Earlier today I Googled "Great Literary Couples" to see what might turn up, and I wasn't in the least bit surprised in the results. A lot of Jane Austen. Like a lot. I have a little bit of a problem with this, and rather than spend time going into all the reasons why that is, I thought it might be better to focus instead on Great Literary Couples worth talking about.
So in honor of Valentine's Day, I took a poll here at the Read Furiously Offices and compiled the list of Literary Couples We Love. Presented to you in no real order.
Hazel and Augustus (The Fault in our Stars)
Though I'm sure most of the world has read this book already, I won't go into spoilers because this book is too good to ever spoil. And with the movie soon coming out, it's worth noting this is a couple that people are going to be talking about a lot.
Lois and Clark (Any Superman comic worth reading)
Though DC Comics NEW 52 might not currently think so, there probably isn't a more important relationship in all of comics than Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane. I could go on for a while about all the reasons (and maybe one day I'll do a post dedicated entirely to that), but for now we can just say that Superman wouldn't be the legend he is (both in the comic and the real world) without Lois Lane.
David Sedaris and Hugh Hamrick (Pretty much any of David Sedaris' books)
This is the only couple on the list that isn't fictional, but they're still worth including because when reading Sedaris' work and the way he talks about their relationship, it's hard not to long for a partner like Hugh.
Katherine and Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
The relationship that inspired a million YA novels. They're not the most uplifting of couples out there, but the impact they've had is undeniable.
Scott and Ramona (The Scott Pilgrim Series)
For a relationship based on fighting off a girl's evil ex-boyfriends, it was probably one of the more realistic ones in comics
Charlie and Sam (Perks of Being a Wallflower)
So yes, I'm going to steal a quote from the movie for this one, but I think it perfectly sums up what's so great about Charlie and Sam:
I know who you are, Sam. I know I'm quiet... and, and I should speak more. But if you knew the things that were in my head most of the time, you'd know what I really meant. How, how much we're alike and, and how we've been through things... and you're not small. You're beautiful.
Tristran and Yvaine (Stardust)
It's a story of finding the one you love right under your nose. It's a story of loving someone so much that initially they annoy the hell out of you. It's Neil Gaiman. 'Nuff said.
Dirk and Duck (The Weetzie Bat Series)
And Dirk got his Duck. In the magical world of LA, there's probably nothing more magical tan the relationship between Duck and Dirk.
Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy (Bridget Jones' Diary)
Yes, I'm ending our list with two characters who are directly based off of Jane Austen characters, yet Helen Fielding manages to take these characters and breath life into them, make them endearing enough that you can overlook their inspiration. Plus, what woman doesn't like to be told someone likes them just the way they are.