Best Books Ever: Couples
So I'd been holding on to this prompt to use over Valentine's Day, except I totally forgot and now it's a month later. Oh well, better late than never! This week, I asked our contributors to share with me their favorite couples. We've all got favorite pairings, favorite epic romances, and even I like a good sweep-you-off-your-feet love story every so often. Check out our selections and let us know what you think in the comments.
The best fictional couple is an easy one for me. Yes, I'm going to talk about OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon again. Why? Well, because Jamie Fraser has made me lose my faith in humanity. No one will ever be as good as him. Ever. Now that I have realized this, I have levels for men. There's 1) Unattainable Jamie Fraser Status 2) Close As a Living Person Can Get and 3) No, Thank You. So what do I have to say about Claire, his wife? Oddly enough, I like her. It's hard to like the woman who has the man I'm supposed to get, but I do. I really, really like her. So, having overcome insane jealousy to become a literary friend, Jamie & Claire are my clear winners.
Mindy McGinnis - Not a Drop to Drink (September 9, 2013; Katherine Tegen Books)
One of my favorite pairings of all time is Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie from Megan McCafferty's hilarious contemporary YA series. Their on-again-off-again romance spans high school, college, and beyond, leaving readers glued to the page to find out if their love will triumph. Both Jessica and Marcus are flawed but compelling characters, and you can't help but root for them. Add laugh-out-loud wit to the mix, and you've got a winner.
Melissa Landers - Alienated (February 1, 2014; Disney Hyperion)
So this week we are focusing on our favorites couples in books. I can list about 10 coupes I adore but if I had to single one out in particular, I would chose: KATY & DAEMON. Katy and Daemon are from the Lux series written by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The chemistry between these two is awesome. The balance between snark and saucy, make you fall in love with them easily. You are always wondering what next between Katy and Daemon. So glad Jennifer decided a Alien and Human should date, Thanks!
Yara from Once Upon a Twilight
There are so many terrific couples in fiction, but I wanted to discuss a relationship that's a little more timeless: Edward and Bella. No, no, just kidding! Actually, I'm thinking of names that should be familiar to you whether you read comics or not: Clark Kent and Lois Lane. See? Those names just sound right together, don't they? Especially if you put them together like this: Lois & Clark. (True story: I once gave "Lois and Clark" as an answer in history class when I meant to say "Lewis and Clark." I think my teacher's head nearly exploded.) Although there have been many different versions of their story in comics, television, radio, and movies, when you see these kids together, you know they're going to end up together in the end. It might take decades, or several TV seasons, but they're going to be a couple--even though Lois can't stand Clark at first, and he's dealing with the fact that they're in a sort of love triangle because she's totally into his alter ego, Superman...
My favorite portrayals of their relationship are actually on television, in the shows Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Smallville, but I enjoy what they've done with them in the comics too. So I'll recommend one of my favorite, self-contained storylines that I think you should check out: Superman: Secret Identity, written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Stuart Immonen. This four-issue miniseries is a kind of one-off alternate reality, in which a normal kid who was unfortunately named Clark Kent by his parents--and consequently grows up hating Superman--inexplicably develops the fictional superhero's real powers. His friends set him up on a date with a woman named Lois as a joke, but they unexpectedly hit things off. With a fairly "realistic" take on what it would be like to suddenly be a hero in today's world, this is really the story of the life these two people build together.
E.C. Myers - Quantum Coin (October 23, 2012; Pyr)
There are a lot of great epic couples in books but my first pick has to be Phedre and Joscelin in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series. They're a terrible match -- she's a courtesan with a taste for, uh, the darker side of things and he's a warrior/priest sworn to celibacy -- which of course means that they balance each other out in a way that no one else could. Joscelin will literally go to the ends of the earth for Phedre. I loved watching their relationship develop over the three books of Phedre's trilogy, and then to see little snippets of their lives together in the trilogy focusing on Imriel. They've just got such a well-rounded, thoughtful relationship that by the later books, they can just share a glance and know what the other one is trying to say. Sarah
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