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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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Tumblr, twitter etc....vote people. Poll is open until sometime Friday......

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3844 people separate delena from the top place. We can make it happen.

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Ugh I'm such a sucker for these two. They bring out the very best in each other. You can just tell its gonna be that I can't live without you love. They don't need words, its an understanding they have. Its like they're growing together and just don't realize it yet. Even better then my Pacey/Joey, ha its like the vampire version of them. He loves her so much its like he breathes her, he enjoys life now because of her. Elena can't fight it, she wanted to kiss him a few episodes back. Ugh I need delena youtube. Lol

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Guinea: that's all your opinion and I disagree with most of it. Essentially you disagree with me and my opinion thar delena isn't awesome. I know I'm not the only one here who loves the entire show, so what's wrong with lovin on em a lil bit? Nothin. Oh and Damon loves unconditionally....Elena needs to liven up. She was a snoozefest around Stefan. That's why we don't marry our mirror image. Ying n yang, esoecially on tv cuz its boring, particularly when its so sugary sweet (or goody goody depending on ur view).

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I think people need to chillax. There are many variations of love for another. Stefan and Elena have the innocent, relaxed, dreamy and forever after kind of love. Damon and Elena have the fiery, "this shouldn't really happen because it'll hurt others", sultry kind of love. Clearly right now Delena is on the winning side because of several circumstances, all involving dear old Klaus.
But we really can't disregard the past 2 seasons of pure Stelena. Personality-wise, Elena is more of a Stefan kinda girl who is sweet, traumatized, loves unconditionally, etc. But it's refreshing to see her go out of her shell and get more risque because of Damon. In all honesty, we should all focus on the real relationships here:
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Caroline and Tyler How EPIC are those two combos??? Screw the Stelena/Delena fight. It's all about bromance and were-vamp babies!!!

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TEAM DELENA FOREVER!!! They are just so adorable together! :D

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Love the article! Selena all the way I love watching Tvd, so much fun! Can't wait for this weeks episode! Ian somerholder is ridiculously Hot and I love the way his Damon has grown and made elena much more interesting and likable. They have so much chemistry and nothing against Stephan but him, and Elena together, boring. Like many people say, he reminds me of Dawson. I think he would be a much better match with Katherine. Hope Selena win the vote

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Great article. I love Damon and Elena and its so refreshing to see a couple that is not rushed. We;re seeing Damon and Elena grow closer and closer with time. They have a love, hate, friendship and trust. Such a beautiful pairing. They're not a couple/together as yet thank god because I'm really tired of these overnight couples. But they are definitely one of the most popular pairings and its so obvious why so many fans support them.

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there may be some disappointments throughout each couple of the vampire diaries but the love in those couples, especially the ones I like, should never die. There will always be an answer to a problem, power of love is stronger than anger, and good always triumphs over evil. I mostly want to see loving events and I can't wait to see what else will come up for the show. XD =) =P =O

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Not gonna start to defend why DE is the best. I'll just say that the way they're being building are leading us to have the best relationship of TV.