It’s the most romantic day of the year, and you know what that means – time to celebrate fictional couples! Because that’s way more interesting than anything happening in my own life.
In no particular order, these are my top ten favorite book couples. This list was so hard to narrow down because I love so many fictional romances! But these ten really own my heart.
To try to avoid spoilers, I put the book title above the couple, so read at your own risk!
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
The book couple to end all book couples! You know, there’s a reason these two are still popular even two hundred years after Pride and Prejudice was published. I love Elizabeth and Darcy in every iteration that I can find – I’ll never get tired of their love story. Pretty sure they invented the “enemies to lovers” trope.
2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger
“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”
Hi, I was definitely that thirteen year old kid in the movie theatre at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 that burst into tears when Ron and Hermione (FINALLY) kissed (even though it wasn’t as good as in the book *sigh*). This was probably the first book couple that I really fell in love with, because it was obvious enough that even I could see it when I was little. Even today, these two make me so, so happy.
3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley
“And he knew that at that moment, they understood each other perfectly, and when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say ‘be careful’ or ‘don’t do it’, but she would accept his decision because she would not have expected anything less of him.”
This is a couple that I didn’t really get when I was younger and first reading the books (because I was, like, eight) but now I love, love, LOVE Harry and Ginny together. They’re so perfect for each other. The entirety of Half-Blood Prince is one big Harry/Ginny feelings-fest, and that one scene after the Quidditch final!!! *clutches heart*
4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon and “Blue”
“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat – soft and persistent, underlying everything.”
Okay, I know I already put a spoiler warning for this book, but I really don’t want to spoil Blue’s identity for anyone who hasn’t read it, because I feel like trying to figure out his identity is such a great part of the experience. The relationship between Simon and Blue is so adorable and sweet and supportive. It’s the perfect happy sappy feel-good teenage romcom romance that everyone needs in their life.
5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together – knives drawn, pistols blazing.”
Hey, remember that time Kaz Brekker straight up ripped a guy’s eyes out for stabbing Inej Ghafa? Remember when he threatened to tear down an entire city to find her? These two are so damaged and violent and terrifying, yet also so tender and careful and thoughtful when it comes to each other. They’re partners in crime, they work so well together, and they make me cry.
6. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase
“Don’t I get a kiss for luck? It’s kind of a tradition, right?”
Is there anybody in the world who has read the Percy Jackson books and didn’t tear up a little when Percy and Annabeth finally got together? If there is, who even are they. Percy and Annabeth were the great slowburn couple of my childhood and they still make me so happy. “Seaweed brain”…..so cute.
7. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Adam Parrish and Ronan Lynch
“Making Ronan Lynch smile felt as charged as making a bargain with Cabeswater. These were not forces to play with.”
This relationship comes on so subtly but so naturally, until you realize all of a sudden that they’re literally perfect for each other and you can’t wait another second for them to work up their courage. These two work so well together, even when they annoy each other. Nothing like framing your Latin teacher for murder to show your crush that you like them, amiright?
8. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Sargent and Gansey
“’I wish you could be kissed, Jane,’ he said. ‘Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.’ He flailed an arm toward the stars.”
Ahh, Blue and Gansey, the couple you start out thinking how the heck is this supposed to happen but by book two you’re screaming for them to hurry up already. Their slow, torturous love story is so beautifully written. These are two of my favorite fictional characters of all time and every time they’re in a scene together by heart is too full for words.
9. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Monty and Percy
“The stars dust gold leafing on his skin. And we are looking at each other, just looking, and I swear there are whole lifetimes lived in those small, shared moments.”
These two are such IDIOTS and I absolutely love them. TGGVV was one of my favorite reads of 2017 and that mostly came down to the relationship between Monty and Percy as they went from best friends to realizing that their feelings were mutual. It was such a wonderful ride with them. Their dynamic is so fun, along with their character development (well…mostly Monty’s character development) and their growing relationship.
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa and Po
“You’re more dear to my heart than I ever knew anyone could be.”
Possibly the most dramatic couple that ever lived. I fell in love with these two in Graceling, because how could I possibly not? But I love seeing them again in Bitterblue, when we get an outside perspective to see how absolutely extra they are at all times. They’re so in love and it’s beautiful. I love watching them beat each other up. (But I love even more watching how much they care for each other.)
Do you love any of the book couples on this list? What are your fictional OTPs? What are you doing to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day?