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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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your article is amazing! ♥
some SEer should stop seeing Elena as Stefans property. she's human! btw why is it always that SEer hate on Elena? Our DEFamily is amazing.... I never saw some DEers who don't like the half of their ship.. sometimes it feels like the only reason why they ship SE is bc they're Team Stefan okay no offence but I'd never ship SE... their relationsship has no built-up.... 2 episodes is nothing against 3 seasons DE built-up.. Stefan has so much chemistry with Katherine.. I really hope we'll get more from these two after last episode... ♥ It was so amazing DE + SK

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i hate Elena with Damon, she belongs with Stefan. i will seriously stop watching the show if they going with Damon/Elena.

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I love me some Delena....the stars are aligning! !!

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Oh lord here we go with the lady that thinks she has a Damon in real life. Wow. This is a vampire tv show, I don't wanna watch your life, no offense. I wanna see Damon and Elena slowly end up together. And I'm a dude

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@Logan I don't think Stefan has a problem being real. He's never denied the fact that there was a much darker side to him. Elena was aware of that, just never got to experience it until later. Stefan has a problem balancing both sides of who he is because he wants to be good and moral so bad. Also it's b/c he knows he can't control his blood lust that he spent the 2nd half of Season 2 training himself by drinking a little bit of Elena's blood every day. So technically, Stefan wasn't busy "hiding" his true self from Elena. And honestly, I don't see how you can bring up the fact that Stefan chose to leave Elena. He didn't choose, he really didn't have much of a choice. It was either stay and let Damon die or leave and save his brother. And if you ask me, I think Damon would do the same if he was in Stefan's shoes because they love each other no matter how much they deny it. So I'm pretty sure Damon would choose Stefan over Elena given the same circumstances. Just to be clear, I'm not trying to start an argument or anything, I'm just voicing what I think.

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I have my Damon in my life and he is my best friend. We love each other,we will do anything for each other, we are committed to each other. We are both in our late 20's, and we know that what we have will last. BFF's are how this relationship should progress. Yes he is Stefans brother and that is what will make the relationship from both sides interesting.Leave them as friends without the pining, there are relationships like that out there and they fo work.

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Sam: I couldn't disagree more. I don't care about stelena I want delena. Delena is incredible and she wants him badddd. She would have kissed him a few epis back ih he didn't pull away. Stelena is stale and delena burns. DELENA will happen, slow build equals awesome.

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I've always loved Vampire Diaries in the book and the show, and Damon and Elena should NEVER be together in EITHER!! I'm pretty sure the only reason people want them together is because they shouldn't be together, because it would be twisted. But no! Delena shouldn't exist!!! Elena is suppose to be different than Katherine. She chose Stefan and she loves him, she truly does. She wants to help Damon, yes, be his friend, sure, but be his lover and the show is ruined. Elena and Stefan work because they both want to help all people. Damon? He cares about only the people he cares about, innocents aside. Damon needs a girl who he can play hero for, but will love and accept him for who he is. Because as he said, he's not Stefan. And Elena only wants him when she thinks she can make him like Stefan. So as I said, Delena is bad, should never exist. Elena should be with Stefan only and Damon needs to find someone else or be alone.

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and w that stefan is choped liver.Stefan deserves better than this.Damon and elena can be together now .