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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

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Delena is actually a great example how a true couple should be formed, with time, and with passions trough friendship, with truth and lies till you get yourselves to a point of understanding! I don't hate Stelena, BUT they just jumped into their relationship because they had a crush on eachother. Stefan loved and still loves Katherine but he keeps denying it like Elena does with Damon. Delena's chemistry is killing me, everytime they look at eachother it's like they are shy or something, especially Elena, it shows how much she's in denial... well, i guess her denial won't last long now that they're almost everytime together, it makes it harder for her to deny her feelings, i'm pretty sure she'll just jump at him some day, that's gonna be a very hot and unexpected moment between them))))
I'm so much more proud being in Team Delena now that they won.

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Let's not try to discuss on which brother is the worst. They both are. Stefan ate Elena's ancestors, bit her, wiped off an entire village (probably with babies) and he's a ripper that enjoys killing ; Damon killed Jeremy, killed random people in the Pilot, killed the girl in 2x12. They both have their flaws. Find something else, less childish and pointless. Now good article. DE's not a teen couple though. Damon&Elena's relationship is real, it has a long build-up, isn't rushed like SE who got together in two episodes without knowing each other, they're both deep and complex individuals, and they bring out the best in each other. While SE is rushed, based on an "epic' conversation we never saw, they stagnated since S1 at point 1, they fell in love with an illusion of their partners, their relationship is based on lies and half-truths, and they bring out the worst in each other. Very clear to me that this contrast was intentional. A story wouldn't have any impact with SE. Any good storyteller will try to write something that'll captive the viewers.

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Thanks for your support everyone. Now get your friends and family to vote! ;-) We all have favorite couples, so let's feel the LOVE and remember that if we all were the same, life would be incredibly boring. And then, after pondering that, vote DELENA!

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OMG "Rose" broke my heart. :( After he finally admitted his feelings he compelled her to forget. I swear, I started liking delena when he saved her that night under the car. I started to really love them when he told her this. They break my heart because they tug at my heart, Stelena never did that. Delena is my Pacey and Joey all over again. Dawson and Joey were soulmates and were cute like Stelena. Pacey and Joey couldn't live without each other. Ah I have to watch some delena clips on youtube

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Awesome article, I couldn't have said it any better myself! TEAM DELENA!

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I've never seen two characters burn the screen with their heat like this before. They don't need to say a word, you can't take your eyes off 'em. The intensity is suffocating. You can read quotes all day long but what makes delena epic is watching them on screen. Delena Cooking together is more sexy then a stelena sex scene.

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I love Damon because he is REAL and wears his heart on his sleeve. Damon is perfect for his imperfections, he's not cookie cutter and doesn't try to be. I love that Elena is getting an edge because she is changing and some of that is due to Damon. She is becoming a woman and Damon is gonna be right there no matter what. Damon has changed for the better and she is the reason. Those two have come a long way since season one and I'm excuted for more. Life isn't a sprint its a marathon and these two might just get to the end together :)

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Season 1 was about Damon chasing his brothers girlfriend. Season 2 was Damon crying and crying about his brothers girlfriend. Season 3 more Damon. I loved this show when Damon was tough, when he wasn't chasing elena. and I loved the romance between Stefan and Elena. So far because it's way way to much the Damon and Elena romance I haven't like it.

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@Leta first of all, this isn't a thread, it's an article where everyone is free to comment too, second i have accepted a long time ago that delena will happen and i got over it ;) and the rest of your comment? That is YOUR opinion, and i and a lot of others have a different opinion. I will never deny their chemistry because i'm not blind, i just stated that Damon has done a lot of sick things to her FAMILY and FRIENDS and that is why I can't see the epicness of course you are free to feel the epicness.

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@leta:as far as am concerned it's only jonathan gilbert that stefan killed (bt he even survived it was later that he died)and elena doesn't even knw him,so it won't matter to her,wat abt damon dat killed her father,her mother and even turned her into a vampire,her brother,r u saying dis means nothing to her?and i agree stefan is nt angel bt neither is damon it's u guys dat r trying to make him look like a pure soul,that he is only acting the way he was coz he has never been loved,he always get hurt,does that excuse all his murderous stuff,i knw stefan is a worse vampire than damon and he(damon)may nt be a ripper but he kills as well.