Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
This one is painfully obvious, isn't it? But there's a reason this couple makes nearly every favorite couple list - - they are perfect for each other, despite an initial dislike and preset judgment of the other. Mr. Darcy turns out to be a kind and considerate gentleman with a tender heart who finds his lovely and spirited bride despite the many obstacles in their paths.
Richard Collier and Elise McKenna from Somewhere in Time.
How can the story of a man from modern day (circa 1980) who falls in love with the portrait of a stage actress from 1912 and wills himself to travel back in time to meet and woo her fail to pull at your heartstrings? Richard and Elise's love story is touching and it's romantic and it guarantees a healthy supply of tissues on hand.
Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility.
Honestly, Colonel Brandon is the character that allows this couple to make my list. Marianne is spoiled, a bit silly and quite childish but Colonel Brandon brings her a maturity and self-awareness that the cad Willoughby never could. Colonel Brandon may not be the most dashing of men but this is a case where the nice man finishes first.
Mr. Knightley and Emma Woodhouse from Emma.
This couple is very similar to Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood. Emma is flighty and silly and the equivalent of a busybody. And like Marianne, she is too immature to realize the wonderful man in front of her. Fortunately for Emma, Mr. Knightley, despite his lectures, deeply loves her and sees her for the woman she will become.
So who are your favorite literary couples and why?