I’m not a big romance reader but sometimes love finds a way to take over the pages of a good book. Some of these are obvious, and if they aren’t on your list of Top Character Romances, than you must not have read the book yet. So let this be a reading list as well as a praise of the authors who demonstrated love flawlessly in their writing.
- Elphaba and Fiyero from Wicked by Gregory Maguire. While Elphaba is attending classes at Shiz University, she meets and befriends Prince Fiyero. Years later, he risks his life and marriage to be with her while she works to save the Animals and overthrow the Wizard of Oz. Even in the play adaptation to the book, you can see the connection between these two and how distraught Elphaba is when Fiyero is taken away and killed. And you get a taste of her mixed emotions when she meets his wife and children.
- MacKayla Lane and Jerricho Z. Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. MacKayla finds herself in Ireland to find out more about her sister’s murder, and when she walks into Barron’s Books and Baubles (yes, she meets her lover boy in a bookstore: his bookstore!), she doesn’t expect to fall for the tough guy who teaches her about the world of the Fae. As you move from book to book, their relationship gets stronger until it finally becomes a hot and steamy romance.
- Cathy and Heathcliff from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Oh, Cathy. Why did you have to marry the wrong guy? Cathy Earnshaw had her love essentially given to her by her father when he adopted Heathcliff when they were kids. They grew up loving each other, and when they were adults, that love blossomed. And then everything went wrong when their father died and they were forbidden to be together. The wild and carefree girl Heathcliff knew and loved turned into a proper lady, and when she married Edgar Linton, it seemed to be the end of their relationship. But even through all the trouble they experienced, their love never died.
- Westley and Buttercup from Princess Bride by William Goldman. Yes, this was a book first. And yes, the book is better than the movie, although the film was phenomenal. This sappy romance really shows you love can never die. “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” Goldman’s writing is beautiful, and though the predicament that these two love birds find themselves in is tricky, they find each other and get to love each other properly. After getting the news of Westley’s murder by the Dread Pirate Roberts, Buttercup vows never to love again. She is in a daydream of misery when she agrees to marry Prince Humperinck, but unbeknownst to her, her farm boy love is alive and comes to her rescue! But Prince Humperinck won’t give up that easily. They overcome a myriad of outside forces to ensure their love and if that’s not love then I don’t know what is.
- Mary and Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey. Okay, so this is from a TV series and not directly from a book, but no characters love each other more than Mary and Matthew. It was painful how long it took them to finally get together, and it hurt more than anything when he introduced another woman as his fiance during the war, let alone the fact that he was fighting in a war and might not come home alive or all in one piece. But these two love each other more than any of the other characters love their significant other, and there’s a lot of love, so that’s saying something.
What are your favorite character romances?