Top Ten Tuesday

Posted 14 February, 2017 by Nikki in General / 6 Comments

Repost! Since for some reason, WordPress ate the first version.

It’s February 14th, which means it’s Valentine’s Day. Which means that the TTT topic for today is, unsurprisingly, about romance. I’m going to talk about couples-that-might-have-been, and couples-which-aren’t-yet, in books that I love.

  1. Csethiro and Maia, from The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison). Okay, they’re getting married, so the chances are good. But we only just glimpsed the two of them beginning to really come together as a couple. I long to see more of Csethiro protecting him, and Maia respecting her and giving her power and influence in his kingdom, and how that unfolds.
  2. Kim and Aileron, from The Fionavar Tapestry (Guy Gavriel Kay). Come onnnn, I can’t be the only one who saw that. Kim should’ve stayed in Fionavar; marrying Dave makes no sense at all. But then, Kay is kind of prone to that.
  3. Arthur and Guinevere, from Paths to Camelot (Sarah Zettel). I just love seeing them have a functional, central, mutual relationship without betrayal. We get glimpses of them throughout the four books, but… I want more.
  4. Eowyn and Faramir, from The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien). They make sense as a couple, but they have so little time and development. Gimme more!
  5. Alcuin and Anafiel, from Kushiel’s Dart (Jacqueline Carey). It’s not faaaaair.
  6. Phèdre and Nicola, from Kushiel’s Chosen (Jaqueline Carey). I really liked their relationship and wished we saw a bit more of it.
  7. Alan and Matthias, from Blood and Circuses (Kerry Greenwood). Their scenes together with Phryne made me laugh, and I kind of hope that they at least kept up the relationship.
  8. Lin Chung and his wife, from Murder in Montparnasse (Kerry Greenwood). I feel like Lin Chung’s wife deserved a bit more ‘screen time’, so to speak — she and Phryne could have a fascinating relationship, and she seemed pretty interesting as a character.
  9. Rupert and Bryan, from Season of Storms (Susanna Kearsley). Okay, I kind of want them to be my dads, but. The book ends tragically and it’s not fair.
  10. Celia and Marco, from The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern). Or maybe I just never wanted that book to end…

And now I kind of want to go and reread all these books.

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6 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday”

  1. Is it bad that I know absolutely none of these! Like, I didn’t even know that Eowyn and Faramir became a thing in LOTR, but that might be because I have only seen the films – and not the extended version that included their scenes, which I only know about from googling after seeing this haha.

  2. Oh hello yes. We don’t see nearly enough of Phedre/Nicola!

    …and you know, I -didn’t- see Kim/Aileron, but now you point it out, it would have been appropriate on so many levels it’s absurd. New head canon accepted. Kim/Dave… never made any sense. It made me sad for all the kids from portal fantasies who have to go back to their real world and can’t fully connect with anyone as nobody else has been to Narnia (yes, that early aspect of Dawn Treader clearly left scars, although I appreciated that Eustace took his own scars into Silver Chair). Which reminds me that I must must must get round to reading Every Heart a Doorway.
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    • I swear half the time I was reading it, I was expecting Kim/Aileron to be a thing. I was completely confused that they were not.

      And yeees Every Heart. <3 Must reread that soon.

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