Meme: Top ten favorite couples in literature

Funny how the brain works. Yesterday I completed a post on something else to post today, because I had only managed to think of 3 couples I liked enough to put on the list, but this morning I had a list of 12 ready in my head when I sat down at the computer, without having given it a conscious thought. Here is the originating post, and here are my 10 entries:

  • Elizabet Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The ultimate romantic couple.
  • Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley, from Emma by Jane Austen. Great chemistry and a good example of friends falling in love.
  • Oscar Hopkins and Lucinda Leplastrier, from Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey. This is more for what they could have had than for what they actually had, but they were perfect for each other.
  • Min Dobbs and Cal Morrissey from Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. For their fast, funny and furious repartee and undeniable chemistry.
  • Nina Askew and Alex Moore from Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie. A perfect fit. And Fred makes three.
  • Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane from the books by Dorothy L. Sayers (Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night and onwards). Such a wonderful long courtship. She really made him jump through hoops.
  • Eve and Roarke from the In Death books by J.D. Robb. An interesting, sizzling relationship that keeps developing new angles.
  • “Cesario” and Olivia, from Twelfth Night, or What you will by William Shakespeare. Technically not a couple, but the chemistry was undeniable.
  • Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. The perfect hate-turns-to-love couple, and the dialogue is fantastic.
  • Jules Cassidy and Robin Chadwick from three Troubleshooters books by Suzanne Brockmann (Hot Target, Force of Nature, All Through the Night). The books are over-the-top thrillers and the romance is tense, since one half of the pair is still in the closet for most of the first two books, but you want them to get together from the moment they lay eyes on each other.


Daisy said…
I completely agree with the first two on your list. Sadly, I know none of the others..
Loni said…
Elizabeth and Darcy were at the top of my list two. I haven't read Emma (yet). I also loved Much Ado About Nothing, but it's been at least 7 years since I read it. Great list!
Red said…
Nice list! I love Beatrice and Benedick. The whole semi love triangle with "Cesario", Olivia and Orsinio was pretty great as well.
Anne Bennett said…
I haven't read most of your books but I wanted to add Beatrice and Benedick but was too lazy to look up his name (I forgot). I have several Jane Austen couples, too. Check out my lists (two for the price of one) at:
Bev Hankins said…
Glad to see that Lord Peter & Harriet made it on somebody else's list. I love the Sayer's books. Here's my list:
Vicky said…
I tried to pick a favorite couple from Jennifer Crusie's work, but I just couldn't! I love just about all her couples!

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