Friday, August 27, 2010

Forever or Not so Much?

The other day I was watching Breakfast Club (shocker, right?) which is totally different experience as an adult. While I once thought that Johnny Bender and Claire would totally be a hot couple, it occurred to me that now, I don't even see them working out until Monday. They may have had a few breakthroughs that Saturday afternoon, but I don't think either of them were ready for real world. They both still had too many self-defenses.

 So then my mind wandered to other John Hughes/Molly Ringwald movies. Would Andi and Blane (Pretty in Pink) have made it? Again--I don't think so. He wasn't man enough yet.I kind of wanted to kick him when he told her she didn't believe in him. Though I give them more than the weekend, I don't think more than the summer after high school.

What about Jake Ryan and Sam Baker (Sixteen Candles)? These two, I think, had half a shot. Jake understood the gulf between them, but seemed to be cognizant that he needed to make her feel like the prize, not the other way around. (My author friend, Bria Quinlan will smile about this.)

So....what about my other favorite couples?

Han Solo and Princess Leia
Han was totally right when he said Leia needed more scoundrels in her life. If she stops making out with her brother, I think these two will have many years together exploring the Force. 

Patrick and Kat
With enough Midol, they are both smart enough to make a go of it. I hope they stay in Seattle--her dad is hilarious.

Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls
I foresee a long, unhealthy relationship here. They will break up and make up their entire lives, I think. They really can't be apart--but they really aren't very well suited either. They will try to find happiness with other people, since they make each other miserable, but this is one torch that will never burn out. Likely, they will make the other people just as miserable as they are, and then find their way back to each other. Lather, rinse, repeat

Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman
I'll start by saying I love, love, love them. And then I'll tell you I don't think they will be together past Thanksgiving break at Baby's college. They learned a lot from each other, but some summer romances are only meant for summer. Johnny will never think he is good enough for Baby, and Baby will always feel guilty if she succeeds more than Johnny. They will always remember the time of their lives fondly, though.
Sandy and Danny
Similar to Baby and Johnny, and yet so, so different. I see a lifetime here. They are both willing to compromise, so finding middle ground won't be their struggle. Sharing a bathroom will be their struggle. They both have very high maintenance hairstyles. It could get very ugly.  At the end of the day, though, they can count on each other, and that means a lot.
Sally Albright and Harry Burns
When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. 
Who are your favorite couples?  And do you think they are still together ten years after the credits roll?


  1. OMG, I agree with every one of your picks and your disagreements. I love The Breakfast Club, but even in my youth I didn't believe there would be a lasting relationship there.

    If you're looking for a romance with a fabulous couple, rent Truly, Madly, Deeply. And keep a box of tissues next to you. It doesn't work for this question, but I thought I'd bring it up as "favorite couple" status.

  2. Oh, I loved this post. Wonderful. *sniff*

  3. I'm with Rhonda. I LOVE this post. Fabulous.

    and I agree with you on everything, but I still WANT to believe Johnny and Baby will be 2gether 4ever.

  4. What an absolutely FANTASTIC post! What about unhappy endings? Like Rhett and Scarlet? Do you think those will last, or will they eventually find each other again?

  5. Amanda Brice4:47 PM

    I loved this post. SO MUCH. Probably my favorite post ever.

    And while my head agrees with you, my heart is saying "la-la-la-la-la! I can't hear you!" about Baby and Johnny. I want them to make it! (But I think I might actually give them until Christmas break. I think final exams will be the dealbreaker.)

  6. I'm so grateful somebody ELSE was wigged out by that Luke-Leia kiss. And the way he kicked back afterward.