We love our fictional couples here at the Book Whisperers and we've dedicated entire blog posts to awesomeness of such couples as, Ethan and Merit (Methan) and Tamlin and Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses) but like most people we began our love of literary couples long before these stories existed.
In honor the authors that came before us we've listed our favorite literary couples that have inspired everything from love to lust throughout the ages.
Up first is Vladislav Basarab Dracul and his soulmate Mina. We'd like to thank Bram Stoker for taking this real life Romanian hero and turning him into a bloodsucking fiend of the night with a heart. Where would Ethan and Merit, Cat and Bones, Spade and Denise, be without Bram Stokers Dracula and Mina pioneering the way. If you haven't read the original Dracula by Bram Stoker then we HIGHLY encourage you to pick up that classic and read it. It's pionent and dark and moving in ways that almost defy description. You'll fall in love with the original Dracula and his lady love Mina and if you're anything like us you'll be rooting for him to win in the end.
Our next classical couple comes to us from the reigning queen of romantic, satirical literature Jane Austin. You had to know she was going to end up on this list I mean hello Mr. Darcy!! Jane Austin has created some of the most memorable love connections in English Literature we have Fanny and Edmund, Knightley and Emma, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, and Anne and Fredrick. If you're looking for a great read that heavy on the romance you can pick up any Jane Austen novel and be transported to Regency English where the men were gentlemanly and the women refined. That doesn't sound appealing to you? What if I also told you that Jane Austen was one of the first female writers to give us strong female leads. Some of our favorite characters exist today because of the pioneering strong fictional women that Jane Austen gave us in the 18th century. We can thank her for such female literary leads as Reece from S.L. Morgan's Ancient Gaurdians series, and Yelena from Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study series.
Then there was gothic romance. Let's pause a moment and think about some of our favorite "paranormal" series. Do you have them in your mind? Without looking at list here's mine: The Chicagoland Vampire by Chloe Neill, The Night Huntress universe by Jeanine Frost, The Immortal Highlanders by Karen Marie Moning, The Marni Baranuik Files by A.J. Aalto. These are just some of my favorite fictional worlds to go back to again and again and they wouldn't exist without Thomas Hardy and the Bronte Sisters. Who can forget such dark and tortured couples as Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester or Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The love triangles alone are enough to turn your hair white. If you liked 50 Shades of Grey you can thank Thomas Hardy for the creation of that piece of literary work. Personally I'm on team Angel Clare but you may decide Alec is more your style. Who would you choose? The high ideals of Angel Clare of the dark and twisted Alec.