Considering I frequently ramble on about how important to me characters and character relationships in books, movies, writing, etc are, I thought I might put together a list of my favourite fictional relationships of all time. And, of course, invite you to do the same - you can even make your own lists in the comments/your blogs if it takes your fancy!
Well, I say 'favourite fictional relationships of all time', but whenever I make these lists, I always forget something or someone I love. So let's call it my Top 10 Fictional Relationships That I Can Think of Right Now.
And so, in no particular order, my Top Ten...
1. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories/novels
2. Harry and Hermione, from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
3. Emma and Mr. Knightley, from Jane Austen's Emma
*I should probably add here that I've never actually read Emma - I don't particularly like Jane Austen. But for some reason, I love the adaptations of her novels, so when I talk about this relationship I mean the one portrayed on the film and TV adaptations
4. Phedre and Joscelin, from Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel novels
5. Henry and Clare, from Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife
6. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, from the original Star Wars trilogy
*Luke as an individual character doesn't do much for me, I must admit. But I love his relationship with Vader - especially watching the latter's complete that fallen-from-grace-but-ultimately-redeemed arc
7. Cristina Yang and Owen Hunt, from Grey's Anatomy
8. The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, from Doctor Who
*also the Human Doctor and Rose, though I'm not listing this separately as the Tenth Doctor and the Human Doctor are pretty much the same person - and both are a little bit swoon-worthy (thank you, David Tennant!)
9. Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, from Harry Potter
10. Anna and Rupert, from Eva Ibbotson's The Secret Countess
(which, by the way, is amazing and should be read by everyone in the whole world)
And that's my list. This post would turn into an absolute monster if I tried to explain just why each of those relationships appeals to me so much, but if you're interested I do have individual posts about Harry/Hermione, Holmes/Watson, Henry/Clare and Emma/Mr. Knightley.
So whose relationships would be on your list? They don't have to be romantic - any kind of fictional relationship counts!