Favorite SFF romances

Valentine’s Day is around the corner!

Love is in the air and everyone’s thoughts turn to romance.

We all have our favorite fantasy and science fiction romances.

Who is your favorite SFF couple, and why?
And, are there any SFF couples that you really despise? If so, why?

As usual, one random commenter picks a book from the stacks.


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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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10 comments

  1. dr susan /

    I have to pick one??? The first couple that came to mind was Seanan McGuire’s Toby Day and Tybalt. The relationship was not insta-love. Toby had to learn to trust again and to respect herself and her abilities before she could believe Tybalt loved her. Tybalt loved her enough to let her be with someone else and waited patiently for her to…grow up.

    My favorite make me laugh romantic couple are Shelly Laurenston’s Blayne Thorpe and Bold Novikov; I laugh at their goofy antics whenever I reread Beast Behaving Badly.

  2. E. J. Jones /

    I’m a big fan of Howl and Sophie’s relationship in Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle. They do nothing but snap at each other, but there’s a lot going on behind the snapping that I really like. And it’s not taken too seriously, which is fun.

    I also love Kiggs and Phina in Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina. They both place these insanely tight restrictions on themselves – they each have a hundred reasons why this Will Not Work – but despite, and maybe because of, that, they just understand each other so well. And I love that anywhere – in fantasy, in realism, in life.

  3. Liadan and Brand from Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier.

  4. Beka Rosselin-Metadi and Nils Jessan in the MageWorld series. Ari and Llannet from that same series.

  5. Toby and Tybalt for sure – also the obvious Kate & Curran (Andrews), Elena & Clayton (Armstrong) and Imriel & Sidonie (Carey). To name a few :-)
    What makes these couples so lovable is the slow burning, the instalove puts me off every time – seems like the author is taking a shorcut.
    Peace & love
    C

  6. Agniescka and the Dragon from Uprooted.

  7. Melanie Goldmund /

    My first thought was “Ugh, romance,” but that’s not completely true. I just don’t like it when it’s the main plot of the story. I guess if I had to choose my favourite SFF couple, I’d go for Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan first, then Miles and Ekaterin Vorsoisson next, in the books by Lois McMaster Bujold. Or would it be the other way around? Or a two-way tie? Anyway. (I haven’t read Gentleman Jole yet, by the way.)

  8. So many good couples already mentioned: Toby & Tybalt – I love how they care for each other but also let the other be themselves. Miles and Ekaterina is another good one, as well as Kate and Curran. But, I think my favorite of all is Claire and Jamie Fraser – mostly because while they often disagree, they save the real arguments for things that matter rather than petty ‘you left the toothpaste cap off again’ type things. And they do argue, those fictional couples that don’t argue? Completely unrealistic.

  9. There are so many…! Val Con and Miri or Aelliana and Daav from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden books. Or, heck, any of Martha Wells books like Maskelle and Rian or Moon and Jade.

  10. Rand and his three wives!! :)

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