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Five of the best couples in literature

Holly Viers • Feb 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM

February is here, which means it’s almost time for one of the most loved — or hated — holidays of the year: Valentine’s Day.

Regardless of your feelings about this particular holiday, it’s the perfect time of year to eat heart-shaped candy, watch romance movies and reflect on all the things that make love special.

So in honor of Cupid Day, I’ve compiled a list of five of my favorite couples in literature, in no particular order. Check them out below.

1. Noah and Allie from “The Notebook” — Nicholas Sparks is known by many as the king of fictional romance novels, and his two main characters from his first published novel, “The Notebook,” are a big reason why. Noah and Allie may not have the perfect relationship, as evidenced by their frequent fights and vastly different upbringings, but they do agree on one thing: Being together is better than being apart, even when times get hard.

2. Peeta and Katniss from “The Hunger Games” — This might not seem like the most obvious choice for this list, but I’ve always been fascinated by the connection between these two characters. If you’ve read the entire series by Suzanne Collins, you know these two have been through many trials together, including two trips to the Hunger Games arena and a violent rebellion. Through it all, they relentlessly protect and defend each other well before their romantic feelings emerge.

3. Hazel and Augustus from “The Fault in Our Stars” — If you read my December column, you might recall me mentioning this novel, though I didn’t go into much detail. In a nutshell, Augustus (a former cancer patient) and Hazel (a current cancer patient) meet at a cancer support group and eventually fall in love. To avoid spoiling the ending, I’ll simply say that even though the medical odds are stacked against them, the two still form one of the most emotional bonds I’ve ever read in a teen fiction novel.

4. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from “Pride and Prejudice” — This novel by Jane Austen is full of complex characters, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth among them. Throughout much of the novel, these two characters outwardly deny having any interest in each other, though it is clear they have an unspoken connection. While Elizabeth first believes Mr. Darcy to be mean-spirited and careless, she later realizes the wrongness of her assumptions, falls in love and happily accepts his marriage proposal.

5. Romeo and Juliet from “Romeo and Juliet” — This list wouldn’t be complete without William Shakespeare’s quintessential love story. Romeo’s family (the Montagues) and Juliet’s family (the Capulets) are in a bitter feud, and their families try to prevent the two lovers from seeing each other. Nevertheless, they secretly marry, but are broken apart when Romeo kills himself, believing Juliet to be dead. Upon seeing this, Juliet also kills herself, and the deaths serve to reconcile the two families.

What are your favorite couples from literature? Email them to me at hviers@timesnews.net.

Holly Viers is a general assignment reporter for the Kingsport Times News.

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