Sickeningly Sweethearts / Literature


  • There's a character (Manilov) in Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls who shares with his wife a sickeningly sweet affection.
  • Lavender and Ron in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. On second thought, just Lavender:
    "...if Ron was going to begin calling her 'Lav-Lav', he [Harry] would have to put his foot down."
    • Bill and Fleur fit this trope as well, especially if you ask Ginny and Hermione.
    • When contemplating the idea of Ron and Hermione getting together, Harry fears (among other things) that they might turn out like this, using Bill and Fleur as an example.
  • Parodied in one of the J.W. Wells & Co. novels by Tom Holt, where a bickering couple are tricked into overdosing on love potion. They start using pet names at the end of every sentence but retain their normal personalities, leading to sentences like, "Don't be such a bloody idiot, honey-bunny".
  • Twilight:
    • Edward and Bella
    • Alice and Jasper.
    • Heck, just about every couple from the books.
    • Every vampire couple. The only human couples worth mentioning are either broken up (Bella's parents, Jessica and Mike), basically nonexistent (Angela and Ben), or barely begun by the end of the series (Charlie and Sue Clearwater).
    • The werewolves and the girls that they imprint on. To the point in which the other wolves in the pack do not look forward to mindlinking with a wolf who had just been visiting his imprintee.
  • In the second book of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, the Band comes across a pair of owls that do not give their names but refer to each other as Sweetums and Swatums. They preen each other and talk about eating sugar gliders while speaking to the group.
  • In Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories Prince Bolo and Princess Batcheat are like this, to the disgust of absolutely everyone around them. Bolo is so oblivious (and stupid) that he constantly praises the silly Batcheat for her beauty and her singing voice, both of which are described in detail as completely horrendous.
  • Bingo Little and his wife, Rosie in the Jeeves and Wooster series. Bertie attributes this to the fact that Rosie is a romance novelist.
  • Tales of Kolmar: As newlyweds, Lanen and Varien are like this, with Jamie even hanging a lampshade on it and them teasing each other about trying to tone it down in front of him. However, they do find difficulties, pains and sorrows and arguments that can't be soothed away with a touch or a few words, and eventually the relationship smooths into Happily Married. They still get silly sometimes, but Lanen notes that their bond is more complex now.
  • In Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus book The Mark of Athena, Rhea Silvia and Tiberinus.
  • The Hunger Games: Katniss and Peeta sometimes make use of this trope to sell their (maybe not entirely) fake romance to the Capitol audience.
  • In Prince, Wacko/Neurotic and Dandan. Makes it hard to believe that they're the ninth and fifth strongest players respectively.
  • The Mortal Instruments: Clary sees Luke and her mother Jocelyn as this.
  • Crown Prince Roger and his girlfriend Rivka in the Honor Harrington novel Ashes of Victory, though they're not seen onscreen; the Queen's chief bodyguard calls them "unbearable adolescent goo". When they do get actual screen time in A Rising Thunder for their wedding, they've gotten over it.
  • In A Civil Campaign Rene and Tatya Vorbretten are cuter than cute together. And they're Barrayarans. What is Barrayar coming to?
  • In Wolf Hall, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn oscillate between this and arguing, with little in-between. Thomas Cromwell privately finds the latter easier to take than the "billing and cooing" but as we all know, that took a rather dark turn.
  • The Stormlight Archive: Shallan and Adolin become this within about five minutes of meeting each other, especially from Kaladin's perspective — though he admits he's probably just being overly cynical. Even Shallan realizes it, and is rather embarrassed, but Adolin seems happily oblivious.

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