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Listed: Favourite Couples

Last week, Rachel posted about her top ten fictional couples, and told me that I needed to do the same. As I always scamper off to do as Rachel bids, instead of my planned “Monday Ramblings” on Valentines and romance (and my dislike of both even though, no, I’m not one of the stereotypical “bitterly single” and am actually in a quite happy relationship) – I just can’t be bothered with romance between two people in real life – I have put together a top ten list of my favourite fictional characters.

  1. Rilla Blyth and Kenneth Ford from L.M. Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside. Originally Published 1921. LT.
  2. Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Originally Published 1811. LT.
  3. Mr. Thornton and Margaret Hale from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Originally Published 1855. LT.
  4. Kitty Charing and Freddy Standen from Georgette Heyer’s Cotillion. Originally Published 1953. LT.
  5. Valency Stirling and Barney Snaith from L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle. Originally Published 1926. LT.
  6. Owen Palmer and Katie Chandler from Shanna Swendson’s Enchanted, Inc. Originally Published 2007. LT.
  7. Cassandra Mortmain and Simon Cotton from Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. Originally Published 1948. LT.
  8. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Originally Published 1997. LT.
  9. Meg Murray and Calvin O’Keefe from Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Originally Published 1962. LT.
  10. Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Originally Published 1818. LT.

What fictional couples do you love?

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Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:33 am February 13, 2012.
Category: Listed

  • Melissa

    You listed so many great ones! Persuasion, S&S, Castle, Rilla, HP, I love it! I loved Anne and Gilbert as well and Claire and Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my favorites.

  • Kailana

    I am not even sure I could make a list of fictional ones, actually…

  • sassymonkey

    I’ve often wondered if Rilla and Ken really got along after they married. They didn’t really know each other so well. I do own The Blythes Are Quoted but I’ve been a bit reluctant to read it…

  • deslily

    so glad to see Colonel Brandon right up there at the top! (Rickman never looked so good! woof! hahaha)

  • Cheryl

    Love it! I had the same idea to list favorite couples on my blog on Friday. :) I agree on Valancy and Barney! It’s funny, I love L. M. Montgomery’s books, but usually the romances aren’t the key part of it for me. I like her heroines and her atmosphere, I think…

  • Court

    Melissa – I was torn about Anne & Gil… I loved them at one point, but he’s just so… boring now. :(

    Kailana – You love too many, or don’t love many at all?

    sassymonkey – I haven’t read that yet either. In all honesty, am afraid to… but in my happy imagination, they definitely get along. :)

    deslily – oh, Alan Rickman! Le sigh! :)

    Cheryl – Need to go check out your list then! And yes, I love the heroines and atmosphere more than the romances definitely. They MAKE the books.