Mar 1, 2012

the.book.chat. {Favorite Fictional Couple}

When I think of the novels that I enjoy the most, they usually involve, among other things, a great love story. Thus why I chose this first book chat question...
 Who is your favorite fictional couple?




Oh what a tough one!  I thought I was picking an easy one but it proved otherwise.  

So here was my train of thought...(prepare, it's a long one)

I tried to think of what it was that made love stories so enjoyable to read and I decided that it's usually because there's a little cat/mouse game involved.  A couple that you are dying to just make it happen (!) and they just drag it on teasing you with little savory moments that drive you crazy.  The original tease couple, in my humble, is Elizabeth & Mr Darcy of course.  they hate each other/they love each other/he loves her/she doesn't know/back & forth/come on!/sigh.   

“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.” 
-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

But alas.  They weren't much of a couple in the novel since they didn't actually proclaim their love until the end.  I could do better.

<3 <3 <3

So I dug a little deeper...and realized that great couples usually involve extreme selflessness in some sort.  Love so deep that one person is willing to die for the other. and often visa versa.  Immediately...Katniss and Peeta.  easy.  {{SPOILER}}  The majority of the second book is Katniss' vow to keep Peeta alive...knowing it will only mean her death.  I mean...dang.  That's love.  

“I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me.”
-Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

But alas.  They were so young.  And under extreme circumstances.  Romantic-yes. Realistic-no.

 <3 <3 <3

So...my now my criteria is...
-leads the reader on, keeps us guessing
-unconditional, selfless love
-realistic, sincere couple

DING!

None-other, it has to be...Jamie and Claire Fraser.  Hands down.


Outlander is a bit paranormal, a bit romance, a bit history.  Everything in one giant book that's part of one giant series.  The great thing about this couple is that they are, in a sense, real.  As real as a fictional couple can be when one part is a woman from the 1940's and the other is a Scottish highlander from the 1700's.  But that's what makes them great.  You get to watch them evolve as a man and wife and in so many ways they're like any married couple, and then they have these funny/infuriating moments when their personalities collide so destructively that you think you'll never forgive them.  Gabaldon does not sugar coat it for the most part.  Jamie is a man of his time, and that can be quite irritating for the reader (and Claire) but then he redeems himself with his unconditional love for his wife.  It's heartbreaking, really.  For me, they are the most genuine of fictional couples. It's not always honey and roses but there is real love there and it's worth reading for.
"Oh, aye, Sassenach. I am your master . . . and you're mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own." 
-Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

<3 <3 <3 <3


Can't wait to see what you all came up with!  Just enter your link below.  And if you haven't gotten around to it yet, there's still time!  I'll leave the linky open all week.  

Before I forget...the question for next week!
For 3/8/12:
What character do you feel you are most like? 


And be sure to come back tomorrow.  I have a little treat for you. {winky face}

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9 comments:

Kate Sparkles said...

Agh last week when you announced this awesome book chat idea, I went and stood before my bookcase. I consider myself and avid reader and was sure something would jump out at me.. But nothing. I soon realized, I read a lot of non- fiction, lots of biographies and history texts which are a little lacking in the love scenes.
But even scanning the two shelves of fiction I couldn't find a couple I truly felt conpelled to write about. There are no stories of great romance anywhere in that bookshelf ( well the four twilight novels are there but given I am NOT counting them!) and so I had nothing to write about!! I promise to play along next week though!

imlivinginadream said...

I find it really funny that we started our posts completely opposite, lol! You were like "my fave books have a good love story" and I was like "I never read a book for a love story"... and yet we STILL love the same books. Go figure, haha :)

That's such a good point about the Peeta/Katniss thing, but since I really didn't like how the series ended I refused to choose them lol. I've never read any Diana Gabaldon books but I keep meaning to! They're just so BIG. Someday, maybe! :)

B E C K Y said...

My actual favorite couple is Hazel and Tomis - - but their story isnt finished yet ;)

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

I hope you do :)
I rarely read nonfiction & biographies, so you'll have to suggest some good ones for me.

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

What book are they in?

Wendy said...

Can I just say that I love this feature? I love that you are bringing together a bunch of book loving ladies in one space. And I am so excited to keep participating each week. Thank you!

Megan Stroup said...

So happy you're starting a book link-up! I really wanted to do this one but I just couldn't pick a couple. I promise I'll be here next week! :)

Carole said...

Diana Gabaldon is sooo great. But I also like non-fiction. The best non-fiction book I have read for years was Better http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/better-by-atul-gawande.html

Primus Lune said...

My favorite fictional couple is Remus and Tonks from Harry Potter. So sad... Anyone agree?

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