A to Z Challenge 2013

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blog Chain - Show Me A Couple, I'll Show You Love

Given my current bout of sickness, I have chosen to postpone my test for a week (which thankfully I can do).  I'm still going to be unplugged after this post however, just so I can concentrate on getting better.  Since I was late with the last blog chain entry though, I figured I'd better get this one done on time.

Today's question comes from the awesome and talented Shaun Hutchinson, who asks:

Who is your favorite literary couple and why?

Thanks alot, Shaun.  Like I really needed something this challenging to think about.  Seriously though, I really didn't know how to answer this one.  On the one hand, I generally don't pay too much attention (at least consciously) to the romance between two characters in a story.  I can be as romantic as the next guy, but when I'm reading a story, I tend to unconsciously ignore this stuff so I can get to the action.  You will definitely never find me reading one of those trashy romance novels where they talk about how quick the woman's breathing gets as the guy enters the room or how they look as they tumble through the sheets.  No offense to those who like that stuff, but it's definitely not for me.

The best answer I can come up with for this is a couple I read about not too long ago.  Slight spoiler alert for those who haven't read this book yet.  They are Henry and Keiko from Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet.  Despite my usual habits to skim over this kind of stuff, these two kept me enthralled the whole time.  For one thing, their relationship spans like 40+ years.  But it is also interesting because their relationship begins when they are kids, when the earliest ideas of having a relationship with someone starts.  They have to deal with falling in love with one another at a time when their worlds are in complete turmoil, and they both come from distinctly different backgrounds.  Yet through all this, the love they feel for one another continues to beat even after circumstances separate them for decades.

That's the best answer I can give.  Just for the record, I firmly believe V-day is a devious machination concocted by women of the world so they get us guys to buy them more stuff.  Too bad a new motorcycle or lessons at the local firing range just won't do.

Stop by that super awesome Cole's blog to see how she answers this one.  And tomorrow, you can look forward to a truly inspiring answer from the talented Michelle Mclean.

But tell me, how is YOUR favorite literary couple and why?


Christine Fonseca said...

Love your answer -and so very sorry you aren't feeling well! HUGS

Michelle McLean said...

LOL I don't know how inspired my answer is going to be...mostly gushy about my fave couples LOL Love your answer though! I haven't read that book yet, but I'll have to add it to my pile!

Hope you feel better soon! And good luck on your test :)

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I like reading about long-term relationships such as the one you described. I was considering going with Henry and Claire from The Time Traveler's Wife for my answer, but they weren't as personally compelling for me as Alexia and Maccon.

Matthew Rush said...

I get the feeling you're getting ready to take some kind of certification exam.

Tere Kirkland said...

Actually, I could use a new scooter, and I've always wanted to go to the firing range. ;) I'm totally against V-day since it feels so commercial. I HATE going out to eat on V-day, too.

Good luck with your exam!

Shaun Hutchinson said...

Feel better! And I owe you an email. I agree though, usually romances in books are the draw. That's why I find it so awesome when one stands out to me. And I agree about Vday.

Cole Gibsen said...

I so want to read that book! I hope you feel better soon!!

DEZMOND said...

I don't think I have a favourite literary couple, but if I had to choose I guess I'd go with the Macbeths - such a lovely couple :)) I generally like when couples complement each other and present each other strengths where each of them is the weakest.

Eric said...

Christine - Awww, thanks.

Michelle - I thought you just got done reading that? Maybe I'm thinking about somebody else. But yes, you REALLY need to read it.

Sandra - Hmmm, I haven't watched the movie so maybe I'll read the book instead. Thanks.

Matthew - Yep, an Ethical Hacker Certification (which is sort of an oxymoron).

Tere - LOL, I guess a scooter is close enough. I'm so with you about V-Day though. And thanks, hopefully I'll do okay.

Shaun - Thanks dude. No big on the email, I know you're busy. I guess I can look at books that way though, that if they really do catch my attention in the romantic dept, they're probably pretty good. Hadn't thought of it like that.

Cole - You definitely need to read it. And thanks, I'm feeling a little better each day.

Dez - Hmmm, interesting choice. You are right though, that couples that complement each other well make for good reading.

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

I think we are reading opposites! I skip through the boring action stuff to get to the yummy gooey romantic goodness. Great post - it's always good to see different points of view.

Margie Gelbwasser said...

That sounds like a really sweet relationship. And, re V-Day, aw you guys love it. What's better than telling your girl how awesome she is? LOL :-)