Since I missed last week's Top Ten Tuesday , here are both lists:
Top Ten Romances I Think Would Last Outside the Book
1. Fanny and Edmund from Mansfield Park
I've always thought Fanny and Edmund are the most similar in background and temperament of all of Austen's lovers. I can see them having a very agreeable long life together.
2. Calvin and Meg from A Wrinkle in Time
This is kind of cheating, because L'Engle develops their relationship over the course of several books, and all but said Meg and Calvin were based on her and her husband.
3. Hermione and Ron from Harry Potter
The tension between Ron and Hermione is on from book one. I'll never forget the line in the fourth book where Hermione tells Ron (I'm paraphrasing), "Next time you can ask me [to the ball] first and not as a last resort!" and Ron sputters, "Well, completely...missed the point," or something to that effect, while Harry thinks Hermione had quite gotten "the point."
4. Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind
Ok, I realize they didn't technically last in the book. But I think the passion between Scarlett and Rhett is palpable, and I think they do have the makings of a lasting relationship, if Scarlett hadn't been so unfortunately obsessed with Ashley.
5. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games
The interactions between Katniss and Peeta were so real to me. Especially when you get to know them better as characters, it's evident how well the two balance each other out. Peeta is affectionate and lovable, while Katniss is wary and protective.
6. Katsa and Po from Graceling
The similarity with the names above are a little too coincidental, don't you think? Anyway. Katsa and Po were obvious right from the start. Their shared interests in fighting, integrity, and nontraditionalism make them a good match.
7. Roger and Gay from A Tangled Web
Their love story builds over the course of the book, but it's also just "one of those things floating around the clan, that often turned out to be true." Sometimes family knows you best, and the Darks and Penhallows knew Roger and Gay were meant to be.
8. Laurie and Amy from Little Women
I think they deserve each other and their relationship makes more sense than Laurie and Jo. Amy will let Laurie spoil her.
9. Elphaba and Fiyero from Wicked
Elphie and Yero are outsiders. It makes sense that that shared sense of isolation would bring them together.
10. Henry and Clare from The Time Traveler's Wife
Despite the rather outlandish circumstances, their love is the most realistic I've ever read. They may have met because of time and place, but their arguments and their relationship grows and develops in a way that makes sense on and off the page.
Top Ten Posts I Think Give You The Best Glimpse of Me
1. My Ongoing Project to Legitimize Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
2. My Preoccupations with British Early Modern Women Writers Featuring Margaret Cavendish and Aemilia Lanyer
3. The Time I Walked 110 Kilometers Across Northwest Spain
4. Why I Am A Vegetarian
5. My Thoughts on Religion
6. My Thoughts on Feminism
7. My Relationship with Jane Austen: Why Persuasion is My Favorite, Why I Hate Emma, and How I Came To Appreciate Mansfield Park
8. Effusions Over Margaret George's Elizabeth I
9. My Internal Turmoil Over My BA in English
10. My Opinion of the Current State of the World
And this is why books are relevant-because just through reviewing books I can discuss every significant aspect of human society; past, present, and hypothetical future.