TV Fanatic Staff Selection, Take 3: Dare to Dair for Best Teen Couple!

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Welcome to the latest opportunity for a TV Fanatic staff member to defend one of our Best Teen Couple nominees. If you missed previous editions, so far...

Now, Eric Hochberger steps carefully into the world of Gossip Girl fandom and dares to love Dair. Tell us why, Eric...

There's no beating around the bush. I'm just going to come out and say it:

I was a Chair 'shipper at one point. There's no hiding it when there's a thing known as the Internet Archives and a quick Gossip Guy search would reveal me as a fraud. But you know what? It wasn't just Chuck's downward spiral that turned me off to that couple.

Dair Sleeping Together

It was the entertaining chemistry between two frenemies that really dominated season four for me. I don't think a Round Table went by that one of the two didn't steal my quote of the week with their witty banter.

But then something really happened between them. They realized they weren't just intellectual equals and rivals that could give each other a run for their money in a battle of wits.

The two are clearly the most cultured on Gossip Girl, and it was a delight to watch them go from frenemies to full on friends (much to Blair's chagrin) as they bonded over their love of classic movies, art and culture-ish things I'll never get.

Dair Moment

But this poll isn't for favorite teen friends. It's favorite teen couple. And Dair fans will never forget "Empire of the Son." It was the episode that validated years of fan fiction and made these two friends eligible for this poll. It was the kiss that shocked the GG community and sent Chair and Derena fans alike into a frenzy.

No, they may not be the prettiest couple in the poll in the traditional sense. Heck, if all people wanted was that and no substance, Serenate would have been nominated and received 100% of the vote.  

We don't need the blonde hair, big boobs look of Serena. We don't need the pretty boy look of Nate. We need the raw sexiness of Blair and that hipster, hot nerdy guy next door look of Dan. We just need to get him a haircut and Blair to get over the fact he's from Brooklyn.

Dair Picture

Oh, and the legions of you Dair fans out there to Dare to take to the Twittersphere, Facebook, Tumblr, Google Plus, or whatever the heck social networking tool you kids use these days and support the controversial couple that is Dair. Because... you know what? Chair may have end game, but we will have this poll. Let's prove that Blair's minions can take down any vampire, werewolf or Gleek.

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Elena and Stefan (The Vampire Diaries)

Blair and Chuck (Gossip Girl)

Finn and Rachel (Glee)

Aria and Ezra (Pretty Little Liars)

Caroline and Tyler (The Vampire Diaries)

Blair and Dan (Gossip Girl)

Spencer and Toby (Pretty Little Liars)

Matty and Jenna (Awkward)

Annie and Liam (90210)

Damon and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)

Emma and Ethan (The Lying Game)

Kurt and Blaine (Glee)

Total Votes: 63262

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Wow with all the couples on that poll, Blaine and Kurt are number 1! Something good is happening in the world and that is equality! :)


i'm quitting tvf now. too much unbalanced dair promo. i need objective news and spoilers. i guess the moderators start becoming just as annoying as some shippers (any shipper of any couple can be annoying).


Just curious TvF?
How down on your hits are you since you started propagating Dair???


@cc Finally another sane Chair fan! Sorry if i seems to be heaping it one all Chair fans. It's those damn words that make me want to pull my hair out, they are so annoying. I know it's coming from both sides. But Kimmie is getting on my nerves. She really makes you guys look bad.


I agree with @b and @ALF that this fighting is stupid and really its only a few people being mean but everyone else is drowned out. those mean people should be ignored. and theyre not only Chair fans but also Dair fans, ive seen some Dair fans be incredibly mean but i do not think that represents the majority of their fans just as Chair fans who arent all like Kimmie. This is all embarrassing people. @Observer I hate those words too now. I see people writing endgame and that crap for other ships too including Dair so I agree but do think its unfair to heap criticism on only Chair fans. Go ahead and heap it on Kimmie though, she always acts a fool. Unfortunately the fighting wont stop because this is fluff journalism and they post this stuff to get this exact reaction out of people. Im kinda surprised Chair has 19 percent. It would be interesting to see a poll from the end of season 2 before all the awful stuff happened between them. And Dair has done nicely in the poll, idk how anyone can deny that?


The Chuck and Blair 2.0 thread in the forum has 19,648 up until this moment. It even surpased the Dand and Serena need to come back thread during the summer. I think that says something about the pull this couple has over the fandom.


Chair FTW? Oh go fly a kite already. For people who are winning you sure do love your hate campaigns. It really redundant coming on here to preach epicness, hotness n endgame. Youve really made me loathe those words with how much you use them. You ahead of dan and blair in the poll? Congrats want us to throw you a party?


(putting it out there cuz the Chairios have trashed these comments and I need to show some love for ma bbs) And Secondly, 7.4% votes for a couple who haven't been together (which to me doesn't matter cuz they're 100000 times better than Chair who have been on and off for 4 seasons) as opposed to 19% for Chair is pretty DARN good.


I love this! Dare to Dair. Technically they are not a couple in the traditional sense and are already so popular...if they are given a chance to really get together they will be the Best Couple without a doubt!


At this rate, this site is gonna be dead. A fansite should be partial idealy, but TVF keeps promoting this atrocity called Dair endlessly without any whim or reason. This has to stop, i am already considering quiting this site.

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