Who makes a great team? Whether Best Friends, Lovers or Siblings, these pairs make the story move. Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for another great theme. In no particular order, my top ten:
1. Cadderly & Danica from R. A. Salvatore’s The Cleric Quintet. They love each other, they fight the bad guys, they sacrifice. Exactly what you’d want from a fantasy couple.
2. Elinor & Marianne Dashwood from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. They are a fantastic pair. Better than the Bennetts, in my opinion. Austen really captures the closeness of sisters.
3. Darcy & Lizzy Bennett from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
4. Roland & Jake from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. A dark duo, surrogate father and son; an interesting pairing from King.
5. Lisbeth Salander & Mikhail Blomkvist from Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It’s an interesting relationship. They solve a mystery and catch a bad guy, but that’s not what makes this couple so interesting.
6. Elphaba & Galinda from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked. Otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North. Elphaba and Galinda have a love/hate relationship. Elphaba encourages Galinda to see beyond her own selfishness and vanity, each brings out something new in the other.
7. Louis & Lestat from Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire. This is another love/hate relationship. Another dark duo. They’re a pair I couldn’t resist.
8. Harry & Ron & Hermione from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I couldn’t pick two out of the three. They’re all just too great and great together.
9. Sam & Frodo from J.R.R. Tokien’s Lord of the Rings series. This is the love of two people who endure war and hardship together. Together, they saved Middle-Earth.
10. Mariam & Layla from Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. They don’t save the world, but in a way, they fight darkness. They comfort each other while being forced to live under an oppressive regime. They make life easier by being there for each other. There may be tragedy in their story, but there is also love.
Honourable mention to Eddie & Susannah of the Dark Tower series. I think they’re a great couple, but as the duo from those books, Roland and Jake win out. Another honourable mention goes to Toby & Ren from The Year Of The Flood. Though they spend much of the story apart, their coming together is vital.
Who are your favourite pairs?