Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day for couples and candy consumption. I’ve never been so big on the holiday, but I enjoy cookies, so I’m always down for some sugar.
Today made me think about some of my favorite pairs in literature. Not just romantic pairs either. If Leslie Knope has taught us anything, we should also celebrate our friends.
Favorite Literary Couples
- Elizabeth and Jane Bennet – Most people think the best pairing in Pride and Prejudice includes Mr. Darcy. Me? Not so much. I love Jane and Lizzie – their relationship is strong and beautiful. They have each other’s back. They can both make mistakes, but they both want the other to be happy. Jane and Lizzie are awesome and I sometimes wonder if their relationship might be based on Jane Austen’s actual relationship with her sister Cassandra.
- Hermione and the Hogwart’s Library – Yes, I know, she actually ends up with Ron. But Hermione’s first real love is the Hogwart’s library. It’s there that she learns about herself while saving Harry and Ron from countless horrors and can still get her homework finished on time. The library is where Hermione turns when she’s scared, she’s happy or she just needs a place of refuge. The library is her constant companion throughout the series. Even when she’s away from Hogwarts, she still pulls from the knowledge she’s gained during all her hours spent among the books.
- Bess and George – Nancy Drew’s chums are her constant investigative companions. They’re what add some spice to Nancy’s life. Without even asking, they’re always down to solve a mystery, crawl through spooky houses at night and keep Nancy safe when prowler’s show up. They’re the best and I’ve loved them since I first picked up those classic books with the yellow spine.
- Mia Thermopolis and Michael Moscovitz- The Princess Diaries books were and still are a huge part of my life growing up. I always saw myself in Mia and had a crush on Michael. I loved their story and how I always knew they would end up together – I was just waiting for it to happen. They’re both awkward and smart and perfect for each other. I loved how Michael never made Mia be anything other than herself – even when she thought she needed to change. They had an egalitarian relationship and were a great example for 14 year old Anna.
There’s so many more great couples and groups in Literature – Frodo and Sam,Lyra Belacqua and her animal daeman, Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe and so many more. What are your favorite couples from books?
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