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 the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon