Friday’s High Flipper Five: Couples
Happy Valentine’s Day! Book Walrus has sent each and every one of you a card, but the postal system on his iceberg leaves something to be desired so sorry if yours gets lost in transit. This doesn’t mean he loves you any less , don’t worry.
After recent horrifying news that J.K. Rowling didn’t believe that Hermione and Ron would turn out to be a good couple, which was soon followed by the slightly less horrifying news that she thought they would probably be OK after a bit of wizard marriage counselling, Book Walrus started thinking about which fictional couples he could really place his faith in. So whether love has lifted you up where you belong, or has torn you apart, what better day than February 14th to consider…
Top 5 Couples in Children’s Literature
1. Sophie and Howl, from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones
“More about Howl? Sophie thought desperately. I have to blacken his name! Her mind was such a blank that for a second it actually seemed to her that Howl had no faults at all. How stupid! ‘Well, he’s fickle, careless, selfish, and hysterical,’ she said. ‘Half the time I think he doesn’t care what happens to anyone as long as he’s alright–but then I find out how awfully kind he’s been to someone. Then I think he’s kind just when it suits him–only then I find out he undercharges poor people. I don’t know, Your Majesty. He’s a mess.”
2. Sephy and Callum, from Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
“I pulled him closer to me, wrapping my arms around him, kissing him just as desperately as he was kissing me. Like if we could just love long enough and hard enough and deep enough, then the world outside would never, could never hurt us.”
3. Percy Jackson and Annabeth, from the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
“It’s okay,” he said. “We’re together.” He didn’t say you’re okay, or we’re alive. After all they’d been through over the last year, he knew that the most important thing was that they were together. She loved him for saying that.”
4. Katniss and Peeta… Or Gale, from The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
“She loves you, you know,” says Peeta. “She as good as told me after they whipped you.”
“Don’t believe it,”Gale answers. “The way she kissed you in the Quarter Quell…well she never kissed me like that.”
“It was just part of the show,” Peeta tells him, although there’s an edge of doubt in his voice.
“No, you won her over. Gave up everything for her. Maybe that’s the only way to convince her you love her.” There’s a long pause. “I should have volunteered to take your place in the first Games. Protected her then.”
“You couldn’t,” says Peeta. “She’d never have forgiven you. You had to take care of her family. They matter more to her than her life.”
“I wonder how she’ll make up her mind.”
“Oh, that I do know.” I can just catch Gale’s last words through the layer of fur. “Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can’t survive without”
5. Lyra and Will, from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
“…we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams…And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…”
Oh my, Book Walrus seems to have something in his eye. Enjoy Valentine’s Day everyone. Book Walrus is just going to eat some chocolates and find someone to give him a hug now. Love is pretty intense, isn’t it? Are there any couples he’s missed in this tide of emotion?