Ah Valentine’s Day. The light-hearted holiday seems to induce either panic, scorn or fun, depending on who you ask.
I thought I’d celebrate by listing some of my favourite literary couples. I’ve limited the list to literature’s functional couples with happy (ish) endings, I think I’ll make a separate list for the tragic couples who suffer for their doomed love (expect blood, gore and betrayal – fun!)
Anyway, here we go..
1) Darcy and Elizabeth
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Big surprise, but I felt like it would be an injustice to leave these two off. Two sides of a whole, they disagreed, they bickered, misunderstandings arose…but nothing could stop one of the greatest couples of all time falling in love.
‘In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you’
2) Beatrice and Benedick
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
The original rom-com couple, the endless battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick is probably one of the most iconic and entertaining to watch.
“I do love nothing in the world so well as you- is not that strange?”
3) Pip and Estella
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
She was a girl trained to keep your heart cold and he was a boy thrust into a world he did not know. Both were orphans, but by the end, they finally found their family in each other.
‘I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.’
4) Ron and Hermione
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
They argued over everything from her cat eating his rat (it’s okay, the rat was found, before it was discovered that it was in fact the man who had betrayed Harry’s parents) to the attention she received from a certain Quidditch player. Along the way they fell in love, and when they both realised it, it was a moment of celebration.
There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.
5) Tessa Gray and Will Herondale
The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Because she broke a jug over his head and they argue about literature and he told her that he loves the words of her heart and the shape of her soul.
‘You are not the last dream of my soul. You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth.’