So it’s that time of year again, when there are red roses, chocolates and teddy bears everywhere! So I thought it would be fun to write about my Top 5 Literary Romances. It was so hard to choose, from Atonement to The Time Traveller’s Wife to Lord of the Rings, Wuthering Heights and The Hunger Games, there are so many incredible love stories to choose from. But I’ve narrowed it down, and I’m throwing in a mix of classic and modern tales, so get ready to swoon!
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, Pride and Prejudice
I adore Pride and Prejudice and the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett has to be one of the most amazing literary love stories of all time. The initial hatred, the discovery and development of their love, how Mr. Darcy saves the Bennett’s from scandal by helping Lydia and Mr. Wickham, it’s all beautiful and demonstrates that love is more than just a selfish, whimsical act, but that it’s serious and selfless.
Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, The Fault in Our Stars
A couple attempting to overcome significant odds is always appealing, but when you’re reading about two cancer-riddled teenagers with sense of humours and amazing names, you’re onto a winner. I have only cried reading a book once or twice (the other being Les Miserables) but this love story was truly moving and I sobbed my heart out. Focussing on living in the moment and embracing each other despite fears, insecurities and illnesses, the story of Hazel Grace and Gus is refreshing and heart breaking.
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry Potter
Harry is often the focal point of these stories, and this is fair as he is after all, the boy who lived. But I have always enjoyed the development of the romance between Ron and Hermione. I haven’t finished all the books yet (though I know what’s coming as I love the films), but it’s lovely to see indications of how much Ron and Hermione already mean to each other after three books. Two best friends looking at each other is a new way is always dreamy and exciting. Add in the magic and this one is a no brainer!
Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba Everdeen, Far From the Madding Crowd
This relationship endures many twists and turns before finally coming together, but the level of devotion and drama makes this one unforgettable. The tenderness they share, even when they’re being hopelessly stubborn is really endearing. As fiction goes, this relationship is so real, so human in all its ups and downs. Oak’s loyalty and Bathsheba’s mistakes ensures you’re rooting for them from the start. When they finally marry after all they’ve been through, it’s pure joy.
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
So, this is more of a bromance, but I couldn’t resist! As relationships go, there are few that compare in dedication, excitement and loyalty. I suppose I’m a sucker for an amazing adventure as well as fulfilling, lifelong friendships, which is why Holmes and Watson have to make this list. Forming a uniquely successful partnership, it’s almost as if one can’t exist without the other. Even when John settles down and has a family, he is still drawn to solving mysteries with Holmes. Their bond is so enjoyable, the stories of their life together so exciting, they are a wonderful couple.
If you’re favourite couple isn’t here, leave a comment below and let me know who they are!