Tell me about your favorite literary couples.
What is our favorite romantic moment in a book? (Or your favorite romance novel)
Is there anything literary that you’ve found romantic which generally would not be?
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Can there be any doubt? Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, whose love letters breathe with the tenderness that lasted throughout their lives.
I’ve never read those, but one of my old Norton anthologies might have some.
For me, it’s Jane Eyre. The moment when Jane leaves Mr. Rochester gets me every time. His desperation, her determination. It wrenches my heart as romantic and heartbreaking at the same time.
Another favorite “romantic” moment in a book, is when Char writes his letter to Ella in “Ella Enchanted”. I memorized that letter and recited it around the house. My mother went so crazy that she finally took me to get new books at Borders (I had be re-reading Ella Enchanted for a month straight).
Those are the only ones I can think of on the top of my head, but I’m sure there are more.
Did I ever show you my copy of Ella Enchanted? I have that letter dog-eared. The book is falling apart. I’ve literally loved it to pieces. Char and Ella are by far one of my favorite couples ever. (I hated the movie. Loathed it. Wished they hadn’t made it.)
Yup, the movie was pretty terrible. And it could have been done so well, if it wasn’t utter crap. I bet Gail Carson Levine hated the movie as well.
One of my favourite romantic moments is the bit in ‘Gaudy Night’ where Harriet finally accepts Peter’s offer of marriage: I think it’s so moving because she’s been refusing his offers for so long (even though she really likes him), and he’s been so persistent. And I love Wentworth’s letter to Anne in ‘Persuasion’ when he declares his love. Oh, and Beren and Luthien in ‘The Silmarillion’ – they are just so much in love, and willing to go into extreme peril to save each other from unspeakable evil (plus they both kick ass, in different ways). And Mitt and Maewen from Diana Wynne Jones’ ‘The Crown of Dalemark’ are really sweet together, though it’s uncertain as to how and whether they’ll get together in her time. Another of my favourite couples is Sir Tristram and Sarah in Heyer’s ‘The Talisman Ring’.
Char and Ella are very cute indeed, and I am glad I haven’t seen the film.
As for a romantic bit in a book which you wouldn’t expect it, there’s a really sweet bit in ‘Silver on the Tree’ by Susan Cooper where Jane is comforted by Will after she’s attacked by the afanc. I know she and Will are only about twelve, but I really like it.
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