Monday, July 07, 2008

Great Literary Couples

It is five in the morning and I am at work.... Big shocker! I keep forgetting I actually have two days off this week. It seems too good to be true, I suppose. Anyways, Literary Feline is having a contest: Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. Since I am trying to stay awake, this seemed like a good project to keep myself busy doing. I am not really sure what my answer is, though. I am not a big romance reader, so I do not read books for romantic aspects and do not necessarily pay attention to the couples found in them.

I think if I had to pick it would be some of the older classics, like Gilbert and Anne from Lucy Maud Montgomery books. I remember when I read the books I was hoping that they would end up together from the moment that he called her Carrot and she broke the slate over his head. They really compliment each other when you think about it. I really want to reread this series, but I just haven't taken the time to sit down with it. Back when I read it the first time in its entirety I read all eight books in a row. This is not something that I really do anymore. I tend to read series very sporadically, so it is interesting how I have changed in that respect. I think I especially like the fact that Gilbert didn't try to control Anne, he lets her be her own person. For the period, men were in their rights to be domineering and he doesn't do that. It made for an enjoyable read as a result.

Another great literary couple is Laura Wilder and her husband. I think a lot of it is the same as Anne and Gilbert. I like strong women in novels and Laura is a strong woman who is not held back or changed by her husband. This is another series that I really want to reread one of these days.

Those are the two that pop into my head first. There are probably a lot more, but it is early and my mind is sleeping. Soon my body will join in and then maybe when I wake up I will have some ideas. Since I have to be back at work at eight Tuesday morning, though, I am pretty well just going home for a nap, so being awake may be questionable... Hopefully soon I will write a couple reviews. They are just not the thing to write when you are tired and that is pretty much me all the time lately!


  1. Thank you for playing! I find it interesting how many people are naming our old childhood favorites, Anne and Gilbert and Laura and Almanzo. I've only met these couples through TV, I'm afraid, but maybe one day I will get to meet them in book form.

    I am glad I could help keep you awake a little!

    I added your name into the contest.

  2. Time off is awesome, but it always confuses my sense of timing. :)

    I don't think I *could* pick a favorite literary couple!

    No, wait. Janelle & Daemon from the Black Jewels trilogy...

  3. I just finished Anne of Green Gables and now I'm dying to read more and see how their relationship progresses. I don't know why it took me so long to get to the series!

  4. I do enjoy it when there is a romantic aspect in the books I read, be they sci fi, fantasy, etc. I've always been a bit of a hopeless romantic. Books don't have to have that element for me to read them, but I find that my favorites, the ones I most of re-read, do have the couple aspect to them in some way, shape, or form.


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