We all see fictional characters out there and sigh at the relationships they create or find themselves in with those in their worlds. I’m not a rom-com lover, no matter the forum, never have been. My stories need more than the relationship to concentrate on. Usually. And not all #relationshipgoals are purely sexual as “relationships” come in many forms.
Here’s a mix of Sami-Jo’s #relationshipgoals based on fictional characters from movies, books, and television.
Christian & Satine – Moulin Rouge
Christian and Satine are a tragic couple. I remember sitting in the theaters with friends and sobbing like a child who had their favourite toy stolen from their sibling. Why Satine? Why did you have to die?? Distraught doesn’t cover it. But regardless of the fact Satine was a burlesque dancer and made her money with the after-the-show special in what would now be the “Champagne room”, Christian wanted to swoop her away from the lifestyle, where she was set to be married off to a snidely man, and grow old in blissful love together. Consumption had other ideas and they never made it out, but the intensity with which they loved each other is something no one could argue with.
Sally & Jack – Nightmare Before Christmas
Sally and Jack’s story means no less because they are animated characters. I loved that Sally pursued Jack and that he was an idiot and didn’t see this. More women should pursue men. I also loved that Sally Jack outright his plans would end badly without worrying if he would reject her or not. Huge lesson in there. While Jack was redefining his identity and looking for substance in all the wrong places, Sally was still there, worried and upset but supportive. Jack needed to live out his personal quest. She didn’t agree with it but she was there to allow him to work through his mistakes. Once he realized he was the idiot she knew he was being, he made things right and she forgave after a beautiful musical apology.
The Aunts – Practical Magic
These women are clearly not a romantic pair. (This story doesn’t involve that brand of literary kink). They are family. Siblings. They live together, they practice their craft together, they drink in the middle of the night and eat chocolate cake for breakfast, and they support each other even while busting each others balls about their dead husbands and sexual exploits. I adore these women and their relationship so hard.
Zsadist & Bella – Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Zsadist is a member of the Blackdagger Brotherhood, an elite group of vampires who are responsible for guarding the vampire world from their enemies, The Lessening Society. Bella is a female of their race who was kidnapped and tormented. When Zsadist – a former blood slave who understands her torment and whose face is forever scarred because of it – finds Bella, he vows to protect her. Bella is captivated by him instead of terrified, sees the wonderful male he is, and works to make him see this as well. Both have baggage and both work in different ways to help the other overcome them. I love a couple who sees the scars and ugliness and loves the others more because of them.
Richard Cypher & Mord Sith Denna – Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
The Mord Sith Deena – a soldier bound to protect her Master Rahl – captures Richard and uses an Agiel – a baton-like rod that electrifies the captive with immense pain – to break him. While, yes, she has captured, humiliated, and broken our hero’s spirit, Richard learns that Mord Sith’s are chosen as children, forced to kill their parents, and are broken themselves. In the end, she allows Richard to kill her because she feels she has earned it and he has earned taking her life. NOW I KNOW this all sounds quite Stockholm Syndrome-like, but they don’t fall in love in a traditional sense. The come to an understanding on the pain that molded each of them and care about each other because of it. You can live your entire life without another person truly understanding your pain, and in this case, they do. There’s true magic in that.
Nadia Stafford & Jack – Nadia Stafford Series by Kelley Armstrong
Nadia is a washed up police officer turned contract killer for the mafia. She’s badass. And although she’s not a cop, still thinks like one and has her motivations to find and kill some serious assholes. Her mentor Jack is a bit of a mystery but takes her attitude in stride and joins her hunt. Over the course of the 3-book series, their mentor-student relationship turns into something deeper. Nothing immediately obvious as the author explores other relationships, but this one is always there when she hits a wall and her inner demons come barking. Something about their relationship hits a realistic cord. They’re not an obvious couple and neither are most in the real world. There’s an age difference as well as large personality differences, but they find a common thread that brings them together. There’s beauty we should all hope to capture in our own lives.
Seeley Booth & Temperance Brennan – Bones
Over the course of 11 seasons we’ve watched Booth and Brennan grow on each other. They’re another example of opposites attract. Booth is an FBI agent who relies on his gut instincts, while Brennan, a Forensic Anthropologist, relies on science. They are first partners on the job for quite some time until they become life partners and then marry much much later. During the series though, they show how two people on opposite wavelengths can work together, find mutual understanding, and even love. A lessen the rest of the world could certainly take home.
Abby Mills & Icabod Crane – Sleepy Hollow
Here is another non-romantic couple. I admire the series writers for having these two never get together and to demonstrate that YES a heterosexual man and a women can be friends and remain that way. Most of the time they end up finding a way to put them together as a couple, even for a trial run. Which is a ridiculous and annoying practice. Mills and Crane are opposites. They’ve been through horrendous circumstances together and never ended those circumstances with a perceived obligatory sex scene. They love each other like friends who have been through the trenches together should and there’s a goal many should seek. Love your friends regardless of gender and recognize those feelings of love as affection and not romantic interest.
Jess & Rory – Gilmore Girls
Everyone has an opinion on who Rory should be with, but Jess and Rory were an amazing teenage couple. Jess has his bad boy reputation, but is secretly a bookworm and thoughtful guy. Rory is a straight-laced overachiever. Regardless of their social standings, they challenge each other. They pressure the other outside their comfort zones to experience life from a different perspective with mixed results. We should all strive to find someone who pushes us to be better versions of ourselves. Who encourages us to reach out of the cozy nooks we create because this is where we truly grow. Both Jess and Rory are greater people for having the other at an age where striving for something different has its greatest impact. This showed when they later met as adults and they again (especially Jess) pushed the other to re-evaluate their life.
And because 9 couples is an odd number, I want to give a shout out to:
Morticia & Gomez Adams – The Adams Family
The goal with these two is to love to the fullest and loudest. They’re unapologetic about their weirdness and their love for each other, and display this in all possible moments. They love each other too much to care who is around rolling their eyes. They say to dance like no one is watching, well, Morticia and Gormez love like no one is watching. So should we all.