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?