May 6, 2013

Pep Rally Monday: What Makes You Root For A Literary Couple?

Happy Monday all!

As Misfit Megan mentioned in her last PRM post, we have a new format for spreading the Monday love:

As always, Monday Pep Rally is a weekly feature where the Misfits post a question for you, the reader, to answer.

But here's the fun new part: we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

This week, I was thinking about my favorite literary couples, and what it was about them that gave me the OMG THEY MUST BE TOGETHER OR I WILL DIE feeling.

And I found a common theme.

First there's Samantha and Kent in BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver.

Sam had barely noticed Kent before she wound up reliving the last day of her life Groundhog Day-style, each time the day repeats itself, she sees him in a brand new light. As she fell in love with him, so did I. Except that she's DEAD, and she's living the same day on repeat, and we have no idea when or if it will stop, and if it does, will she STAY dead? OMG, HOW WILL THEY EVER GET PAST THIS?

Then let's talk about Sam and Grace in SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater.

They knew they loved each other even when he was a wolf, watching from a distance in the woods. And now that's he's human, there's the tiny little fact that he pukes, convulses, and turns back to a wolf every time he gets too cold. Which is seriously hard to avoid in the dead of winter when your power goes out or a deer collides head on with your car. And the equally teensy matter of government officials going on a mission to have the wolves exterminated because no one knows they are actually HUMAN. OMG, HOW WILL THEY EVER GET PAST THIS?

Same with Tucker and Clara from UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand.

She's part angel, he's totally human, and she almost certainly belongs with someone else. But I just loved them together SO DAMN MUCH that I didn't want any of these things to matter. And when they kissed, I think I almost glowed as brightly as Clara did, and tried to ignore that nagging voice in the back of my head that told me it probably couldn't last.

Are we seeing a pattern here? The couples I love the most are the ones who have obstacles in the way of their being together - but fall in love in spite of it all.

Apparently, I really like them to work for their happy endings.

It doesn't even have to be a mammoth obstacle like these examples. Sometimes it's something as simple as one of the mc's needing to recognize their true feelings. Mix that with believable characters you can feel for and poignant development of the relationship ('cause I'm not a huge fan of insta-love) and you have a love story I'll probably fall in love with.

So tell us - who are YOUR favorite literary couples, and what is it that makes you root for them? Shout out on Twitter and don't forget the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!


Neurotic Workaholic said...

My favorite couple is Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, but not Romeo and Juliet (I always thought that Juliet should have married Paris, because he truly loved her. Romeo was kind of annoying.) I like how Elizabeth wasn't afraid to stand up to Mr. Darcy, and I like how they didn't even like each other at first.

tawney13 said...

My favorite couple is just what neurotic workaholic said, lizzie Bennet and Mr Darcy. So I shall pick another. Tigers Cures totally got me wanting Kelsey and Ren together. I loved the whole tiger curse and falling in live. Then Kishan came along and ruined by couple. It was good drama. I kept throwing the book at the walk. Heehee. I just love falling for great couples.

Anonymous said...

My favorite couple is Macy and Wes from The Truth About Forever. I love that they got close because of the truth game, and that she felt she could tell him anything. He helped make her want to try new things and opened her up, while showing her that she could have more than what she currently had in life...Well, along with Kristy, of course.

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