February 09, 2011

RTW: Lovely literary love

Each week, YA Highway hosts Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival in which YA Highwayers discuss a topic on their blogs and invite readers to do the same. This week's RTW topic is:

Who are your favorite literary couples? You know the ones you like by themselves, but LOVE together!

Ron and Hermione are the obvious Weasley choice, but I'm going with a couple of Weasley couples who get far less credit for their loving, functional relationships:

Arthur and Molly Weasley, HARRY POTTER
Mrs. Weasley: Arthur, is that you?

Mr. Weasley: Yes. But I would say that even if I were a Death Eater, dear. Ask the question!

Mrs. Weasley: Oh, honestly...

Mr. Weasley: Molly!

Mrs. Weasley: All right, all right... What is your dearest ambition?

Mr. Weasley: To find out how aeroplanes stay up.

[Mrs. Weasley goes to open the door]

Mr. Weasley: Molly! I've got to ask you your question first!

Mrs. Weasley: Arthur, really, this is just silly...

Mr. Weasley: What do you like me to call you when we're alone together?

Mrs. Weasley: [whisper] Mollywobbles.

Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, HARRY POTTER

Mrs. Weasley: Of course, it doesn't matter how he looks...It's not r-really important... but he was a very handsome little b-boy... always very handsome... and he was g-going to be married!

Fleur: And what do you mean by zat? What do you mean, 'e was going to be married?

Mrs. Weasley: Well  only that

Fleur: You theenk Bill vill not wish to marry me anymore? You theenk, because of zees bites, he vill not love me?

Mrs. Weasley: No, that's not what I

Fleur: Because 'e vill! It would take more zan a werewolf to stop Bill loving me!

Edward Ferrars and Elinor Dashwood, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY*

*Having not read the book, but thoroughly loved the movie, I base this pick on the assumption that the love between Edward and Elinor is as mature and level-headed in the book as in the 1995 film.

Edward: Your friendship has been the most important of my life.

Elinor: You will always have it.

Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara, GONE WITH THE WIND

[Scarlett realizes Rhett has witnessed her arguing with, and slapping, Ashley Wilkes.]

Scarlett: Sir, you... you should have made your presence known.

Rhett: In the middle of that beautiful love scene? That wouldn't be very tactful, would it? But don't worry, your secret is safe with me.

Scarlett: Sir, you are no gentleman.

Rhett: And you, miss, are no lady... Don't think that I hold that against you. Ladies have never held any charm for me.

Honorable Mention: Jacob Black and Bella Swan, TWILIGHT

Sure, they didn't end up together, but I think Jake and Bella made the better couple. And not because I didn't like the Cullens. I thought Edward was a thoughtful character (anyone who's read what exists of MIDNIGHT SUN can atest to that), but not right for Bella. We are told throughout the series that Bella is more mature than her peers, but really, what would a vampire with 90-something years life experience, multiple degrees, and the ability to have anyone see in her? Besides the fact he couldn't read her thoughts, I'm coming up empty. And despite any and all reasoning, I like Bella and Jacob better together.

Who are your favorite literary couples? Won't you join us over on the Highway and answer this week's literary love prompt?


Kate Hart said...

AWWWW, Molly and Arthur! That's my favorite answer so far, for sure.

Alicia Gregoire said...

I did like Bella better with Jacob, but then again I did like Jacob better period.

Sarah Goldberg said...

I love those HP images-- are they press for Deathly Hallows II?

I have a million faves, but will answer for HP to stay on topic. Not a romantic couple, but my favorite pair in HP is of course Fred & George. Sibling love FTW.

The Blue Lipstick Samurai said...

Molly and Arthur! So perfect!

And I knew you were going to say Scarlett and Rhett. ;)

hopejunkie said...

Oooo yes yes! I really like the quotes. Perfect examples.

Rebecca B said...

The long-term love between Molly and Arthur is perfect.
And Scarlett and Rhett--few couples can top them. Great answers!

Holly Dodson said...

I really love all the HP love going around. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Excellent picks!

Kate said...

I love the Arther and Molly choice. They're love is so real, but it just lives piecefully in the background. Great pick!

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I'm a fan of Gilbert and Anne in the Green Gables books. Also pretty much any of the Jane Austen couples. Emma and Knightly, Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bingly, Anne and Captain Wentworth. I love them all.

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Love all the quotes...and the couples. Great choices.

Yahong said...

Elizabeth and Darcy FTW! And now I'm off to read Sense and Sensibility. :)

Katy said...

Ron and Hermione were one of my choices, but now I wish I would have picked Molly and Aurthur too. So cute those two are! :)

Alison Miller said...

Gosh - I love all the Weasleys. I may just have to read HP - again.

Rachel Bateman said...

Great Weasley couples! I almost talked about Arthur and Molly as well. They are such a great couple.

And the scene with Mrs. Weasley and Fleur is one of my favorites in the whole series. Love it.

Tracey Neithercott said...

Arthur and Molly...best one yet! I'd just add Ron and Hermione to round that out.

Jess said...

Oh, Arthur and Molly! What a great choice!

I didn't like Fleur much in the Goblet of Fire, but when she and Bill fell in love, I gained a ton of respect for her. :)

Jess said...

Molly and Arthur are a great choice! <3

I didn't like Fleur much in The Goblet of Fire, but when she fell in love with Bill, I gained a lot of respect for her. :)

Aleeza said...

such a great post! all of these quotes are fabulous, esp. the molly and arthur weasley one! :)

Cory Jackson said...

Aw, I love Sense and Sensibility. In the movie version when Elinor breaks down crying it gets me every time.

Sarah Enni said...

Okay, the Mollywobbles line from HP gets me EVERY. TIME. I am so glad you brought them up, they are simply the best!!

And honestly? That excerpt from GWTW makes me want to read the book more than almost anything else I have read about it! I cannot resist sassy love. LOL

Susan Fields said...

My favorite literary couple has got to be Katniss and Peeta. And I was Team Gale right up until the end, but somehow when Katniss finally did end up with Peeta, it just seemed perfect. I just LOVE The Hunger Games!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree about Molly & Arthur! Good choices :)

HowLynnTime said...

Lol I love them all. Molly and Arthur are adoreable picks.

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