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Warning: If you haven't seen Buffy or Angel, spoilers are ahead!!! You've been warned! ;)
So I've come to the conclusion after watching seven seasons of Buffy and two seasons of Angel (so far) that Joss Whedon is against romance. Both shows have several examples of this, where he makes you care about the characters, those characters start to grow on each other, you want a romance to blossom, and then BAM! He pulls the rug out from under you while ripping your heart out in the process. Happens all too often. *Sigh*
Watching Buffy, I LOVED Angel and Buffy though from the start. Edward has nothing on Angel - Angel puts him to shame. But do they make it as a couple? Nope. Then there was the guy whom Buffy met at college - Riley. I never liked him, so it was cool with me that their relationship didn't work out.
Spike came along, and I didn't like him at all but over time he grew on me. Then I LOVED him, too, but was smart enough to be cautious this time. The whole push-pull thing between Buffy and Spike is enough to put the angst of all my teenage years combined to shame! It didn't end well for them. Man I was so upset!
Don't forget Xander! Cordelia and Xander were an item for like a second. Then he started dating Anya, and that...well, I forget if that ended well. Probably not. Willow was in love with Xander, but he only had eyes for Buffy. Buffy wasn't into him, though, not with Angel around. Eventually Willow became involved with a werewolf, Oz, but that ended of course. She then came out and started a relationship with Tara, who was soon KILLED. Gah!
On Angel, it's hinted at that Angel might be developing a thing for Cordelia, but I know better. Cordelia fell in love (probably more like lust since she only knew him for like a whole whopping one day) with the Groosalugg when she accidentally fell into the Host's home world. But he had to stay there, and she had to come back. Wesley recently admitted crushing on Winifred, but do I dare think a relationship is gonna happen?
See what I mean? I love these shows, don't get me wrong, and I am a HUGE fan of Joss Whedon. I just want some good romance that doesn't necessarily have to take over the show. Obviously, it's too late for this to be rectified since both shows aren't new anymore, but it doesn't stop me from wanting what I want.
What's the lesson I've learned?
Joss Whedon + Romance = Not Gonna Happen
Still going to cross my fingers for Wesley and Winifred. Somebody should be lucky in love for at least a season or two. :)