Sunday, February 23, 2014

Favorite Fictional Couples Part Two

Last week I started off the countdown of my personal favorite fictional couples, in honor of Valentine's Day and being single (pftt, boyfriend? Nope, not for this crazy cat lady).  We saw some truly epic couples last week, (not to mention every Disney couple EVAH), but brace yourselves readers, because this list is only going to get even more intense.

Bring it.
So without further ado, let's get right to it, with number...

15. Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase
Book: Percy Jackson and the Olympians & The Heroes of Olympus

What's awesome about this couple?  Well, for one, they're both demi-gods.  Percy is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Annabeth is the daughter of Athena, goddess of wisdom.  What this means is that they are one badass, powerful couple--Percy can control water, talk to horses, (so cool!) control ships with his mind, navigate on open seas through instinct, and even breathe underwater (again, I say, so cool!).  And Annabeth is really, really, really, smart. (um, so cool? YES! YES IT IS!!) You'd be surprised how even though Percy apparently has all these badass superpowers, it's usually Annabeth who saves the day by coming up with a clever plan.  They start off by irritating each other, but of course it turns into love, and by the second series, their relationship is so strong that Percy willingly falls into Tartarus (basically, Greek version of hell) with Annabeth, rather than be separated from her.  If that's not love, I don't know what is.

Romantic Fan Art, awww...*
14. Sawyer and Kate
Show: LOST

For me, my favorite couple from LOST will always be Sawyer and Kate--there was just something about them, their intense chemistry, how they were both broken down people who had criminal backgrounds, and how Kate was really the first person to look deeper than the persona Sawyer presented and find that even though Sawyer acted nasty, he actually had some good in him.  Unfortunately for me and Skater shippers everywhere, they don't wind up together--(spoiler alert!) Sawyer ends up with Juliet, which while it was a very sweet romance, to me it wasn't nearly as exciting or interesting as his relationship with Kate in the earlier seasons.

Sawyer's and Kate's Relationship in 5 Pictures

*fans rejoicing*
Sawyer and Kate: I think we make better friends.
Fans: *ugly sobbing*
There was an entire love triangle over whether Kate would wind up with Sawyer or Jack--arguments over this destroyed many lives and may have caused an international diplomatic incident.  In other words, it was serious business for the fans of the show.  In the end, Kate declares her love for Jack, but they don't wind up together, as Jack is stuck on the island.  So, alas, Kate is denied both the attractive, noble, doctor that is Jack and the smokin-hot, scruffy, bad-boy conman that is Sawyer.  Life is cruel.  But for me, her relationship with Sawyer was one of the best things about LOST, which is why the early seasons always have a fond place in my heart.

13. Josef and Sarah
Show: Moonlight

What's crazy about this couple is they literally have one scene together where we get to see them interact with each other.  For the rest of the episode devoted to some of Josef's backstory, all we see of Sarah is in a few scenes at the end, where she is in a coma.  Because of this, we know very little about her, except for that one brief brief you say?  Glad you asked. (also, as a bonus, some gratuitous Spanish in the beginning.)

That's all we got basically, of their relationship--one quick kiss outside.  Theirs is a tragic story--they fell in love, and since Josef is a vampire, he tried to turn Sarah into one, so she could be with him always.  Instead, something went wrong and Sarah is trapped in an immortal coma (No, I'm not crying! I've just got some dust in my eye! Okay?!).  It's this loss that many fans believe is responsible for the way Josef acts in the show--keeping a wall up, acting aloof and sometimes even downright angry or rude--because he doesn't want to let people get close to him again.  But even though the onscreen time was short, it has inspired many a fanfiction for those who want to see more of their relationship.  What is so sad about their relationship is Josef has to live on without her, and the show was cancelled before we could find out if she ever woke up.  I like to think that if the writer's strike hadn't happened to mess with the ratings, somewhere down the line they would have woken Sarah up and explored her and Josef together a bit more.  Even in that brief scene, they had something that looked incredibly sweet and heartwarming.

12. Wolf and Virginia
Mini-Series: The 10th Kingdom

This is the only relationship on this list that begins when the man tries to eat the woman's grandmother.  Promise.  Some friends of mine sat me down in college and made me watch 10th Kingdom and for that, I'm forever in their debt.  Besides for sometimes really bad special effects, 10th Kingdom is an absolutely hilarious, fun and unexpectedly romantic adventure that takes a twist on classic fairy tales and shows you them like you've never seen before.

Wolf is a half-man, half-wolf, and he starts off a minion for the evil queen, sent to find the prince and recapture him.  Instead he runs into Virginia in New York City, and falls hopelessly in love and lust for her.  Virginia ends up accidentally stumbling into the fairy tale realm, and Wolf (after rescuing her from some trolls) becomes her guide through the land, while at the same time, tries to win her affections.  This can be difficult, as you can imagine, when their first meeting was Wolf shoving her grandmother into an oven.

Actual scene from the mini-series.

Wolf is a fantastic character--he's unpredictable (which leads for some drama later on), energetic, surprisingly sensitive, even more surprisingly loyal, and hysterically funny.  Virginia is also wonderful--she's smart, independent, very stubborn, and very confident, which I love about her.  She is also capable of being very kind and caring.  Throughout the mini-series Wolf gradually chips away at her angry exterior, and she comes to depend on him.

Nothing says 'Sorry for trying to eat your Granny,' like a bouquet of flowers.
In the end, they go off to New York together, firmly in love and ready to take on anything. *cheers*

11. Killian Jones (aka, Captain Hook) and Emma Swan
Show: Once Upon A Time

I never in a million years would have predicted that Captain Hook would wind up being one of the good guys, and on top of that, a definite love interest for the main character, Emma Swan, daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.  Although, when Captain Hook looks like this:

 maybe it's not so surprising after all.  Emma could do a lot worse.

What I like about their relationship is it shows how love can redeem someone.  Hook starts off as a villain--he betrays Emma multiple times (though, to be fair, she also betrays him), he works for Cora, one of the most despicable characters on the show, and he's actively trying to murder Rumpelstiltskin, to the point that he shoots Belle and causes her to lose all her memories.  Karma repays him for these actions and he gets hit by a car.

Pictured above: Justice.

Unfortunately, the lesson doesn't take right away, and he still pursues his revenge on Rumpelstiltskin.  But in the meantime, he also interacts quite a bit with Emma, and she gradually begins to rub off on him.   They share amazing chemistry, which started when they met, where Emma sourced out his deception with her spot-on instincts, and impressing Hook in the process.  While at first he just causally flirts and teases her, over the course of the show it begins to become more and more genuine.  His love for Emma inspires him to be a better man, to be worthy of her, to the point that he puts aside his revenge to help her save her son.  And while Emma isn't sure how she feels, she definitely is attracted to him, as this moment shows:

Whoa! Get a room you two!
Once Upon A Time is still airing, so we've yet to see how their relationship will play out.  But I, for one,  am really hoping that they'll get a happy ending.

Well, there you have it!  First ten done, ten more to go!  The list of personal favorite fictional couples continueth next week!  If you have a favorite couple, I'd love to hear from you--until next week readers!

Fun Fact of the Day: The character of Sawyer was originally meant to be an older, slick, suit-wearing city con artist from New York. However, when Josh Holloway forgot a line at his audition, and subsequently kicked a chair in frustration and loudly swore, the writers liked the edge he brought to the Sawyer character and decided to write Sawyer as more of a Southern, darker grifter instead.  Also, Kate was intended to be an older business woman separated from her husband in the crash.  Imagine what the show could have been like if they had gone with these original ideas. Yikes!

TTFN! Ta Ta For Now!

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