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Fictional Characters Who Experienced Love at First Sight, Ranked by How Well That Turned Out for Everybody

People in literature are just constantly experiencing love at first sight, with mixed results. Look, I get the appeal. There are no awkward first dates where you’re trying to figure out if you like the guy or if he’s just tall, no lonely nights where you’re home alone wondering why she hasn’t texted you back yet—you just make eye contact with a hot person across a crowded ballroom and BAM, you’re in love and you would die for each other.

In literature, sometimes you DO die for each other. Sometimes other people die, too. Sometimes love at first sight turns out just fine—other times it has deadly and far-reaching consequences for everyone involved. Here are some couples who fell in love immediately, ranked by how well things turned out.