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PINK PARTY: Top 5 Greatest Couples

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Welcome back to the PINK PARTY! Don’t look now,  but Heart Bouquets, where you can find my short story, “Life is Sweet,” is FREE at Amazon! Yes, right now! Go over there and get it, then come back and enjoy the party topic for today!

Happy season when we think of the things we love most about the people we love most. Are you contemplating someone special? In honor of tomorrow’s celebration of hearts and roses, I decided to analyze the top 5 greatest couples of all time. This list has been scientifically compiled by some of the most outstanding romantics of the 21st century.

Knight and MaidenI and my daughters.

Well, we could be … or not. But there really is method to my romance madness. First let me tell you five couples who aren’t on the list:

  • Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson from “Titanic.” It probably doesn’t help my case that I never actually saw the movie (And I don’t really care to. I don’t like to cry!) but I can appreciate a good love story, albeit an abbreviated one. And that’s what I have against this couple. All passion, no depth.
  • King Xerxes and Queen Esther had some of the same problems as the Titanic two. Though “One Night With the King” is one of my favorite movies and Esther is one of my favorite books in the Bible, they didn’t really know each other well. Also, she sacrificed her life’s expectations for him, but he gave up nothing for her. Not so very heroic to me.
  • Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Truly a well-known couple, but I have a problem with Marc Antony, hero of the Roman Republic. He brought pain and hopelessness to his heroine. After a series of defeats, he killed himself and left her to her own devices. Shame on him.
  • Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare fame are perhaps the best-known lovers. Yet again, they barely knew each other. And like Marcus Antonius, Romeo made stupid decisions that ultimately killed him and his heroine. Senseless.
  • Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson from the Nancy Drew series written under the moniker of Carolyn Keene. I know she said he was her boyfriend. Through over 100 books now and over 20 video games, the man has been her boyfriend. But he’s hardly around, seldom talks to her and, I don’t know, maybe a hand-holding once in a while would be sweet? Technically, they do know each other well, but Ned isn’t part of her life and sacrifices nothing for her. And we’re talking zero chemistry here! I think she’s a better match for Frank Hardy! LOL!

So those are the ones NOT making the list. These are the ones who do, and they get on my list because the couples do develop a deep relationship, knowing each other well before delving into romance. There’s history that makes their love story thicker than physical beauty or the excitement of emotional reactions.

The other thing these couples have going for them is a sacrifice. Now a strong heroine who makes a sacrifice can set up a fine story. But when the hero makes a sacrifice, when he gives up the thing that is most valuable to him or lies broken before the object of his affection, that rips at the heart. What a hero! These stories have such a hero:

  • Sweet Hubby and Me. Okay, this one isn’t really on the list, but it could be. We were best friends before the dating idea ever came along and he was my first and only love besides Jesus. He’s been my hero in countless ways ever since. I won’t bore you with details, but he’s never let me down. But as I said, we aren’t REALLY on the list or it would be the top 6 greatest couples of all time.
  • Jacob and Rachel from Genesis 29. Jacob worked for Rachel, slaving on her father’s ranch for seven years, dreaming of the day she would be his bride. Instead, he got her older sister. Rather than building bitterness, he worked for another seven years to earn the woman he loved.
  • Christine Daaé and Raoul, Viscount de Chagny from the musical “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Knowing each other since childhood, it didn’t take long for the affection they grew up with to turn into passion. And both are willing sacrifices at the end for the safety and happiness of the other. Mmmm. Good story.
  • Sabrina Fairchild and Linus Larrabee based on the play, “Sabrina Fair” and the movie, “Sabrina.” Another of my favorites, though I love the Harrison Ford version. Linus watched Sabrina grow up and while he cared about her, his family business meant more. Until he accidentally fell in love and sacrificed his role in the company, his whole life until that point,  in order to be with her. Such a great movie!
  • Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Well you knew I couldn’t leave these two out! Such emotion as each tries to erase the growing affection for the other. Then that fateful day when Lizzie’s fondness turns to hatred with partial knowledge and misunderstanding, and slashes Darcy’s attempted proposal. Yet he returns, subjecting himself to further shame, in a last hope that she could accept him. Yummy.
  • Christ and His Church. I told you there was a point. What makes these romantic couples great are the very things in our relationship with our Lord. He knows us, everything about us down to the warts. And yet He utterly adores us. Laying down his life, broken before us so that I don’t have to be broken forever. I happily surrender to Him. 

I hope you have an amazing Valentine’s Day with the ones you love!

Your turn: Tell me about the one you love!

Oh and don’t miss our special Heart Bouquets author meet-up! Get to know ME at the Write Integrity Press Blog, and Lynda Schab hosts her picks for the Best Romantic Comedies. And don’t forget that Heart Bouquets is FREE today! Make sure you get your copy here at Amazon!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

15 thoughts on “PINK PARTY: Top 5 Greatest Couples

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  2. I love your lists – both the naughty and the nice. I did watch Titanic back in the day and was disgusted by the “love story”. So what if he let her stay on the floating board? Many men died giving up their spots on lifeboats to complete strangers. It wasn’t true love, just chivalry that was expected.

    And I like the Phantom of the Opera reference. I often overlook that story, but love it!

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  4. Love this post!! Good idea–Nancy & Frank! 🙂 (And I watched Titanic and wish fervently that I HAD NOT!) Your point about Christ and his Church brings grateful tears to my eyes. Oh, how wonderful is the love of God toward us!!

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  5. Mine would be, outside of myself and my cowboy hubby. Would be Marcy and Patrick from Julie Lessman’s Daughter’s of Boston Series.

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  6. Marji, my number one has to be Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. Thanks for such a sweet post!

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  7. Hey Marji,

    This isn’t what you asked, but….Years ago when Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys had TV shows, I think there were some sparks between Nancy and Frank.

    I got your book on Amazon and tweeted. I hope you have a great day!

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    • Thanks so much, Jackie! I LOVED that show. My girls and I have enjoyed watching reruns of it on NETFLIX. So much fun! And yes, just enough sparks!

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      • That does sound fun. Raising boys I watched more ball games than I ever dreamed. In the mornings we watched Sports Center with breakfast, and after school some talk show on ESPN. Over the years I’ve learned to enjoy sports so much that once in a while I even watch a game when I’m home alone.
        I was a girly girl growing up. Learning to enjoy sports because of my sons and husband is a different kind of love story.

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        • But a sweet love story. I was a bit more of a tomboy. Can still be found at my son’s rugby games, and I LOVE NASCAR! Sweet hubby has followed me into that sport! So excited for the season to start – but then, that’s a whole ‘nuther type of LOVE! 🙂 (And my girls only tolerate it!)

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