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!
Elizabeth 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 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.
Katniss 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.
Tessa 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!
Katsa 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 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 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 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.
Ani 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!
Catherine 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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