Romance. *sighs dramatically*
I'm so predictable when it comes to choosing the books that I read, and what I enjoy writing. It's almost a guarantee that there will be some kind of romantic relationship involved. And it's not difficult to see why. Love/Romance is a theme that transcends through fiction of all genres and of all ages categories to the point where it's actually difficult to find something without some resemblance of romance or love, even if its only minor characters.
I decided to list a few of my favourite literary romantic pairings from over the years.
1. Jack and Aliena from Ken Folletts Pillars of the Earth.
When you read the books, this pairing kind of comes out of left field because of the age gap. But it's such a real, human love that they share and I just love reading - actually, it's the audiobook I have so it's technically listening - about their story over and over.
2. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice
It may have taken three attempts and a youtube adaption to actually read and enjoy Pride and Prejudice. The first time I tried to read it, I couldn't finish it at all, but I was quite young. The second time I finished it but didn't enjoy it. The third time I adored it. For some reason, the subtle back and forth between them was lost on me for the first two readings. Just goes to show that some things in life require perseverance!
3. Peeta and Katniss from the Hunger Games trilogy
These two characters were put through hell in the Hunger Games trilogy so its by no means an ideal love that they share but I think that they can give each other the best type of love that is possible and I think in any and all situations, that is the best anyone can ever hope for. Although the ending of Mockingjay was more of a damp squib than a firework, their connection resonates with me in a way that I can't quite put my finger on.
Do you have a favourite fictional couple? Have you ever read or written anything that had absolutely no love or romance between any of the characters?