Happy Unattached Drifter Christmas! In honor of Valentine's Day, I had originally planned to rant about my hatred for love triangles and/or the current trend of asshat male love interests. Other than the fact that chocolate covered strawberries become more plentiful during this time of year and some candy will be on sale tomorrow, I've never been a big Valentine's Day fan. In school it was a holiday built for embarrassment and I don't do well with embarrassment, whether it's my own or someone else's. As a single adult, it was the time of the year where every type of media was telling me I should feel sad and lonely. As one half of a couple, it's just another Tuesday (but possibly with chocolate covered strawberries).
But I'm going to put aside my curmudgeonly ways and attempt to celebrate what Hallmark and the advertising industry tells me Valentine's Day is about this holiday of love, here are some of my favorite fictional couples. Warning: I have a thing for doomed romances, a fact that is more proven by my television and movie choices. Spoilers ahead, mostly for things that have been out for three or more years.
Snow & Bigby from Fables series by Bill Willingham
It's fun because they hate each other, but not really. They bicker and complain about each other and then have floating wolf babies. It's the perfect comic relationship (except for Bigby's regular disappearances).
Alexia & Lord Maccon from The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
She's a crazy, spontaneous modern Victorian lady with a knack for getting into and causing trouble, and he's the acerbic, gruff head of a pack of werewolves. Together, they are perfect.
Alec & Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
I know this isn't the "obvious" pairing from this series, but for most of the first three books, Jace fits firmly into the asshat category for me. Magnus makes Alec a more interesting character by association while being made of pure awesome from the start.
Yorick & Agent 355 from Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughn
I love and hate Brian K. Vaughn in equal measure, but mostly right now I hate him. The way Y: The Last Man ended still leaves me fuming (and I read it over two years ago), but the growing relationship between Yorick and Agent 355 is something I remember with fondness.
Clare & Henry from The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Don't make me talk about this one. I'm tearing up just thinking about it.
Jo & Laurie from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
It's been a while since I read this, so I don't remember exactly why they stick in my head as a favorite romantic pairing considering Laurie ends up married to Jo's sister. What I do remember is that Laurie was my first book boyfriend at the tender age of 10. I loved that guy.
Katniss & Peeta from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
I'm really fond of the friends-that-become-more trope. I'm especially fond of couples that stick beside each other through incredibly difficult circumstances and I can't think of more difficult circumstances than being trained to kill each other.
Rose & Ten from Doctor Who
Remember me mentioning doomed romances? This was the first one that came to mind. This would never end easily and with Russel T. Davies habit of bring Rose back time after time, the wounds never really healed. Until Ten because Eleven, at least.
Sun & Jin from Lost
Forget Kate and her love triangle. Forget Sawyer and Juliet, which always seemed like a relationship of convenience. The greatest love story on Lost was Sun and Jin from the very first episode until the very last. Of course it ended tragically. It was Lost.
Dean & Castiel from Supernatural
Wait, you're telling me they weren't a couple? Did you ever see season 5?
Sherlock & Watson from Sherlock
Because the idea of it makes me gleeful and no one will put up with Sherlock the way that Watson will. (Fernando argues that this should be Sherlock & Irene Adler, but I think Irene would try to kill Sherlock if she had to spend every moment of every day with him.)
Sydney & Vaughn from Alias
Yay! A romance that didn't end badly! Alias fell apart once Jennifer Gardner got pregnant and Michael Vartan decided he didn't want to work with his ex-girlfriend anymore, but the first two seasons of Alias make me giddy watching the growing love developed between the new CIA agent and her handler. Despite amnesia, going missing for years at a time, an assassin wife and so many other things that went terribly wrong, in the end it all worked out for them and that makes me happy.
Chuck & Sarah from Chuck
Because it's fun to see the nerd win and the girl kick ass.
Kurt & Blaine from Glee
Their love is so full of bow ties and pop songs!
Satine & Christian from Moulin Rouge
Doomed, doomed, doomed. I have seen this movie at least 20 times. I have cried hysterically at the ending at least 15 of those 20 times.
Buttercup & Westley from The Princess Bride
I've never read the novel, but I'm very fond of movie Westley. It's one of those faerie tale sort of loves.
Wall-E & Eve from Wall-E
I almost cried when Eve shut down and Wall-E was trying to take care of her. I know they're robots, but they're robots with feelings.
Princess Lea & Han Solo from Star Wars series
They're both sassy and kick ass saving each other. All couples should have as much fun.
Batman & Robin from anything involving Batman
I asked for romantic couple ideas from movies, and that's the pairing he comes back with. He also suggested R2D2 & C3PO from Star Wars.
Donna & Josh from The West Wing
Oooh, this was a good suggestion. They belonged together from the first episode. It took seven seasons for it to finally happen, but it was one of those meant-for-each-other things.
So to everyone, I wish you a happy Random Tuesday. Who are some of your favorite fictional couples*? Do you pretend Valentine's Day is a weird made-up holiday that only crazy people celebrate? Have you had enough chocolate today? Is there such a thing as "enough chocolate"?
* I swear, if someone says anyone from Twilight, I will have to go binge on cookies and re-think this whole putting-aside-my-crankiness thing.