Discussion: Favorite Fictional Couples

August 19, 2014 2014, discussion post, tonya 182

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Ahh, what better way to cap off summer than with our favorite bookish couples. We’re all suckers for some swoon here at TMG (I mean, is there anyone who isn’t? Show yourselves; I want answers.), but we all have definite–and differing–opinions on just which YA couples work and which make us want to take a very long shower.

So, who gives us the swoons, and who gives us the shivers?

 

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Peyton’s Favorite Couple

8490112Karou and Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It’s the star-crossed lovers story, but it’s also about two broken people trying to make their love for each other thrive in a world that knows nothing but war. I loved both these characters individually and as a couple. Every scene with them just made me want to melt.

 

Peyton’s Least Favorite Couple

Shatter-Me-2Juliette and Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy. It wasn’t that I didn’t like this couple as much as I didn’t think the two people who ended up together at the end were the two people I was introduced to in the first book. They were just so different in Ignite Me, especially Warner, that I couldn’t be excited about their romance.

 

 

divider vine croppedLayla’s Favorite Couple

7904Betsy Ray and Joe Willard from Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy, Tacy, and Tib books. As readers we first meet Joe Willard (dreamy! forthright! playful!) when Betsy starts high school in Heaven to Betsy, but despite their immediate interest in each other, they never really work out as a couple until later in the series (and date and swoon over other folks in the interim). And this makes a lot of sense: they’re freshmen in high school and very much still figuring out who they want to be as people and they both challenge each other a lot and scare each other a little. They’re also both passionate about their writing and are incredibly competitive as a result. What I like most about their relationship, though, is that they end up changing – together – into people who are very different from their high-school selves but still want to be together.

Layla’s Least Favorite Couple

wuthering-heightsCathy and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. This is a PSA: no story is a love story if it involves hanging someone’s dog at your wedding. Even if you’re not marrying the girl of your dreams. Even if it’s not her dog. This is less about the book – I don’t think Brontë intended for Cathy and Heathcliff to win any best fictional couple contests – and more about the book’s interpretation over the years (MTV, I’m looking at you). Love the book, but Cathy and Heathcliff are messed up to me. 

 

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Kate’s Least Favorite Couple

4374400Adam and Mia, If I StayThis book was all about Mia’s parents and little brother for me, and since I tend not to take high school relationships super seriously anyway, everything to do with Adam just felt kind of shallow to me.

 

 

Kate’s Favorite Couple

51tnPV0jJ2L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Adam and Mia, Where She Went. The story of how these two tried to stick together following the loss of Mia’s family, and the way their inevitable breakup shaped their adult lives, left me sobbing uncontrollably, and after I finished reading it the first time I flipped to the beginning and reread it immediately.

 

 

divider vine croppedWendy’s Favorite Couples

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My favorite fictional couples are the ones who have a values in common, traits that help each other grow, and serious, serious chemistry. Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy exemplify two strong, principled characters who understand each other perfectly–even when that means that they have to break each other’s hearts. And if you ever thought that book-lovers who are trying to do the right thing in Victorian England could not be full of passion and romance, you haven’t met Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices! They go through hell with their relationship, in no small part because they both love Jem–as a friend-turned-suitor, and as a brother. I love Jem too, but it’s Tessa and Will together who have my heart.

Wendy’s Least Favorite Couples

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I occasionally get annoyed by a wimpy heroine or a boy who’s a jerk, but it takes a lot for me to really despise two characters as a couple so much that I cringe at the very thought of them. But there are two relationships that are so toxic that I can’t help but make a TERRIBLE face whenever I see them come up in conversation: Patch and Nora from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Daniel and Lucinda from Fallen by Lauren Kate. No, no, no, no, no. Please don’t let the men in your life treat you like garbage.

 

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Shatter-Me-2Juliette and Warner from the Shatter Me series. I don’t have anything against Juliette as a character, but I very much have a lot against Warner and I especially hate them as a couple. There is no doubt that Warner was incredibly abusive and manipulative to Juliette in the first book. It blows my mind that this individual would ever be considered a legitimate love interest. The fact that nearly all instances of abuse/dangerous behavior were explained away (“he really wasn’t that bad after all, guys!”) in the final book was not only supremely disappointing but also irresponsible and a terrible example to young readers.

Kim’s Favorite Couple

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Celaena and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series. Why are they my favorite? BECAUSE THEY ARE PERFECT OBVIOUSLY. Let’s be real here. I just adore the way these two play off of each other: Celaena’s sassy swagger and Chaol with his stolid seriousness.  love how they tease and banter. I love that they are on opposite sides when it comes to national loyalties but still fall for each other. Mostly, I love the moments when they’re able to put all differences aside, and swagger aside, and stoicism aside and really connect with each other. When these two take the time to show how much they care it’s just magical. I’m still so heartbroken and yet simultaneously happy sighing over these two. I have high hopes for these kids.

 

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Tonya’s Favorite Couple

10165761Froi and Quintana from Melina Marchetta’s The Lumatere Chronicles. (Let’s be real, we all knew this was going to be one of Marchetta’s couples. #JONAH #GRIGGS.) Marchetta is a master of the emotional journey, but never have I read such depth as she was able to give Froi and Quintana’s story. Broken beyond measure, but harboring unimaginable strength, the damaged and the damned found their courage within each other, and rose together to bring peace to a nation. I can’t say enough and at the same time I don’t want to say anything at all about them. SIGH. *runs to reread for the 30th time*

Tonya’s Least Favorite Couple

8525590Rhine and Linden from The Chemical Garden series. (Full disclosure: I only read the first book.) I just. What. Even. Is. This. Book. Girl, you are kidnapped at gunpoint and sold into sexual slavery, and you’re gonna get all googly eyed over this milquetoast bigamist dude who’s only into you because you look like his dead wife, and by the way just got his other THIRTEEN YEAR OLD wife pregnant? NO. There are so many things wrong with this story I don’t even know how to talk about it coherently.

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Which couples do you love, or love to hate?

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182 Responses to “Discussion: Favorite Fictional Couples”

  1. Saskya

    Ugh I haven’t read 90 % of this book.. So I can only choose Adam and Mia :/

  2. Michaela

    I totally agree about Rhine and Linden! I cringed every time she thought nice things about him. The actual romance in the series is great though(I still have yet to read book 3, however). I really hate Ky and Cassie from the Matched series. I could not read past book one in that case. My ultimate favorite fictional book couple will always be Katniss and Peeta.

  3. Wren

    For me…I can’t say. It’s hard.
    I like Wesley and Mac from ‘The Archived’. I also love Deuce and Fade from ‘Enclave’. Giddon and Bitterblue from ‘Bitterblue’. Katsa and Po from ‘Graceling’. Penry and Raffe from ‘Angelfall’. Sloane and James from ‘The Program’.
    Least favorite? I can’t say. This is too hard!

  4. Teresa Myers

    This is hard, like picking my favorite character or favorite book. Ahhh.

    I’m going to start with Molly and Arthur Weasley because they are the sweetest. I know that’s probably cheating but they were the first to jump into my head.

    Then Karou and Akiva have to be my favorite as far as main characters go. It’s their backstory, gets me every time.
    Will and Tessa – my otp the whole time
    And finally Kat and Hale from the Heist Society series. I just like the way they challenge and support each other.
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  5. Christine

    So many favorites… it’s difficult to pick just one favorite couple. From more recent reads, I think I have to go with Zuzana and Mik from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, or maybe Cath and Levi from Fangirl. And it’s not a recent read at all, but I absolutely love Phedre and Joscelin from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.

  6. Dana @ The Nerdy Journalist

    I was always rooting for Adam in Shatter Me, so the conclusion of Ignite Me was a major disappointment. I hated how Adam and Warner’s personalities suddenly changed during the last book. It felt like Tehereh Mafi was trying to force all of the readers onto “Team Warner.”

    My favorite couples are Day and June (Legend by Marie Lu) and Percy and Annabeth (Percy Jackson & the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan).
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  7. Christina R.

    Love all the couples you mentioned – some are such classics, even in YA :)

    I LOVE Lola and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I love how they care about each other, how they get each other, how they respect each other.

    I don’t love Etienne and Ellie from Anna and the French Kiss! But we’re not supposed to, I guess, though there’s nothing really wrong with Ellie or Ellie with Etienne. I just loved Anna too much to give Ellie a chance :)

    thank you for a lovely post :)

  8. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I love Karou and Akiva, Adam and Mia (love how they’re both your favorite and least favorite couple, Kate–you make excellent points regarding their relationship in IF I STAY), and Froi and Quintana (though I’m such a sucker for Finnikin in this trilogy…I have it so bad for him). My all-time romantic couple, though, has to be Brigan and Fire from Kristin Cashore’s FIRE–I can never get enough of them–and funnily enough I think Rose and Dmitri are a couple I’ve grown to dislike. By the time VA came to a close I was so tired of the drama between their relationship, not to mention the love triangle and the manner in which Rose rejected Adrian (who I loooooved) so I completely lost steam with their love story. :/ Still, LOVE this post and I’m curious to pick up Crown of Midnight now for some series Chaol swoon! ;)
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  9. Julie

    If somebody only read the first book in a series, then maybe saying you don’t agree with the couple is a bad idea??? I mean, Rhine and Landon were never supposed to be a couple. The author has Rhine end up single because it wasn’t supposed to be about who she will end up with. And if it was, it again would never be Landon. Landon was never even a true option for her. I just can’t right now.

    • Wendy Darling

      You just “can’t” deal with someone having a different opinion than yours?

      We welcome discussion here on this blog, whether you agree with OUR opinions expressed on OUR blog or not, but only with those who can politely express their thoughts without being aggressively confrontational and dramatic about it. And hey, thanks for spoiling the end of the series, that sure encourages people to read the book.

      • Julie

        I didn’t think it was a spoiler since the author has it posted on her website… Sorry for being dramatic by saying that “I can’t”. I didn’t know that was attacking or being dramatic. It is just a common expression on tumblr meaning I have so many emotions I just can’t express them at the moment. Not that I can’t deal with people. And especially that I can’t deal with people who have other opinions.

        And you don’t know me, so please don’t say that I can’t deal with someone having a different opinion then I do. Because I can. I just laid out the facts of the book. Facts that are clearly in the first book because she has a relationship with another guy and states several times that she’s not into Landon. So yeah, I can handle other people’s opinions, especially when they are using facts to support their opinions. I assumed that those who said they read the first book would know these things.

        Again, sorry for trying to point out that a ‘couple’ that several people have pointed out hating was never a ‘couple’ to begin with. Not even in the first book.

        • Wendy Darling

          Julie, it’s hard to take that statement any other way based on what you originally wrote here. You don’t know us either, being that your only 2 comments here have been one contest entry and then this extremely negative comment questioning someone’s right to have an opinion about a book.

          Do people really need to read entire series before they are allowed to form an opinion? And being that Rhine and Linden are MARRIED, then yes, I think it is fairly reasonable for readers to look upon them as a couple, whether the author tears that apart later on or not.

          But again, it’s possible to have a civil conversation about stuff like this (this thread has a number of dissenting opinions), and we respond to genuine “did you consider this” types of comments in kind. If you’re a fan of the book, I get why our quick reactions for this list may have rubbed you the wrong way, but still, if you are at all interested in discussing books with people you don’t know, it’s best to respect their opinions and their review space. None of us would ever go onto your space and loudly protest the wisdom of your liking or disliking any particular book.

          I appreciate your coming back to explain further. But I do hope you’ll reconsider your choice of words and tone the next time you leave a dissenting opinion.

          • Julie

            Wow, so apparently I can’t know you if I’ve never commented? I didn’t know that one knows how often somebody reads a blog by how many comments they leave. I hate leaving comments on blogs, so I rarely do. Doesn’t mean I don’t read them.

            I never questioned somebody’s right to an opinion? I never even said that someone has to read an entire series before deciding about a couple (and I mean an actual couple). It is literally just this book series that maybe it wasn’t the best idea to form that opinion from one book because the couple chosen was never a couple. I simply asked that only reading one book that clearly states several times that a couple isn’t a couple might not be the best thing to base saying you hate that couple off of. I get not liking the book. I get not liking the character. I have very big issues with Rhine and Landon and the decisions they make. But adding a couple that was never a couple to a list of couples is kind of weird. And yes, it annoyed me to see a non couple on a list of couples.

            Sorry it came off as anything but. It was literally only about this particular series. Not books in general. Just this series.

            And imo, an arranged marriage where somebody was stolen off the street for it and can’t even say “I do” to give consent to said marriage is not a couple. It is slavery. It is kidnapping. All of my friends who have read the book never thought of them as a couple due to this fact and the ones I mentioned previously (all things that happened in the first book). I just can’t see where anybody would think that they are.

            I also just want to point out that my first post wasn’t even about the blog post. It was more so about another opinion that was posted, which is why I said “somebody”. Sorry to ruffle your feathers over something that wasn’t necessarily about you. In the future I will stick with not posting any opinions or thoughts.

            And if you want to, please do protest my likes and dislikes of books. It doesn’t bother me. Everybody has their own opinion and it is always nice to see why somebody else thinks they way they do, no matter what tone of voice is used since it only means that one is passionate.

            • Wendy Darling

              For the record: whether a slight is directed against one of our reviewers or against one of our guests, I’d have a similar reaction. But had even a fraction of what you explained here had been in your first comment, then I wouldn’t have been nearly as annoyed, because it wouldn’t have come off nearly as combative, and you made some interesting points. I actually do get where you’re coming from with what you’re saying about Rhine’s situation, and absolutely respect your right to your opinion. But I also expect that our readers will respect ours.

              I also think that tone of voice is important if you’re genuinely interested in having a conversation about books, and I find it hard to believe most people would take incredulous ??? type questions without raising an eyebrow. But people interact differently online and also express themselves differently in writing, so I’ll accept that tone is difficult to ascertain from a handful of sentences. Let’s just chalk this up to a miscommunication and move on.

  10. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    I’m going to have to agree about Cathy and Heathcliff as least favorite couple. I hated that book as a teenager, and I hate it even more as an adult. Most hatefully destructive relationship ever written. Favorite is lost harder . . . hmmm . . . I was all about Celaena and Chaol until this last book, and now I just don’t know. I really loved Scarlet and Wolf from the Lunar Chronicles and Elisa and Hector from Fire and Thorns. Oh, oh! And Lola and Cricket! I’m really bad at this “favorite” thing, LOL.
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  11. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    I am team Caleana and Choal & Akiva and Karou for sure! And, while I get that the Patch and Nora thing isn’t the best relationship, I really like the first Hush Hush book. I didn’t like the second book at all though and still need to read 3 and 4. I hear it doesn’t get better but I am determined to finish the series at some point.
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  12. Bethzaida @ Bookittyblog

    *sigh* Any Melina Marchetta couple is my favorite couple. But I do have one couple that I just love with all my heart! Phaedra and Lucien form Quintana of Charyn. I just loved their story so so very much!!! My least favorite couple are Hannah and Josh from the book Hannah and Josh. Josh was ridiculously possessive and it was creepy. Hannah was too in love to see that their relationship was not healthy.
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  13. Jessica Cooley

    Okay, I had to take some time to think about this because I have SO MANY COUPLES I LOVE!!! Finally, after much thought I’ve decided I love Cath and Levi from Fangirl. My least favorite…not sure. I was lucky to settle on a favorite I guess.
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    • Andrea

      How could I forget about Cath and Levi?? That scene where she’s reading “The Outsiders” to him is one of my favorite scenes from any book.

  14. Mara

    I love Clary and Jace not gonna lie. Umm. Mac and Barrons? And I’m guessing I would say Celeana and Chaol, but Im trying to wait for the series to be out so I haven’t read any of books…

  15. Carina Olsen

    Rhine and Linden? I DO NOT APPROVE. Gabriel was way better for her :D And omg. Juliette and Warner? Ugh. I stopped at Shatter Me because of that :( Not for me. Sniffs. But I’m glad you guys managed to love them all. <3 Tessa and Will! DIES. One of the best couples of all time. Sniffs. I adore them. <3 But hmm. I have so many favorite couples. SO MANY. All time must be Po and Katsa, though. <3 And last one I read was Taylor and Jonah from Jellicoe Road :D This book is stunning. Ack. ANYWAY. Amazing post you guys :D Thank you for sharing. <3
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh YES to Po and Katsa! I loved those two, that’s a great choice, Carina. I’m glad you’re in the Tessa/Will ship with me, too. ;)

  16. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I like Akiva/Karou. I first wasn’t blown away by it in Daughter of smoke and bone (felt a bit too insta-love too me) but in the sequel I totally saw their chemistry and connection. AND YES. Celaena/Chaol is the ultimate ship :D
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  17. Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

    I too love Karou and Akiva, Celaena and Chaol, Froi and Quintana and Rose and Dimitri. Other favorites of mine are Lela and Malachi (Guards of the Shadowlands series by Sarah Fine), Katsa & Po (Graceling), Samantha and Jase (MLND) all the ships in the His Fair Assassin series, Titus and Iolanthe (The Burning Sky), all the ships in The Lunar Chronicles series… I should probably stop because I could go on and on! Warner and Juliette are a least favorite too but not to many least favorites are coming to mind…
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    • Wendy Darling

      Lela and Malachi are so, so great together. If we’d been able to list more characters, they definitely would have made my bigger list as well! Don’t you think they had a Rose/Dimitri type relationship dynamic?

      His Fair Assassin characters are awesome as well. I really have to read MY LIFE NEXT DOOR and THE BURNING SKY, so many people rave about the books and those relationships.

      And please, do go on, hah. I could talk about this into next week, easily.

  18. Danielle

    Agree with all – and add Melina Marchetta’s adult couples to my personal ‘favourites’ list. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love her young love pairings (hello, Taylor & Jonah!) but there’s just something about her adult couples that I love. Even the tumultuous Christina Alibrandi and Michael Andretti (‘Looking for Alibrandi’) but especially Mia & Rob (‘Saving Francesca’) Georgie and Sam (‘The Piper’s Son’) Arjuro & De Lancey, Perri & Tesadora and Trevanion & Beatriss (‘The Lumatere Chronicles’) … I think she writes such complicated and tangled adult couplings, that are ultimately a wonderful foundation for her young characters to gain inspiration from and know what love should look like.

    Great lists :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I was so surprised by how interesting Georgie and Sam’s relationship was in THE PIPER’S SON, Danielle. While I’m not as die-hard of a fan of Marchetta’s as a lot of my friends are (including our own Tonya and the dearly departed K), I quite liked LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI, too. Plus I’m still waiting on that Jimmy book! Hasn’t she been hemming over that for years now?

      I really like the relationships in Fiona Wood’s WILDLIFE, too–messy and sweet and awkward and endearing. I have a copy of SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, I have to find time to read that soon!

  19. Jenn Greiving

    Have you done a list of favorite romantic scenes? Best-written male characters (Sturmhond, Wendy!) If not – yes PLEASE.

    Favorite couples:
    – Anne & Gilbert (diamond sunbursts and marble halls)
    – Celena/Chaol
    – Barney and Valancy from Blue Castle. Ahhh!
    – Jo/Laurie (Auf wiedersehen, Professor Bhaer.)
    – Gretchen & Daniel from Night & Fog
    – Arin & Kestrel from Winner’s Curse (and oh, that ARC cover…I’m dying.)

    Least Favorite Couples:
    – Juliette and Warner: gross, gross, gross. I have to admit, the scenes were swoony. But you can’t swoonify a manipulative jerk.
    – I know I’m going to catch a lot of flak for this, but I don’t love Zusana and Mik. Their characters are just a little too quippy/darling for me. I haven’t read the novella and I don’t know that I will. I don’t mind Mik as much but Zusana’s character grated on my nerves.

    • Layla

      I’m going to chime in on the Anne and Gilbert love. They’re a close second for me. (My sister and I like to quote the “diamond sunbursts and marble halls” line at each other for fun.) BUT ALSO YES TO THE BLUE CASTLE! I was just talking to someone about how epically awesome that book is, and part of its awesomeness is Barney / Valancy. That book deserves a re-read.
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      • Wendy Darling

        Maybe we should do THE BLUE CASTLE as part of our readalong series sometime next year? I’ve heard so many people say they want to revisit or try that one! I liked that book so much when I read it, but it was only once as a teenager, so it’s definitely time for me to reread as well.

    • Wendy Darling

      Jenn,

      As a matter of fact, we HAVE done favorite romantic scenes a couple of times:
      http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2012/02/literary-swoon-day-nine-the-midnight-garden.html
      http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2013/02/literary-swoon-the-midnight-garden-bloggers.html

      And if you click on the “literary swoon” tag, you’ll see that we’ve invited authors to share their favorite romantic scenes with us in the past, too!

      Ooo, I love the idea of favorite male characters, though. And clearly you’ve heard me swooning loudly and dramatically over Sturmhond, hah.

      I love all the couples you’ve mentioned (I need to reread BLUE CASTLE sometime! It’s been ages), the only one I haven’t read is PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, but since we seem to have such similar romantic tastes, I’d better look into that! I am always looking for swoon.

      Poor Professor Bhaer. He’s a fine fellow, I’m sure, but he helped crush all my childhood fantasies, so he’s dead to me.

      Btw, we’re reading LITTLE WOMEN for our December classics readalong book, in case you’d like to come and get mad at Amy March with us. :D

    • Kim

      “But you can’t swoonify a manipulative jerk.”

      This a million times and more. It just makes me angrier because these books are YA so aimed for teen readers. DO NOT SET THIS EXAMPLE FOR TEENS. It’s so dangerous and irresponsible. Grrr. Forever grumbling about this.
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      • Layla

        I am so glad to be here. I have that feel ALL THE TIME about books. (And how irresponsible and shitty a thing it is to do to people who are in the process of figuring out what relationships look like!)
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      • Wendy Darling

        I know that YA doesn’t necessarily have to always set an example, but I do find it very hard to look past abusive/irresponsible/dumb behavior portrayed as idealistic or desirable or without consequence. You can’t look entirely look past your audience’s limited life experience and judgment if you’re writing for children or teenagers–you just can’t.

  20. Mary @ BookSwarm

    Um, I’m gonna go UF here and pick Kate and Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. I love their banter and the way they care for one another while still kicking arse. (I have tons more but, since I just read that one, that’s who I’m going for.). I do love Rose and Dimitri, too. Those who kick arse together, stay together, amirite?
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    • Wendy Darling

      Herrrrreee Kitty, Kitty. :D

      Kate and Curran are especially hilarious when they’re all snarly at each other, and the chemistry is so, so good. I kept my faves to YA, but there are definitely a lot of adult books with fantastic couples as well.

      And you know, most of my girl-crushes involve girls who kick butt. Go figure.

      • Wendy Darling

        YES. You would really enjoy Kate Daniels, Kim. Actually, there are a ton of urban fantasies I feel like you’d enjoy. But I’ll refrain from trying to stuff you full of books all the time.

  21. bethany

    I don’t know if I can pinpoint favorites… but… it would be super fun to see a tally of all teh couples in the comments! I guess I’m volunteering if you don’t have a resident comment-crawler :P
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah! I would love to see a tally, and if you are interested in adding up everyone’s faves and least faves, you should go for it! I’m curious myself.

    • Layla

      I’m glad to see other folks share in the Betsy / Joe love. Also: ooh, I haven’t read any Georgette Heyer at all – any recommendations? I love Regency romance but (shamefully) haven’t read anything by her. YET.
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      • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

        You love Regency romance and haven’t read Georgette Heyer?!? You’ve got a lot of good reading ahead of you. The first one I read was False Colours and I loved it, though it doesn’t get the highest reviews. I also recommend Friday’s Child, Cotillion, Sylvester, and The Grand Sophy. But once you get started you’re going to want to read everything. Enjoy!
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        • Layla

          Ah, you are awesome. Thanks for the recs. These all look DELIGHTFUL. (And I know! I … really only read contemporaries. I read some things from the ’80s that squicked me and then I was just like “nope never reading anything before 1990, ok self?” But now I am wondering what I’ve missed).
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  22. Sarah C.

    Two of my favorite couples are Anne & Gilbert (bless Ms. Montgomery for letting Anne see the light and ditch Roy Gardner), and Scarlet & Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles(so swoon-worthy).

    And I had forgotten about the Betsy-Tacy-Tib books; I really liked the several I read as a child, but I never finished the series. More books for my to-read list!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh Roy, he could get a girl like Anne only in his dreams. Did you like the Morgan Harris stand-in in the miniseries? I thought he was a rather nice/unusual choice to represent the handful of suitors Anne had after she left PEI.

      I adored Betsy-Tacy! I first read them as an adult, though, so I like the books in which she’s older more. I do hope you like her high school years and beyond.

      • Sarah C.

        I did like Morgan; I always felt bad for him and Emmaline. But not quite bad enough to wish Anne had changed her mind. ;)
        I hope I’ll like the rest of the Betsy-Tacy books too! I always enjoyed reading other books written around that time-frame, like The Moffats by Eleanor Estes and Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald.

        • Wendy Darling

          Emmaline was such a sweetheart! Every time I watch it, my heart just melts for her. While they made up Morgan Harris entirely, I thought they handled that whole scenario really well. It really was so desperately sad, when he proposes in the snow and the music plays and everyone is just…so unhappy.

          But no, Anne definitely belongs with Gilbert.

          I LOVE THE MOFFATS!!!!!!!! I was just talking to Tess Sharpe (author of FAR FROM YOU) on her Instagram about this (http://instagram.com/p/qSM0EasseX/?modal=true) and I mentioned THE MIDDLE MOFFATS in our last discussion post on favorite fictional foods. I dearly want to reread one of those for our classics series next year, I adore those everyday stories about growing up.

          I have never heard of Nancy and Plum, though! If you’re mentioning it in the same breath as Betsy-Tacy and The Moffats, I need to look into it. Off to add this to GoodReads now, thank you!

          • Sarah C.

            I had originally seen the Anne mini-series before reading the entire Anne book-series, and I remember being so disappointed that Emmaline wasn’t in the books. I just loved her!

            I hope you like Nancy and Plum! The old everyday stories about growing up are some of my favorites too.
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  23. Lia

    Favorites:R and Julie from Warm Bodies, Sam and Celaena/Chaol and Celaena, Cath and Levi from Fangirl, Tris and Four, Blue and Gansey from The Raven Boys

    Least Favorites: Sage and Imogen from The False Prince (The book really didn’t need a romance and I really didn’t like Imogen)

    After reading Shatter Me, I was disgusted at the thought of Juliet and Warner. But I think this series is the sort that only makes sense if you read it, and, in my opinion, it’s worth a read just for Juliet’s character development.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I liked R & Julie as well–I also liked that I didn’t realize until afterwards that they were a loose stand in for Romeo and Juliet. It’s so nice that you have The Raven Boys on your list, too (that swoony kiss in book two was so lovely! <3 <3 <3), and I am SO happy to see you mention Sam from THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE. I was saying earlier that as much as I like Chaol and Celaena, I really, really miss Sam.

      And I dunno. I hear that the writing gets a little less stylized in the second SHATTER ME book, but I'm still wary, especially after so many people were angry with the series ender. I am curious, though.

    • Kim

      Ah well. We’ll have to agree to disagree! I found the rationalizations and explanations for Warner’s behavior super disturbing. I don’t care how sexy and hot and romantic he becomes. When I re-read Juliette’s thoughts on Warner from the first book (particularly right after he assaults her) it really drives home how messed up it is that his behaviors are explained and forgiven. It sets a dangerous example and It really bums me out.
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    • Peyton

      Seconding all your favorites! There’s not enough love for The Raven Boys!

      I see what you’re saying about Shatter Me. To me, Warner was so completely in the third, and even the second book. i just thought he started out too abusive and cruel hand-waving explanation in the final book to make me okay with him being the love interest.
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  24. Nikki

    I can’t think of who my favorite would be, but Bella & Edward/Jacob take the cake for my least favorite couple of ALL FREAKING TIME!

  25. Hilary

    I have way too many favourite couples: Arin and Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse, Adam and Mia from Where She Went, Percy and Annabeth from the PJO/Heroes of Olympus series amongst so many others (WHY CAN’T THEY BE REAL?!). My ‘criteria’ for favourite couples is that I have to be sobbing and consumed with feels while reading about them.
    I didn’t really like Juliette and Warner in the Shatter Me trilogy, Patch and Nora from the Hush, Hush series and…I hate to say this, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Harry and Ginny’s romance in the HP series. Please don’t shoot any curses at me, haha.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Loved Arin and Kestrel! Such a lovely romance. I loved Adam and Mia, too. I keep hearing how good the Percy Jackson books are, but something keeps holding me back from trying them. Mostly time, I guess.

      And oh yes, a properly swoony couple must have you sobbing along with their trials and tribulations as well as sighing over their romance.

      UGH, Patch. I want to punch him in the face.

  26. Ellen B

    My favorite couple: Amaranthe and Sicarius. Hands down. (from Lindsay Buroker’s self-published series, The Emperor’s Edge) Buroker stretches out their romantic tension for SEVEN BOOKS, developing their relationship juuust a little with each installment. More people need to discover that series.

    Least favorite: that couple from the Outlander series. I couldn’t get over the corporal punishment.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I don’t know this series! Thanks for the rec, I’ll have to look it up. Romance over seven books is a pretty difficult thing to sustain.

      It’s been a long time since I read OUTLANDER, but I’ve read a few articles recently about the spanking. :/

    • Emma L

      I am reading Outlander at the moment and although I love the book, that spanking scene just made my blood boil!

      • Ellen B

        I sincerely hope the filmmakers extract that scene from the new television series. If they keep it, I’m sure there will be plenty of kerfluffle to occupy the internet for a while. It’ll be an interesting decision to see made, regardless.
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        • Wendy Darling

          It’s going to be so interesting to see how they handle that. I have seen a couple of articles in which the producers (understandably) dance around that subject, but yeah…that would not go off well.

  27. Vivien

    My favorite fictional ccouple are absolutely Rose and Dimitri!!!! I’ve loved their relationship from the start and cannot be more pleased with how it progressed.

    My least favorite fictional couple is….. Lucinda and Daniel from Fallen. UGH!!!! I absolutely loathe both of these characters. That’s all I can say :p

    Warning: SPOILER for Mira Grant’s FEED/Newsflesh series if you haven’t read it:

    (I really want to say Shaun and Georgia Mason.)

    • Layla

      Rose + Dimitri forever! But wait, Shaun / Georgia as favorite or least favorite? (Also, is their relationship revealed later in the series? I only read the first book and thought they were siblings! Ahhhh. How does this get handled?)
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      • Vivien

        As favorite couple! and GAH, I probably shouldn’t have said anything, sorry! How have you not finished that series?!

        • Layla

          Oh, I don’t mind knowing this at all. I’m not super bothered by spoilers like this, anyway! I actually want to read the series to see how that plays out. Why I have not finished: I felt emotionally wrecked by the end of the first series, knew what part of the set-up for two was, and just … haven’t felt emotionally ready to take that on.
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          • Wendy Darling

            Omg, Layla. FEED wrecked me too, but if anything, DEADLINE was even more painful, at least to me.

            We will be here for you when you get to it, though. Must must must.

      • Wendy Darling

        I have a long history with Vivien and our mutual love for the Newsflesh series, so I can answer for you that she definitely means favorite!

        And oh dear, oh dear, I’d better add a spoiler disclaimer to her comment.

        Um, if you really want to know more Layla (are you going to read the sequels?), my GoodReads review of DEADLINE has a rather epic spoiler-tagged discussion about that…thing. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/167342264

        • Vivien

          My secret message to Wendy failed :p

          But Layla I totally know what you mean. I was absolutely wrecked after the first. Very unsure about continuing onto the second book. But Shaun brought it home for me. Hope that when you read the rest, you enjoy!

  28. Michelle V. B.

    I love the compilation of loves and nots! I especially love how Kate argued both sides of love and not when it came to the two books. It’s a good comparison of how a couple progresses from one book to another, and I’m glad someone also felt the same. Such a fun post! Also, welcome new writers!

    One of my favorites is Lucy and Shadow from Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. I adored how Lucy loved a boy who seemed so attainable, yet was not. There was a good dynamic between the characters, that it’s hard to forget about them.

    My least? It’s hard to pinpoint just one. I feel there are many that I can’t relate to, but I’m not always sure if it’s my current (reading) mood or something else.

    • Wendy Darling

      Kate was being pretty clever with her choice.

      I was surprised to find that I have a lot more favorites than least favorites (although I obviously have more couples I dislike than just those two), which I think is mostly because I usually put books down faster if I don’t like the story/romance these days. I could have talked about romances I like for days, though. :)

      • Michelle V. B.

        Yes, I agree. I can also ramble about specific romantic scenes for as long as anyone will let me. But you’re right. If I don’t feel the magic tingles from reading, it’s not going to be worth it to continue.

  29. Kate S. (@ExLibris_Kate)

    I actually find the least favorite couple to be more interesting!

    Layla – I am always thought that Cathy and Heathcliff were COMPLETELY screwed up and I really think that the author would be more than a little horrified to find out how romanticized they have become.

    I totally agree about Juliette and Warner. Ugh.

    Kate – I loved what you said about Where She Went. That book spoke to me so much more than If I Stay. I reread it immediately, too!

    My favorite couple: Emmaline (Nastya) and Josh from The Sea of Tranquility. I loved the way they eventually realized they needed to take some time to get better as individuals and I just adored their love story.
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    • Layla

      Kate! Yes, those are basically my feels. My first semester teaching, I had a (bright, wonderful) student come up to me and tell me how romantic she thought Cathy and Heathcliff were. Also Edward and Bella and Darcy and Elizabeth, I think. I can’t remember because I was so horrified at the thought of Cathy and Heathcliff being her romantic ideal! I think, to be fair, she had seen a movie adaptation and had not read the book, so I’m blaming everything on weird adaptations. But like, ugh, it’s a terrifying and violent relationship! Not a good model!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I really, really like Nastya and Josh from SOT as well. That’s a really great relationship, both swoony and responsible.

      Kate, are you going to see IF I STAY at the theater? It’s a fantastic adaptation, I’m dying for more fans to see it!

  30. Zed

    I definitely agree with Wendy’s least favourite couples. I loved Ron and Hermione, especially when they pretended they didn’t like each other! Love Raffe and Penryn from Pentryn and the end days by Susan Ee
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    • Wendy Darling

      I will never stop being angry over those awful boys, hah.

      I love Raffe and Penryn, too! If only I had cheated MORE on my lists instead of just picking two. ;) I like the Ron and Hermione thing, too–it’s always fun to see that “I hate you but I secretly love you” dynamic.

      • Zed

        The more I think about it, the more couples come to mind. I despise guys that treat their girls like dirt and the girl still fawns over them. I mean, urgh. Even Edward and Bella wound me up at times. In fact, Bella is probably the most irritating girl ever, or one of them at least!

        Akiva and Karou were so cute, but I preferred Zuzana and Mik, purely because they made me laugh.
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        • Wendy Darling

          Oh, Bella. *sigh* I have many feelings about her, and her mooning over this boy, and the message all that sends. I’ve found so many other heroines and romances and love interests to be so much more infuriating, though, that the soap opera that is TWILIGHT doesn’t bother me as much as it does others. Definitely one of the most well-known examples of unhealthy relationships, though.

  31. Kate

    I have too many favorite couples to name. Anne and Gilbert. Anne and Captain Wentworth. Rose and Mac Campbell. Every couple Melina Marchetta ever wrote, particularly Froi and Quintana and Taylor and GRIGGS. Hermione and Ron. Eugenides and Helen.

    Least favorite couple? Easy. AMY AND LAURIE.

  32. Andrea

    Even though I accidentally read the books out of order, Alina and Mal from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy are one of my recent favorite couples.

    And you made me feel a compulsive need to re-read the Lumatere Chronicles, like NOW. I’m also a sucker for Finnikin and Evanjalin/Isaboe.

      • Andrea

        Really? I haven’t noticed that Alina/Mal isn’t the fave, but I guess Nicolai has his charms, too. I’m hoping we see him and some of our other Grisha trilogy friends in Bardugo’s next project!

        • Wendy Darling

          I guess Nicolai has his charms, too.

          Hah hah hah. Oh, you dear thing. I am the BIGGEST Nicolai fan there is, so this pat on the head amuses me to no end. I will admit that I think Mal is probably better for Alina, though. (I haven’t read RUIN AND RISING yet, so don’t tell me anything!)

    • Wendy Darling

      Most people might think I’d object to that Wendy and Peter observation, but I don’t think Peter makes a good romantic interest for anybody. But LEAST favorite of all time, really?!

      I’ve read of your love for Hector and the MWT series many times over the years (I do believe you HAVE written those essays, m’dear), and I still haven’t gotten around to discovering what all the fuss is about…

    • Layla

      So I recognized Gen from reading The Thief waaaaay back in middle school and I DIDN’T KNOW THERE WERE MORE BOOKS IN THE SERIES! (Or any coupledom, for that matter!) I think by the time the second book came out, I wasn’t reading YA anymore. Adding these to my to-read list, instantly. Why do you like Gen/Irene? I remember loving The Thief!
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      • Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room

        YES YES YES THERE ARE MORE! There are actually three more right now, and MWT is working on the fifth and sixth books simultaneously as we type. There are actually multiple couples, but Gen and Irene are the best. It’s spoilery, but I will say that their relationship is one of the most beautiful, mature, adult relationships I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. The third book will make you MELT.

        (But don’t read ahead! Don’t look at synopses or covers or titles or ANYTHING. Buy blind and enjoy the ride!)
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        • Layla

          DELIGHTFUL. And knowing there will be more? Excellent!! Weirdly, I just recommended “The Thief” to someone recently – she wanted book recommendations for her 11 year-old and I was like YES I HAVE A BOOK FOR YOU.
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  33. Kris @Imaginary Reads

    I love Rose and Dimitri! I agree that they really understand each other and their principles! My heart broke when Rose decided to leave the Academy to hunt Dimitri. Wendy, I totally agree with your point on “least favorite couples” that women shouldn’t let men treat them like garbage (and of course men shouldn’t let women treat them like garbage either)!!

    I haven’t read Where She Went (I liked If I Stay but wasn’t sure if I wanted a sequel), and now Kate has me wanting to read it!! I’m intrigued by how Adam and Mia have grown since If I Stay. I agree that it’s hard for me to take HS relationships seriously, so it’ll be interesting to see where the sequel takes us.
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    • Wendy Darling

      No treating other people like garbage! Ever! It’s especially terrible when it’s men treating women that way, though, just because of the implied physical threat that’s always possible. And while I read HUSH, HUSH a long time ago, I remember being really uncomfortable with the potential physicality of his controlling behavior and overreactions.

      Oh yes, please read WHERE SHE WENT! I wasn’t sure about a sequel either, but it was so well done. I hope you’ll be seeing the film, too.

    • Kim

      I was the same as you! I wasn’t sure I wanted to read WHERE SHE WENT. The idea of reading a book about a dude ambling about NY moping about his high school girlfriend did not seem appealing in the least. I loved it even more than WHERE SHE WENT. I full five stars loved it. I *cried* loved it and I never cry with books. It’s really, really worth it. Give it a try!
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  34. Wendy Darling

    I wonder if any of us TMG-ers read beyond the first Chemical Garden book? And now I think I might never read beyond SHATTER ME if two of you picked Warner and Juliette as your least favorite couple!

    I literally gasped when I saw Adam and Mia on the “least” list, but was soothed a second later. Phew! Tonya, I am SHOCKED that Jonah Griggs wasn’t on this list for real, but I suppose you keep your Marchetta cred. ;) “Milequetoast” perfectly describes Linden, btw, that’s kind of a bullshit triangle.

    Kim–I love Celaena and Choal, but I STILL MISS SAM.

    Layla, I just binge-read all 3 of the TOG books because of Kim a few weeks ago. Start with ASSASSIN’S BLADE, the novellas, if you can–I think TOG is actually not the strongest book of the series, and I want you to be as in love with it as we all are!

    ALSO ALSO ALSO. I was SO excited to see that you chose Betsy and Joe as your favorite couple! To this day, whenever I see an old, pretty copy of AS YOU LIKE IT, I think of that Christmas when they were so mad at each other, but discovered that they gave each other the same present anyway. <3

    • Kristy Petree

      I read all the Chemical Garden books. They steadily declined, but it’s really hard for me to leave a series unfinished! I’m learning, though. ;)

      • Wendy Darling

        Oh man, “steady decline,” huh? I think I gave the first book 3 very critical stars–I was okay with the writing style, but like Tonya and Layla (in comment below), I found the set-up to be extremely problematic. Also, it was weird that in this setting, she was constantly lying around in pretty dresses eating candy, hah.

        I know what you mean about leaving series unfinished, too. I am so curious about how stories will turn out, even for first books I didn’t necessarily enjoy, so I’m often tempted to pick up the sequels, especially if a lot of my friends are raving about them. Like you, trying to be better about it, though!

    • Layla

      I have to admit that now I’m curious to see where the series goes. I hadn’t thought if it in years but … I wonder. Mostly I want to know what happens to that world. However, there are lots of books out there that I know I might like more, so we’ll see. Which is to say, duly noted about TOG! I’ll look for the novellas first.

      YES. Because they’re going to fleet the time carelessly as they did in the golden world. All the feels! And they are meant to be and I love them. Similar but different: when I read Twelfth Night, I think of the literary menu that Joe? Betsy? both of them? made that featured “If music be the food of love, play on.” I think those moments were some of my first introductions to Shakespeare, because my mom read us those books in grade school / middle school.
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    • Kim

      You know, I’m doing a re-read of the entire TOG series right now in preparation for the release of Book 3 and I’m doing it in chronological order so I’ve started w/ TAB first. It’s my first time reading Celaena’s journey this way and it’s an interesting experience (especially w/ knowing what happens in Book 3. Can’t waaaaaait for you to read! *evil smile*). For whatever reason I didn’t really connect with Sam the first time I read TAB. I mean, I liked him but I think I maybe kept myself at arm’s distance because I knew what was coming…I have a lot more feels this time, though. IM SO SCARED. Still, I don’t think Sam could ever top Chaol. When I read CoM last year it was part of my “rediscovering how awesome YA can actually be” renaissance and it was the first time in years that a book gave me so many feels!!! So there’s also the sentimentality factor for me.
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  35. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    I loooove Rose and Dimitri too. :) hahaha Rhine and Linden is one of my least favorites too because that story is anything but romantic. I only read the first book too because I only subject myself to minimal torture and the first book hit my limit.
    Some of my favorites are Ismae and Duval (Grave Mercy) and Sybella and The Beast of Waroch (Dark Triumph). I really liked Kestrel and Arin in The Winner’s Curse too.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Rose + Dimitri forever! <3 I love Adrian too, obviously, but he wasn't right for her (nor her for him) at all.

      I love the way Robin LaFevers writes romance, always so swoony! I need to get caught up on that series. And obviously I love Kestrel and Arin--she wrote such a tricky relationship being that they were master/slave, but it totally worked.

      Also, I'd forgotten her name is "Rhine." BECAUSE WHO IS NAMED RHINE, REALLY.

  36. Pili

    I agree with loving Celaena and Chaol and Tessa and Will (even if I wasn’t agaisnt Tessa and Jem either…) those are two awesome couples that to care for each other and are supportive and not restrictive of each other! I also loved Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke & Bones, even if one of my fave couples ever aren’t them but Zuzana and Mik, they are so beyond amazing and adorable! Another favourite are Rachel and Logan from the Defiance series, same thing again, strong characters that support each other and help the other see the best in themselves!

    Least fave couples? I have to agree with Wendy and got with Patch & Nora and Daniel & Lucinda… I don’t get how those guys can be considered anything but jerks! UGH!
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  37. Eileen @ BookCatPin

    Great picks with Rose and Dimitri, Tessa and Will and Celaena and Chaol! A lot of these books I haven’t read but I’m most looking forward to meeting Froi and Quintana. I’ve heard so much praise about the Lumatere Chronicles!

    Now that it’s been mentioned, I agree that Patch and Nora and Daniel and Lucinda were not very convincing couples. The books made their love seem so epic but the guys were definitely cold and abusive to their leading ladies on more than one occasion…. Everyone has so much love for Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy and I’m really curious. I have the second and third books so I think I’ll get to find out fairly soon :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Cold, abusive, YES YES YES. And controlling and…so many other things that make me angry when I think about it.

      I’d actually say that that kind of relationship dynamic does exist in real life so they are convincing in that sense. But as a romantic ideal? Or acceptable healthy interactions? Nope.

    • Kim

      Don’t be curious. It’s a disturbing reversal of a previously established abusive love interest. “But he had a legitimate reason to do those terrible things!” No, he didn’t. It’s all an attempt to make excuses for Warner so he can be a serious love interest. In real life, abusers come up with similar excuses for their behavior. It’s all just so dangerous an example to set for young readers. No. Thank. You.

      I can find sexy men in books who also aren’t abusive. There’s nothing special about Warner.
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  38. Layla

    Holy hell, I had forgotten ALL ABOUT Wither from the Chemical Garden series. I also only read the first book, and um, yeah, basically, that was why. And Linden is complicit in his father’s research! And his father wants to experiment on you! Augh! Not a love interest! Oh God, so much creep. (I think I was also like, “Don’t focus on a love triangle! You got to stay alive, girl!!” )

    Anyway, thank you for reminding me of this book, which I had happily forgotten for the last 2-3 years.

    Re: Kim’s favorite couple! “Throne of Glass” just came in for me this morning at my friendly local library, and I am EXCITE. Aww yiss, romance.
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