Meet Jessica and Tyler, two real-life literary love birds who fell in love in a way typically reserved for novels by Nicholas Sparks. Jessica shared the couple's story with AbeBooks: "Tyler and I met at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, Washington. Tyler had just moved to Seattle and his dad told him to find a book by a local author, Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins." The pair met in that aisle and agreed to have coffee. Coffee turned into dinner, dinner turned into evening tea and a walk in the park. "I broke all my previously conceived rules of dating," said Jessica, "it was lovely."
Now married, Jessica and Tyler are proof romance doesn't just happen in books. So is it true love? We asked the couple some 'Mr. & Mrs.' questions with a literary twist to find out. The verdict? Shucks, they're a regular Allie and Noah.
What's Tyler's favourite book?
Tyler: My all time favourite book is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I can always read it and find something new.
Ok, what's Jessica's favourite book?
Tyler: No cheating, I think her favourite book is Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine.
What book do you hate, that your partner loves?
Jessica: Anything by Neal Stephenson.
What literary character do you identify with the most?
Tyler: Tyrion Lannister, but with better familial relationships.
Jessica: I'd like to say Emma Woodhouse: tenacious, gregarious, clumsy and well-meaning.
If your partner was a literary character, what book would they be in?
Tyler: Jessica would be a wizard in J.K. Rowling's books. The greatest magic there is is love, which would make Jessica a powerful wizard.
Is there an author or book that best represents your relationship?
You're having a dinner party. You can each invite two authors, dead or alive. Who's coming over?
Do you still browse bookstores? What are some of your favourites in Seattle and beyond?
Jessica: We love Elliot Bay, obviously. Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, and City Lights in San Francisco, California, too!
Tyler, did you ever read Still Life with Woodpecker?
Tyler: I did, and I've reread parts of it. I'm not certain I fully understand it. Still trying to figure out the meaning of the moon.
We asked our avid readers to share their favourite literary love stories. Naturally, Jane Austen was mentioned again and again, but this list includes some modern-day romance, too.
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