Friday, February 13, 2015

Love in Literature - A Valentine's Day Themed Post

Ok, originally this was going to be a discussion about romance in reading, and what I think of romance in novels, etc. but it just wasn't working for me and then I thought "Hey, it's Valentine's Day, and I kind of just want to talk about some of my favorite couples in books." So, here are my favorite couples! Or couples that I wish were couples. There might be some spoilers for the books mentioned as we're talking about couples and OTPs. To make it a little extra fun for Valentine's Day, here are some superlatives too!

*spoilers ahead for the books mentioned!*

Cutest Couple:
This couple is totally adorable. I love how Lara Jean is a little bit awkward and shy yet still has a spunky personality. Peter is a character that you love the more you read about, and throughout the novel I just loved reading more and more about these two. They're really wonderful! 

The Superhero Action Team of Couples: 
Kiaran and Alieana from The Falconer by Elizabeth May
These two are super tough, make an incredible team, and fight faeries all over Edinburgh. Not only are they super skilled fighters, they have a strong dedication to their cause and work perfectly together. And I just love these two with their witty banter. They're like those characters in action movies that can maintain a sarcastic back and forth conversation while fighting the bad guys.

The Couple I Cried Over:
Jonah Griggs and Taylor from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
This book left me so emotional, and these two characters are incredibly written. They had such an impact on the story and everything in it, and I think that this is a couple that's very unique in YA in that they don't have too many cute or lighthearted scenes but have a lot of genuinely heartfelt moments that speak volumes about their relationship.

"I Can't Wait for Them to Have a Happy Ending" Couple: 
Celia and Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Celia and Marco are a couple that face impossible odds, choices, and trials in their relationship. Seriously, the universe is basically working against them here. Set amidst the drama of the Night Circus and all that accompanies it, this incredible novel really shows the struggle these two go through. 

Couple Most Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse:
Chase and Ember from Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
I mean, they're trying to survive in a world where trust is already in low supply, and this is one dystopian world where the conditions for these two are already pretty rough and a struggle to get through day by day. Chase and Ember would be the pair that would make it through a zombie apocalypse together, though, with their determination and bravery.

Most Likely to Bicker All the Time:
Harper Price and David Stark from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
They bicker throughout the book anyways, and their witty, sarcastic banter is one of the book's trademarks. But Harper and David are still also really adorable, and they definitely have their sweet and cute moments.

The Better-as-the-Series-Progressed Couple:
Loki and Wendy from the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking
I loved these two from the moment we met both characters individually. Although you don't see much of Loki in the first book, he's such a unique, striking character that I immediately hoped for some more character development for him and for both Loki and Wendy, their story only got better as the trilogy progressed.

Best Out of this World Couple:
Cress and Thorne from Cress of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
These two are completely adorable. Cress is so kind and excited about the world, and Thorne is this sarcastic, confident space pilot. These two are really great and I loved reading about them as the story progressed on. I can't wait to read more about them in Winter. Another side note, if you've read Fairest, let me know your thoughts about it- I've yet to pick it up but I really want to read it!

The Couple I'd Want to go on a Double Date with:
Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
These two are adorable yet also down to earth. Anna as a narrator was really engaging and I think talking to her would be a lot of fun. Etienne is a fun, easygoing sort as well and I think this is a couple that would be fun to go on a double date with.

The Couple I Wish Would Happen:
Stephen and Rory from the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson
The third book came out recently and no I have not yet read it. In the first book, I wasn't the biggest fan of the love interest, and thought Stephen was an interesting character I wanted to know more about. I honestly just think he would be a better match for Rory.

So, there are the couples I thought of. What are some of your picks for these categories? Have you got an OTP from your favorite series? Let me know!

From the paper world,



  2. Cress and Thorne are like the bad boy good girl couple but way better! I really love how kind Cress is and how she brings the best out of Thorne. Also THORNE *flails*

    Also definitely agree with lara J and Peter! They are so wonderful!


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