Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Realistic Couples in Literature

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) instalove romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).”

Okay, so I actually groaned a little bit when I read this week’s topic since romance isn’t really my thing when it comes to reading. I don’t like love triangles, instalove, or basically any romantic situation that I see as a distraction from the main storyline of a book.

That said, what I do very much enjoy are realistic portrayals of relationships – the slow build from strangers to friends to lovers, or maybe even from hate at first sight to friendship to something more. I love witty banter, fights, going through tough times together and coming out stronger than ever, or maybe even a couple drifting apart and eventually finding their way back to each other. I even love reading just the evolution of an established relationship over time.  So yeah, realism is definitely my thing when it comes to romance.  So what I went with for this week’s special Valentine’s Day Top 10 edition are my Top Ten Favorite Realistic Couples in Literature.  I think each of my selections in some way embodies what I’ve just described in terms of a realistic relationship.  As you’ll see, Jane Austen’s novels figure prominently in my list as I consider her to be one of the masters of creating a realistic relationship.

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE REALISTIC COUPLES IN LITERATURE

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1. BENEDICT AND BEATRICE

from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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2. ELIZABETH BENNETT AND FITZWILLIAM DARCY

from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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3. RON WEASLEY AND HERMIONE GRANGER

from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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4. AUGUSTUS AND HAZEL

from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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5. ELINOR DASHWOOD AND EDWARD FERRARS

from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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6. WILL TRAYNOR AND LOUISA CLARK

from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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7. IFEMULU AND OBINZE

from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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8. ANNE ELLIOTT AND FREDERICK WENTWORTH

from Persuasion by Jane Austen

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9.  CINDER AND KAI

from Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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10.  ELEANOR AND PARK

from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Question:  What literary couples do you find to be the most realistic?

28 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    What a great list! I totally agree with you, most romance tropes make me roll my eyes. I’d prefer they be more realistic. I think my favorite literary couple is Rhett and Scarlett – I think it’s realistic because for some people, the timing is just never right, and they don’t realize what they have until it’s gone!

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  2. Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter
    Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter says:

    I swear every time I see the cover of Me Before You my heart breaks all over again. lol! I’m still not over it. Pride and Prejudice will always be my favorite love story of all time. I either read or watch the movies every couple of months. lol I have Eleanor & Park on my Kindle but haven’t started it yet. Great list!

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  3. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    I love the theme of this list! And I love all of the couples you listed (well, the ones that I know!) – I love when I read a book with a couple that is actually realistic and I can picture existing in real life, since so many are often incredibly unrealistic. Great list!

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  4. Greg
    Greg says:

    I like seeing relationships evolve too, much more than the standard tropes sometimes. Bennett and Darcy have to be the gold standard here probably. 🙂 Most of these I haven’t read but I love the version of Sense and Sensibility so I’ll say definitely so to Dashwood and Ferrars.

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