10. Tom and Lynette Scavo from Desperate Housewives
This couple is real. Lynette's naggy sometimes, she's exhausted most of the time. She was forced to quit her job to take care of her kids and sometimes she resents them.
Tom works a lot. He helps out and tries to be nice, but he can still be clueless or immature sometimes.
They fight. Sometimes Lynette is too tired to have sex. Sometimes she's covered in food from the kids. People often judge them and their parenting skills.
When I watch this couple I feel connected to them because they're real. There's no rippling muscles or cleavage. They don't spend their days swooning over one another. They struggle with things that lots of people struggle with and make me feel better about the unrealistic expectations many shows and books give me about what a real relationship is.
I've been taught that a wife and a girlfriend should be many things: always cooking and cleaning, humble and sweet, never nagging, able to satisfy a man, but I can never live up to all of it. It hurts sometimes and makes me insecure. Watching this couple has helped me.
9. Betty Suarez and Henry Grubstick from Ugly Betty
I have dark hair and wear glasses. I also wore braces during all of high school, so I could immediately relate to the character Betty Suarez when I first started to watch the show.
Henry is a very sweet guy. He wears glasses, which I've always thought looked sexy on men. He's intelligent and a hard worker. I really respect him as a character and thought the two of them made the cutest couple. I was rooting for them until their eventual break-up on the show. He's such a sweet guy and isn't one of those stereotypical ladies' men that make it to a lot of romance stories.
8. Carrie Bradshaw and Aidan Shaw from Sex and the City
I guess most people like Mr. Big better, but not me. I thought he was conceited and commitment phobic. He was one of those suave guys that gross me out whenever I meet them because they are too full of themselves and feel entitled because they have women falling all over them all the time, but I accepted that Carrie eventually married him. After all, I would hate to miss the movies just because I think she chose the wrong guy.
I loved Aiden. First of all, John Corbett is a sexy looking man. His character was kind and committed. He even asked Carrie to marry him without her having to pressure him. I'll never get why she was freaked out by that. She missed out on a good thing.
7. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from Twilight
This one might get me into a bit of trouble.
I really like that Bella and Edward saved themselves for marriage. While I don't think that's necessary, I do think it's a good message to send teenagers who often pick up their morals from what they see in entertainment. I waited to lose my virginity until I was in my twenties and was glad it was with the man I gave it to. He cherished it and was gentle with me, but if I had rushed to lose my virginity just because my hormones were going crazy as a teenager, I wouldn't have made as good of a choice.
I thought their romance was sweet and swooned a few times over things Edward Cullen said to Bella. Was it realistic? Not really, but that's why I read books - to escape from reality.
Was their faults in the books? There are faults in most books. I'd rather not get into my opinion about it, but either way, I liked them as a couple.
6. Chloe and Derek from the Darkest Powers Trilogy
I love Kelley Armstrong. She's a psychology major and it shows in her deep and interesting portrayals of her characters. When you first get introduced to Derek, he's described as being overly sweaty, kind of smelly, and covered in pimples. Sounds nasty, right? But somehow, I fell in love with his character anyway by the end of the trilogy and they aren't even romance novels! I'm not the only one either. Google search Chloe and Derek, there are a lot of fans of the couple.
The Darkest Powers Trilogy is my favorite trilogy of all time. It's about necromancers and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read urban fantasy.
The slowly developing romance between the Derek and Chloe involves very little kissing, but it still has the power to melt hearts. It's rare to find an author that can pull something like this off. I, certainly, can't.
5. Rumplestiltskin and Belle from Once Upon A Time
I couldn't get these characters out of my head when Belle was first introduced. Their love was so sweet, but ended tragically in fairytale land.
It showed a whole new side to Rumplestiltskin that quickly established him as one of my favorite characters. I look forward to hearing more from this couple in the second season.
4. Angel and Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The slayer and the vampire with the soul. Together, they are one ass-kicking and hot couple. It excites the feminist in me.
3. Sooki Stackhouse, Eric Northman, and Bill Compton from True Blood
Sooki has some of the hottest sex I've ever seen on television with these two men. Their relationship keeps me on the edge of my seat wanting more vampire goodness week after week. I'm not even sure which of the two I'm cheering for to have her. I like her with both of them.
2. Edward and Kim from Edward Scissorhands
This couple was both creepy and sweet, which is something I have a weakness for.
As my Dad once put it,"You wouldn't think a movie about a man with scissors for hands would be any good, but it's one of the best movies of all time."
It really looks at the world and psychology, how we perceive people and sometimes as a society make them into the bad humans they become. He's such a naive individual and the love between them is so sweet, but because of his appearance the two of them can never truly be together. It really pulls at the heart strings.
1. Rhage and Mary from the Black Dagger Brotherhood
We all have aspects about ourselves that make us feel insecure, especially physically. They might be scars or stretch marks, being jiggly in certain areas or having too much hair in others. Mary's body has been destroyed by cancer. She's humiliated about it and won't let any man touch her, until Rhage the vampire comes along.
He, too, has a mark on him that he hates. A tattoo of a beast on his back that he turns into whenever he's enraged. He hurts people accidentally through it and hates himself for it.
They see each other's scars and don't see ugliness, but the strength of character they must have to bear them.
They fall in love and it's beautiful.
What about you? Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?