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Worst Couples in Literature

Love, Romance and Tragedies are familiar themes within literature, although today the favourite theme is: Love Triangle there are so many!

I like a good classic romance as much as the next person, not so fond of the lovey-dovey insta-love howevertodays post are about the almost-loves or the loves that should never have happened- the bad breakups, endings and traumatic loves which people can relate to as much as hate with a passion within books.

WARNING: May contain spoilers towards love stories

This is my list of the worst couples in literature:

1.   Marcus and Cosette (Les Miserables by Victor Hugo)

I am going to start, quite controversially, with this couple. I am not incredibly moved by this romance for multiple reasons: 1. It was complete and utter Insta-Love, 2. Marcus should have ended up with Eponime! She took a frigging bullet for him! Come on! You call yourself a student, man, you’re not that smart!

2.   Romeo and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare)

Another controversial oneare these all going to be controversial? This is the most romantic couple of all time although she is only like 13 and they met, wed and died within like a week (Insta-love at is finest) but the typical thing about Romeo and Juliet, beyond the Insta-love, was that anyone else would have been more suitable. Romeo could have married a squirrel and had less trouble! ]

3.   Oedipus and Jocasta (Oedipus Rex by Sophocles)

This couple have a theory named after them, they were that ill-suited: mostly because Jocasta was Oedipus’s mother! They marry and have children together, and upon realising their unholy connection she kills herself and he blinds himself! Jeezmakes Romeo and Juliets love life almost seem normal!

4.   Bridget Jones and Daniel Clever (Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding)

One of those normal relationships that we all go through at least once in our life be it romantically or via friendship we love that one person who is an utter, grade A pillock and who doesnt deserve the kind of love you shower on them. Daniel Clever, whilst charming and gorgeous is the epitome of the bad-boy your mother warned you about!

5.   Edward Rochester and Bertha i.e. The Madwoman in the Attic (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë)

The bad first marriageI think this is the worst first marriage. Not only is the woman insane/evil it is also impossible to get a divorce from an insane woman in the period of this novelwhich pretty much screws up Edward Rochesters life. No wonder he never smiles.

6.   Lancelot and Guinevere (L’Morte D’Arthur by Thomas Mallory)

Why, after marrying a good-looking King who will forever go down in history as the best, kindest and most wonderful King of all time, did Guinevere shack up with Lancelot in secret? Not only has she given women a bad name, giving Eve a run for her money, she also gives up the best man who, supposedly, ever lived! In some tales she gets burnt at the stake, other times banished or Arthur forgives her. Either way, Guinevere is an idiot.

7.  Scarlett and Ashley (Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)

Hard to believe that this 1000 page novel, all about Scarlett O’Hara, pretty much documents her devotion to this one man, Ashley. Over 3 marriages, a child, a war, traumatic deaths and several rebuilding’s of her own life she remains utterly devout to this wet sop of a man. All whilst Rhett Butler waits patiently for Scarlett to admit that she actually loves himreally stupid not-ever-going-to-happen-couple.

So there we have some of the worst couples in literature. I should have said at the beginning that these are simply personal preferences but I want to see if you agree with me or not? Let me know in the comments below ;)

Soon to follow: Best Couples in Literature!

Happy Reading


  1. A very accurate list indeed! I believe Romeo and Juliet definitely are the worst couple ever. I mean, the story might be beautifully written but it doesn't change the fact that it's a supreme case of insta-love.

  2. Paris and Helen. I mean, what did she see in that wimp? It's Helen of Sparta we are talking about, from a state that was virtually run by women because the men were always away on the battlefield. And here she goes to Troy, of all places, with a blighter whom she should have folded up and sent home in an amphora.

  3. You're totally right Soudha! It's a beautiful piece of work but Romeo and Juliet's relationship is just the worst! :)

  4. I agree Codex - I missed it of course - but Paris and Helen should be up there! Stupid woman ;)

  5. I am with you on Les Miserable - I found myself looking at my watch or the cinema ceiling during the film, anywhere but at the screen!