Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday - Romance that Lasts

Romances You Think Would Last Outside The Book
1. Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice. I would be shocked if this didn't make every list.

2. Anne Shirley & Gilbert Blythe, Anne books. We know it all works out because L.M Montgomery continued to write about their family. But even if she hadn't, everyone knows this relationship worked.

3. The main relationship in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I'm not using names so as not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. (Why haven't you read it?!)

4. The Blakeneys in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Or, at least, I hope they do. I know there are sequels but I've never read them. If you've read them and it doesn't turn out well for them, please don't tell me.

5. Tristran and Yvaine, Stardust. And not just because the author tells us so.

I could fill out this list with all the Austen pairings:
6. Emma Woodhouse & Mr. Knightley
7. Elinor Dashwood & Edward Ferrars
8. Marianne Dashwood & Colonel Brandon
9. Jane Bennet & Charles Bingley
10. Catherine Morland & Henry Tilney
11. Anne Elliot & Captain Wentworth.

The only Austen-ians who would not make my list are Edmund Bertram & Fanny Price even if Jane Austen said their happiness "must appear as secure as earthly happiness can be." I suppose I'll agree that those two were meant for each other but I don't entirely mean it as praise.

What book pairings would make your list?  Would you rather read a "happily ever after" story or an ambiguous or sad ending?
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3 comments:

Amy said...

I just read the sweetest romance called Edenbrooke, and I think the main characters' love is definitely the kind that would last. :-) I highly recommend it. It's set in the Regency period, so if you like Jane Austen, I think you'd definitely like it.

Sandy said...

Love Jane Austen! Love Anne & Gilbert!!! Check out my TTT if you have time.

Also, new follower.

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

Karen@Candid Diversions said...

Thanks for the suggestion - I ordered it from our library today. :)

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