Valentine’s Day isn’t really that exciting a day for me, but it is one where I get to thinking about fictional couples because the nice part of a fictional couple is they never make you feel like a third wheel when you’re following them around.
Couples like Ash Turner and Margaret Dalrymple from Courtney Milan’s Unveiled, Carrot and Angua from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, Chess and Terrible* from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, Eve Dallas and Roarke from J. D. Robb’s In Death series, Kate Daniels and Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, and Warren and Kyle from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.
Yet even as I make that list, it occurs to me that the reason I love those couples? The reason I want to visit them again and again? Is that they have, often literally, a working partnership. They provide one another not just with happy times under the covers but with a support, friendship, and really a wonderful sort of love that is always worth reading about and paying attention to. Besides, it’s only logical to assume that the person who has your back all year round is the person most likely to garner some kind of Valentine’s Day card or stuffed toy or e-mail. Or at least they ought to.
So in addition to those couples listed above, all of which come highly recommended for various reasons, I would suggest checking out the following fictional (and strictly platonic**) partnerships:
Bertie Wooster and Reginald Jeeves from P. G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves series, Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole from Robert B. Parker’s Cole/Hitch series, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner from DC Comics, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin from Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, Serge A. Storms and Coleman from Tim Dorsey’s Serge A. Storm series, and Wolverine and Nightcrawler from Marvel comics.
I suspect it would be remiss of me not to mention animal companions as being deserving of some acknowledgement of all the unconditional love they can provide throughout the year. But just in case you don’t have a beloved pet, there’s always Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon Toothless from Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon series or Arren and his griffin Skandar from K.J. Taylor’s Fallen Moon series.
Then again, if you’re alone this Valentine’s Day and none too happy about it so you want to read about fictional people who are likely to be forever alone, there’s always Christopher Carrion from Clive Barker’s Abarat series. He’s bound to make you feel better about your day, night, or lot in life at the present moment.
If none of those sound good… Well, I’m sure I could think of something else. Let me know!
* Right now there’s a short story about them called Home over at heroesandheartbreakers.com! To read it, all you have to do is sign up for a free membership.
** Unless read from a certain vantage point. In some cases. Not that I would know anything about that. Ahem.