top 5 literary otps. obviously.
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1. Frederic and Catherine from A Farewell to Arms. Their relationship is so hopeless because it is literally the one thing of value they have in the world and everything else is bleak and awful, but they were so much in love that it causes an actual ache in my chest. SUCH PAIN. SUCH AGONY.
2. Nick and Jordan from The Great Gatsby. I just really like their relationship because it’s so modern and REAL. On the one hand you have Daisy and Gatsby and dreams and ideals and unattainable perfection! That voice was a deathless song! Five years next November! Then you look at Nick and Jordan and they’re being snarky and making out in Central Park and laughing at their own jokes while Tom looks confused. (“Do you mean you’ve been to a medium?”) And they don’t really like each other, but they just might love each other - in the most coolly realistic way possible. From the way Nick talks about Jordan sometimes, you do get the sense that he loves her (see: the scene where she drifts off on his shoulder coming back from the Plaza + their final confrontation), but it’s light-years away from the kind of love Gatsby has for Daisy. I just adore that contrast.
3. Pip and Estella from Great Expectations. I don’t care if the original ending was better! (It was.) YOU WILL HAVE TO PRY THE PUBLISHED ENDING FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS. They get married. I know it in my soul!
4. Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing. When people say that their Shakespearean otp is Romeo and Juliet, I just assume they haven’t read much Shakespeare. How can anyone possibly prefer a couple of overly-emotional teenagers over Beatrice and Benedick? The wit! The banter! The admissions of love! I get so happy when I think about the fact that MAAN exists and that B & B’s love has survived through the centuries.
5. Gabriel and Bathsheba from Far From the Madding Crowd. I don’t think I’ve ever been more satisfied with a fictional marriage than I am with this one. Poor Bathsheba has been through hell by the end of the book, and the fact that she ultimately finds true love with Gabriel, the man who has adored her since the beginning, gives me such joy. (For what it’s worth, Gabriel Oak is my ultimate literary crush…the one man I wish I could take from the pages of fiction and conjure up in reality!) The quote about how their love is the only love that is stronger than death is one of my favorite passages in literature, and I love how Hardy quotes Keats on their wedding day: “As though a rose should shut and be a bud again.” They’re happy! They’re in love, and it’s a quiet, gentle love (which is probably the only acceptable type of love in Bathsheba’s eyes now), but even more importantly, they’re FRIENDS. My heart is goo, Thomas Hardy! Why couldn’t you have done as much for Tess?