Fictional romances are tricky because they have a duty to represent an epic, specific kind of love. They must display the larger than life feelings of being love, but be realistic enough that they’re still felt by the reader, still human. They must be tried & tested & whether or not the characters survive, their love must be the satisfaction that carries out our hope. I spent some time thinking about who my favorite fictionalized couples were. A lot of them were from movies, Moulin Rouge‘s Christian & Satine, or from history, Bonnie & Clyde, or even cartoon’s, Lady & the Tramp. But the literary ones could not be narrowed down, so I chose five. There are potentially spoilers in here, I guess? So read at your own discretion.
5. Aristotle Mendoza & Dante Quintana from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
They met while they were young, so what? Plenty of great love stories involve young people. They’re great because they start out as friends & it slowly evolves. They also have that balance you see in couples that seem as though they’re total opposites, but you get them together & realize they’re actually similar. They’re just way too cute & despite societal bullshit, fight for each other, both literally & figuratively.
4. Elizabeth Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Despite having entirely different backgrounds these two just work. That could be because they’re both incredibly witty & probably a fun time. If there was ever a couple you’d want to double date with, it’d be them. They’re the OGs. They both have amazing character development that improves, most of the time because of each other. They both compromise to make their love work & that’s the realistic, but grand gesture needed to have the most ardent love they have.
3. Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby
I kept denying it, but I must admit, I love this couple. You can argue Daisy doesn’t deserve Gatsby because, well, spoilers, she doesn’t choose him in the end. You can also argue Gatsby doesn’t actually desire Daisy the entire time & that he’s really in love with her wealth. I disagree, I think Gatsby is a little like that friend you have who built up the person they like so much in their head. They put them on such a pedestal that the person becomes the ultimate goal that no other people can match. I think under slightly different circumstances they could’ve been the It Couple of their time. What a shame. I still adore em.
2. Lily Evans & James Potter from the Harry Potter series
The couple that started a seven book series! Don’t you dare try to tell me Snape & Lily would’ve been a better couple, I will fight you to the death. We don’t even get many actual scenes with these two, but their epic love is spread all over place. Plus imagine what awesome, young, hip parents they’d be. Halloween will never be the same for readers who ship this deerly beloved couple. #puns.
1. Katerina Alexandrovna Shtcherbatsky (Kitty) & Konstantin Dmitrich Levin from Anna Karenina
Maybe it’s just because they survived when basically every other couple in the novel was doomed, but they’re damn adorable. They have their issues about jealousy & independence, but they’re open with one another. They have similar family values as well. Kitty stops calling him “nice” & basically friend-zoning (for lack of a better word) him, & he ends up making her happy. Kitty is what enables Levin to finally strive toward peace. The circumstances that bring these two together are the most intricate dances of fate in literary history.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of these. Who are your favorite couples? Do you ship unconventional pairings? What makes them a good couple to you, realism or lovey dovey happiness? & finally, to any Snape+Lily shippers, I’m sorry but you are so wrong 😉