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! There were more than subtle hints to it.

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Swan Queen? I am so lost as to where people are seeing that as a possibility. Emma thus far, has been portrayed as a straight woman. So has Regina for that matter. Now. I'm not homophobic. Some same sex couples can be very romantic. In my opinion, not in this case.


Regina! Swan Queen is the largest ship in the OUaT fandom, and it is insulting and unfathomable that she would be left off this poll. Viva la Swan Queen!

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How in the world would Regina and Emma make the most sense? The only thing they have in common is Henry. Not to mention the fact that THERE IS NO ATTRACTION THERE WHATSOEVER. All this talk about "If Regina was a dude blablablabla" Well, guess what? SHE ISN'T AND SHE ISN'T ATTRACTED TO EMMA NOR IS EMMA TOWARDS HER. If the writers even thought about going there, seeds of romance would have at least been planted. But there is none. I acknowledge the fact that they have chemistry because come on they are both hot and all but they have chemistry with anyone. Wanting to ship a couple together should go beyond chemistry and honestly, beyond their chemistry, there is just Henry.


Regina; makes easily the most sense out of everyone on the show and as already said, if she was a guy it would either have happened already or people would be wondering why it hadn't (not everyone, there's always folk who ship other things, but at the very least everyone would see it as a reasonable option).


REGINA. How can you not put Regina in that poll??? Sigh.


Really ridiculous that Regina isn't in the poll for this. She's obviously the better choice out of everyone.


If Regina where a man, Swan Queen would be the main couple of the show, apart from Snow and Charming. Let's be honest, every single one of you would NOT give a damn about Regina's past evil deeds if she were a "cute guy". But because she's a strong female none of you even consider Swan Queen, even when their chemistry can be seen from space. Before watching the show, just from watching two episodes, I was thoroughly convinced that they were in fact sleeping together. Writers, don't mess this up, please don't make Emma's true love be as obvious as Neal or as forced as Hook.


Moses, how about you try and respect other fans' opinions? Part of the reason why you guys have such a bad reputation in the fandom by now is because you're constantly trashing what other fans like and care about, making fun of them and yet expecting them to treat you and your ship like it's the best thing that ever happened to the world. Respect others and you shall receive respect in return.

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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.