Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World

1.  Claire and Jamie Frasier (the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon)–their love is so strong it manages to survive the ultimate Long Distance Relationship–instead of being separated by miles, they’re separated by time, almost 2 centuries worth.

2.  Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs (Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver)–she’s a former model with arthritis issues, he’s a formal criminalist paralyzed from the neck down, but somehow, they relationship they have works.  Amelia is Rhyme’s eyes and ears out in the field while investigating the most twisted crimes that Jeffery Deaver can think up, but at home…she puts up with his crankiness and loves and supports him.  Once on the brink of committing suicide, Rhyme now has more than one reason to live–Sachs and solving crimes, something he thought he’d never have.

3.  The Black Stallion and Alec Ramsey (The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley)–never underestimate the love of a boy for his horse.

4.  Dismas Hardy and Frannie Cochran Hardy (Dismas Hardy series by John Lescroart)–Dismas meets Frannie while investigating her husband’s murder, and eventually they marry.  He raises Eddie’s child as his own, and loves Frannie unconditionally.  They have their ups and downs, just like a real married couple, but you know whatever the issue (jobs, kids, ect), these two will work it out.

5.  Talia and Dirk (the Heralds of Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey)–he’s a walking scarecrow, she’s the Queen’s Own Herald.  He saves her from death (at the risk of his own) after she takes a massive overdose while imprisoned by Ancar and Hulda by Fetching her out of the prison.  Their love is so meant to be that the Companions of Valdemar break a long-standing unwritten rule that they don’t talk to anyone other than their chosen to lend Dirk the strength he needs to get Talia back.

6.  Illyria and Laric (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen series by Various Authors)–She’s the leader of a band of outlaw unicorn riders, he’s cursed to spend half of his time as a giant eagle, but yet they still love each other.

7.  Elena and Stephan (The Vampire Diaries trilogy by LJ Smith)–he’s a vampire, she’s a snooty high school girl.  She even dabbles in fooling around with his brother…but only because he takes over her dreams.  Stephan and Elena overcome many obstacles–his brother, his old girlfriend, Elena dying several times, and yet they still remain strongly in love.

8.  Perrin and Faile (The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan)–he’s a country boy, she’s royalty, but she doesn’t care.  She decides that Perrin is the one for her, he just doesn’t realize it at first.  When Faile is kidnapped, Perrin’s one mission is to GET HER BACK, no matter if it causes the end of the world.

9.  Elizabeth Holland and Will, the stable boy (The Luxe by Anna Godbersen)–she loves him so much that she fakes her own death to get out of marrying someone else.  But that’s okay, her fiancée seems to be more interested in her sister Diana, anyway.

10.  Sparhawk and Ehlana (The Tamuli, the Elenium, by David Eddings)–Sparkhawk saves Ehlana from certain death in the Elenium, only to find out that she’s been in love with him since she was a little girl.  He protests (a little too much), but Ehlana wins him over, and they marry.  They have a daughter, and that daughter turns out to be a goddess.

Relationships that would NOT survive in the Real World:

Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)–he’s too selfish, she’s too greedy and self-centered.  I’m sure, if we were able to see more of Scarlett (I’m not counting the sequel) written properly, Scarlett would have had at least 3 more husbands, each one richer than the last.  Sure, she probably would have mooned over Rhett as the “one who got away” for the rest of her life…but she wouldn’t let it hold her back.

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark (the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)–If the Hunger Games had actually happened…Katniss would have gone off and either been a hermit or married someone completely unrelated to the Games or the Revolution.  The fact that she ends up with Peeta and has kids?  Completely unrealistic.

Kerrie Guthrie and Chris Layne (Leaps and Bounds by Jaqueline Diamond)–they wouldn’t have even started dating, as Kerrie is Chris’ daughters DANCE TEACHER.  completely and totally unethical!  Not to mention that she’s barely 10 years older than his daughter…

Bianca Olivier and Lucas (the Evernight series by Claudia Gray)–too many insurmountable odds, and they’re no Romeo and Juliet.  She’s a vampire, he’s a vampire hunter.  He’s off hunting vampires, she’s essentially not allowed to leave school grounds.  Her parents are vampires, his mom’s the one who got him into vampire hunting…yeah, not gonna happen, in the real world, someone would have died, you know, like when Bianca’s father figured out he was a Black Cross member…

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  1. I’m going to have to read some of these series. The Secret of the Unicorn Queen? Yes, please!

    • Unfortunately most of the series is out of print, but I know you can get used copies on Amazon, as well as the reprinting of the first two books. I’m not sure why they never reprinted the ENTIRE series, but it’s a good middle school level series of books. I’m rereading my copies now. 😀

      (P.S. Try Googling Secret of the Unicorn Queen…:D)

  2. Absolutely yes on Elizabeth and Will. And Peeta and Katniss would never have lasted. I mean, that was very unrealistic even in the book.

    • It was just so…trite and forced, like the author said “my fans will revolt if I don’t put them together”…and I also feel the same way about Harry and Ginny. While they’re a cute couple, I just don’t see them getting married. They seem more like a teenage couple that looks back in 20 years and thinks fondly of their high school sweethearth.

  3. I’m an Elena and Damon fan myself but that’s based upon the TV series not the books.

    • Yeah, the books are completely different, Damon’s more of a jerkface in the books than he is on the TV series.

  4. I haven’t read any of these myself, but I can see why you said Elena/Stephan. But I’ve always wanted Damon to fly into the picture both in the books and TV, but it seems their relationship is quite cemented.

    I haven’t read any of the other books other than The Hunger Games, but I definitely have to agree with you there about them. I don’t believe they’d last either!

    • I always felt bad for Damon…but then he’d go and do something dumb like let Vicki get killed. Damon’s the bad boy you date in high school but then wise up and find someone more like Stephan. 😀

      • I suppose he is. And unfortunately I still have a soft spot for bad boys…

  5. I completely agree with you about Katniss & Peeta that’s why they didn’t make my list. They have no lasting power outside of extreme situations!

    • It just felt…forced, like I said in a previous comment!

  6. I have to agree about Rhett and Scarlett. I haven’t heard of many of these, and I’ll have to check them out. Great picks!

    • Thanks! A lot of the lists I’ve read are very YA centric, and…well, we all know how many high school relationships actually “make” it.

  7. Yay Jamie & Claire! 😀 Also, I am SO glad someone besides me thinks Katniss + Peeta would TOTALLY not work in reality. SO glad. I saw that pairing all over everyone’s top ten list & it just boggled my mind. 😉 Great list! And thanks for stopping by Cardigans, Coffee and Bookmarks!

    • I’m also not a huge fan of Harry/Ginny, either, for the same reason. It just doesn’t feel *right* to me, like they were written how someone else wanted them to be, not how they actually needed to be.

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