Monday, February 14, 2011

Favorite Couples

Valentine's Day is here, and I decided to do a list of some of my Favorite Couples from books. They all have quirks and heartaches, but still manage to stay together. Here they are!

#5- Anne and Gilbert from the Anne of Green Gables series
"I don't want sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you."

I have a picture of myself (somewhere) that my brother took of me when I was about nine years old with the first book. I read it many times over the years and I used to love checking out the movies from the library. A
few years ago, I bought the movies (the first two, since the third isn't based on the books) and I have all the Anne books. I read them all within a few weeks, and I just loved the relationship of Anne and Gilbert. They were enemies in the beginning, became friends, and then Anne finally got the message they were obviously meant for each other.

#4- Sophie and Howl from Howl's Moving Castle

"I think we ought to live happily ever after," and she thought he meant it. Sophie knew that living happily ever after with Howl would be a good deal more hair-raising than any storybook made it sound, though she was determined to try. "It should be hair-raising," added Howl.
"And you'll exploit me," Sophie said.
"And then you'll cut up all my suits to teach me."

I admit that I was a fan of the film first (and we named our cat after Sophie). This couple's love story is a bit unusual, and that's why I like it so much. Most of the book Sophie is an old woman and when she becomes herself again, it is amazing at what
happens next. What is fun about them, too, is they are both stubborn and unusual. The story is one of the most original I have ever read and awesome in all aspects to me. The love story is just an added bonus.

#3-Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp from the Outlander series
"I talk to you as I talk to my own soul," he said, turning me to face him. He reached up and cupped my cheek, fingers light on my temple. "And Sassenach," he whispered, "Your face is my heart."

I have been reading this books since I was a teenager (first book came out in 1991) and Diana Gabaldon is still writing the series. The books are full of romance (a bit steamy now and again!), time travel, history, stone circles, and the list goes on. This couple goes through so much to be together and their love stands the test of time (so far). One of the things that I remember vividly is the author saying in a podcast that the series isn't about a couple that meets and that's it. It is about a marriage and not too many series write about a marriage and that is really something.

#2-Sorcha and Red from Daughter of the Forest

"You are the blood in my veins, and the beating of my heart. You are my first waking thought, and my last sigh before sleeping. You are - you are bone of my bone, and breath of my breath."

I bought this book ten years ago and I have bought every book written by this author ever since. Her stories are written so differently than other books that I have ever read, but this book stands out as my favorite. The love between Sorcha and Red develops despite Sorcha's inability to speak and his watching her hurt herself by sewing shirts that are tearing up her hands. He trusts her even though others think she is mad. She is able to speak, but she must complete the shirts to break a spell
that is over her brothers and can't say a word until it is done. Red really stands by Sorcha when it matters most, and their love manages to survive through all the hardships and mistakes they go through.

#1-Lois Lane and Clark Kent from Superman
"Don't be cute, Kent. You're hard enough to resist with those puppy dog looks."

I admit that I have mostly watched the movies and the television shows. I haven't read much of the comics, but you know what? Their characters don't change that much from many of the reincarnations of their characters. There is just a snappy charm to both of them that makes it
hard not to yell at Lois to see beyond the glasses and get the ball rolling on their romance (or, on the other hand, for Clark to just spill it already). They are another couple that we see not just falling in love, but having a relationship and all that comes with it. They are complete together, and
are better because of each other.

Husband Pick

#0- The Princess Bride
"Enough about my beauty.” Buttercup said. “Everybody always talks about how beautiful I am. I've got a
mind, Westley. Talk about that."

Joey reminded me that The Princess Bride was originally a book. I
don't want to change my list, but I think I will just put this as his pick since he deserves the credit. The book has some really good lines not found in the movie, but the movie is definitely one of the best I have ever seen ever. They are both terribly romantic, the characters are unforgettable, and it is full of adventure and romance. (Also, I want to give a special mention to Miracle Max and his wife. "I'm not a witch, I'm your wife!").

Now, here's the question. Who would you have on your lists?


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