feel this - chuck&blair
I was thinking about a line in “Without You”, by Lana Del Rey:
“I can be your china doll / If you wanna see me fall”
Whenever Blair is expected to be a certain person in a relationship, either she disappoints the guy, or her heart is broken. As Blair said at the end of season 4, Chuck was the only one who could ever love every part of her.
In 2.22, Nate tries to protect his relationship with Blair by buying an apartment, and telling Chuck, “I don’t want you ever coming anywhere near her again.”
In 2.03, Lord Marcus tells Blair, “You’re a delicate little flower.”
In 5.19, Dan convinces Blair to dress up in a pink foamy skirt and wear a plastic tiara from a costume shop, despite Blair’s protestations.
Whenever a boyfriend imposes his ideas on Blair, or ideas about how Blair should act, the relationship fails. Chuck and Blair make a good team because they are equals in the relationship. Blair is allowed to be “the boss”, she is not constricted or confined, and she does not have to feel ashamed of any part of herself.
In 5.24, Serena says to Dan, “[Blair’s] never gonna change. Don’t you see Dan, the Blair that you’re in love with isn’t the real Blair, it’s the Blair you created in your book.” Claire Carlyle is a romanticized and fairytale-version of the real Blair Waldorf. When he realizes this, his idealized construct of Blair (that he imposed on her), is shattered. Dan is too familiar with having his ideals crushed, partly because he puts girls on such a high pedestal. Serena was his muse, Vanessa was his friend, Miss Carr represented wisdom in literary forms, Blair was his intellectual girlfriend, whom he watched films with. All of these women disappointed him, though, in some way or the other.
Louis offered Blair a fairytale life that she had imagined since she was a little girl, however, as he learned more of her secrets, he became jaded towards her, her friends and her world, until he finally married her solely for a business contract.
Chuck was the only one who could love every aspect of Blair - even the parts “devoid of a hint of sparkle”. Chuck has loved Blair through all her transitions, through all of her growth; he loves Blair as no man ever has or will ever love.