My Favorite Romantic Couples of All Time: Couple #1
As I sat here reviewing my all time favorite romantic couples, a trend very clearly jumped out at me… I apparently have a thing for a smartass guy. Handsome, of course. Roguish daredevil, check. Brilliant, absolutely. Heart of gold hidden deep down inside where only his perfect mirror can reach it… SOLD!
And my ladies are all pretty much the same, too. Smart, beautiful, persevering risk takers. They all do what needs doing, all the while looking gorgeous and kicking ass.
I think the operative word for these couples is PASSION. Both the men and the women are emotional forces to be reckoned with, and when combined with a heated romance, that passion is explosive. And because they are brilliant, that passion is often expressed through witty dialogue, something I really love.
I love the smart, fast-paced drama that accompanies couples like this. It is what makes me think about them long after the movie or book is done. It is why I come back to them over and over again.
So here is the first of my personal favorites: Han and Leia (Star Wars).
I think Han was the first man I ever really fell in love with. And Leia was the first woman I ever really and truly wanted to be. He is handsome, strong, and a full-on bad boy. Boy being the key, because one of the most unique qualities of Han Solo was his boyish charm. He always seemed to be up for anything, especially some fun. He was smart, but his real genius was thinking on his feet. No matter what went wrong, he could find a way around it.
He was bad, working and living with the dark underbelly of society. So you knew he could handle just about anybody, no matter how evil, which is pretty darn hot. He was funny and quick and incredibly loyal. His friendship with Chewey went far beyond any obligations binding the two together. Something about friendships like that always hits a soft spot for me.
And then there is the beautiful Princess Leia Organa. Seriously, what girl wouldn’t want to be her? She’s a princess, she’s beautiful, she’s smart, and willing to risk everything for the rebellion. She was a leader who really knew how to lead and didn’t hesitate for a moment to kill Jabba the Hutt. She was as good at defending herself as anyone else in the movies. She was a badass through and through. Not to mention she had Han Solo fall head over heels in love with her.
And their romance was HOT! Not because of anything physical that happened on the screen, but because of that passion that sizzled between them. They were gas and open flame around each other, and it was fun watch the sparks fly. She pushed him away, called him names, and pretended she didn’t feel a thing for him. All of which he took with a smile and wink. Because he knew eventually they were going to be together.
Which is what brings us to one of the hottest lines in all of romantic history. As Han prepares to descend into the carbon freezing chamber, potentially to his death, Leia can’t hold back anymore. It is her last chance to give in to her feelings. She calls out, “I love you!” To which Han epicly replies, “I know.”
Two incredibly simple words delivered so softly and with such intense eye contact it didn’t matter what he said. In fact, if he had said, “I love you, too,” it would have been weak and empty. But, “I know,” says so much more. It says I love you, I’ve always loved you, and I know you’ve always loved me. You don’t have to explain anything, because I know. And we’re going to get through this and have the most amazing romance in the history of history.
Best. Line. Ever.
One of the great things about Star Wars IV-VI is seeing that first spark between them in A New Hope and knowing it was going to be hot. Empire sizzled in part because of the tension caused by these two resisting and then finally acknowledging their love. And in Return of the Jedi we get to see them freely in love. We get to see all three parts of the romance in a satisfying way.
And so, because of their passion, witty banter, and general badassery, Han and Leia are hands-down one of my all time favorite romantic couples. Were you as in love with them as I was? (I still pull out Empire when I need a little romantic tension…) Comment below!