Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! I hope your day is full of lots of love and chocolate 🙂
Today’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about this great day celebrating love. I decided to share some of my favorite literary couples. No limit to time period or genre (or number for that matter). Just some of my favorite love stories. Enjoy!
And for more Valentine’s day fun, check out my post about favorite romantic quotes from last year.
Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice // Classic and for a good reason. There is something so beautiful about their love story. Never gets old. While I’m at it, I need to add a few more Austen romances to this list…Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars, Sense and Sensibility; Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley, Emma; Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram, Mansfield Park.
Anne Elliott and Fredrick Wentworth // I just love this couple. I love that they fell in love when they were young and never really moved on. Fredrick’s declaration of love in his letter at the end of the novel is one of the great declarations in literature.
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, Anne of Green Gables // I adore these two. Their romance is such a long time coming. But it is so worth it when Anne finally realizes Gilbert has had her heart all along. Also, how fantastic is the movie adaptation?
Marianne Daventry and Philip Wyndham, Edenbrooke // One of my favorite romances period. I love the love story that develops between these two–it’s quirky and real and passionate. Also their first kiss in the library–I’m still fantasizing about it!
Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre // I really love this novel which took me a long time to finally read. The journeys both these characters must make are intense and inspiring but the ending reunion between these two is just lovely.
America Singer and Prince Maxon, The Selection Series // I love how real these two can be with each other. And yet, in the midst of change and unorthodox dating practices, they can discover that they are meant to be together.
Jo March and Laurie, Little Women // Yes, I know they don’t end up together. But they should! I think they are so good together, bring out the best in each other and are just so much fun. Still made at Jo for rejecting him.
Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, Harry Potter series // As much as I love Harry and Ginny’s relationship (in the books!), I think this one is still my favorite. Perhaps it’s because of how long it takes for these two to get together, the many allusions to them liking each other before they admit it, or that awesome first kiss in book 7.
Margaret Hale and John Thornton, North and South // I must admit this is based only on the BBC adaptation of the book. I have not yet read the book but that was enough to endear this couple to me and inspire me to read the book sooner rather than later.
Eleanor and Park, Eleanor and Park // This is one of the most beautiful and tragic romances I have ever read. This couple needs each other in such a deep, passionate way that takes my breath way.
Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, The Fault in Our Stars // This is the love story I read when I want to cry my eyes out. Such a beautiful, passionate, and heart wrenching romance between two kids running out of time.
Henry Lee & Keiko Okabe, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet // One of my recent absolute favorite books. And this sweet, innocent romance is just lovely. And that love stands between seemingly impossible obstacles. I laugh, I cry, and I root for them from page one.
Miri and Peder, Princess Academy // These two are so sweet. They have been best friends for their whole lives. And then that friendship deepens into a beautiful love story. My favorite Shannon Hale love story.
Bonus: Victoria and Albert // Okay, technically not literary but I’m obsessed with Masterpiece’s Victoria series and just love their love story in general.
Okay, that was hard to narrow down! I can already think of like 10 more that deserve to be on this list! So many great literary couples.
Who are some of your favorites?