Unlucky In Love: Our Advice for Emma Swan

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Our favorite TV characters are amazing in so many ways. Great hair, beautiful clothes, even mystical powers. Unfortunately, sometimes not even magic spells success when it comes to love.

Here at TV Fanatic we're doing our best to pinpoint those characters whose love lives seem particularly unlucky and take them under our wing. We've already doled out our sage advice to Olivia Pope of Scandal, Tony DiNozzo of NCIS and Dr. Temperance Brennan of Bones.

Now it's time to wave our magical wand over Emma Swan of Once Upon a Time

Emma Is Stunning

Dear Emma,
What can we say? Has anyone ever been more unlucky than you when it comes to love? After being abandoned by your parents in an enchanted tree trunk, things didn't get much better for you.

Your first love, Neal left you. Yes, August had convinced him he was doing the right thing. That ditching you would help fulfill some magical prophecy but did desitny really require you to be alone, pregnant, and in prison?

When it comes to curses, you need look no farther than your own love life. The moment Sheriff Graham had eyes for you Regina crushed his heart to dust…literally,

Things with August looked interesting but then he left. When he finally returned he was more wood than man and then the Blue Fairy turned him back into a little boy.  Tough break.

The appearance of Captain Hook looked hopeful, until you ditched him on top of a bean stalk with a giant. Not the best way to build trust.

When you and Neal finally crossed paths again he found out you shared an 11 year old son. And you found out Neal had a secretly evil fiancee. Sigh.

When Shakespeare wrote, "the course of true love never did run smooth" I doubt even he could have imagined a love life such as yours. Cursed is truly the only word we can come up with to accurately describe it.  Perhaps you should talk to Rumpelstiltskin or that Blue Fairy about a cleansing spell before you try your hand at love again.

That said, this isn't the time to give up. Although Neal was sucked through an otherworldly portal after declaring his love for you, all hope is not lost. And if that doesn't work out don't forget about that pirate, Hook. There seems to be a heart hidden under that swagger…and a hotness even magic can't hide.

Do not despair dear Emma. Once Upon a Time season 3 is on its way and with a new season comes the opportunity to change your luck in love.

Dear readers: who would YOU pick to win Emma's heart?

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Regina and Emma have no compatibility whatsoever. No one denies the existence of bisexuality, but in a relationship there must be something the couple sees in each other that attracts them together. The only thing Regina and Emma see in each other is a rival and someone who is trying to take their son away from them. Nothing comes from Swan Queen since they can barely tolerate each other. Captain Hook and Emma have similar back stories of abandonment and love lost and like Emma has said, Hook and Emma understand each other. They see where their actions and motives are coming from because they have both gone through the same things and they are legitimately compatible.


Regina is not related to Emma in any way that can make an eventual relationship between them possibly be seen as insest. Get your terms right. Also, hello, it's 2013 and bisexuality is well known around the world. They share a son and the two obviously have a special connection and a complicated relationship. Regina may not be the perfect candidate but it can be hell of an interesting story. If you actually think that Hook has more chemistry with Emma you are obviously watching a different show. I'm totally straight if someone cares and I love every single scene between Regina and Emma. I'm offended by the fact that she's not even included as an option considering what a big fandom supports the pairing. Totally speechless! I'm tired of SWEN being the devoted fans sticking with the show throught thick and thin and Regina not even being recognized as possible love interest. It makes me sick.


Captain Swan is canon. Your argument is invalid.


Viva la Swan Queen! Regina/Emma, please!


Hook! They have such amazing chemistry, and a beautiful connection.


Regina, definitely.


Hook is by far the best choice. Emma is definitely not a lesbian since in OUAT world she had a relationship with the Sheriff about 2 months ago so Regina is out of the picture. She is way too stubborn and unforgiving of how she was betrayed to fall back in love with Neal. She has shown to have great chemistry and similar backgrounds and heartbreaks to Hook and therefore, they are the best and most logical couple.


Regina! Of course!




Regina. Chemistry for daaaaaaaaays.

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Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

They didn't kill my son. I did. I brought magic to this world to find Bae and now he's dead. Magic always has a price and this is it but I'm prepared to die.

Mr. Gold

Lucky? I'm a prisoner of pirates in a world cursed by magic.