Oh, Love. You that can lift our spirits and empower us to pursue the noblest of ends—or transform even the most rational humans into gawping fools. Writers adore scribbling upon the subject that is you; millions upon millions of words have been marshaled to laud/pine for/curse you.

Some of our favorite characters from literature are driven by love; others struggle with their feelings in endearing, and very human, ways, and we can't help but empathize with their plight. And who hasn't felt a giddy joy when their favorite characters finally resolve that romantic tension that's been building for a couple hundred pages?

So, Love, today's your day. Here are our 10 favorite pairs of romantic—and not so romantic—literary lovebirds.