In honour of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would dedicate this blog post to my all time favourite fictional couples. I’d planned on giving you my top three, but I quickly realized there was no way I’d be able to narrow it down to three.
So, in light of the awards season, l decided to host the “Greatest Fictional Couple Awards” which I’ve divided into four categories.
Before I get down to business, I want to point out that I didn’t look at release dates and didn’t restrict myself to a specific period in time. These are simply (some of my) favourite pairings of all time, across different media.
And now, without further ado, let’s get started.
1. YA fiction
Miles & Alaska – Looking for Alaska
Miles “Pudge” Halter goes to Culver Creek to “seek a great perhaps”. He befriends The Colonel, Takumi, Lara, and Alaska of course. Miles falls for her almost instantly but she’s the girl he can’t have.
“I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”
She’s a mystery, an enigma, and he spends much of the book idolising her. But, at the end, due to events I won’t spoil, he comes to the conclusion that he misimagined her.
Eleanor & Park – Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park is in many ways an important book. It deals with important topics such as bullying, abuse, and identity struggles, but also gets credit for its diverse cast of characters. Park is American-Korean while Eleanor is implied to be a “fat”. Neither of them can stand the other at first, but throughout the book, they find comfort in each other’s company and became one of my favourite YA couples. Their story will remind anyone what’s it like to fall in love for the first time and to do so deeply and irreversibly. And let’s not talk about the ending, alright?
Henry & Diego – We Are the Ants
Henry is a smart, funny, nihilistic teenage boy faced with having to decide the world’s fate while he tries to deal with complicated family relationships, friendships, grief, love, and bullying.
Henry is lost and alone and it doesn’t get much better for him until Diego transfers to his school and moves into his life. I don’t want to say Diego “saved him”, which wouldn’t be accurate and doesn’t give any credit to Henry himself, but Diego helped him to see that life can be beautiful and worth living. That’s one of the most special things you can do for another person, no?
2. Non-YA fiction
Elizabeth & Mr Darcy – Pride & Prejudice
Need I say more? They are one of the most iconic couples of all time, but they certainly didn’t start out that way. Mr Darcy was a bit of a pompous jerk and Elizabeth too quick to judge his character, but together they learned to see past their mistakes and come together in a beautiful way.
Cecilia & Robbie – Atonement
This is the most heartbreaking love story I’ve ever read (or seen*). Yes, really.
The promise of this couple is teased in the first part of the film, only to be ripped away when they’re torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia’s jealous younger sister, Briony. Robbie is the hardest hit since Briony’s deception leads to his imprisonment, but hope rises when Cecilia and Robbie cross paths during World War II.
*If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I highly, highly recommend you to do so. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy are stunning, but so are Saoirse Ronan and Romola Garai as Briony. The costumes are on point (Google Keira’s icnonic green dress!), the cinematography is stunning, and the script follows the book to a tee. It perfectly captures the feel of the book, which many film adaptations struggle with.
Scarlett ‘O Hara & Rhett Butler – Gone with the Wind
Easily one of the most epic love stories. It’s also refreshing to have two characters that aren’t “likeable” (especially Scarlett for most of the book) and have plenty of faults. Despite those flaws and faults, there’s a connection between them that can’t be denied. This couple gets bonus points for giving us lines that will be remembered forever.
“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
Sebastian & Mia – La La Land
Alright, I’ll admit that this nominee might be influenced by my love for La La Land.
I’ve never been a musical fan, but I fell in love with this movie after the first five minutes. Much of that has to do with Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone’s perfect chemistry. You’re rooting for them from the start, you laugh when they laugh, and you inevitably cry when the movie ends and the credits roll.
Alternative reality. That’s all I’m going to say.
People who’ve seen the movie will understand what I’m talking about.
Jack & Rose – Titanic
Need I say more?
I don’t think so.
Noah & Allie – The Notebook
Technically, this could’ve fit into one of the previous categories since it’s an adaptation, but I didn’t love Noah & Allie until I saw the movie. Again, this has much to do with the actors who did a brilliant job portraying the characters. (And, again, Ryan Gosling is part of it. Is he the ultimate romance star or what?)
4. TV shows
Seth & Summer – The OC
This is for all the ‘90 kids. Who doesn’t want a Seth? Seriously. He’s awkward, he’s a bit of a geek, but he’s also smart, caring, and incredibly kind. And then there’s Summer. He adores her but she doesn’t acknowledge his existence until later. Both of them evolve as characters and work together beautifully as a couple.
Pacey & Joey – Dawson’s Creek
Can you tell I have a thing for underdogs? First Seth, now Pacey. I was never a Dawson fan, and it didn’t help his case that Pacey – his rival for Joey’s love – was being played by Joshua Jackson. I mean, c’mon. How can you resist him?
But, seriously, I always thought Pacey understood Joey better than Dawson ever did. She could truly be herself around him and she never had to live up to the unbearable expectations that came with being someone’s soul mate.
Jon Snow & Igrid – Game of Thrones
Poor Jon. That is all.
And the winners are…
- Eleanor & Park (Eleanor & Park)
- Cecilia & Robbie (Atonement)
- Jack & Rose (Titanic)
- Pacey & Joey (Dawson’s Creek)
Do you agree? Who would you have nomintated instead? What are some of your favourite couples?