My Best and Worst Literary Couples of All Time

There are tose we love forever and those who are just for a day....jpgWARNING spoilers may lie ahead proceed with caution if you have yet to read any of the following: Diary of a Crush, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Trueblood, the Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, The Fault in Our Stars, The Infernal Devices, Twilight, Romeo and Juliet, Great Expectations and Wuthering Heights. I may also get a little argumentative so I apologise in advance!

Those I will ship you forever:

Dylan and Edie (Edith but please don’t tell any one) from the Diary of a Crush Series by Sarra Manning.

Both Dylan and Edie will forever hold a place in my heart because their story got me back into reading as a teenager. Without them I may never have pursued my degree and done all of the amazing things I have, including met Hannah. So without them this blog would never have existed!

Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

I know it’s a bit cliched. Everyone always picks at least one classic couple but I mean, how can I not? I reread Jane Eyre almost every year, there’s just something about their story that makes me want to return to it. Perhaps it’s all the forlorn brooding.

Mrs de Winter and Maxim de Winter from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t slip du Maurier in there somewhere! The anonymous Mrs de Winter and Maxim are a testament to du Maurier as a writer. You are never quite sure whether she married him for love or position and power. Most argue love, but I’m not convinced. I even based an entire chapter of my undergraduate dissertation on this uncertainty. Their relationship may not be traditional but it’s why I love their story. It’s entirely unconventional, seemingly following the dark and twisted Bluebeard plot structure only to subvert it at the climatic end.

Sookie Stackhouse and Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire Mysteries better known as Trueblood by Charlaine Harris.

I think this is more for the man than the actually couple. I shipped them so hard and was devastated when I accidentally found out that she didn’t choose him in the end. So much so that I can’t bring myself to finish the series yet, the wound is still too fresh.

Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

I have had so many arguments with people over these two, so I really had no choice but to include them. Their understanding of what the other has been through makes them perfect for one another. Gale would have been the natural course her life would have taken if life in the districts were to continue. He was the easy choice, not the right choice. Team Peeta forever!

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

From the line ‘I meant him’ Magnus said pointing at Alec ‘The one with the blue eyes’, I was hookedI actually preferred their love story over Jace and Clary’s. I wish it had more page time!

Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

These guys had be blubbering like a baby from the get go. I’m surprised the book didn’t have water damage. Kicked me straight in the feels.

Oops a few more than I’d originally planned!

Those who I wish had never found each other even if for a brief time:

Jem (James) Carstairs – Tessa (Theresa) Gray – Will (William) Herondale from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

Unlike Hannah I don’t mind a love triangle. It sometimes adds that bit of drama to the traditional love story. However, despite my love for these characters individually, this annoyed me because Tessa never really had to choose between them. She got them both in the kind of cop out ending that annoys me.

Jacob Black and Renesmee Cullen from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.

Similar to the reasons above. While Bella did make her choice, the swift addition of Jacob imprinting on her daughter Renesmee was too convenient. Like Bella couldn’t possibly be seen as a bitch for stringing Jacob along for the best part of 3 books. I also never really got the imprinting thing, it just didn’t make sense in the context of the werewolf/vampire dynamic Meyer had created. If it was to strengthen and continue the werewolf line what was a half human/half vampire hybrid really going to bring to the table? They were supposed to be mortal enemies! The sole purpose of the werewolves existence was to kill vampires, it was supposedly why the gene was triggered. Stick to the rules of the world you create people! I need to stop now. Sorry if I got a bit ranty there but just ask Hannah, I really hate it when at the novels end there’s a neatly tied sparkly pink bow.

Sookie Stackhouse and Quinn from the Southern Vampire Mysteries better known as Trueblood by Charlaine Harris.

Although it didn’t last all that long and was incredibly rocky from the beginning, I really felt that Sookie was incredibly unfair to Quinn.

Romeo and Juliet from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Romeo is unbelievable fickle. He was completely in love with Rosamand just days before he met Juliet. And I’m pretty certain if Romeo had met another girl in exile he would have forgotten Juliet in a heartbeat. I didn’t buy into his star-crossed lovers act.

Pip (Phillip) Pirrip and Estella Havisham from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Partly because I’m not a huge Charles Dickens fan but also because they were both pretty horrible people. I know, I know Estella was brought up to be this way but what’s Pips excuse really? Mr Dickens had the right idea with the original ending when they didn’t end up together. It was only upon the advice of his publisher that he gave the story a more hopeful one. Grrr.

And those who exist ambiguously in between:

Cathy (Catherine) Earnshaw and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Like Pip and Estella, Cathy and Heathcliff are horrible people but I can’t bring myself to truly hate them because their love for one other redeems them. It is society that drives them to become what they are because it dictates that they can never be together. At the time, Cathy would have had no choice but to marry Linton. With this knowledge both Cathy and Heathcliff are driven mad because they both know that she will always love him, just he will always love her.

 

 

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