Some loves have no chance for survival. As hard as we ship, some couples are just not meant to be. And it might not be obvious at first. A gut-wrenching break up between two people that adore each other might not be a predictable ending. But when it comes down to it, I’m a firm believer in “if it’s meant to be, it’ll be.”
Here are five fictional couples that we rooted for, tweeted about, joined teams to support, but had everything working against them from the start and ultimately went their separate ways. (Best breakup story ever goes to Min and Ed of Why We Broke Up, and you could win a free copy! Deets below.)
1. Summer and Tom from 500 Days of Summer
Sure, Tom was insecure, a bit needy, and loved the idea of Summer more than Summer herself. Summer was cold, a little selfish, and even though her actions went against her words, her words ultimately prevailed and she wasn’t the right one for Tom.
But, you guys, Zooey and JoGoLev played these roles with adorable charisma and accrued 500 days of #Awww moments. You wanted them to last because they were so freaking cute together. I think we’re all looking for the same level of adoration that Tom had for Summer. He knew he loved Summer instantly. It took her a while to warm up to the idea of him. Sometimes that works out, some people just take a little longer to fall in love. Not these two. They broke up. Summer moved on. She got married. And Tom found Autumn. *Sigh*
2. Katniss and Gale from The Hunger Games
Don’t hate me, but I was Team Gale, right up until the end. Peeta and Katniss didn’t make much sense to me. I know they balance each other out, and the way the trilogy ended *SPOILER ALERT*, it made sense that they ended up together. But Gale was such a dreamboat! I just kept picturing Katniss and Gale, side by side, taking on every battle together.
They never would’ve made it though. Katniss and Gale were too similar. Not that being alike is a bad thing, but they were similar in their level of anger and stubbornness. Recipe for divorce, right there.
3. Min and Ed from Why We Broke Up
Min and Ed are your classic young love odd couple. Min is an introvert, coffee lover, and cinephile. Ed is a popular jock, but a lovable jock that digs math. Their love story is predictable, and certainly relatable, but is beautifully told in this book. The story begins with Min leaving a box of mementos on Ed’s doorstep with a letter explaining the significance of each item, and why they broke up. The box holds two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship.
Through the story of each item, you fall in love with them as a couple, but you experience all of the pain through their struggle to make it work. Min and Ed, I’m on both teams.
4. Jack and Kate from LOST
The show ended with Jack and Kate back together in that weird sideways purgatory before the island crew all went to heaven together. Wait, is that what happened? I’m still not sure. But the entire show leading up to that was Jack and Kate having unbearable sexual tension, and clashing at every turn. Neither one likes to talk about their feelings, and neither one is satisfied with appreciating what they have when they have it. Jack always needs a project, a mission to work on, and Kate needs drama to make her run away emotionally, or she chooses to literally run away and start a new life somewhere else.
If you can’t make it work on Earth, how is a purgatory vaca the answer?
5. Mindy and Casey from The Mindy Project
I loved these two so much. It also makes me sad to think that Kelly and Ryan were perfect together, but Mindy and Casey couldn’t make it work. Maybe they’ll find a way back to one another, but the reason they broke up made perfect sense. Mindy, despite her chaotic personal life, is a driven, successful doctor. As much as she loved Casey, his career ADD was too much to handle. It’s also a red flag for the way he handles other big life decisions. Not an ideal hubby.
To all of these incredible couples (RIP), we miss you and wish you the best of luck in all of your future romances.
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