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TV Fanatic Staff Selection, Take 1: Delena for Best Teen Couple!

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At first blush, the love of Elena Gilbert's life seemed to be Stefan Salvatore. Sweet, caring, heroic Stefan. He looked especially lovely when his seemingly good-for-nothing, brutish and arrogant brother, Damon, came to town.

But it didn't take long before viewers were thinking: hey, not so fast!

Elena with Damon

Stefan spent a good portion of his relationship with Elena lying about his past, never allowing her to discover his true self. Through generations, he and Damon had fought over one woman, Katherine. When we finally learned the truth about their past, it appeared Damon got the short end of the romantic stick. Caring and passionate, he was easily swayed by the charms of a woman he loved.

Through the years, Damon has learned how to hide his feelings. Rather than be hurt, he does do the hurting himself. But it turns out even the cockiest of dark souls can be tamed by the innocence of Elena. Instead of lying to her and pretending to be someone he wasn't, he let it all hang out. He drank greedily from the throat of her one good friend and tried to kill another. Still, through it all, these two came to an understanding. 

Being honest with each other has its advantages. Whereas Stefan set up Elena for disappointment, Damon had nowhere to go but up. When she thought Damon might be dying at the end of season two, Elena kissed him. That smooch held far more emotion than she dreamed, and they both knew it. Once he realized what he was feeling, Damon never let an opportunity pass to express those emotions to Elena. To wit:

"As I Lay Dying" 
Damon: I know you love Stefan. And it will always be Stefan. But I love you. You should know that.
Elena: I do.

"The Reckoning" 
Damon [to Elena]: I promise you. I will never leave you again.

"The Hybrid" 
Damon: When I drag my brother back from the edge and deliver him back to you, I want you to remember the things you felt when he was gone.

"Rose"
Damon: I just need to say it once, and you just need to hear it. I love you, Elena. And it's because I love you that I can't be selfish with you. And why you can't know this. I don't deserve you. But my brother does. God, I wish you didn't have to forget this, but you do.

Despite her unending faith in Stefan, Elena places more in Damon every day. He's become her rock, the one being she knows will always have her back. When he says he isn't leaving, she knows she can rely on his honesty. 

Through their many turbulent adventures together while trying to save Stefan from the dark side, Elena and Damon have grown ever closer. It's that kind of foundation upon which lasting relationships grow. Their antics don't become old and they will always inspire each other, but never tire of one another. There will come a day when Elena sees it as clearly as does Damon. He has both secretly and openly given her his heart. She needs only grasp onto it to find a true, unwavering love.

Do you agree? Who is your favorite teen couple?

 

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Elena and Stefan (The Vampire Diaries)
12.8%

Blair and Chuck (Gossip Girl)
20.3%

Finn and Rachel (Glee)
1.1%

Aria and Ezra (Pretty Little Liars)
0.9%

Caroline and Tyler (The Vampire Diaries)
3.8%

Blair and Dan (Gossip Girl)
6.8%

Spencer and Toby (Pretty Little Liars)
0.9%

Matty and Jenna (Awkward)
0.2%

Annie and Liam (90210)
0.3%

Damon and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)
26.5%

Emma and Ethan (The Lying Game)
0.4%

Kurt and Blaine (Glee)
25.9%

Total Votes: 63262

Carissa Pavlica is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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how about no. Would never ever ever ever ship this pairing, due to all the dysfunctional yuck that DES contains. ALso any pairing that contains elena is fail already. Voting for Forwood.

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Hey Kara your so blinded by your ship your post contradicts itself, quite a few times. Anyways, its amazing how Damon and Elena don't have to speak for us to understand them. They have the eyes and facial expressions, its pure heat. The chemistry is suffocating

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As much as I do enjoy watching them together, I sometimes wish Elena would act a little less hostile and annoyed at seeing Damon all the time. Like, they're obviously friends, and sometimes they have really nice moments when Elena's genuinely enjoying his company. But a lot of the time he surprises her or says something and she does this stupid little face like "Euch Damon," and we're supposed to think it's veiled compassion. I mean come on.

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Woot woot Delena fo da muh fuxn win!!!!

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Yea that was fantastic. Stefan n Elena were never built up, a house of cards will crumble. Elena is already to connected to Damon. No turning back now :)

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This is not Stefan at all, go back and watch the show. Serioulsy what about the long list of violence and abuse Damon has handed out to Elena and her friends, starting with killing her brother??? Stefan and Elena will always be the love story of this, no matter what Stefan has done.

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Wow. I completely agree with your point of view. EYvetyone grows, matures and changes. Elena doesn't know what love is yet but when she does.......she will love Stefan but fall in love with the brother who never gets the girl. There is only one firl for Damon and all those in his past don't matter now ;)

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Very nice article! Delena FTW!!

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YAY!!!!

Hochberger

Damn you and your convincing piece. If there weren't such better choices such as Forwood and Dair on that list, you'd have sold me over Stelena with mere quotes. Well done.