Love is in the air. Granted the freezing, icy air, but Valentine’s Day is approaching none-the-less. During this time we gorge ourselves on romantic comedies, romance novels and, if you’re like me, a giant sized Hershey’s kiss. What could be better? (Sharing it with Orlando Bloom?) If you’re looking for a romance to ignite your inner romantic or give you hope, I recommend the following:
Best Literary Couples
Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy (from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”)
Max de Winter and the second Mrs. De Winter (from Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”)
Arwen and Aragorn (from J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”)
Jo March and Professor Bhaer (from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”)
Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters (from John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars”) – I don’t know if they would’ve survived the long haul, but then, that was never the issue.
Now, if you’re more on the Valentine’s Day-is-a-trick-by-The Man-to-make-us-buy-cards side, then here are some anti-romance recommendations. These couples put the dys in dysfunction. Or if nothing else, it might make you feel better about your own love life.
Worst Literary Couples
Heathcliff and Catherine (from Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”)
Tom and Daisy Buchanan (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”)
Nick and Amy Dunne (from Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”)
If you have any couples, good or bad, you’d like to share, please do. Happy Valentine’s Day, (or not.)