Top Ten Tuesday – My Favourite Couples in Books

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

Hey everyone! So, today is a Tuesday and you all know what that means – Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is couples. I suppose it has something to do with Valentines day coming up soon.

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This was a hard list for me to make as I am not a huge romance fan. I don’t mind a romance turning up in a book, but I cant honestly say a relationship has ever been my favourite part of a book. Because of this, I simply couldn’t think of ten romantic couples, so I have done five and followed this with five top ‘platonic couples’ or – as people know them – friendships. And, I do enjoy a good friendship in a story!

 

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Inej and Kaz Brekker from the Six of Crows duology

Perhaps not the obvious relationship from these books, but it is the most interesting. One that helps the two of them deal with their own personal demons, making them stronger and better than they could ever be on their own.

Ned and Catelyn Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire

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This relationship sets the tone for the whole of the Stark family and makes them the likeable and relatable ones in the story. The family that you want to root for. Ned and Cat’s trust, love and the way they are together really binds the Starks together and gives them a warm family feel that permeates every scene with them in and the way the characters behave throughout the whole of the story.

Mehr and Amun from Empire of Sand

This relationship is really central to the story line of Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand, and it was so well done. It grew naturally throughout the course of the book, and the care that these two feel for each other practically oozes through each page of the second half of the book.

Eowyn and Faramir from the Lord of the Rings

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Eowyn and Faramir are slightly tragic characters throughout the Lord of the Rings books, both loving in the shadows of others but stoically doing their duties at the expense of their own ambitions and desires. In the end though, they find each other and it is a relationship that makes you smile as they both deserve a happy ending. Especially for Eowyn after her unreciprocated love for Aragorn earlier in the story.

Kvothe and Denna from The Kingkiller Chronicles

 

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Denna is a character that makes Kvothe a little bit more likeable and feel a little more human because, lets be honest here, Kvothe is just too good at everything and is an arrogant prick for half the books. Maybe I only like this relationship because Denna is the only thing that brings him down a peg or two. But hey, Kvothe is actually my least favourite thing about these books by a LONG way because the rest is amazing.

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Merry and Pippin from the Lord of the Rings

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These two are such a brilliant friendship. Unlike everyone else in the Fellowship, they seem to stumble upon the whole quest and its dangers by accident, but at no point do they back down or complain: they show outstanding courage, valour and loyalty to each other and everyone else through. Ultimately, their friendship – and that with Frodo and Sam – leads them to face down the very worst that Middle Earth has to offer simply because they couldn’t possibly let their friend face it alone. Honestly, I love hobbits! 😀

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley from Harry Potter series

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So, this list is for couples, so only two people and so Hermione got the boot but it isn’t really fair as they are a dynamic-trio. Ron and Harry have each other’s’ backs from the word go in this series, even when they are arguing they still feel the need to help each other. Time and time throughout the series, Harry expects Ron (and Hermione) to drop him when the danger becomes to great, but to Ron and Hermione this would be unthinkable. Harry is their friend and so they are with him no matter what.

Liesel Meminger and Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief

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Liesel is a very troubled child at the start of The Book Thief (with good reason) and Hans Hubermann is just so brilliant with her. He is patient and understanding and always has her best interests at heart. Liesel couldn’t have asked for a better foster parent.

Agnieszka and Kasia from Uprooted

It really is a shame we only have one book to see this friendship, but it is testament to Novik’s writing that it makes a list like this really. These two love each other in a platonic way and could never abandon each other, even when the dangers of the Wood come calling.

Spensa and M-Bot from Skyward

M-Bot’s humour and seemingly light-hearted approach to everything is just about the perfect foil to Spensa’s super-intense personality, which makes every interaction between these two a joy to read. M-Bot is very much in the style of sassy Star Wars robots and I loved it.

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So, there you have it, the ten ‘couples’ that I am a big fan of from books. This was a tricky list for me, but I got there! What do you think? Who wold you include?

 

Jack

33 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – My Favourite Couples in Books

  1. I’m so glad you included Kaz and Inej. I’ve not yet read Crooked Kingdom so I have no idea what happens in their relationship, but I adored them both in Six of Crows and was seriously frustrated that Kaz didn’t just tell her how he felt haha! I love that you did ships and then platonic relationships as well. Harry and Ron (and Hermione) would be in my top ten as well!

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    1. Frodo and Sam’s journey is possible more personal: we spend longer with them and there are less characters for them to interact with, but Merry and Pippins is so fun and a friendship of equals. I always get the feeling that Sam feels a bit subservient to Frodo. But it is an iconic book friendship.

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  2. Ned and Katelyn Stark. Oh my goodness. That entire family ripped my poor heart out….I just read The Name of the Wind, so I am not sure if Kvothe and Denna’s relationship evolves more in the subsequent books.

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      1. I did see it and there were a few Top 10 lists with them on it, so I just assumed we see more of them in the subsequent books. It just means I need to pick up the next book soon.

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  3. Jennifer Pletcher

    Yes I have to agree with Ned and Cat Stark, although both of them drove me a bit crazy individually. But you could tell how much they loved each other.

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