Jessica & Tyler: A Real Life Literary Love Story

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?

Jessica: I would say Einstein's Dreams... There are so many! He loved The Hobbit.

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.

Jessica: Dandelion Wine...or anything by Jodi Picoult, really.

What book do you hate, that your partner loves?

Tyler: She'll hate me for saying Twilight, but Twilight.

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?

Jessica: Tyler would be in Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, or aything by John Green.

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?

Jessica: The Twilight Saga? JK. How about, The Notebook?

You're having a dinner party. You can each invite two authors, dead or alive. Who's coming over?

Jessica: Jodi Picoult and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Tyler: JRR Tolkien and Barack Obama.

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!

And finally,

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.


10 Books for the Hopeless Romantic

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.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler's Wife

Audrey Niffennegger

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx Brokeback Mountain

Annie Proulx

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink The Reader

Bernhard Schlink

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene The End of the Affair

Graham Greene

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough The Thorn Birds

Colleen McCullough

What's your favourite literary love story?