Love in literature can be as compelling on the pages as it is in real life. We’ve selected some of our most passionate character couples in fiction. Tell us in the comments who your favorite duo is and who you think should be included.
Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible Girl) from The Fantastic Four comics
This superhero duo are not only partners, but part of the Fantastic Four. Sue met Reed when he was staying as a houseguest at her aunt’s house. Eventually, she followed him to California and they were exposed to a cosmic storm together—giving them their superpowers. Though villains tried to win Sue’s affections, her heart always stayed true to Reed.
Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
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Beatrice and Benedick start Shakespeare’s comedy much differently than they end it. Benedick openly despises marriage, and is especially not fond of Beatrice after he disguises himself and dances with her only to hear that she thinks he’s “the prince’s jester, a very dull fool.” Although they are originally tricked into confessing their love for each other, they’re a great match.
Rudy and Liesel from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Rudy and Liesel are two of the best characters in this heartbreaking story. Although they are mostly friends throughout the book, there is something that resembles love there as well. They meet when they are only ten years old, and Rudy helps Liesel make good decisions and even rescues her book from the river.
Claire and Jamie from Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
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Claire and Jamie’s story has now been told in eight novels. After Claire is transported through time from post-World War II Scotland to the Scottish Highlands, she is wed to Jamie. Although married to Frank in the future, there is undeniable passion between them which leads Claire to stay with Jamie.
Hazel and Gus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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Hazel and Gus are much more than just teenagers with cancer who fall in love. What sets them apart from other young adult couples is their love for each other as friends first, and mutual respect for each other’s likes and dislikes. While Hazel loves a book about a girl who presumably dies of cancer while writing it and Gus is a fan of violent books, they still both read and enjoy each other’s favorites.
Celia and Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Celia and Marco are positioned against each other before they even meet. Both possessing magical powers, they are put in a competition between Celia’s father and Marco’s guardian. Together they build The Night Circus, and are constantly making new magical attractions in order to compete with one another. Despite this, they are in love and try to figure out how to stay with one another through the competition.
Paul and Noah from Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan
This young adult novel follows Paul through his ups and downs in love during high school. Paul meets Noah and is instantly attracted to him. Although their relationship has a rocky start and things are constantly getting in the way, this is a great YA read with two characters who have great chemistry.
Buttercup and Westley from The Princess Bride by William Goldman
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This epic fantasy romance follows Westley and Buttercup after Westley goes to seek fortune so they can marry. A slew of characters interfere with their love, but somehow they always find their way back to each other.
Patch and Nora from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
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Patch and Nora’s love slowly becomes intensified in this young adult romance. Patch is a fallen angel sent to kill Nora to make himself human again, but can’t once he falls in love with her. Their romance is interrupted when others are sent to kill Nora, making this book thrilling.
Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar from Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
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Before it became a movie, Brokeback Mountain was a short story published in The New Yorker. The story follows two ranch hands who fall in love during the summer and continue to meet up for the next twenty years, even though they are living separate lives and marriages.
Florentino and Fermina from Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
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Florentino and Fermina’s love story carries on for decades. After falling in love in their youth, Florentino and Fermina are separated. When Fermina returns to him she realizes that they are strangers and breaks off their relationship. Although she eventually marries someone else, they never stop loving each other or forgetting what they have.