I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is a great way to explore Fantasyland and create lists, YAY! Don’t forget to go and check out what other participating bloggers have put on their lists – my tbr expands every week because of them! :) Our little band of travellers expands each week so this is a great way to get to know the fantasy blogging community.
As this week is all about Valentine’s Day, we’re marching into Fantasyland in search of TRUE LOVE! This topic is very dear to me, though my husband and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day (come back on Saturday to find out why). But my blog does feature both fantasy and romance, so this is a perfect mix of both.
First of all, let’s set the mood with this lovely soundtrack.
Got it? Alright, then. I have to say I had some difficulty deciding what counts as true love. More often than not, love in romances is actually loads of lust with some affection thrown in. Does true love mean they grow old together? Does true love have to be tested by unfortunate events and long separation? Hell if I know. In the end, I just decided to list my favourite couples from fantasy novels.
- Faramir and Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Their love is understated and overlooked, but I really liked both characters separately, so they’re bound to be great together.
- *spoiler in white* Ziri and Liraz *end spoiler* from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. Again, I could have chosen the other, main romance of the series (Akiva and Karou), but I prefer romances that grow more quietly and take some time to develop.
- Howl and Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. It takes a while for these two to realize they’re falling for each other. The fact that Sophie spends the majority of the novel under a curse that makes her look like an old woman slows things down a bit. :)
- Edward and Bella from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. Oh, come on, someone has to include them this week. Where would we be without murderous intent and pathetic dependence?
- Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. It took them seven years to realize they’re perfect for each other! Yay for little red-haired babies!
- Tristran and Yvaine from Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Their story starts off with lots of choice name-calling and a unicorn. I think this is a solid foundation for true love, don’t you? (My review)
- Fitz and Molly from the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. This one was my husband’s contribution to the list, he’s a huge Hobb fan. I liked them, too – Molly named their daughter Nettle!
- Lan and Nynaeve from The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Here’s one with a long separation and numerous tests, as well as name-calling and denial. I haven’t finished the series but I read a spoiler for their relationship when I was researching Lan for one of the previous Tough Travels posts…
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Which lovely couple did I forget to include?
What counts as true love in your opinion?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)