Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Romances

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is, I’m convinced, a holiday celebrated by no one as intensely as it is by middle schoolers.  They come to school with Valentine’s cards for everyone they know, heart-shaped balloons for their friends, candy is passed around freely from person to person, candy grams or carnations are sent to friends and secret crushes!  And lets not forget the infamous Valentine’s Day Dance! If we’re lucky us teacher’s sometimes get remembered in all the hub-bub and a student (or two) will gift us with a Disney Princess card or a little bag of candy.  I really do love my job.

So, I love my job and I love a good romance.  Today’s top ten list is my favorite fictional romances.  Most are from Young Adult or Middle Grades fiction, but a few adult titles (not that kind of adult!!) may have snuck in too!

Pride and Prejudice BBCElizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oh, that’s not a book cover you say?!  Oh Colin Firth isn’t who Jane Austen based the character on?! I do not care, because I strongly believe that had Jane Austen been aware of Colin Firth she would have been equally as pleased with the decision to cast him as her leading man.  Book or movie Elizabeth and Darcy are easily my favorite fictional couple!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and Etienne St. Clair

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This romance blossoms so slowly it’s so beautifully painful!  I loved the reality of this relationship; sometimes you fall for someone and the timing isn’t right, sometimes it can take forever.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsKatniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Girl on Fire + The Boy with the Bread! Come on!  Their love is based on helping each other through hardship.  They are both there for each other through the pain and struggle, that’s what love is.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa Gray and Will Herondale

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

A romance set in Victorian London?! An American girl and Welsh guy both with supernatural powers? Enough said!

Graceling by Kristen CashoreKatsa and Po

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa is strong and prideful.  Po loves her enough to break through the barriers she puts up. That’s love!

Jane Eyre DVDJane Eyre and Mr. Rochester

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Mr. Rochester is the first person to really notice Jane; to notice that she’s more than just a quiet governess. Le sigh…

Anne of the Island by LM MontgomeryAnne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

They annoy each other as children, but their love grows throughout the years.  He even waits for her to finish school before they get married.  Way to go Gilbert! :)

Ron and HermioneRon Weasley and Hermione Granger

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Best friends turned crushes is one of my favorite plot lines and Ron and Hermione are an awesome couple.  They compliment each other’s talents and strengthen each other’s weaknesses. 

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleAni and Geric

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Both Ani and Geric fall in love without realizing the other’s true identity, so they get to know the real person first.  Fairy tale magic!

Northanger Abbey DVDCatherine Morland and Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I have a special spot in my heart for Catherine and Mr. Tilney; she’s a voracious reader and he’s a pastor.  Sounds like a couple I know very well…! I can’t put my finger on it, but I feel a connection to them!

I hope I didn’t forget anyone!  Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Romances

  1. I found the relationship between Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester interesting in that, yes, he was the first to really notice her, but they always seemed to be putting each other down–especially in terms of their looks. The attraction between them obviously went a lot deeper. The way Charlotte Bronte wrote this relationship is one of the reasons JANE EYRE is one of my favorite novels of all time.

  2. I love your list!! I share most of them, though I haven’t read The Goose Girl yet. And I totally agree—if Jane Austen had known Mr. Firth I’m confident she would have approved. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. You had some of my favorites, but my all time favorite is from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (the MOVIE, not the TV show). Love how combative they are in the beginning, but he gives up so much to let her have a life. Plus, she turns into a writer: Blood and Swash, aargh!

  4. I love these kinds of posts for the wonderful book recommendations I can get. I’ve read a handful of these and a few are on my TBR pile. They are GREAT stories and I’m a definite Jane Eyre fan! (surly love interests, FTW)

    Also, Katniss + Peeta = sexy toast!

  5. Oh, how I love love love Katsa and Po!

    And my friends and I have a party every year where we set up paper bags and all of us trade valentines “just like we did in elementary school!” Except for our international friends – to whom we had to explain the custom. ;-)

  6. Love your list! I have got to read Anna and the French Kiss – keep hearing such great things about it. I’m too brain fried at this point of the day to think of some of my favorite literary couples but I’m sure I’ll wake up at 2 a.m. and go “doh! I should have said….”

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