(Meant to post this last night, but the internet was ill-behaved. Pretend it's still Valentine's Day.)
In honor of the holiday, Entertainment Weekly has posted a lovely photo gallery of Pop Culture's Best Couples: 26 True (Fictional) Lovers (a link which I'm redirecting to a repost on LJ for ease of a single page, although the LJ page is slightly out of order). As shipping squeeage is my specialty, I felt a need to go through and comment on said list.
1. Superman/Lois Lane
Er...yeah, I still don't get the allure of comic book superheroes.
Ahaha! Please don't make me remember that horrible 1996 bastardization of a movie ever again. And even aside from that, I recognize that they're like the ultimate cliche of romance and therefore it would be remiss to leave them off a list of classic couples, but...they're just so overdone, and they weren't that impressive in the first place.
3. Kermit the Frog/Miss Piggy
I was always creeped out by this relationship. I think I was bothered more by the fact that she was twice his size than the fact that she was a different species. Well, that and her tendency to be really scary and aggressive. That's not a good lesson to teach kids about love.
4. Han Solo/Leia
Awww. Okay, I have a little soft spot for this pair, despite my general disdain for Star Wars, just because when I was 10 years old and reading a novelization of "The Empire Strikes Back" (having only seen the first film), they made my heart all aflutter. As an aisde, I also remember being really relieved when Luke turned out to be Leia's brother, because that neatly solved my dilemma of liking her with both of them.
Breaks my heart in every context. Which is weird, because I'm generally in favor of proper marriages, and King Arthur is so delightfully heroic that I kind of just want her to shut up and love her husband. But then Lancelot comes along all full of angst and woe and destroys that particular notion of mine.
Sarah Michelle Gellar? V.v. pretty. David Boreanz? Also v.v. pretty. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"? *yawns* This blurb actually taught me more about the show than I've managed to absorb in my entire life to date. I simply cannot bring myself to care. Although I did always figure that if I WERE interested in this show, this is who I'd ship, for the pretty factor alone.
Um, no, Monica & Chandler are the Friends of Epic Love. Ross & Rachel just...are.
"Ron/Hermione fans still have scars from their online wars with the Harry/Hermione faithful"
Hee. It's funny because it's true.
In all honesty, though, this is the first one I can give a great big thumbs-up to. My feelings on this trio are not unlike my feelings about the pre-Juliet LOST triangle, where they really could have swung it the other way and I'd have been cool, but the other way will always be second-string. Of course, part of my love for these two may have been due to the fact that there wasn't anybody nearly as interesting for Ron, whereas Harry had Ginny, and yes, I belong to the Cult of the One Big Happy Weasley Family...but it also stems from my longtime belief that Harry, with this great big metaphorical cross on his shoulders, was set apart from his friends with the beginning, and not as the Superman-type hero with a leading lady.
9. Rick Blaine/Ilsa Lund
Never saw Casablanca. Never will see Casablanca. Am incredibly prejudiced towards things filmed before I was born, but am especially prejudiced against things filmed before there was color.
10. Jim Halpert/Pam Beesly
*muffles squee in order to interject something*
And now that I've finished grousing about that, YES. They are so obviously perfection & soulmates & best friends that I don't know how anyone could ever argue with them. That's also why I come up completely blank on why people think that they're due for a breakup on the show before long. This is not your typical office affair; what it lacked in slown burn (let's face it, 2 seasons is generally not considered enough of a foundation to permanently satisfy angst-happy TV writers), it made up for with the sheer depth of their connection. This is magic so strong it sucked me in despite a deliberate attempt to hate the show. That doesn't happen very often.
Hah! I would never have thought of this inclusion, but it's totally true.
12. Robin Hood/Maid Marian
*snorts* Not according to the BBC's new version.
*flails wordlessly at picture* Oh my God. Oh my God I love them so much. Especially in that scene. I have no words for how beautiful that scene is. No other portion of LotR got such repeat treatment.
14. Carrie Bradshaw/Mr. Big
...yeah. I get that there's sort of this epic quasi-fairy tale surrounding them (although, um, OBVIOUSLY MIRANDA & STEVE ARE THE TRUE LOVE STORY HERE), but I was never very fond of any of Carrie's boyfriends. My mom's still disappointed that she didn't stay with Aidan. I was ambivalent about Aidan for a long time, but the more times I watch his episodes, the more he grows on me (besides, he has a dog, so). And anyway, Chris Noth is much nicer on Law & Order. Mr. Big never stops being skeevy, even when he undergoes a partial personality transplant in the finale.
15. Rhett Butler/Scarlett O'Hara
16. Heathcliff & Clair Huxtable
Meh. They were nice, yes. I loved the concept of The Cosby Show, and Bill Cosby's awesome, but I never really enjoyed watching it that much.
17. Apollo & The Midnighter
Um...WHAT. Not only have I never heard of these two or their comic book, see #1 for how I feel about that.
18. Luke & Luara Spenser
No. Soap operas FTL.
19. Lucy & Ricky Ricardo
Not for the first time, I start believing that these lists should come with certain time caps. I agree that this couple was great, but haven't they had enough homage paid to them over the years? I know this a list of all-time classic couples, but still, I wouldn't mind a few things from my lifetime.
20. Elizabeth Bennet/Mr. Darcy
Hee! *has soft spot for all things P&P related*
21. Annie Hall/Alvy Singer
Please stop listing couples I've never heard of. -.-
22. Mickey & Minnie Mouse
23. Gaius Baltar/Number Six
You know, even setting aside my general contempt for Battlestar Galactica and the fact that I've never seen it, if we're going to pull out sci-fi couples, I think we need to have the Doctor and Rose Tyler. Their devotion to one another is off the charts.
24. Tony/Carmela Soprano
"The Sopranos" is made of fail. That is all.
25. Jack Twist/Ennis Del Mar, Brokeback Mountain
I refuse to admit that the ending may have made me shed a couple of tears, mostly because everything before it was so unbearable. And I only read the short story.
26. Tony & Maria, West Side Story
That's just cheating. We already had Romeo & Juliet! Romeo & Juliet implies inclusion of all direct remakes of Romeo & Juliet!
Now, obviously, I could make a whole gallery out of my current ships, and most of them probably wouldn't fit the "greatest couples of all time" idea, but I do think they were remiss in leaving Mulder & Scully out of this gallery. Because, come on. Buffy & Angel weren't even permanent.
Also, if permanent and/or stable happiness isn't a requirement for making this list, I'm pretty sure Derek/Meredith should be on there. Their on-and-off-but-never-really-over-each-ot