The 12 perfect couples we created for literary matchmaking
By Ivy on October 24th, 2011
Today, romance is in the
air books. We were so inspired by Huffington Posts’ take on literary matchmaking — where characters in literature are romantically matched up to their long lost soul mates — that we decided we also had some MFEO (made for each other) couples to share. After all, we’ve read our fair share of YA books to know what it takes to make a girl swoon and a guy fight for love. Here are our picks (add yours in the comments):
Angelina Ballerina and Stuart Little - Stuart would protect Angelina from any malicious cat. Plus, he’s been to New York and I’m sure he’d like to take her to Lincoln Center for a few ballet performances. I can’t think of a more romantic date!
James Bond and Holly Golightly – Holly sure has the outfits and charm that would win over 007. Champagne for the lady and a martini – shaken not stirred – for the gentleman, please.
Atticus Finch and Elizabeth Bennet – Atticus needs someone who is smart, strong, and doesn’t care what other people think. And Elizabeth would be very pleased to know that Atticus fights for what he believes and wouldn’t mind her social status one bit.
Anna Karenina and Rhett Butler – Anna needs a man who will be there through the good times and the bad. Both Anna and Rhett don’t care about what society thinks of them. He would encourage and support her decisions. And who could say no to the charms of Mr. Butler and his many glamorous gifts?
Haymitch and Professor McGonagall – Minerva is no-nonsense and gets things done — and could be just the support and role model Haymitch needs to keep himself clean.
Harold (the guy with the Purple Crayon) and Fancy Nancy – When they’re older, they could be a very stylish couple. He’s a minimalist and she’s all about extravagance (glitter, anyone?). They’ll live in a beautiful purple castle filled with lots of pink furniture.
Pip and Jo March – Jo will never care if Pip is wealthy or elevated out of his station as long as he takes care of her and, challenges her and is willing to have intellectual discussions during mealtimes.
Holden Caulfield and Margaret Simon – These two could sit down and help each other through two major existential cases of teen angst.
Principal Krupp and Ms. Frizzle – The Frizz can add a little whimsy to Mr. Krupp’s time not spent as Captain Underpants. Plus, can you imagine the closet these two would have? I’d love to see that!
Amelia Bedelia and Stevens (from The Remains of the Day) – Serious and meticulous Stevens would want Amelia to retire while he took care of the household needs. She will add fun and an element of unpredictability to his life. He will make sure she never causes another mess or clean one up, ever again.
Sherlock Holmes and grown-up Hermione Granger – Here are two minds that could play off each other. She could certainly keep up with him intellectually. Besides, “Elementary my dear Miss Granger” does have such a nice ring to it.
Jesse Aarons with Lucy Pevensie – We almost matched Jesse with Bella Swan, thinking she could use a normal relationship for once in her life. In the end we swapped her out for Lucy because Jesse and Lucy could both get lost in their magical worlds, yet they would keep each other well-grounded. Sorry, Bella.
And as for Bella Swan? We tried to match her up with a decent guy so that she could experience love in a normal relationship. After some serious thought, we decided that Bella just needs to be on her own for a little while to find herself and learn how to be more independent.
Matchmaking famous literary characters wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be. It turns out that many of the top characters were…quite troubled. How does one pair up Miss Havisham or Tom Riddle? I’m sure you have some thoughts! Share in the comments who you would match up from literature.