Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Romances That Would Last in the Real World

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World 

1. Love in the face of War

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

I have also adored this couple and even without the epilogue I believed that Ron and Hermione would be together for ever. They started out as friends but then even as the world fell apart around them they got closer and fell in love. They’re also practical people who I think would have a blast in the muggle world. Ron – channelling his father – could start the world’s biggest electrical plug collection and Hermione would become a world-famous neurosurgeon who ran a charity to help mistreated animals in her spare time. But no matter what their occupations there would be love.

– Peeta and Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
– Tris and Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth

2. Troo Luv can overcome anything… even giants, swordsmen, evil princes and genius wizards

Westley and Buttercup from The Princess Bride by William Goldman

This is my favourite book and considering I’m a fairly die-hard romance fan it’s probably no surprise they Westley and Buttercup appear on this list. I think what I admire most about this couple is the fact that they both see each other for who they truly are. Westley is under no illusions about who Buttercup is – he’s almost insulting at times with regard to his thoughts concerning her intellect – but I like that he loves her for her and will battle pirates, giant mice and even death so they can be together. I’d love to think that even without all the drama that these two would be able to make it in the real world.

3. Not even death can stop their love…

Suze and Jess from the Mediator series by Meg Cabot

When I was in high school the Mediator series (then published under the penname of Jenny Carroll) was my favourite series. I would often procrastinate and avoid doing homework in favour of immersing myself in the story of Suze – a teenage girl who can talk to ghosts – and Jesse – the ghost who’s haunting Suze’s Californian bedroom. They were a great mix of Suze’s modern-day attitude and Jesse’s old-fashioned charm. I loved how the series ended and I have no doubt that they’d still be together – kicking some ghost arse together.

4. Sparks makes the chemistry sparkle…

Allie and Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

I think the fact that The Notebook is based on the true story of Nicholas Sparks’ parents-in-law proves that this is one story that did go the distance in the real world.

I also think that the same could be said for pretty much any of the characters in Sparks’ novels… you know, if no one tragically dies as seems to commonly happen in said novels…

5. Already seen the other at their worst…

Howl and Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl is an impossibly vain wizard and Sophie, after being turned into an old woman by a wicked witch, is rather crotchety and sees no reason not to complain whenever she feels like it. They’ve seen each other at their worst and somehow they manage to have a happily ever after together. Although Sophie is soft-spoken and agreeable before the spell, I’d like to think that if she ever came across Howl that she’d be able to honestly tell him what she thought of him and that eventually they’d be able to work things out.

6. Name calling and broken slates = together forever

Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

It was a feud that went on for years after Gilbert called the red-headed Anne, “Carrots”. She reacted by breaking her slate over his head… Any good heroine does need to have a nemesis. And as things often seem to go – at least in fiction – it takes a life threatening disease to bring these two together properly. I just hope that if these two ever had a chance in the real world that it wouldn’t take typhoid fever to get a happily ever after…

7. I’m not going to write you a love song… what about a love letter?

Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion by Jane Austen

The thing I remember most about this book is the Letter – and this is a letter than definitely deserves the capital L. I like to think that after the novel ends that Anne and Captain Wentworth will be together… and I think they’d be able to make it in the real world…

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in

F. W.

8. Made for each other… because no one else should have to have them…

Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Okay… so maybe this one is a little mean but I truly believe that no one else deserves to spend a lifetime with either of these characters… Heathcliff and Catherine were the first fictional characters I ever read about that I HATED with such a passion. A few years after I first read them I had to study them for class and I realized that as horrible and hideous as they were as people, they were fantastic characters who truly are made for each other. The way they treat other people – like pawns in their epic love story – is kind of abominable but at the same time I can’t help but admire their passion for each other. They belong together for I feel like no one else should ever have to be saddled with either one but I also believe that had they gotten the chance to be together – they’d be together forever… if only so they could make the other one miserable…

– Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
– Ana Steele and Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey series by E.L. James

9. If you want it to be good girl, get yourself a bad boy… (and yes… that was a Backstreet Boys lyric)

Rob Wilkins and Jess Mastriani from the 1800-where-R-U series by Meg Cabot

Whilst Rob and Jess are thrown together when she needs a ride to help a missing child that only she is able to locate due to her lightning-strike-abilities, I think that Rob and Jess make a great couple. He’s a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks and a police record to prove it. She’s a good (well… semi-good) girl who helps out in her parents restaurants and finds missing children in her spare time… all supernatural abilities aside, these two would definitely be together… after all, Jess was somewhat interested by Rob and his bike even before lightening struck.

– Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

10. The Classics

Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley from Emma by Jane Austen

Marianne Dashwood and Captain Brandon from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I’d like to think that even after their books ended that their stories would go on with each of these couples being happy forever… They all suit each other so very well and they managed to get their happy ending.

Okay… so I think I may have cheated and picked a few more than 10… but I had too much fun thinking of couples that I think would last in the real world…


  1. Great list! Edward and Bella, not sure about them. I mean, wouldn’t Edward be so sick of Bella moodswings? 🙂
    Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Yeah, they would make it. They are perfect for each other.

  2. I had to follow you as soon as I read the Backstreet Boys lyrics…but in seriousness, love your list. I agree about Anne and Gilbert particularly, their books felt so real to me as I read them I’m just positive they were a real couple somewhere.

  3. Best Top Ten Tuesday I’ve seen. Anne with an E!! I’ll always love Gilbert. Now, I need to go watch the films tonight. NEED to.

    The Notebook! YESSSSSSS!

    I’m glad to see Twilight up there, even if just an honorable mention. Their love story really touched me. It did a lot of other people too until the films came out and ruined it.

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