Top Ten Tuesday: Literary couples that would survive the real world

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!”

This week’s topic is in honor of Jamie’s wedding on the 17th (Congratulations Jamie!): the top ten book romances that would survive in the real world. Here are my choices…

10. Sayuri and the Chairman (Memoirs of a Geisha)

9. Kate Wilson and Julian Laurence (Overseas)

8. Wesley and Princess Buttercup (The Princess Bride)

7. Ada and W.P. Inman (Charles Frazier)

6. Aragorn and Arwen (J.R.R. Tolkein)

5. Clare and Henry (The Time Traveler’s Wife)

4. Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont (All Souls Trilogy)

3. Claire Beachamp Randall Fraser and Jamie Fraser (Outlander series)

2. Jane Eyre and Edward Fairfax Rochester (Jane Eyre)

1. Anne and Captain Wentworth (Persuasion)

Who would you’ve have included? Did I miss anyone obvious (aside from Darcy and Elizabeth – I figured one Jane Austen was enough)?

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  • Jorie
  • Melissa

    Aragorn and Arwen, how could I forget them! I almost listed Henry and Clare, but I thought their relationship wouldn’t exist in the real world because they would neve rhave met. I probably should have listed them anyway because they are one of my favorite couples.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I totally forgot about Sam and Rosie – the LOTR couples seem to be easy to overlook!

  • Loni

    I don’t know about Sayuri and the Chairman…

    I had Clare and Henry too. Even without the time traveling, I think they deal with a lot of “real” couple issues and that’s what makes me think that they could possibly, maybe, make it in the real world.

    • armchairauthor

      I considered Sayuri and the Chairman as well, but discarded them because I feel like the Chairman didn’t really know her (nor did she know him, he was an orphaned girl’s fantasy father-figure). He was struck by her beauty and wanted to have access to her, but I think Nobu had more of a relationship with her as a person.

      • Rory O’Connor

        I always felt bad for Nobu, his intentions were more honorable than most!

  • Jenna St. Hilaire

    I haven’t read the book, but loved Sayuri and the Chairman in the movie! And I love Anne and the Captain… and Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre. And some of the others. Good list!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Both Persuasion and Jane Eyre rank among my favorite books of all time. My heart still hurts for them when I reread the books, even though I know it turns out alright in the end 🙂

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