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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples


This week at Top Ten Tuesday (brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish) the topic is your favorite couples in literature. I'm not all that hung up on romantic pairings. I've spent the better part of the day trying to come up with ten couples that just wow me. Can't do it. Here's what I have managed:

1. Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey: Dorothy L Sayers did her very best to produce an example of the perfect union. A marriage of the minds and spirits, as well as fiery romance (that comes late in the saga) where the couple are true partners. I love the interaction of Harriet and Peter.


2. Phryne Fisher and Lin Chung: Kerry Greenwood's 1920s free-spirit and private detective extraordinaire, Phryne is marvelous in her own right. But her enjoyment of her romantic interludes with her lover Lin Chung (as well as various others along the way in the series) is as delightful as it must be scandalous to the time period.


3. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth: Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel and these are my favorite Austen characters. One wishes Anne had not been persuaded at the outset...but then, I suppose, there would be no novel.

4. Kate Fansler and Reed Amherst: Another marriage of equals...in a true partnership. There is much affection between the characters of the Amanda Cross mystery series, but no ties that constrict. The books are worth it for the quotes I gather from the conversations between Kate and Reed.

5. Pam and Jerry North: This mad-cap detective couple (who beat Nick and Nora Charles--even the film versions--hands-down) are wonderful together. I am always on the look-out for the Lockridge books that I don't yet own or have not read.

6. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes: Laurie R King has done what many may have thought could not be done...found a woman to outshine
the woman. Mary absolutely complements Holmes in every way and matches him wit for wit and deduction for deduction. A terrific series.

7. Miranda and Alan: from
Miranda by Grace Livingston Hill. Once upon a time, I was in a huge romance novel phase. I devoured the Hill books as well as Victoria Holt and others. This couple stands out. Alan is the (much older) black sheep of the town. Only Miranda whose child's heart has loved him from the time he defended her at school is the only one who believes him innocent of all that has been claimed about him. A well-worn plot, but this was the first time I ever encountered it and I loved it.

8. Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester: a classic (and I just finished re-reading it, so it's fresh in my mind). I like Rochester's apparent brooding ways WAY more than Heathcliff's and I love how Jane shows in little ways that she's his equal in all but station until...but, reader, that would spoil the ending....


That's it can't come up with two more couples for anything. How about you? Who's on your list?

10 comments:

readerbuzz said...

Boy, I feel silly, but i don't know any of these except for Jane Eyre! How can I have missed all these wonderful couples?

I had lots of trouble with this meme. Are there not many good couples in literature?!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

This is a tough challenge! But, I'm with Readerbuzz also -- I only picked up on Jane Eyre...! Back to the stacks I go!

Red said...

I need to check out some of the couples on your list. Like the others, I can't say I recognize all them but I'd like to check them out.

Audra said...

Great choices! I love Phryne Fisher -- fabulous inclusion -- as well as Vane/Wimsey and of course, Anne and Wentworth! I didn't include them on my list because I got waylaid being silly. Someday I'll make a serious list of my favorite couples. :)

Bev Hankins said...

@Red...I honestly believe you would absolutely love the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood!

Lu said...

Great list!

Bibliophile said...

Great list! There are a number of couples on your list I think I need to check out.

Daisy said...

Yay for your Persuasion couple! I think I love all of Austen's couples :)

Emily said...

Goodness, I haven't even read most of these books! I know a bunch of things I'll be adding to my list. :)

Kathie said...

How about Aragorn and Arwen and Peter and Wendy! Those are great couples! I like you devoured the Hill books, couldn't get enough of them for so long. But of all the couples, I have to say that Sir Peter and Harriet are probably my favorite couple, too.