It seems to me that you either love it or hate it. And it usually depends on if you have a love interest or not. I don’t know about everyone else, but sometime around the beginning of February, I start rereading the books that feature my favorite book couples. Everyone has those books. My personal favorites include Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights (as well as Hareton and Cathy) and Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. I don’t know many people who wouldn’t include Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy as a classic couple.

How do you think these couples would fare this Valentine’s Day? I like to think that Catherine and Heathcliff would be very happy, but I have a bad feeling that if they were together in this day and age, Catherine would be spending the holiday alone, with a possible restraining order against Heathcliff (who may or may not be in prison due to his temper). Hareton and Cathy would be that couple that spends Valentine’s Day like everyone else, maybe a nice dinner and a movie, but I could also see them taking a side jaunt through a local garden, hand in hand. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy would be quite happy and a bit old-fashioned (I can’t really picture either of them changing their character very much) if present this Valentine’s Day. Their perfect Valentine’s Day would consist of a picnic and long walk followed by a night out dancing. They might even run into Hareton and Cathy at the local botanical garden.

Who are your favorite literary couples? And how do you think they would spend their Valentine’s Day in 2013?

As a bonus question, if you have read The Valentine’s Day Mini-Mystery Compendium, which features my short story as well as three more by three other authors, which of the couples were your favorite and why?

Price McNaughton was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. A childhood steeped in the stories and legends of her ancestors as well as the southern way of life led her to carry on the tradition and become a storyteller herself. After years of traveling and working at a variety of jobs, she has finally returned to her roots and devoted herself to writing and reviewing books. A Vision of Murder is her first book.