Ohh, where to begin. Hello. My name is Badger, and I 'ship damn near everything.
Oh, I'm not indiscriminate, I do need a good amount of evidence before I'll climb aboard a 'ship. I'm just...very open to being convinced. So, for my first 'narrowing it down' bit, for the purposes of this meme I'm looking only at canon 'ships. None of my mad descents into Third Option 'shipping (Sam/Fiona, Lassiter/Juliet, Sarah/Casey), partnershipping (Mulder/Scully, Wendy/The Middleman, Sarah/Casey), or my fondness for little damaged girl/scary guy with a secret gentle side (River/Jayne, Parker/Eliot, Sarah/Casey, and are you sensing a pattern here?). (My secret desire to write Amy/Eleven is not related to that last one. It's not related to anything, including logic or sanity.)
There's also a distinction I have to draw that will narrow it down further: There's a difference between "favorite love story" and "favorite 'ship." For me, "favorite 'ship" has to be a pair where I love watching them interact as a couple. There are love stories I adore about couples who have defied the odds and walked through the fire for each other, or about couples who just got together in a really adorable way, but where I don't have the love/investment in their day-to-day lives. Most of the time, it's because they got together and then that story is done. Sometimes they're part of a massive ensemble show and that's the end of their arc (Desmond and Penny), sometimes the show didn't last long enough for them to grow as a couple (Wendy and Tyler), and sometimes getting together was the point of this season, and next season may well turn them into my favorite 'ship (You all know which picture of River Song goes here). Basically, this part of the post is me justifying to myself why I left some of my favorites off the list.
So who's gonna get the coveted title? Well, to my great surprise, as of the end of Season 3 it's Chuck and Sarah. And I'll admit upfront that half the reason they soared to the top of the list is because I'm so damn happy I can say that. It's been three years of UST and fake conflict and drama for drama's sake and general bad writing to keep these two apart as long as possible, and now it's gone in the most spectacular way possible. Chuck is a quick study. Sarah is passionate and mildly crazy again. And the two of them just click. They're funny, they're affectionate, and their fights include real apologies and attempts to explain their bad behavior and change it in the future. Who are these two people, and why haven't I been watching them for the past two and a half seasons?