As I mentioned before, I’m far from an expert on relationships. The extent of my knowledge begins with unrealistic literature and ends with cheesy romantic comedies. My own life has taught me little more than nothing.
In art, relationship portrayals tend to be clean and effective, sensible and sound. In reality, they are anything but.
As a writer myself, however, I firmly believe that a person can learn from artistic depictions, so here are four of what I believe to be the best relationships in books and television and why they’re my favorites:
Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice
This one is extremely cliched, but it’s my absolute favorite romantic relationship in classic literature. I relate to both Elizabeth and Darcy immensely and don’t actually find them to be all that different. I can say from experience such a relationship would probably never work in reality, but it’s a lot of fun to read.
Estella Havisham and Pip in Great Expectations
What’s not to love about a charming young man who inherits a small fortune and remains hopelessly infatuated with a girl in spite of her vapid disregard for all of humanity?
Death and pretty much everyone in The Book Thief
At the risk of sounding completely insane, I am totally and inconceivably obsessed with the anthropomorphism of death and his concern for the downtrodden in Nazi Germany. My favorite line of all time is the last one in this book, and spoken by death himself: “I am haunted by humans.”
What better way to describe a relationship?
Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon in 30 Rock:
This isn’t a romantic relationship, but it’s still my all-time favorite. Jack serves as Liz’s boss and mentor, and they are just as incompatible as you might expect Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin to be.