This post is dedicated to my friend Furiousball who is in an understandable funk right now.
Love. We're always looking for it. We write poems and songs about it. We act like fools for it. And if we can't find it we sign up for online dating services in the hope that somewhere, in some corner of the world, there is someone out there who will fall hopelessly, shamelessly in love with us.
And it happens. We fall in love and maybe our significant other loves us back. But does that always mean a happy ending?
Not by a long shot.
Even Hollywood, the land of the happy ending, can sell us on the fact that everyone lives happily ever after-- you gotta throw some reality in there sometime. So here's some not-so-happily-ever-after love stories that show that sometimes love bites. Hard.
Kyle Reese & Sarah Connor
I had these two on my Love Fantastic post, but I may have to rethink the positive aspects of this love story. Oh sure, the chemistry was great and together they brought forth humanity's greatest hope. But the fallout of this love story is rough. Kyle's one bright spot in a pretty dismal life is his love affair with Sarah and that gets cuts short before he gets a chance to enjoy it. Sarah then gets to have a baby alone, try to raise him to be the ultimate warrior while trying to convince the world she isn't crazy only to die an early death from cancer. One reason to avoid the tough-guy types.
Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker
Oh sure, women love the bad boys. Let this be a lesson to you ladies, when a man slaughters a whole village--it's not a good sign. Padme must've been attracted to what seemed like Anakin's devil-may-care attitude and he had an eye for older women. But this is an another example of chemistry just not being enough to overcome those nasty inner demons. Anakin may have thought love would be enough to keep him happy, but it wasn't long before the dark side continued to beckon with promises of power and glory. Once facing what her man has become Amidala loses her will to live, even after the birth of her children. And Anakin ends up as a heavy breather in a black suit. Not a happy ending for anyone.
Wash & Zoe
Wash and Zoe actually had it right. They fell in love and stayed in love. They even worked together. And this is the classic example of why you can't ever take love for granted. Even when you do everything right-- you nurture the relationship and you're happy. Wham! The love of your life is unexpectedly harpooned to death. Who gets over that?
Rose DeWitt Bukater & Jack Dawson
These two really should have known better. Society would never have understood but these two kids couldn't help themselves. Rose, a spoiled high-society type, falls for Jack, a slightly grungy artist. Their love is strong enough that Rose decides to leave her rich fiancee for Jack, and even poses for a racy nude drawing. But fate had other plans and Jack ended up on the ocean floor. Does anyone think these two would have made it anyway? I have my doubts.
Buffy & Angel
This is another one that just couldn't last. I mean really, a vampire slayer and a vampire? Sure Angel had a soul, but at the end of the day, still a vampire. And the worst part of this story is that if Angel has one moment of true happiness, such as when he's with Buffy, he loses his soul and reverts to being totally evil. Evil vampires don't make good boyfriends. And Buffy was so scarred by the experience she ended up sleeping with another vampire. Someone should have told this girl that you are supposed to learn from bad relationships.
Number Six & Gaius Baltar
Okay, this story isn't over yet and I don't know how it's going to end, but this is one relationship with some pretty heavy consequences. Gaius just thought he was having a fling but his libido nearly wiped out humanity. And despite finding out that the lovely woman he was sleeping with was a cylon, he still couldn't get her out of his head. In fact, both of these two have had a rather obsessive relationship with each other. Which just goes to show you that obsessive love doesn't ever have a pretty ending.
It just goes to show you, Shakespeare knew what he was talking about when he wrote "Romeo & Juliet." Love is rough. Even when you think it's good, it can turn on you.
I need some more NyQuil. And a Prozac.