Hi, all! Reading through your votes for the Top Fictional Couples of All Time provided an unexpected trip down memory lane, with each couple evoking a favorite reading experience. With so many millions of books out there, it’s pretty incredible just how much of a fictional lexicon we all have in common.
Out of the Pink couples, the hands-down winners appear to be Letty and Geoff (sorry, Hen and Miles!). That book was one of the hardest to write, so I’m thrilled that Letty and Geoff have acquired such a following.
In no particular order, I’ve made donations to IASPR of $2 apiece in honor of:
— Letty and Geoff (“The Deception of the Emerald Ring”)
— Beatrice and Benedick (“Much Ado About Nothing”)
— Scarlett and Rhett (“Gone With the Wind”)
— Anne and Gilbert (“Anne of Green Gables”, et al)
— Alanna and George (Lioness Quartet)
— Westley and Buttercup (“The Princess Bride”)
— Elizabeth and Darcy (“Pride and Prejudice”)
— Margaret and Mr. Thornton (“North and South”)
— Claire and Jamie (“Outlander”)
and, of course,
— Marguerite and Sir Percy (“The Scarlet Pimpernel”)
Looking at all these couples, several of whom received multiple vociferous votes, I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that draws us to them. I can track similarities among specific couples within the group (there’s a touch of Anne and Gilbert in Letty and Geoff, and more than a bit of Beatrice and Benedick in Elizabeth and Darcy), but, on the whole, the couples run the gamut from domestic types to out and out rogues, from relationships formed in quiet circumstances to those forged amid high drama. With all the discrepancies among them, what do you think it is that makes these particular stories and characters so compelling?