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Top Ten Fictional Couples

Today’s Tea: Lychee Iced Tea with Boba

It’s Valentine’s Day! What better day to celebrate my ten favorite fictional couples (in no particular order) and the unrealistic romantic expectations they helped develop.

1. C.K. Dexter Haven and Tracy Lord, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

Tracy Lord: Oh Dexter you’re not doing it just to soften the blow?
C. K. Dexter Haven: No.
Tracy Lord: Nor to save my face?
C. K. Dexter Haven: Oh, it’s a nice little face.
Tracy Lord: Oh Dexter, I’ll be yar now, I promise to be yar.
C. K. Dexter Haven: Be whatever you like, you’re my redhead.

I love the messy, complicated romances in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. The first time I saw it, I really wanted Tracy to end up with Mike Conner because, duh, Jimmy Stewart. But after watching it a few times, I began to realize that she really couldn’t end up with anyone but the magnificently named C.K. Dexter Haven. Because like Tracy says, she doesn’t want to be worshipped, she wants to be loved. Le sigh!



“Just to be sure I have this right,” Cimorene went on with a blinding smile, “did you just ask me to marry you?”
“Yes,” Mendanbar said. “At least, that’s what I meant.”
“Good. I will.”
Mendanbar tried to find something to say, but he was too happy to think. He leaned forward two inches and kissed Cimorene, and discovered that he didn’t need to say anything at all.

I think it’s pretty clear that I’m obsessed with THE ENCHANTED FOREST CHRONICLES. And one of the things I really like about it is that the love interest doesn’t even show up until the second book. That’s right, DEALING WITH DRAGONS is all about the awesomeness that is Cimorene, so when Mendanbar meets her in SEARCHING FOR DRAGONS, it makes total sense that he would fall as in love with her as we, the readers, already have.

3. Anastasia and Dimitri, ANASTASIA 

Anastasia: Do you really think I’m royalty?
Dimitri: You know I do!
Anastasia: Then stop bossing me around!

Oh Dimitri, Dimitri, Dimitri. You and your perfect hair and your perfect John Cusack voice and your perfect banter with Anya and your perfect green vest. Is there a more perfect animated love interest? Answer: no.

4. Ron and Hermione, HARRY POTTER


“There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.” – The Deathly Hallows

Sorry JK, you can’t take this one back. You can claim from now until the end of time that Hermione should have ended up with Harry, but that doesn’t negate the seven-book slow burn between Hermione and a certain lanky ginger. Ron and Hermione forever!

5. Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, BATMAN RETURNS

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Batman: Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.
Catwoman: But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it.

Michael Keaton will always be my favorite Batman. There was a dry humor to the way he played Bruce Wayne and it was a perfect balance to Michelle Pfeiffer’s rapidly unraveling Selina Kyle. There’s something so delicious (and relatable) about Catwoman’s insanity in BATMAN RETURNS that you can’t help wanting her and Batman to live happily ever after, yet you understand exactly why they can’t.

6. Julia and Paul Child, JULIE AND JULIA*

Paul Child: You are the butter to my bread, you are the breath to my life. I love you, my darling girl.

I’ve made no secret of my love for Stanley Tucci. To me, he is the tops. That gif above? That’s me whenever he shows up in this movie. Since most romantic films are about people FALLING in love, we don’t have nearly enough stories about couples who have been together as long as they were and are STILL madly in love.


Gomez: Look at her. I would die for her. I would kill for her. Either way, what bliss.

Morticia and Gomez are excellent romantic role models. Hear me out. Sure they’re a little obsessed with death and darkness, but aren’t shared hobbies are important? And yeah, they might have some problems controlling themselves in front of others (especially in instances of spontaneous French), but hey, the passion is still alive, right? And like Julia and Paul Child, they’ve been together for a while and are still nuts about each other. Mon cher.

8. Veronica and Logan, VERONICA MARS


Logan: What I’m trying to say is that I’m in love with you.
Veronica: The things guys’ll say to get past second base.

I mentioned on twitter a little while back that with the upcoming Veronica Mars movie I was in the #TEAMPIZ camp. And while I do think that Veronica and Piz are a much “healthier” couple, especially now that Veronica is out of Neptune, I won’t deny that I am a huge fan of the truly epic love story between Veronica and Logan. And what the hell, they’re fictional characters! Healthy relationships be damned! Bring on the sexy, sexy drama! I guess, what I’m saying is that I’m #TEAMVERONICACANHAVEWHOEVERSHEWANTS

In other news, is it March 14th, yet?

9. Kat and Patrick, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

Patrick: Well maybe you’re not afraid of me but I’m sure you’ve thought about me naked, huh?
Kat: Am I that transparent? I want you, I need you, oh baby, oh baby.

Julia Stiles and I get our hair cut at the same salon. Also, I went to Sarah Lawrence, the school where her character wants to go. Basically, Julia Stiles and I are the same person. Yet, I am still waiting for someone to serenade me with “You’re Just Too Good To Be True”. Until then I’ll just be on this soccer field. Waiting.

10. The Baker and The Baker’s Wife, INTO THE WOODS


Baker: It takes one / To begin, but then once / You’ve begun / It takes two of you.

Being a musical nerd, I knew I had to include a musical couple on my list. There were lots of options. Elphaba and Fiyero (from WICKED) or Babe and Sid (from THE PAJAMA GAME) to name a few – but in the end I knew it had to be The Baker and The Baker’s Wife. Not only is INTO THE WOODS my all-time favorite musical (no real surprise there) but I love their relationship, as tragic and complicated and romantic and wonderful as it is. I cannot wait to see what Emily Blunt and James Corden do with these parts when the film adaptation comes out at the end of the year.

*Yeah, yeah, I know they’re not fictional, but since I’m referring to the versions of them as portrayed in JULIE AND JULIA, let’s just let it slide for now, ok?

I am also aware that the list is very white and very heterosexual. As I am both of those things (and both are more visible/prevalent in popular culture) this list is bound to reflect that. But it is kind of a bummer, don’t you think? I need to proactively expand my horizons.

Book Recommendation: SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE by Catherynne M. Valente

16104414Today’s Tea: Strawberry Rose Champagne/Peach Tranquility

Obviously it doesn’t take much convincing to get me to read a fairy tale retelling. Simply say “fairy tale retelling” and chances are I’m already halfway through. Mention there’s an unusual setting or twist to the story and I’m nearly done.

Such was the case with SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE. It’s a delicious morsel of a book, one that re-imagines Snow White as a half white, half-Crow girl growing up during the Old West.

Valente’s writing is wonderful, dark and mystical and the story she tells is familiar, yet completely new. Her Snow White is thusly named because of a cruel joke, a reminder from her stepmother that she will never belong in either of the worlds she comes from. Snow White grows from a shut-in little girl to a dusty gun-slinger, meeting a passel of fascinating characters along the way.

It’s a short book (some might even call it a novella) so settle in for a spell and enjoy.

Recommended for: fans of magical realism and guns.


Fairy Tale Friday: THE 10th KINGDOM

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Today’s Tea: Tower of London

Oh, The 10th Kingdom, you odd, endlessly quotable, magnificent beast. When the miniseries aired in 2000, I was immediately obsessed. An adventure story that takes place in a world where the fairy tales we know are part of history plus a fantastically weird love story? And Dianne Wiest plays the bad guy? Um, yes please.

A predecessor to Once Upon a Time, the fairy tale references are sprinkled throughout the ten hour (!) miniseries. While the plot draws a lot of inspiration from Snow White there are nods to a multitude of other fairy tales from Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin.

The 10th Kingdom follows the story of Virginia and her father from their home in New York to the magical ten kingdoms where they are tasked to help a prince regain his throne from his wicked stepmother. There are trolls, curses, really awkward “pop culture” references and most importantly, Wolf. Wolf is my favorite part of The 10th Kingdom. He’s a wonderfully weird character, who acts as both Virginia’s guide and her love interest. He also has some of the best lines in the miniseries, including his occasional exclamation of “huff, puff!” Did I mention he’s played by Scott Cohen, who in my humbles, is not so terrible to look at.

Though parts of The 10th Kingdom are dated, the mini-series is pretty darn fun to watch. If anything, you’ll be able to incorporate some fun fairy tale-esque catchphrases into your every day vocabulary. Huff, puff.

Book Recommendation: SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman

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I freaking love this book. LOVE. IT.

There are dragons. I love dragons. LOVE THEM*. Yet these dragons are utterly unique to this world that Hartman has painstakingly created. The world building in this novel is incredible, especially in regards to dragons and their complicated history with humans.

Seraphina is a fantastic heroine. She’s a wonderfully complex character and an excellent narrator. She had me captivated from the very first page. The story is wonderfully paced and has a bit of everything: action, intrigue, magic, music and romance.

Everything about the book feels purposeful. It’s a beautifully crafted first novel and I’m so excited for the next one in the series – give it to me now!

Recommended for: lovers of dragons.

*Again, nerd.