This is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic:
Top Ten Romances I Think Would Last in the Real World:
1) Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling: First and foremost, these two started as friends. They have seen the worst and the best of each other. They know each other's baggage and accept it, they know each other's faults and work through it. They may be different but they also compliment each other. Ron and Hermione would seriously be that cute old couple you always see who are together and bickering but smiling through their bickering.
2) Michael Moscowitz and Mia Thermopolis from the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot: Well, I actually think most of Cabot's romances are handled well and realistically and would all work out well in the real world but especially Michael/Mia. He calms Mia the heck down, respects her, is honest with her (even if she maybe doesn't always appreciate the honesty), they recognize each other's faults, have fun together, etc. Michael is good for Mia and vice versa.
3) Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Probably on pretty much everyone's list. But for a reason. Austen made us see why these two work so well together in the book that I have no problem picturing them working out well realistically.
4) Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan: These two have a mutual respect for one another and are loyal. They may snark at each other but it's loving snark. While I bet the relationship would be one of those "having a arguement one moment, then making out the next" sort of things, it would be a long lasting relationship. Even if they broke up, I bet they'd remain friends.
5) George and Alanna from the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce: Again, mutual respect for one another. George gets Alanna and her goals and doesn't try and hold her back at all and Alanna likewise gets George and they don't try and change one another even if by simply being there fore each other they wind up changing (for the better) anyway.
6) Katsa and Po from The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy by Kristin Cashore: Well, I hate to repeat myself, but mutual respect. Are you sensing a theme? I tend to think this is a big thing in making relationships work. Both of them respect each other (yes, this took some time on Katsa's part but considering her past it's understandable), they spend time together and have fun, they help one another and don't try to keep the other from their goals. Po doesn't push Katsa into doing what she doesn't want to do and Katsa likewise respects Po's decisions about things.
7) Sophie and Howl from Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: Let's face it, Howl is high maintenance. Sophie knocks him down a peg or two with affection but firmness because frankly he needs someone who will tell him he's wrong. Howl helps Sophie lighten up and have fun. They both teach other things, both actually like each other despite being different, and they help each other grow.
8) Peeta and Katniss from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I don't care what people say about forced the love triangle (though I agree it was unneccessary). Peeta and Katniss would have been endgame with or without Gale being an idiot because they just work. I think they'd work just as well in the real world too, they'd just have lots of less angst.
9) Ethan and Lena from The Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl: Again, this is one of those couples who just help each other grow and have mutual respect. They like spending time together and are just very supportful of each other.
10) Lord Maccon and Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger: Sometimes two people who are a lot alike can either have a bad relationship or a good one. This is an example of how it can make for a good relationship. Both Conall and Alexia are stubborn and set in their ways but their subtle differences balance each other as well. Like Ron/Hermione or Percy/Annabeth these two would probably spend just as much time bickering fondly as they would making out.