Aug 15, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make it in the Real World

This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday, and while this topic is a thinker, I thought I'd give it a try! I know I'm probably forgetting a couple, and these are not in any particular order, but this is what I came up with off the top of my head.

Shane Collins and Claire Danvers, The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
I love these two hardcore. Their relationship is sweet and normal and just plain awesome. The Morganville Vampires is one of my absolute favorite series (it could go on forever and I'd never tire of it), so it's fitting that I mention the relationship of Claire and Shane. While what they have is fantastic in the books, it'd be even better in real life because they wouldn't have to deal with the vampires--or would they? They could just live a normal, happy life together. But normal isn't fun, is it?
You Might Also Like: Michael Glass and Eve Rosser from the same series.

Sam Roth and Grace Brisbane, The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
Minus the wolves, Sam and Grace have a pretty normal relationship--except it's ten times cuter. They have one of the sweetest, most romantic, loving relationships I've ever read. In the books they go through so many struggles--turning into wolves, people dying, Grace's idiot parents--but yet they still prevail. Their relationship is as delicate as Sam's paper cranes, and as beautiful as his music. I dare you not to like these two.
You Might Also Like: Cole St. Clair and Isabel Culpepper of the same trilogy.

Etienne St. Clair and Anna Oliphant, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is one of my absolute favorite contemporary and romance novels, and Etienne is 100% swoon-worthy. Seeing as how the book already takes place in the modern world, it makes perfect sense that the two would survive in the real world. Their relationship is cute and sweet and funny and, at first, frustrating. But then when these two become official, it's like a nice, hot piece of apple pie.
You Might Also Like: Lola Nolan and Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.

Creed and Joy DelamereDon't Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala
Relationships aren't perfect; they'd be too easy if they were. Creed and Joy are a perfect representation of this when Joy--going by Triste--leaves her home and a horrible relationship to live on the streets of Seattle. There she meets Creed, and survival morphs into something else, and it's wonderful. Creed and Joy have already been through hell, and they'd do something magical in the real world.
You Might Also Like: Guy and Willow from Willow by Julia Hoban.

Violet and Jay, The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting
I like this series because it's different than most series; how many books have a main character who can basically find dead people and recognize their killers? Not many. Add to that the relationship of Violet and her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Jay, and these books are amazing. The two would be even better together in real life because, chances are, Violet wouldn't have her special sense. So there's no damper on the their love and the possibility of a love triangle is demolished. It's perfect.
You Might Also Like: Josh and Madison Avery from the Madison Avery series by Kim Harrison.

America Singer and Prince Maxon, The Selection by Kiera Cass
In the non-fiction world, America and Maxon (yes, I prefer Maxon over Aspen) would be able to be together with only the hardships of everyday life looming over their relationship. Instead, America has to compete with thirty-five girls, the community, royalty, and her feelings over Aspen to get all of Maxon's affections. Fortunately, this doesn't happen in the present, unless you're on The Bachelor. America and Maxon could be together in the real world, and I would be a very, very happy reader.
You Might Also Like: Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Will Kellar and Elizabeth Holland, The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
I hated this series because of how relationships played out--but that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it, because you totally should. Will and Elizabeth had a secret relationship; she was of the social elite and he was her coachman. Their relationship was forbidden, so they took drastic measures to keep it going. While their relationship didn't go where I wanted it to go, it ended up somewhat satisfactory for Elizabeth. In today's world, they'd be perfect for each other: those kinds of restrictions are nothing now.
You Might Also Like: Henry Schoonmaker and Diana Holland from the same series.

Jerome Johnson and Gloria Carmody, The Flappers series by Jillian Larkin
Unfortunately for Jerome and Gloria, they live in a time where it is wrong and scandalous for a black person and white person to be together. Not that they care. They get themselves in trouble, but they fight hard to be with each other because for them, color doesn't matter. Their relationship would excel in the present day because it is extremely common, normal, and accepted for blacks and whites to be couples. It's a classic example of forbidden love, and it's a fantastic read.
You Might Also Like: Clara Knowles and Marcus Eastman from the same series.

Patch Cipriano and Nora Grey, The Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
I love this relationship mainly because I love the books and because I am in love with Patch (true story). What they have makes the knees weak and the hearts beat; yeah, it's that good. The only problem is all the fallen angel, Nora's dad is evil stuff--which kind of gets in the way. Those problems would be erased if they weren't fictional, and they'd make it in the real world. And Patch would be real. Which is all that matters.
You Might Also Like: Daniel Grigori and Luce Price from the Fallen series by Lauren Kate.

Johannes Vermeer and Griet, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
If you haven't read this book, get on it right now. I'm serious. I love this book so much. Johannes (the painter) and Griet's relationship never really goes anywhere, or very far, because of their age difference and because he's married. But that doesn't stop me from wanting it to happen. I wanted them to be together so bad, and they should be. Today, the two could totally be together: unfortunately (or fortunately), it's kind of common for their kind of relationship to happen. Plus, every painter must love their subject.
You Might Also Like: Hamlet and Ophelia from Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Well, there you have it: ten romances from books that I think could make it in the real world. Now that you've heard what I have to say, I want to hear what YOU have to say! So, tell me in the comments: who do you see making it in real life?

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