Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Top 10 Fictional Relationships

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!


  1. As my most favourite book ever, it would have to be Lin and Karla's will they won't they relationship in Shantaram.
    I'm reading Keith Richard's autobigraphy at the mo and the friendship between Mick and Keef is immensely touching. xxx

  2. Oh my word, Anna and Rupert should be on everyone's list. The Secret Countess is one of my absolute favourite books of all time.

    Good call on Cristina & Owen too!

    This is the sort of thing that I love to think about but can never, ever decide on. Perhaps I'll have a good ponder and do my own post at some point. Off the top of my head though: Josh & Donna (The West Wing), Jeeves & Wooster and Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane (Dorothy L. Sayers).

  3. I like Billy Pilgrim's relationship with the world in "Slaughter House 5." No matter how crazy the world got, he went about his way.

  4. I loved The Secret Countess!!! Great book, that one! And a cool list of fictional relationships. Do you mind if I copy the idea and post my own list? I'll give full credit, promise!!


  5. Love Harry and Hermione as well!! Hmm,, it's so difficult to think of a favorite. Maybe I'd say Harry and Sirius? I loved how he came in as a pseudo parent and they had an instant bond.

  6. Interesting list. My plump would be for Harrison Shepherd and Frida Kahlo in Barbara Kingsoler's book The Lacuna

  7. P.S. I agree with the Eat Pray Love comment. I found a few nice quotes that was about it, haha.

  8. Right now I would have to say Talli and Shay in the Uglies series. (I tend to love most what I'm reading at the moment.)

  9. Henry and Clare! Henry and Clare! YES! I am in complete agreement with this one.

    Have a great weekend, Sangu!

  10. can't think of any, atm... but then, long time since i was this stressed... :(