Oh, the feels!
I saw Favorite Fictional Couples trending on social media, and I thought about the ones I would choose. I scanned through the books and movies on my shelves. Then I wrote a list, a very long list. To crop it down to the top 5, I went with the “feels.” What couples made me feel what they were feeling? What couples made me squeal when they finally came together and made me want to re-watch or reread their intimate scenes?
5. Anne and Gilbert
The 1985 series based on the books Anne of Green Gables caught my attention for several reasons. First off, I was around the same age as Anne. Secondly, she wanted to be a writer, which I longed to be since I picked up a pencil. And lastly, Gilbert Blythe. **sigh** He became her love interest after tormenting and teasing her during their school years together. Made me believe all those obnoxious boys who picked on me were actually secretly in love with me. (I had quite the imagination. LOL!) But still, the scene where they come together as a couple still makes me tingle.
4. Indy and Marion
I had a mega crush on Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. This character’s ruggedness, snarky humor, and intelligence inspired the personality of the heroes in my books. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marion Ravenwood is Indy’s ex-lover and things hadn’t ended so well with them years before. As a young girl, I was thrilled to see Marion going toe-to-toe with the men and she didn’t pull any punches. She wasn’t a damsel, constantly needing to be saved, but someone who worked with Indy. In one scene she dresses Indy’s wounds and admonishes this tough guy for being a big baby because every place she touches is painful to him. When she asks where he doesn’t hurts, he begins pointing to different areas on his body and she kisses each one. Then he catches on and points to his lips. **sigh** This scene inspired the final one between my two heroes in Dama X.
3. Belle and Beast
Beauty and the Beast captured my heart for many reasons. Belle was a book nerd like me. She was strong in sacrificing herself to save her father and then later saved the Beast in several ways. The Beast was a grumpy, angry, loner who was brought out of his shell with the power of friendship and love. Sounds cheesey, I know, but that aspect drew me in and gave me the “feels.” The final scene where the Beast turns human and they dance in the ballroom still makes me smile. I’m planning to see the live action film this week. **squeal**
2. Leia and Han
I’m not going to talk about what happened in The Force Awakens–it’s still raw for me. Or discuss Carrie Fisher’s untimely death, I cried at the end of Rogue One because of it. (Watch Carrie Fisher in HBO’s Wishful Drinking, she was a true queen.) Maybe because of my childhood crush on Harrison Ford or maybe because he played such a sarcastic, snarky man (which I find hot), but I adored Han Solo. When I thought he died in The Empire Strikes Back, my heart broke. Then Leia frees him from carbonite in Jabba’s lair, and Han asks who saved him and she says someone who loves you. I still grin like a love-struck pre-teen when I hear that line.
1.Darcy and Elizabeth
Apparently, this famous couple from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is on the top of many romance writers’ lists and for good reason. Most people, like me, tend to enjoy the trope of enemies to lovers. Darcy has to overcome his pride, Elizabeth her prejudice. I love following the journey of these characters growing and evolving and overcoming their hurdles to realize they are a perfect match. I’ve reread this book and re-watched the BBC series many times. Occasionally, I break out the book and read the scene where Darcy admits his love for Elizabeth the first time and it ends horribly, and then I skip to the second time he proposes at the end … oh, the feels!
What are your favorite fictional couples?