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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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Honestly i don't get why people are saying damon never hide anything from elena,that's coz he's not with her at that time so he'll do what ever pleases him,but later he changes coz he wants her to like him and he understands she will never like that kind of person that's why he changed,and u can't say elena knew everything about damon,yeah she knew what happened in 1864 and when he came back to mystic falls,but did he ever tell her what he did for the last 145 years,at least she knew what stefan did in the 20's and 30's even though he's nt the 1 that told her by himself but at least she knw,and if damon is being completely honest with her why didn't he tell her what he did after 1864?

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I don't know what everyone see in Delena?!
Damon is so pathetic with her!
I'm probably the only one in the world who don't like them, but I'm for KATMON

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Delena. As it should be!! I love them.

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No Katherine and Stefan choice? I want to vote for Steferine :)

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@Mimi, Seriously??? if he was so true towards Elena, then why did he kept so many secrets form her? she didn't know him a whole year! and all he did was saying 'i love you' and 'i'll always protect u' while it was always Damon who truly showed that. At least Damon didn't hide anything from Elena right from the beggining. Stefan fell for her resemblence with Katherine, he kept that picture of Katherine becouse he couldn't stop loving her, and he still loves her. Damon is always there for Elena, and they're always honest with each other, and as Elena said to Stefan in 1x4, 'trust is earned i can't just magically hand it over.' In 3x9 Damon asked her if she trusts him, and she said 'Yes' without hasitation. Becoming a couple trough friendship is the kind of foundation upon lasting relationships grow, that's why Elena said 'We'll survive this, We always survive', meaning they'll stay together always and forever no matter what. Good relationships don't just happen. They take time, patience, and two people who truly want to be together not just 'love at first sigh' thing Stelena had. Believe me... Delena wouldn't had this amazing build-up if they weren't endgame.

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Seriously? Stefan setting her up for disappointment? Wow. Just wow. I just can't not look at Delena as anything other than a creepy guy preying on his sisters girl (queue the hate toward me). I'm rewatching S1 and S2 and Damon forces himself on Elena so much, it even makes me uncomfortable. Creeping up behind her, touching her when she clearly doesn't want to be touched...maybe it's just me shuddering at the thought of being in that situation, I'd feel incredibly disrespected. I would tell him to back the hell off. Stefan has always put Elena's needs in front of his own. He's been there for her time and time again. Don't you dare say they weren't real.

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WOW that was a beautiful and accurate description of Delena ♥

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The best couple or potential pairing I've ever witnessed. There is a reason they are so popular. They are like Joey and Pacey, the 100 times better vampire version lol. Those quotes would drop a 400 pound sumo wrestler, but to actually watch it go down with your own eyes. DAMN. The intensity in their glances, and touches....Its completely takes over. She balances him and he ignites her passionate/sassy side.

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The only constant in life is CHANGE. Elena, Stefan etc are changing and growing. A young, heart broken girl needed Stefan once upon a time but as fast as those two came together they are falling apart. Damon is helping Elena become a mature young woman. It will always be Stefan until Elena becomes a strong young woman. Delena has a sliw build and should be endgame.

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Likewise...delena make up a perfect couple...