Sunday, February 20, 2011

Literary Love

After a bit of an unplanned hiatus, I am back on the blog chain just in time for Shaun's Valentine's themed question.

Who is your favorite literary couple and why?

I always have trouble with questions that ask me to pick a favorite. Favorite book, favorite movie, or favorite candy bar - how can I be expected to pick just one? And when it comes to ask a lifelong romance reader, such a myself, to pick just ONE favorite literary couple... well, it's almost enough to make my head explode... that is until the obvious answer came to me.

My favorite literary couple is my first literary couple - Anne and Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. Their relationship starts when they are children, when Gilbert makes fun of Anne's red hair. Over the course of the book, they become fierce competitors at school - each trying to take the place at the head of the class. By the end though, things change, they are older and become friends... with a suggestion (and hope from me) of something more. There are eight books in total in the Green Gables series, and slowly Anne and Gilbert fall in love, marry, and have children together. Having so many books, means there is no happy ending, but just like in life they continue to find new challenges together.

These books are not romances, but the relationship between Anne and Gilbert is one of the most romantic I've ever read, and I simply love them.

So who are your favorite literary lovebirds?

And to read more of this chain (full of excellent book recommendations for those seeking a little romance in their reading) make sure to check out Sandra before me, and Cole immediately after.


  1. I read Anne of Green Gables when I was younger. I have it on my Kindle now, though I haven't gotten to it yet.

  2. You know, it's kind of funny ... I'd forgotten all about Anne and Gilbert. You're right, though ... it shows them not just as "a couple" but the whole process. I have a sudden urge to do some rereading :-)

  3. Awww, I loved Anne of Green Gables!!!!

  4. You're so right! I completely forgot about Anne of Green Gables. What a fantastic love story. :)

  5. I really love this. About how there are no happy endings and life just goes on. It's so true. Knowing that your favorite couple will continue to grow and change, is a happy ending in its own way.

  6. Yes, Gilbert was my first book crush when I was in middle school. I think he may responsible for me always falling for class clowns. Love them!

  7. I don't think I'd be able to choose just one -- but Anne and Gilbert are definitely right up there among my favorite literary lovers. *sigh* I think Anne's letters to him in Windy Poplars are wonderful - particularly since the loverly bits are left to our imagination!