February is usually centered on love and romance and dramatic love quotes. But, just like any other day, there are plenty of single people who don’t have a special someone on Valentine’s Day.
But does that mean that you should feel sad? Nope! Single people have tons of fun and options, and these books without romance show just how singleness is the best way to be- on Valentine’s Day or any other day.
All of these characters come from books without romance as a major element of the plot (and most have none at all).
The Book Bachelors
Ender from The Ender Series
Ender eventually marries at the age of around 50, but he spends most of his life alone. This is mainly due to the fact that he is a Whiny Whinerson, but nevertheless, he did his best work alone. When he finally did marry, it was nothing but trouble from day one.
Dave from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Do you think Dave could have discovered the alien life that founded our planet if he had a wife at home? Probably not. Dave made the right choice to follow his dreams- which enabled him to become the first person to travel by light and become immortal.
Read his story.
Frodo from The Lord of the Rings
Frodo is another semi-Whiny Whinerson just like Ender. He is so Tortured by Evil that he cannot settle down and be happy after the war is over. He leaves with the elves, which I think is basically suicide. Frodo is definitely better off single. Too much baggage.
Sherlock Holmes from The Sherlock Holmes Books
No list of happily single people could be complete without a mention of Sherlock. He is happy being single forever. In fact, Sherlock actually hates romance.
In “A Scandal in Bohemia,” Sherlock’s opinion of romance is described thusly: (love is) “abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer… But for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results.”
I think this is what you call a “confirmed bachelor.”
Merlin from Every Arthur Story Ever
Merlin is usually depicted as a single, wise, old wizard. In some books he is given a love interest, but usually, it ends in his downfall. Merlin is definitely better off alone!
Jean Valjean from Les Miserables
I am not sure why Jean never chose to get married, but I always assumed that he had been in love with Fantine at one point and wanted to honor her memory? At any rate, Jean is married to nothing but his cause- and that cause is loving Cosette and France.
The Book Bachlorettes
Flavia de Luce from The Buckshaw Chronicles
Flavia is only 11, which means she hasn’t had much time to discover romance, but plenty of middle-grade books for girls do include romance, so I have to put her on the list as a girl happy to be single. Her interests include science, bicycling, and death- and with interests like those, who needs a boyfriend?
Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia
Although Susan grew up to be interested in boys and romantic partners, Lucy never did. Even as an adult queen of Narnia, she was still more interested in ruling the country and fighting with weapons than lusting after pretty gentlemen callers. For Lucy, her career always came first.
Verity from Code Name Verity
Verity is a spy against the Nazis, which doesn’t leave her any time for romance. Verity doesn’t allow herself to get distracted from her mission- which is trading war secrets, fighting for her life, and saving the world. With all that on her plate, she is quite sensible to refrain from finding a boyfriend.
Read her story.
Margaret Lea from the 13th Tale
Margaret is a loner who prefers books to people. She is quite content to live alone. In the book, she ends up going on a life discovery journey while recording the life of a famous author. The 13th Tale is one of my favorite books without romance.
Amy Gallup from Amy Falls Down
I find I love novels featuring older women often more than novels with younger women as the hero. In this book, Amy is an author who is quite content to live a hermit-style life. But when she falls, she is swept into a world of semi-fame that upsets her introvert ways.
When you are an older woman facing fame for the first time, you certainly don’t have time for romance.
The Witches from Discworld
Although Gytha Ogg was married (5 times), she is currently single, and Granny Weatherwax is as confirmed a bachelor as Sherlock Holmes. These two women are perfectly content in their roles as problem-solvers for their town and world-savers for all of the Discworld. Neither woman feels the need to add a man to the mix.
As a side note, I believe Terry Pratchet is one of the best male writers of female characters I have ever read. His women are more life-like; with full, rich personalities, than most women in books written by men that I have read.
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What are your favorite books without romance?
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