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I know, I know, I missed it again! This school year is already kicking my butt (literally, I fell down the stairs at school today like a ding-dong!) so I just didn’t have the strength Tuesday or Wednesday when I got home to update and do my TTT post even though I already had it rough drafted out on notebook paper. So, here it is, two days late, my TTT for the week of 814/12:

Romances that I believe would survive this crazy real world we live in:

10. Alice and Charlie from American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld.

           
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I was a big fan of the former first lady at one time. She reminded me a lot of myself. I guess I still am a fan, somewhat. I don’t care at all for her husband. I did care a great deal for this book though. It’s a fictionalized account of the relationship that blossomed between Laura and George, including all the gory details of a car crash caused by Mrs. Bush herself as a teenager. Having loved Sittenfeld’s first novel, Prep, I bought this one with the same expectations. However, this is a very different breed of book than Prep, though I did end up enjoying both. I do think that Charlie (George) and Alice (Laura) would have made it it reality, because..well… they did!

9. Jacob Black and Bella Swan from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

        
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I choose Jacob over Edward because I am a huge member of Team Jacob (I’m wearing my Quileute Tribe shirt right now) but also because I believe that they would have ended up together in reality. After Edward hit the road, Jack in New Moon and Bella and Jacob became closer, I really believe that they would have stayed together in reality. Being abandoned and dumped the way Bella was, I just can’t believe she’d go back to him. Oh, well, at least Jake got a happy ending, too.

8. Marlena and Jacob from Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

    
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If you fall in love over any animal, especially an elephant, it’s just gonna last forevs.

7. Elinor and Edward from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

     

Maaaaannnnn, I wanted these two together the whole darn book. One was so shy and proper and the other was so bent on honoring his promises that they were willing to be apart if needed. Thank goodness it wasn’t needed and they got to be together in the end!

6. Gilbert and Anne from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

   
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This movie was on television the other night and I got caught up in it again. It was the early one, where Anne moves to Green Gables and not the later one where she and Gilbert end up happily ever after, but it did get me in the frame of mind of how these two were so meant for each other and that’s why I just had to include them on this list, because honestly they would so have made it in reality!

5. Allie and Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

  
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Sweetest couple ever. And he wrote their story down. And then he read it to her. And then they died together. And then I cried.

4. Jamie and Claire from The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

   
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Even though this whole series is so totally unbelievable with the whole time travel thing and all, I still deeply believe that the love between Claire and Jamie would have lasted and would have survived whether in ye olden Scotland or in new modern England (or America, or Canada, or wherever in the world they find themselves).

3. Hermione and Ron from The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

  
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Upon my first reading of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I knew that these two were meant fror each other.

2. Josephine March and Professor Friedrich Baher from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

   
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OF COURSE I would have one of the couples from Little Women on here and OF COURSE it would be my most favoritest gal Jo and her hunka hunka burnin’ love Prof. Baher! When I made my rough draft the other night, I originally had Laurie down as the other half of Jo’s forever heart, but then I started thinking about childhood friends and how they really rarely ever work out romantically in the end. Jo had to grow up and go out in the world and get a job and write her books and learn some more and THEN she could settle down and who better to do it with than Friedrich! This man could help her open her school and publish her books! I truly believe that they would have made it in the real world based on their relationship of mutual honesty and respect.

That’s right, there are only 9 couples on the list because as hard as I racked my noggin, I just couldn’t think of another couple to add on and I didn’t want to get sloppy by just picking some random couple (like Rhett and Scarlett. I honestly do not think that those two would have made it in the real world. Tomorrow may be another day, doll, but I think he’s gonna tell you to shove it again.) so I’m leaving it at 9. Who do you think I left off the list? Who do you think should have been left off the list?

‘Til Next Time!

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We are family, I got all my sisters with me -Sister Sledge

Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say no when they mean yes, and drive a man out of his wits just for the fun of it. -Louisa May Alcott

One of my all time favorite books is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I didn’t read this book until a little later in life (senior year of high school) but I adored the movie with Winona Ryder that came out in the 90s. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that the movie is also one of my all time favorites. I’ve watched it over and over and I’ve memorized lines and I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with Jo (and Laurie). I knew I always wanted to read the book, I just never did. I remember reading the majority of the book after my Great Aunt’s funeral. I remember thinking how different my Great Aunt Edna was from Great Aunt March. For starters, Great Aunt Edna never promised to take me to Europe and then threw me under the carriage and took my dreadful little sister instead! 

I was reading the most recent edition of Real Simple today and their question to readers was “which fictional family would you most want to be a part of?” For me, I would love to live in Orchard House and be a March sister. I don’t know how I would fit in with them though as I always related so well to Jo. A reader, a writer, a true independent soul who longed to make her own mark in the world, publishers be damned if she was a woman! Josephine March was one of the very first feminists of the world and I adore her for it. I also hold a special place in my heart for precious Beth. I sob every time Beth dies in both the book and the movie. I love Claire Danes portrayal of her. I love her vulnerability and her tenderness and her love. Beth is a true Peter Pan, Beth will never grow up and I mean that in a good (no, GREAT way). Who doesn’t long to be that eternal child? Meg is the ideal woman of the time. She was such a catch for that Mr. Brooks. I would really like to hear Meg’s voice more. A book written entirely from her perspective would be welcomed for me. I feel like we haven’t heard everything that Meg March has to say. I want her to find her voice and tell us all what she really thinks. And then there’s tiny Amy. Oh Amy, you piss me off so much. Amy is a spitfire and a half. She is such a good match for Jo! When she burns Jo’s manuscripts I want to shred her to pieces, just as I  am sure Jo does! I honestly did not see her ending up with Laurie! I was shocked. It was great writing. Romantic Amy should end up with the lovesick and heartbroken Laurie after he is rejected by Jo. It just makes sense and I’m only disappointed that I didn’t think it up!

And who can forget Marmee? I love my own mother, but I would so love to have  for a mother!! So brave and so caring and so strong to raise four girls during such a difficult time with a husband at war.  Marmee is the mother that I hope to one day be. She is one of the best mothers in all of literature. She is the Atticus Finch of mothers. In fact, in my head, I should like to marry Marmee and Atticus and have a warped Brady Bunch mashup with Scout and Jem joining Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy. What fun that would be!

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