Monday, February 14, 2011
Blog Chain - Show Me the Love
When it comes to the V-Day, I've never been particularly lucky. Over the years, I began to see the day as another corporate marketing strategy to make single people feel awful and committed people feel the deep burning desire to go to the mall and spend money.
I still think Valentine's day is a sorry excuse to get us to buy cards and chocolate (Okay, I don't really need an excuse to buy chocolate) but this year I'm feeling a little mushy on the whole thing. This year I'm feeling the love. Which leads me to this blog chain's question:
Who is your favorite literary couple and why?
It's easy to root for the dramatic relationships. The love triangles. The doomed-to-failure love destined to reach across time and space. But those relationships are basically crap. I'm not being cynical. Those relationships are great fun to write (and read) because they're easy. Take boy, add girl, dump on complications, multiply by drama, watch the chaos. But that's not real love. Not in my opinion.
Real love takes time. It's slow. It's sneaky. Half the time, you're in it before you realize it and by that time, it's too late. Real love doesn't threaten to commit suicide for you, it brings you bendy straws when you're sick with a sore throat.
That's why my favorite literary couple is Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road.
I've made it pretty clear that Jellicoe Road is one of my favorite books ever, and if you read it you'll know why. There's so much that happens in that book but the relationship between Taylor and Jonah is just amazing. It's a slow build that you don't see coming until it's too late. They don't see it coming either. But that's not what makes it brilliant. What makes it brilliant is that when love does rear its head, it feels so right. You see them come together and you're like, "Duh!" Their drama is personal. No one dies, there's no love triangle, no misunderstood kisses. It's just sweet and real.
And that's it! As I'm the first link in this chain, you'll need to head over to the super sweet Sarah's blog tomorrow to see who her favorite literary couple is.