Sunday, February 13, 2011

Let's Get Sappy!

In honour of Valentine's Day, let's get a little sappy. Let's talk about our favourite couples in the books we've read. Here are a few of mine...

Favourite Classic Couple: Anne Shirley & Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. These 2 are such fun. Anne is one of my favourite all-time characters. She's fun, feisty, gutsy, kind, and has such an imagination. Gilbert almost loses his chance for good by pulling her pigtails and calling her Carrot Top, but it all works out ... eventually!

Favourite Book-Turned-Movie Couple: Aragorn and Arwen from Lord of the Rings. I was so worried when they decided to make movies from these books. But, they did a great job. They kept the feel of the novels, the characters were all so well done! And who wouldn't want Aragorn to be happy? :)


Favourite Chick Lit Couple: Mattie & Kyle from Talli Roland's The Hating Game! This is such a fun story-line - filled with laugh out loud moments, "I can't believe she did that!" moments and, "Awwww," moments. If you haven't read Talli's book yet, check it out!


Favourite Romantic Suspense Couples: This is a favourite category of mine, so I'm including 3 authors! Eve Dallas & Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series. Frankie & Ryan from Terry O'Dell's When Danger Calls. Jules & Robin (& so many more!!) from Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. Great stories all of them!


Favourite Couple That's Not a Couple: Alek & Deryn/Dylan from Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan are a wonderful pair! They are so very different and yet have much in common. They're both courageous and willing to learn and take risks. This is an awesome Steampunk read and I HAD to include it! :)

So, maybe not so sappy afterall!

So, tell me about one of your favourite literary couples of all time ... or, of the moment!

86 comments:

  1. Jayne Eyre and Mr. Rochester are my favorite by far. You just know they won't get together, but when they do it is too beautiful.

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  2. I love Anne and made a trip to PEI to see her house. I am also a big fan of "Little Women" and I am thinking of Laurie and Amy and then of course Lizzie and Mr. Darcy.

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  3. Hmmmm ... I'd agree with your first 2 choices. And then there is Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. I mostly read Christian fiction so I don't know that you would know the characters from a lot of what I read. Awesome Valentines post!

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  4. Karen - One of these days I'm going to have to pick up that book again. I couldn't finish it as a kid - think I was probably a bit young for it. So many people love it, I'll have to give it another shot!

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  5. Buttercup - One of these days, I'll get to see Green Gables! In Little Women I was SO disappointed that Jo & Laurie didn't get together! Never quite got over that... :)

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  6. Beth - thanks! I don't read a lot of that genre, so you're probably right! :) I'm glad to see Anne is popular - not just here in Canada!

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  7. Edward Lewis & Vivian Ward from 'Pretty Woman'.

    Loved that film :)

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  8. Wendy - GREAT choice! That movie always, always makes me smile! She's got such a great laugh and presence. The snap of the jewelry box gets me every time! :)

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  9. Hey Jemi - These all sound fun - great romantic couples. =D

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  10. Thanks RaShelle! I do love me some romance... and a happy ending :)

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  11. well, that's a tough one since I tend to fall in love with the couple of the book/movie I've just read. I'll try to pick a few:

    movie - I swooned over Last of the Mohican's love story. "I will find you". could just be DDL's long flowing hair behind him while he ran. and the loin cloth.

    book characters - Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Elana and Clay are so fiesty and passionate and animal. I guess that's what happens when you're a wolf - but really, these two sizzle even when they're fighting - which is most of the time.

    Fun topic, Jemi!

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  12. I've got to ask - didn't you mean Eve Dallas and Roarke?

    How about Peabody and Emmerson of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series? I love their relationship.

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  13. Terry - good choices!!! Daniel Day Lewis is always a good choice :)

    I haven't read Bitten - but I've heard about it - sounds like a must read now!

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  14. Linda - yes - thanks! I'll go change it - although I like Eve Duncan in Iris Johnasen's series as well! :)

    Great choice!! Always good for a smile! :)

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  15. Thanks for reminding me about Daniel Day Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans. I write while listening to that sound track sometimes.
    In books, I love Richard Rahl and Kahlan in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series.

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  16. Susan - you're welcome - he's always good to remember :)

    I've read a few of Goodkind's books - great choice!

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  17. Eve Dallas and Roarke is one of my favorite couples, but I have to agree with Terry Daniel Day Lewis does make your heart beat a little faster in Last of the Mohicans.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  18. Mason - I completely agree! DDL is amazing in that movie! :) Dallas & Roarke are such great characters too!

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  19. My all time favorite is Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara.

    And in the fantasy world I do love Mr .and Mrs. Weasely from Harry Potter.


    Michael

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  20. My absolute favorite is Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler, but I also love Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.

    I also really love Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley- the book Legacy did a great job with their characters.

    Happy V-Day!

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  21. I just started reading Terry Odell's book yesterday and love the characters already.

    My classic favorites are (of course) Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.

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  22. TerryLynn! How did you know I just finished my Netflix second-screening of The Last of the Mohicans (which I'd seen years ago, too, of course) and I'm still in a swoon! Oh, yes, "I will find you." sigh. I'm afraid I can't think of anything else at the moment, Jemi. ;)

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  23. Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man. I believe they were based on a real couple, too.

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  24. They just re-screened the Anne of Green Gables series on TV here recently - loved watching it again.

    They are a great classic couple. And I supposed I have to be boring and add Lizzie Bennet and Darcy. It's just such a fantastic story!

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  25. Heathcliff and Katherine in Wuthering Heights.
    Not forgetting Cleopatra & Marc Antony who were played by the two great on-screen lovers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

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  26. Niles and Daphne on "Fraiser" followed closely by Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara. Fun to remember Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe!

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  27. Pip and Estella from Great Expectations! :o) Oh and, of course, Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights :o)

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  28. You've picked some great ones, here! And I agree with Jessica about Heathcliff and Catherine (twisted, but quite a couple!) :)

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  29. Heathcliff and Catherine!!! :-) Oooh I just saw Niles and Daphne!!! Yes, definitely Niles and Daphne!!! Yay!!

    Awwww these are great choices, Jemi!! Happy Valentines! Take care
    x

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  30. Mr. Darcy ad Lizzie Bennet! But I too LOVE Aragorn and Arwen. (I swoon over Viggo in this role...love him)

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  31. Michael - great choices!! There really is something about the Weaselys isn't there? Rhett & Scarlet are such a classic couple too! :)

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  32. Stephanie - I'm not surprised that your favourite couples are historical! Awesome choices! :)

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  33. Pat - I know you'll love Terry's characters - I've read a few now and have loved them all!

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  34. Since I'm a big fan of Anne McCaffrey, I'd select Jaxom and Sharra from The White Dragon. As for movies - Harry and Sally! Because my husband and I were a Harry and Sally.

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  35. Tricia - I can totally understand why you can't think of anything else at the moment! Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans is a good thought! :)

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  36. VR - I haven't read that one - but I know I've heard of it so many times. That's one I'll really have to get to!

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  37. SF - I love watching Anne too - my favourite version is the Canadian show with Megan Follows :)

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  38. Jarmara - terrific choices! My folks bought me a gorgeous hard cover embossed edition of Wuthering Heights when I was a kid - it's beautiful! :)

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  39. Heidi - Niles & Daphne! Fantastic choice!!! They were such a fun 'couple'!! :)

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  40. Jessica - I'm embarrassed to say I've never read Great Expectations! I've got a lovely copy of it that's been sitting on my shelf for years, but haven't read it yet. I'll have to fix that!

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  41. Elizabeth - thanks! Heathcliff & Catherine really were quite the couple! :)

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  42. Old Kitty - thanks! :) There really are so many great couples out there - it's fun to try to choose favourites! :)

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  43. Lola - me too! Aragorn & Arwen have such a powerful story! :)

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  44. Diane - Anne McCaffrey has such great couples! I couldn't make a decision on which to choose - love Lessa as well! I just finished Todd M's Dragongirl last night - I'm looking forward to the next one :)

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  45. I love Anne and Gilbert! Watching that movie every couple years is a must!

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  46. Love your first and second choice! I still need to get to know your other couples, and plan to soon. Just recently, Dex and Em of One Day has taken the spotlight of favourite couples for me.

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  47. Zara and Astley from Carrie Jones's ENTICE. I love ASTLEY!!!!! :-)

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  48. Hmm, favorite couples. I can't think of any off-hand. Not sure. You can tell I'm really into the whole Valentine's thing huh. ;)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  49. Ahh, Anne with an "E"!! I so love that you included Anne and Gilbert. This is also one of my favorite series - love the movies, it holds such a special memory for me. Awesome!

    So many great couples in movies and books - recent favorites, Katsa and Po from Kristin Cashore's "Gracelings". From the movies... Maria and Capt. VonTrapp in Sound of Music. I could list a lot more... :) Btw - you won a prize over on my blog today. Congrats!

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  50. Can't think of any books, but the kid-couple in How To Train Your Dragon was cute.

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  51. If I can take off from what Alex said, one of my favorite kid-couples would be Haku and Chihiro from Spirited Away. :)

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  52. Laura - you're right - Anne is a must watch whenever it's on! Such a great story :)

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  53. Lynn - the first 2 are definitely pretty well known :) I think you'll enjoy the others - and thanks for the new one to add to my list :)

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  54. Shannon -- I haven't read that one yet - sounds like it's going on my wish list as we speak! :)

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  55. Lisa - so funny! I tend to like the romance aspect of all stories, so I probably notice them more! :)

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  56. Donea - Thanks! I'll pop on over right away! :)

    Anne with an E is always one of my faves! And Maria & the Captain!!! Can't believe I forgot them :)

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  57. Alex - I still haven't seen that one yet - I really need to! :)

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  58. Golden Eagle - you most definitely can! I haven't seen that one either! I really need to find some more time for these great movies :)

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  59. Hi Jemi -

    Great list! I particularly like Anne and Gilbert. My latest favorite literary couple are Julie Lessman's Katie Rose and Luke from A Love Undaunted.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  60. Gosh, have I read any romantic books? I know I must have but for the life of me I can think of anything right now. How about, Mr. Darcy and whats-her-name in Pride and Prejudice? I did read that one. I remember the story, but I forget the female leads name.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  61. Susan - I haven't read that one yet - I'll have to add it to my list! Thanks :)

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  62. Arlee - you crack me up! I've never read Pride & Prejudice, but I'm believe what's-her-name is Elizabeth :)

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  63. Aragon and Arwen are the fave probably all time. I do love the agony of the Katniss/Peeta love, though. It's worth it in the end. What a brilliant idea for a Valentine's Day blog post! This would make a GREAT blogfest!!

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  64. I'm still waiting for Shaggy and Velma to hook up. So much tension in the air. I just wish they'd get married and get it over with. Zoinks! Jinkies!

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  65. Jennie - I love the Katniss/Peeta/Gale storyline in the Hunger Games trilogy too. So well done!

    It probably would have been fun! Wish I'd thought of it - we'll have to put our brains together next time! :)

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  66. Stephen - now THAT would be a great get-together! I think everyone would be happy with that one! Scooby-dooby-doo!

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  67. I can see that a lot of people have beaten me to it with Heathcliffe and Catherine. What is it about that love affair? We certainly wouldn't allow a man to treat us like that today and yet...

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  68. Hmm... you already have two of my top three and then others here have mentioned my other fav: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. They (along with Anne/Gilbert and Aragorn/Arwen) are good because they're timeless and what we all hope for in some way.

    Great post, Jemi! I've missed you!

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  69. For some reason I always develop a crush on Cooper from the Meg Cabot books "Size 12 Isn't Fat." When the mc and Coopper FINALLY get together in the 3rd book it's like one giant "Awwwww" of satisfaction.

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  70. Rosalind - you're right - there certainly is something about that couple! :)

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  71. Jackee - I think you're right - these couples really are timeless - I think they'll always be around :)

    I've missed you too - it's been a weird and wacky month :)

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  72. Jean - I do like those relationships that take forever - there's such a thrill when they finally get there! :)

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  73. Sigh.. Anne and Gilbert.. I absolutely loved them!

    I also really loved Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy... :)

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  74. I love that you chose Talli Roland's characters!!! I couldn't agree more!!!

    I'd also like to add a Gracie Snow and Bobby Tom Denton from Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Swoon worthy for sure!

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  75. Writing Nut - I do love Anne & Gilbert! I'm rereading it again right now and loving it :)

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  76. Jen - I love Talli's books and characters!

    I haven't read those ones yet - but I'll add them to my list! Thanks :)

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  77. Maybe not very original, but I love Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games (and I was Team Gale right up until the end, but Peeta finally won me over!)

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  78. Susan - I never did make a decision between Peeta & Gale! I just couldn't decide! Both such great choices :) Great choice!

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  79. One of my favorite couples is Heaven and Troy from V.C. Andrews' Dark Angel. I read that book several times because of the romance.

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  80. I did a similar post for Valentines day! See? Great minds think alike. I picked my favorite YA paranormal couples. Clary and Jace are one example.

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  81. Hands down, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. I never get enough of those two. But I'm also a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables. Which reminds me, it's been too long since I've watched that movie.

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  82. Medeia - there are some books that draw me over and over because of the romance as well - I haven't read that one yet though :)

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  83. Lisa - great minds indeed! I haven't been able to get to your post yet! I'll get there tonight! :)

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  84. Julie - I haven't seen the movie in ages either - but I'm re-reading the book right now! :)

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