Grah. Which idiot has come up with these questions??? I need more information in order to answer this properly! Are we talking about proper-bilateral and thus “happy” romances, or also unilateral, unhappy romances? And are we talking canon-only or also non-canon? Hmph.
Ok, let’s take it literally and canon.
Yes, Francis and Reba. Because this is mutual attraction, not one-sided, and mainly because of the redemptive qualities of the romance. I loved how the romance changed Francis, at least temporarily. He feels the power of love for the first time *cue Frankie Goes To Hollywood*, and for a moment it seems possible that he may separate himself from the Red Dragon. Reba has the purity that Guy looked for in Marian. This romance couldn’t be more romantic. It embodies the whole “love has the power to change everything” ideal.
Least Favourite Romance
Easy. If there ever was a romance that felt wrong from the get-go, it was Lucas North’s affair with Sarah Caulfield. I don’t know, maybe I am in CPM here (character protection mode), but it seemed wrong that a vulnerable hero was being betrayed in this duplicitous manner, and worse – I did not really see why Lucas fell for her in the first place. It wasn’t that she was an agent, or that she was American, or that she was blonde – it was the whole stereotype of the character. Sarah felt like such an unlikely love interest. And I just didn’t really buy it, when Lucas begged Sarah to take him with her in 8×06. (BTW, the latest romance – Daniel and Esther – somehow reminds me of Lucas and Sarah, too. Conclusion: don’t dip your fountain pen in the office ink, buddy!)
PS: You may be wondering why Guy-girl Guylty doesn’t cite Guy and Marian as her favourite romance. The truth is, I am on the fence about that one. Marian clearly does not love Guy, so it is not a mutual romance as such, and somehow unsatisfying to watch. Yet, if it hadn’t been for that unrequited love, Guy would not have been the multi-layered character he became… Redemption in the lack of romance?
What about you? Which romance did you like best/least? Why?