The Broke and The Bookish made me think. A lot. I considered what obstacles the couples had to overcome, as well as the foundations of their relationships. I didn’t want to just throw together a list of romantic couples, that would be too easy… So here we are, my Top Ten (Eight) Couples Who Might Make It In The Real World.
1. Ron and Hermione (Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling) – I know it’s almost cliché, but clichés exist for a reason. They work through the antagonistic feelings to become friends, then from friends to more. They would be those friends you have to dinner with who tell you how they hated each other, but now, it’s funny to think back on.
2. Eddie and Susannah (Dark Tower series, by Stephen King) – I know they’re not exactly a well known “romance”, but they are a couple that went through a lot. Not even death could stop them from being together. Eddie didn’t see Susannah as disabled, he saw her as someone he could love forever. In the end, they did get a chance to make it in the real world and you’re left with the feeling that they do.
3. Lizzy and Darcy (Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen) – I know everyone will probably have Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy on their list. But I don’t care. They are a great couple. It wasn’t love at first site and that makes is so much more real.
4. Katniss and Peeta (The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins) – I think it’s the epilogue at the end of Mockingjay that really makes me feel like Katniss and Peeta could have a real relationship in the real world.
5. Becky Bloomwood and Luke Brandon (Shopaholic Series, by Sophie Kinsella) – Though exaggerated for the books, Becky and Luke seem to have real problems, like working too much or shopping too much and they work through them.
6. Sookie and Sam (Sookie Stackhouse series, by Charlaine Harris) – Yup, that’s right, I said Sam. Bill lied and Eric is too selfish. After Deadlocked I think that’s who Sookie is going to end up with. Sam is kind and has been a good friend to her no matter which crazy vampire or shifter she’s dated.
7. Jane and Rochester (Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë) – If you want to read about a woman who doesn’t change her values just to be with a man, then read this book. They still end up together.
8. Henry and Clare (The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger) – I know this has been on a lot of lists too, but even without the time traveling, I think they could make their lives work.
That’s it. Eight. I can think of lots of couples in books, but I doubt the staying power of their relationships. I thought of adding Harry and Ginny, but thought one Harry Potter couple was enough, so I picked the one I thought more likely to work. I know there are people who picked Edward Ferrars and Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility, but if this were the real world, Elinor would have found someone else ages before Edward came around. Except for the first two, I kind of doubt my own choices too. Relationships in the real world are difficult, wonderful and amazing, but difficult.
What do you think?