Today is Valentine’s Day. While I admit it is a day that I have mixed feelings about. I don’t think it is as important as some people make it out to be, but I also think it can be fun to do something special to celebrate it sometimes. However, the idea popped into my head to do a little special Valentine’s Day post that focused on some of my favorite couples.
I was going to do books, movies, television, and video games all in one post, but it wound up rather long. So how about we break it into two parts? This part will focus on books and movies, while the second part will focus on television series and video games. So ready? Here we go.
For some reason my book list is the shortest of all the lists. I’m not sure why. It could be that I’m forgetting some relationships from books I’ve read. However, I’d also say that a number of my favorite books don’t really have very memorable romantic relationships in them, at least in my opinion. These two though did stick in my mind.
Wil Ohmsford and Amberle Elessedil (Elfstones of Shannara) – I enjoyed this relationship because you’re with them from early in the book. They don’t start out on the best of terms, but begin to have feelings for one another experiencing and surviving many of the dangers in their quest.
There is also a bit of a love triangle that forms, but really these two are the ones you’re with the longest and so you wind up being invested in these two the most (at least I was). The whole thing ends rather bitter-sweetly though, but I’ll try not to give away how it ends. Still it was a relationship that you invest in particularly after you see their growth over time.
Par Ohmsford and Damson Rhee (The Heritage of Shannara series) These two are probably my favorite couple from the books I’ve read. I remember when reading this series that I would flip ahead to find the next section that furthered their story. They just wind up in some tough situations and have to rely on each other so much. In fact I’d maybe even argue that Par may rely on Damson quite a bit more than she does on him. No bitter-sweetness at the end here, in fact it is Damson’s love for Par that helps the heroes achieve victory near the end of the series.
Alright, here I have a few more entries. Still though, I’m sure my list is nothing compared to some out there. Looking up some best romantic movies or best movie couples I realized I haven’t seen a number of what most consider the best romantic movies/couples but I’ll work with what I’ve seen.
Westley and Buttercup (The Princess Bride) – Throw a romance that fights against all odds and even death itself into a rather quirky fantasy comedy and you have a classic. One of my favorite couples in movies, even if there are some kissing parts (sorry, inside movie joke).
Christian and Satine (Moulin Rouge!) – “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.” This tagline from Moulin Rouge! sums up the relationship between Christian and Satine. Their relationship just goes from very energetic highs to very thoughtful and even sorrowful lows. Put this all to music and you have a very emotional roller coaster ride where I cheered for every triumph and was pained by every low. You’ll also probably cry at the end, just fair warning.
Belle and The Beast (Beauty and the Beast) – When I think of a Disney romantic couple, Belle and the Beast are probably my top choice. The smart heroine, the change in the attitudes that Belle and Beast have for each other over time, the theme of looking past the exterior to see what’s inside, the iconic ballroom scene and it’s just a classic in my mind. To me they’re head and shoulders over Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, but that’s just my opinion.
Aladdin and Jasmine (Aladdin) – If Belle and the Beast are number one Aladdin and Jasmine are a close runner up. While Beauty and the Beast is more of a romance movie at heart, I feel that Aladdin is more of an adventure with a romance in it. Maybe that’s not a distinction everyone would make, but that’s how I view it. I don’t feel that Aladdin and Jasmine’s relationship is quite as developed as Belle and the Beast’s. That’s not to belittle it, but rather to explain while Aladdin and Jasmine come in as runner up when it comes to Disney’s animated movies.
Carl and Ellie (Up) – A relationship that you become attached you is usually produced over the period of a whole movie, however Pixar attaches you in their movie Up with impressive briefness. They follow the relationship of Carl and Ellie from when they are kids until Ellie’s death in the first eight minutes with very little dialogue.
It’s a powerful story. You see them at moments of hope, excitement, sadness, and disappointment. The range of real life seems to be present in these first eight minutes and man does Ellie’s death really just hit you like a ton of bricks. Their love also impacts so much of the movie as well, since Carl goes on his adventure because he feels that he has failed to give Ellie the adventure that they dreamed about as kids. Even if Up isn’t my favorite Pixar movie it does contain my favorite couple in a Pixar movie.
So those are my favorite couples from books and movies. How about you? What are your favorite couples from these two mediums? I’d love to hear your favorites.