Sunday, February 16, 2014

Favorite Fictional Couples Part One

Last Friday was Valentine's Day, and in the great tradition of single people everywhere, I celebrated it by ordering a pizza, and stocking up on some Ben and Jerry's while watching romantic movies.

Ben and Jerry's understands my soul.
Like many single people, along with ice cream and cats, I also turn to fictional couples to fill the gaping void of loneliness in my heart.  So in honor of the past holiday, and for all you single people out there looking for some great romantic couples to live vicariously through, here is a list of my Top 20 Favorite Fictional Couples.

This couple above?  One of my favorites.


Seriously, I decided to include Disney couples as an honorable mention, because otherwise, over half of the list would be couples from their movies.  Belle and Beast? Yup.  Aladdin and Jasmine? Check. Flynn and Rapunzel? Definitely. Ariel and Eric? Aw, so sweet.  This includes non human couples as well, like Simba and Nala, and Pongo and Perdita, not to mention Lady and the Tramp, which is just about one of the sweetest, most romantic movies ever.

Yes, I ship fictional dogs.  Don't judge me, I judge you!

Disney is what I grew up on, and so all their couples will always have a special place in my heart for teaching me unrealistic expectations of what falling in love should be like. : )

20.  Fox Mulder and Dana Scully
Show: The X-Files

Ah, The X-Files.  You would think that a show about government conspiracies, aliens, and freaky monsters wouldn't be the ideal setting for a romance.  Well, GUESS WHAT?! You'd be wrong! It turns out, that solving unexplained mysteries is the perfect setting for building a relationship. Mulder and Scully had friggin TONS of chemistry, (what professionals call unresolved sexual tension (UST)) so much so that the overall emotional arc of the story became about whether or not they would ever get together.  Yes, they spent most of the series not acknowledging their feelings for each other, but that's also what I kinda like about them.  It's the slow building of their relationship that draws you in and makes you root for them to succeed--which is why when they FINALLY kiss in the first movie it's so satisfying, because as a fan of the show, you've been waiting for this moment forever.

If you don't see the sexual tension in this picture, you're lying.

Mulder and Scully always had each other's backs; they were partners in the truest sense of the word.  I also liked the believer/skeptic dynamic between them, with Mulder pushing Scully to open her mind to new ideas, and Scully keeping Mulder grounded in reality.  So because of their steadfast friendship and amazing chemistry that lead them to something more, they easily make it into my top 20 favorite couples.

You know it would make the bestseller's list.

19. Monica Geller and Chandler Bing
Show: Friends

Suck it losers!

What I love about Chandler and Monica is that they were a surprise hookup on the show that made perfect sense and worked beautifully, so much so that I think they are more beloved than the show's main 'on-again, off-again' couple of Ross and Rachel. Monica and Chandler were quirky, hilarious, but best of all, they were in a stable relationship and eventually became happily married.  Their lives weren't perfect, and they went through some ups and downs but that's why I like them so much, because they stuck with each other through everything.  That's what love is, staying together for better or for worse, and Monica and Chandler really showed this throughout the show.

18. Simon Tam and Kaywinnet Lee Frye (Kaylee)
Show: Firefly

Simon and Kaylee was a romance of rich city doctor meets cute country mechanic. Also, said rich city doctor is a fugitive on the run with his mentally unstable sister who is wanted by the government.  And did I mention that Kaylee is the mechanic of Serenity--a spaceship that isn't above taking jobs outside the law? Theirs is a romance of awkward conversations, foot-in-mouth moments on Simon's half, and gentle flirting.


Unfortunately, the show was cancelled before we could see them overcome their awkwardness and officially become a couple.  Fortunately, we got a Big Damn Movie, that finally gave the fans what they were hoping for.

And there was much rejoicing.

17. Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire
Book: The Time Traveler's Wife

This is one of my all-time favorite books.  Henry and Clare's relationship is so touching and heartbreaking.  Henry is an involuntary time-traveler who Clare first meets when she's a little girl.  Later when she's grown up, Henry meets her for the first time in Chicago, at the library where he works.  Their relationship is always all out of order, and that's only one of the difficulties they face throughout the novel.

Like a lot of novels, it got made into a disappointing movie.

Their marriage is often stressful due to Henry's condition, and as the novel goes on, they are further worried by the fact that they have never seen a version of Henry who is older than his early 40's.  However, despite the knowledge of the future, they stay with each other.  Clare takes care of Henry, when he's hurt from time-traveling, and Henry takes care of Clare, when she suffers multiple miscarriages.  Their love story is a tragic one, but it's also beautiful. The novel examines ideas of free will and destiny, and what impact that would have on a relationship.  The results are often both unexpectedly heartbreaking, but sometimes also greatly heartwarming.

Don't worry, it's not what it looks like.

 16. Mick St. John and Beth Turner
Show: Moonlight

Mick.  Beth.  One an immortal vampire, and one a mortal woman journalist.  But it's waaaay better than Twilight.  For one thing, Mick is a really cool Vampire Private Detective, and for another thing, Beth actually has a life outside of Mick, which includes a human boyfriend. (Say what?!) Over the course of 16 episodes we get to watch the relationship between Mick and Beth grow into something very sweet. Mick sacrifices a lot for Beth, and Beth in turn, struggles with the knowledge that Mick is a vampire.  What I liked about the show is they surprisingly had Beth discover Mick's true nature in the 2nd episode.  This led to some great moments where Beth helps Mick start to accept who he is, and show him that even though he's a vampire, he still has humanity in him.

Mick: I'm feeling a bit peckish.
Beth: Oh look at the time...
They had fantastic chemistry together, and I liked that Beth was the confident, outgoing one, while Mick was the more reserved, quiet one.  In the last episode, when Mick decides to walk back into the room and tell Beth he loves her, fans of the show everywhere cheered. : )

Well, there you have it, the first 5 of my Top 20 Favorite Fictional Couples.  What are some of your favorite couples?

Fun Fact of the Day: I ate way too much chocolate on Valentine's Day this year.

TTFN! Ta Ta For Now!


  1. Another home run Rosemary, was educating and very funny. Keep it up!!!

    1. Thanks Kyle! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog! : )

  2. OMG first I just found this on facebook and I have to admit I was squealing like a fangirl when I saw Mick and Beth. I was like oh I love this list, no one ever adds them, so many people never knew about it, before becoming friends with me of course. Anyways I was scanning through and I like these blogs and am going to follow it. I feel we have some of the same tastes and I will enjoy reading in. So hello and...he came back and it didn't end there, in our mind and hearts :)

  3. EVE!! Hi!! *hugs* :D When I saw you followed I totally squeed! You are my first follower! *hugs again* Thanks for such a kind comment! OF COURSE I had to include Mick and Beth!! They are just the best, and you're right, they are always overlooked. *shakes fist at world* They definitely continue on in my heart and mind. :) I so wish Moonlight hadn't been cancelled. *sobs* I hope you enjoy the blog!!

  4. You're welcome! Yeah I'm first! Cool beans.