Hey, hey, hey! It’s Tuesday, and I thought I’d give Top Ten Tuesday a go. This week is Top Ten Tuesday: REWIND, and the prompt is,
Pick a past topic that we’ve done that you missed or just want round 2 of!
I scrolled through The Broke and Bookish blog’s epic list and decided I liked the looks of August 14’s prompt,
(In honor of Jamie’s wedding this week on the 17th) — Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World (outside the book)
Yep, that sounded interesting and a little thought provoking. In a possibly controversial move, I’ve also made a list of ten romances that I think would not survive in the real world. (To use the lingo of fandom, I might sink a few ships). That post will be available tomorrow.
Before we begin, however, I would like to explain the criteria I found myself using as I made these list. I was looking at whether or not the relationship was healthy. By that I mean,
- Do the partners respect each other?
- Do the partners remain faithful to each other?
- Do the partners have a clear and accurate perception of each other?
I also decided that “real world” meant these couples had to be able to last in my world:
- If their story took place in the 1800s, could romance make it in 2012?
- Could Hogwarts students still fall in love with each other in an average high school?
- If the dramatic and epic circumstances that brought the couple together were removed, would their romance still be possible?
Note: there is no significant order to these lists. None of these photos are mine.
Top Ten Book Romances That Would Make It In The Real World
Anne Shirley & Gilbert Blythe, the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
Honestly, how could they not survive in the real world?
Benedick & Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
They’re made for each other.
Catherine Morland & Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
There’s a theme, I think, within most of my choices: I appreciate relationships in which there is respect and encouragement. I think Catherine and Henry do just that. They are friends first, and they support each other.
Honorary Mention: Emma Woodhouse & George Knightley, Emma
Tom Sawyer & Becky Thatcher, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Okay. I’m a sucker for the whole childhood-romance thing. And I seem to really love that mischievous hero. Plus, Becky Thatcher was a spitfire. She could totally hold her own against Tom in the real world.
Ron Weasely & Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Besides being utterly lovely and adorable, Ron and Hermione were also friends first. Watching their relationship grow throughout the seven books was great and realistic.
Honorary Mention: James & Lily Potter
Hey, this is a Top Ten post on realistic romances, not “what if” romances. As much as I love the fact that Lily was Severus Snape’s one true love, they would have never worked in the real world. Snape just has too many issues to be the man Lily deserves. James, while I’ve always thought of him as kind of a douche, was a bit more stable and more relationally secure.
Faramir & Eowyn, The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
For a book series that is male-dominated, Eowyn is fascinating. I like the fact, too, that Faramir didn’t save Eowyn but helped her heal. I’m telling you, guys, respect and encouragement.
Honorary Mention: Aragorn & Arwen
I just can’t imagine them not being together.
John Thornton & Margaret Hale, North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell
I’ve seen Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice included on other bloggers’ Top Ten lists. I have to respectfully disagree on that one. I never felt satisfied with Darcy’s character. Yeah, he loved her, but I still don’t think he really knew her, and I never felt like I really knew him.
Which is why I loved North & South—it was like P&P, but Gaskell gave me more insight into Thornton’s character. I think Thornton discovers who Margaret really is, and vice versa, and develops tremendous respect for her.
Lizzie and Darcy? Maybe. Thornton and Margaret? You better believe it.
Gale Hawthorne & Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Guys, you know I love Peeta Mellark, but Gale is the logical choice for Katniss, and Katniss is a logical woman. Were Katniss, Gale, and Peeta living in our world today, I don’t think Peeta would have had a chance. Katniss and Gale had a strong friendship and interdependence on each other that I think would still be possible within the confines of our world.
The only thing that Katniss and Peeta really have in common is that they survived the Hunger Games together. In the trilogy, that trumps everything Gale could ever offer Katniss, but in the real world, Peeta is an infatuated wuss with Katniss on a pedestal. She’d never really give him a second glance.
Laura Ingalls & Almanzo Wilder, the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This is a cop out, I know. Whatever.
Landon Carter & Jamie Sullivan, A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Yeah, I totally think they could.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments below.
Coming Up Next: Ten Literary Romances that Would Crash & Burn in the Real World