Ah, another Booking Through Thursday! I love this week’s prompt:
“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like — sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”
At the top of my list would have to be Cornelia and Teo from Marisa de los Santos’ fabulous Belong To Me. While the circumstances of their marriage seem just a wee bit suspect to me initially, there’s no denying the fierce bond and unconditional love between them. I love that despite the many conflicts that reach them as they settle into their new life in the suburbs — and there are many — they remain steadfastly loyal and loving to one another.
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger built up their romance the old-fashioned way in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series — by spending time together, followed by the inevitable annoyance and hatred and jealousy of the other’s relationships while still steadfastly denying any romantic feelings for them. Ultimately, the final declaration of their love after a million and one hardships (and near death, right?) came as a huge relief. My favorite romances are the ones that have time to simmer, build and grow stronger — anyone can fall quickly and intimately in love with someone only to have them disappear a month or two later. The earnest, time-consuming loves are the greatest!
And, of course, I could never broach this conversation without mentioning Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Going along with my aforementioned love of the annoyance, hatred, jealousy and burgeoning feelings expressed before the inevitable, passionate declaration of love, Jane Austen’s hero and heroine will always have a special place in the hearts of readers everywhere. She’s too proud to have him and he’s too prejudiced to be honest with her . . . or is it that she’s too prejudiced, and he’s too proud? (Thanks, “You’ve Got Mail”!)