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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People see what they want to see. And if Hook and Neal are Emma's only options, I understand some of the arguments - I think I'd also rather see her with Regina. Not sure WHEREDAFUQ that came from, but I saw more chemistry there, than with both of these two guys together. Especially Neal. I mean, really? You want her to be with a coward who screwed her over royally, just because of, what - he got her pregnant by accident? I worry for your sanity. At least with Regina it's not about hate, but love - for Henry. So maybe THAT is where WHEREDAFUQ that came from.


Talking about regina as emma's stepgrandmother and hook as henry's sorta grandfather (?) are both ridiculous and stupid arguments. I personally do not want regina and emma but I would never use such lameasss arguments. And Swan Queen??!?!?!? seriously, I'm sitting here thinking WHEREDAFUQ did that come from?


It's funny how people who want Emma to be with Hook say they can't stand/see/are appalled by SwanQueen, as "Regina is practically Emma's official step-grandmother". Hello?! And what is Hook to her then, seeing that he had true love with Milla - the mother of Emma's kid's father? I'm sorry but did you ever see Regina wanting to knit baby Emma sweaters and take her to a park, the way Hook longed to adopt/be father to Bae? You know, to be Emma's... step IN-LAW? You people are ridiculous!


Swan Queen? GOD NO. I'm so sorry but nope, not gonna happen. Just deal with it and stop spamming. If there was an actual nod to making them romantic, start talking. But there never was. Hell to the NO to Neal. Puhlease. That belongs in the past. Hook, I'm not totally sold on yet but i'm looking forward to see them in season 3. Right now, he's my choice.


only want to say it's kind of hilarious that they chose that picture- as it's REGINA she's looking at
and then they deign to not even include her in the poll
what a joke PS if you think 'she's practically her step-grandmother!!' is any legitimate argument and Emma should be with Hook instead, well GUESS WHAT it's actually more applicable to Hook since he was in a CONSENSUAL relationship with Henry's grandmother where as Regina was basically a child FORCED to marry a man her father's age and no doubt abide by her 'wifely duties'


Other- Regina I honestly don't ship them but I can tell that they have some things they need to work out, maybe in a romantic way, and honestly while I do feel for Regina she do stuff that evil but she isn't and I kind of think it would be beautiful if snow gave Regina the one thing she took away from her, love, and now I ship it crap!


Honestly I don't get the whole "SwanQueen" thing simply because Emma and Regina don't really like each other atleast not "that" way...as for CaptainSwan I guess I could see it but i'm not sure if it would work out between them...Emma and Neal (or Niel) yeah I can see them getting back together since they obviously love each other but like CaptainSwan i'm not sure if it would work out between them...personally I think Emma needs a new love interest.


How is Hook a better fit for Emma than Neil?
He left her behind because he loves her and wanted to protect her. He also didn't know she was pregnant! What he and Emma had in the present made up for their past.
Hook, however, in the present screwed Emma over more than once.
So I think Emma should be with Neil, he's also super cute!


"Other" for me means August. Not now, obviously, but had the writers decided to do something intelligent with his character instead of just "rebooting" him, that is the man I would want Emma with. I hate Swan Queen with a burning passion, not because I hate gay people (I don't) or because I don't see any chemistry (I do, but people forget that all chemistry is not sexual chemistry). Regina is just a horrible person who does not deserve redemption. There are unsavory acts that people can bounce back from, but mass murder is not one of them. Not just murder. MASS murder. Slaughtering an entire town of innocents because they wouldn't give up a fugitive. And this, in an episode that's supposed to make us feel sorry for her? Ahem. But back to the topic at hand. August. Poor baby. The only reason I'm okay with his resolution is because the kid playing little Pinoke is just a cutie-patootie.


Regina and Emma doesn`t make ANY sense. Regina is practically Emma`s official step-grandmother!! Neal is bad for Emma, even if he`s Henry`s dad. Hook is the only one that makes sense to me. He deserves a new love, he deserves to be saved.

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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.