People Confess Which On-Screen Romances They Got Too Attached To
We all have that one fictional couple we just can't get enough of. Whether it's on TV, in books, or movies, sometimes a fictional romance pulls at our heartstrings and gets us totally invested in their relationship.
Fictional Relationships That Captured Hearts
There are so many great fictional couples out there, but a few stand out for capturing the hearts of fans everywhere.
Ross and Rachel from Friends
This on-again, off-again TV couple had viewers hooked for 10 seasons. Their up and down relationship kept us guessing if they would finally end up together. From the first kiss to the finale, Ross and Rachel took us on an emotional rollercoaster ride.
Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
The enemies to lovers trope is always a crowd pleaser. This classic fictional couple made us swoon as their pride and prejudices gave way to true love. No one can resist the brooding Mr. Darcy paired with the witty and independent Elizabeth.
Buffy and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This vampire/slayer pairing was full of drama and intensity. Despite the toxicity, we couldn't look away, always wondering if they could make it work. Their angsty, forbidden love captured the hearts of viewers throughout the show's 7 seasons.
Leslie and Ben from Parks and Recreation
This adorable sitcom couple gave us faith in true love. Their mutual respect, silliness, and support of each other's dreams made Leslie and Ben downright lovable. We cheered them on through every milestone of their relationship.
Jamie and Claire from Outlander
The time-traveling love between WWII nurse Claire and 18th century Highlander Jamie Fraser leapt from the pages straight into readers' hearts. Their passion, devotion, and perseverance through impossible circumstances had us wishing we could time travel and join their epic romance.
Why We Get So Invested
What makes these fictional couples so easy to get invested in? A few key ingredients seem to pull us in every time.
Slow Burn Romance
Few things are more satisfying than a slow burn love story. The longing glances, tension, and "will they or won't they" keeps us hooked. We can't look away until we get the payoff of the characters finally getting together.
Whether it's rivals, social taboos, or supernatural barriers keeping them apart, forbidden love intrigues us. How will they overcome the obstacles in their way? We keep reading or watching to find out.
Flawed But Meant For Each Other
Perfect couples can feel unrealistic. But when two characters are flawed, yet seem destined for each other, we fall for them hard. We recognize ourselves in their struggles and root for them to work through their issues and get their happy ending.
Escapism And Wish Fulfillment
At the end of the day, fictional couples provide an escape from real life. We get to live vicariously through their drama, passion, and fairy tale moments. These relationships let us imagine our own epic love story.
Sharing The Joy
The magic of fictional couples is how they bring people together. We get to experience the thrill with fellow fans. Online discussions, fan fiction, fanart, and more let us prolong the joy of our favorite ships long after the story ends.
We may never get enough of following fictional relationships. Thankfully there's an endless supply of books, shows, and movies ready to give us our next great ship to dive into. So tell us, what fictional romance did you get too invested in?