Valentine’s Day isn’t just about flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. It’s a celebration of love—and at Writer’s Relief, we love to celebrate books! So we’re spending the holiday with our favorite literary couples. These perfectly matched pairs sometimes fight as hard as they love, and they have us spellbound! Choose your favorite literary lovebirds and cozy up for a great read!
- Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
“Always the tone of surprise.” No Valentine’s Day list would be complete without this magical couple. Their friendship eventually becomes the romance that everyone had been hoping for all along. Ron and Hermione bring out each other’s strengths and know they can depend on one another when things get difficult—or when a mad wizard wants to conquer the world.
- Precious Ramotswe and J.L.B Matekoni from The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series
“There is plenty of work for love to do.” In this gentle, warm series of stories set in Botswana, Precious Ramotswe opens a detective agency next door to Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with the owner, J.L.B Matekoni, but she finds he shares her admiration for the people and culture of their beloved country. Their mutual respect eventually blossoms into much more—and you don’t have to be a detective to know that a happy marriage is in the cards for these two!
- Jane and Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
“Reader, I married him.” These two are intellectually equal in a way that just makes us say “aww!” Although Rochester made a major misstep when he thought to have Jane as a mistress, their love eventually blooms. And when Jane knows that she’s self-reliant, their relationship takes off!
- Romeo and Juliet from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow.” A rose by any other name would smell as sweet—just as the tragic tale of these star-crossed lovers is still unforgettable whether it’s been adapted to stage, film, or even musical venues. While we admire their passion and devotion, maybe a little less reliance on a secret wedding, poison, and a dagger would have resulted in a happier ending for all.
- Katniss and Peeta from Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
“I remember everything about you.” Love conquers all—even in the dystopian future. What started as a scheme for survival between Katniss and Peeta blossoms into true love. If you want a love story with lots of action and drama, this one is for you! Plus, the series has been entirely adapted to film, which makes it perfect for marathon binge-watching while snacking on tiny, colorful heart-shaped candies. May the odds be ever in your (romantic) favor.
- Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” Over two hundred years later, the romance of Elizabeth and Darcy is still a beloved tale among hopeless (and not so hopeless) romantics. Despite their stubbornness, we root for them both and cheer the inevitable heartfelt marriage proposal.
7. Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar from “Brokeback Mountain”
“I wish I knew how to quit you.” Before this story was adapted into an award-winning film, it was published in The New Yorker as a short story. Separated by the prejudices of the times they lived in and marriages to other people, the complicated love story of Jack and Ennis spans decades.
QUESTION: Which literary couple is your favorite?