Saturday, February 19, 2011

Back on the Blog Chain: Two of a Kind

In honor of the recent holiday, Shaun asked us

Who is your favorite literary couple and why?

Kat posted before me, and Kate comes next.

I had to think about this one for a bit. I don't care so much about the sexual attraction between the two people as I do about the relationship between them -- are they a mental match for each other, do they complement each other's personality, can I see them as a married old couple, etc. I also wanted to pick a couple where both people involved were strong characters. Finally, I chose....

Alexia Tarabotti and her werewolf husband, Lord Maccon, from the Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, and Heartless, which I've pre-ordered)

I chose Alexia and Maccon because they're both strong-willed people who are equally good in a battle of wits or the bedroom. (The sexual tension between them has to be strong if it makes me sit up and take notice!) Individually, they're capable of looking after themselves, but when they're together, they bring out each other's softer sides too. (Alexia literally turns her husband human, and he recognizes her beauty even if she has a large nose and is voluptuous.) I have a feeling that no matter how many strange adventures they go through, they'll still quarrel and make up with each other with equal passion as long as they live.

So, what pair would you pick?

10 comments:

Catherine Stine said...

Ill-fated lovers interest me greatly in literature. I'd pick Vera and Charlie from a recent read of mine--A.S. King's masterful Please Ignore Vera Dietz (also a Prinz award winner). Best friends in childhood, they fell in love as teens. But Vera knew all along, that Charlie was not only from "the wrong side of the tracks" but unspooling into a dark secret that she could never reveal. Oh, plus, he was now dead.

K. Howard said...

Hey there. Stopping by with the Crusade.

Goodness, I haven't read anything recently with a really awesome couple. Because I just read this passage, I'll say Lanre and Lyre from Patrick Rothfuss's "The Name of the Wind". Tragic love story, but they were pretty awesome.

Rogue Mutt said...

I've never really considered that question before.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I haven't read either of the books you two mentioned, Catherine and K.

Rogue, there's always a first time for everything!

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

I have heard good things about that series, and have been thinking I should check it out - now you've convinced me.

Also, I love the new blog look!

lbdiamond said...

I haven't read about these characters...I'm gonna have to check it out!

Cole Gibsen said...

I have been dying to read this series. I'm going to the library to check it out today!

Michelle McLean said...

I haven't read that yet but I've heard so many good things! Definitely going on my list :D

Shaun Hutchinson said...

I keep seeing thecover for these books and now I'm even more interested. I'm going to have to add them to my TBR pile.

writerchick6 said...

A couple bringing out the best in each other is key. I'll have to check them out.

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