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9 Couples That Were Meant To Be But Never Were

Missed connection: you were two characters in the same novel. You had every opportunity to fall in love and make my dreams come true, but you didn’t! You were perfect for each other, and I don’t know why others can’t see that.


It’s so frustrating when two characters who are meant to live happily ever after end up taking different paths without one another. We’re here to talk about a few couples who we felt had potential, and we’re still sad they’re not an item.


1) Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights


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You can’t deny it: There’s a certain charm in returning to your home town to get “the one that got away.” It’s a cliché that we love. Even though Catherine died before Heathcliff had a chance, it’s said at the end that sometimes you can see their souls walking along the moors. At least she’s not with Edgar anymore.


2) Harry and Hermione from Harry Potter


I liked the idea of Harry ending up with Hermione at the end of Rowling’s series. I’m sure many fans will disagree, but I thought that they had a really great bond and I would have liked to see more. Oh well, the Weasleys deserve love too right? 


3) Clarissa and Sally from Mrs. Dalloway


Slowly learning about Clarissa and Sally’s love that could never be broke my heart while reading Virginia Woolf’s classic. Instead, Clarissa married Mr. Dalloway, who let’s be honest, is a total snooze. 


4) Jo and Laurie from Little Women


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It’s possible for men and women to just be friends, but I think many of us wanted Jo and Laurie to just kiss already! Honestly, marrying the professor seems way less exciting, but more true to who Jo is.


5) Katniss and Gale from The Hunger Games


That’s right, I’m #TeamGale. He knows her better than anyone, he’s always been there for her, and he wanted to run away with her; what more do you need? Peeta would be fine without Katniss, he has one of the most reliable friends — bread. 


6) Cecilia and Robbie from Atonement


Spoiler alert: just when you thought this romantic plot line was going to work out really well, it turns out to be a complete work of fiction by Cecilia’s sister. I’m still mad.


7) Frodo and Sam from The Lord of the Rings



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I know there’s tons of fan art and fiction about this duo, but can we talk about how it would actually be really sweet? Sam is always talking about how he’d do anything for Frodo, and it’s clear that Frodo felt a lifetime bond with Samwise.  


8) Marianne Dashwood and Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility


It was going perfectly until Willoughby had to be a complete jerk and leave Marianne for a wealthy woman. I would have loved to have seen their happily ever after, but at least Marianne ended up marrying a good guy. 


9) Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar from Brokeback Mountain



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Um, obviously. There’s a reason this story became widely successful, and that’s because no one was expecting that awful ending. I made up my own much happier ending instead!


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