Literary Love Kick-Off

With the Day of Luuurrve - otherwise known as Valentines Day - fast approaching (who could miss all those gaudy pink and red store displays?) I've unavoidably started thinking about some of my favorite couples in literature. Valentines is actually one of my favorite holidays - ever since I made my first over-sized, red construction paper heart card practically drenched in glitter I knew this was a day for me. It could also be attributed to the copious amounts of sugar (petite sour hearts!) and chocolate (Dove dark chocolate!) I usually consume. But I digress.As I briefly mentioned before, this year I wanted to do something special to celebrate the upcoming holiday by spotlighting some notable and unforgettable literary couples. After brainstorming for a bit, I began thinking that some of you might want to weigh in on the deliberations. Considerate of me, huh? So I'm going to open this up and host a two-week long Literary Love fest to determine the most memorable, the most heart-rate spiking, the most extraordinary literary couples you've had the privilege to meet.

Don't be shy - and don't worry about genre - feel free to pull couples from any book: young adult, fantasy, classics, chick lit, general fiction, anywhere. Starting RIGHT NOW I'm looking for the ones that still make you sigh years later and the ones you've just happened to meet but that you just can't get out of your head. I also have a couple of marvy bloggers ready to dish about their favorite bookish couple including the lovely Rhiannon Hart, Angie of Angieville, Aimee of My Fluttering Heart, and Brenda of Brenda Loves Books. I promise, you aren't going to want to miss out on all the fun!

Here's how it will work:
February 1st - 6th: Nominate your favorite Literary Love couple in the comments
February 7th - 14th: Polls Open. Vote early and spread the word so that your favorite couple makes the cut
February 14th: the Literary Love winner will be revealed

To make this a little sweeter for everyone all around, I'm going to add a giveaway to the mix. I'll be giving away some bookish swag and a copy of Ash by Malinda Lo - a simply lovely retelling of Cinderella (my review). Every time you suggest a couple for Literary Love, you earn an entry. Every time you vote for a couple, you earn an entry. Every time you send someone to See Michelle Read to vote or make a submission, you get an entry (just make sure they tell me you sent them). Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy.

So, tell me. Who is your favorite Literary Love couple?

27 comments:

Brenda said...

My favorite literary love couple has to be Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. It just really doesn't get any better than that.

susiej said...

I came over here via a tweet from Angie of Angieville. As for my favorite...oh, it's so hard to pick just one...I think I'm going to have to go with...Jamie & Claire from Outlander, but I almost said Sorcha and Red- isn't that wild? Sorcha is Claire in Gaelic (both meaning light) and Jamie is tall and redheaded. I've always thought Claire had fairy blood hence her ability to time travel. Really, their almost the same couple- can I vote for both? OK, I know, I'm blabbing.

susiej said...

Michell, I just posted a link to your contest here http://www.voy.com/118621/. Hope that's OK. If not, let me know. I'll remove it. (I tweet as susiebj)

brandeeC said...

Hands Down Jamie and Claire from Outlander Series

hardwriting said...

Call me cliche, but Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy will never fail to get my heart racing.
A new-found favorite for me also has to be Emma and Mr. Knightley. He makes me go positively weak in the knees. :)
I'll keep thinking on the subject!
-Makayla

Holly said...

Anne Eliot and Captain Wentworth. They're a little older, a little wiser, and get a second chance at love. Add that to The Letter, and it doesn't get much more romantic than that.

Chris said...

I nominate Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester. I never get tired of those two.

Michelle said...

Brenda - Yes, Elizabeth and Darcy must go on any list!

susiej - no problem about the link - spread the word near and far! And I hear you on Claire and Jamie and Red and Sorcha! Both are fantastic and so dang lovable.

brandeeC - *grin* good choice!

hardwriting - yes! You are watching the new Masterpiece Emma aren't you? Isn't it amazing?!

Holly - THE LETTER! *sigh* I have a whole post coming dedicated just to that item!

Chris - one of my personal favs as well - very good taste!

Brenda said...

I've been watching the new Masterpiece Emma. At first I wasn't sure about Mr. Knightly. He just didn't quite fulfill my ideals (and I've seen a couple other adaptations, besides reading the book), but he's growing on me.

Michelle said...

Brenda - I've only seen the Gwyneth Paltrow version but I'm digging this one. Much more foreshadowing, although he does seem a bit young-ish. I'm looking forward to the finale!

Amanda said...

Randolphe Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte from Possession by AS Byatt.

Rebecca Reid said...

Elizabeth and MR. Darcy. I know they've already been mentioned but they are the ones I still sigh about.

writerspet said...

Lyra and Will from His Dark Materials trilogy!

Michelle said...

Amanda - oooh Possession! Very good choice. You have to love how much goes on in that story.

Rebecca - It's a classic for a reason!!

Writerspet - Yes! I am actually in the middle of the Subtle Knife and am so adoring Will right now.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Can we say anyone because honestly, I love Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series. They are so adorable.

-Lauren
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Shooting Stars Mag said...

OH. Gabriel and Jane from the Nice Girl's Don't Have Fangs series.

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Michelle said...

Lauren - Yes! Truly anyone. And thanks for the Harry Potter nomination. I was wondering if there were any Ron/Hermione fans out there. But I haven't read the Nice Girl's Don't Have Fangs series. Sounds like fun though.

Brenda said...

Well, after reading your most recent post, we've got to have Anne and Gilbert on the list. We can't have a list of bests without them.

Michelle said...

Brenda - Yes!! I already was saving a special spot for those two!!

Spav said...

My favourite literary couples are:
- Roarke and Eve Dallas
- Mercedes Thompson and Adam Hauptman
- Sookie Stackhouse and Eric

Michelle said...

Spav - Sookie and Eric. *sigh* those two are marvy. I mean, come on.. he's a viking!

vvb32 reads said...

jamie and claire from the outlander series ;-D

Old school librarian said...

I'm late adding this.

Val Con and Miri from Lee and Miller's Liaden series

Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane -- Sayers

Falco and Helena Justina -- Lindsey Davis' Falco series

Michelle said...

vvb32 reads - classic!!

Old School - no problem with being late, just write them in on the voting form. I must say, I've never read any of the books you've got listed, I may have to pick this up right away.

Bethie said...

My fav literary couple is Scarlet and Rhett. I just can't get enough of their tragic story.

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throuthehaze said...

I saw someone put down Ron and Hermione so I will say Harry and Jenny (from Harry Potter)

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

Bethie - I had fantasies as a teen of naming one of my future kids Rhett - hoping he'd come out looking like Clark Gable *sigh*

Raelena - Glad you mentioned it. Harry and Ginny are just so right for each other, aren't they? Thanks!