steadily throughout the whole thing, even though she didn’t recognize how awesome he was until he almost died. Obviously, their love is epic.
Buffy and Spike
What I love about the relationship between Buffy and Spike is that it’s so, so wrong. Both of them know it’s wrong for them, and in a way that’s what makes it work. It was a relationship that forced Buffy to face the nastier parts of herself, and it forced Spike to become a better man despite himself.
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
This is a favorite couple for many people, and for good reason. The relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy requires both individuals to recognize their own shortcomings, and in the course of that, they recognize their feelings for each other. Also, it’s a bit of a fairy tale. Elizabeth isn’t exactly Cinderella and Mr. Darcy isn’t exactly a prince, but close enough!
Nan King and her moleskins
In Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters, the heroine Nan King has plenty of lovers, but to me she didn’t fully become herself until she bought a pair of moleskin trousers toward the end of the book. Those scenes, when she’s wearing her trousers and cleaning Flo’s flat, are the best of the book. That’s when Nan accepts who she is, and Flo sees who she is, and the rest is … really sexy.
Jo March and her garret
When I was a young writer, Jo March in Little Women was my hero. In my opinion the single greatest flaw of Little Women was marrying Jo off to that German professor. She should have remained in her garret, scribbling away with ink on her fingers, forever. In fact, I like to pretend that part of the book didn’t happen. In my mind Jo’s still writing in her garret, happily alone.
Who are your favorite fictional couples?