What? Not so much, eh? Your kids gave you the card and moved on, your spouse made you dinner and fogot to do the dishes, and your dog did exactly the same thing your dog does every day????
Let's put this in terms of writing, shall we? yes, we shall, besides, it's our blog and we say so. We love our characters and want the best for all of them. At least, I (erica) do. I want the cute but misunderstood girl to get the cute but misunderstood guy and live happily ever after. I want the funny girl to get the funny guy and the insert-any-quality-you-want girl to get the whatever-she-wants guy. I'm not ashamed to say it. I want my characters to get what they want. (ooh, i refrained from shouting there. aren't you proud of me?)
Does this happen in every book? Well, some would say - yes, it does, and way too often (especially in romance, including YA). Characters are two peas in a pod. Peanut butter and jelly. SpongeBob and Patrick. The model for "you complete me." Perfection.
Darn it, perfection does not exist in the real world and the thought should not be entertained by us mere-mortal-writers (this is what i've been told)!!! People get jilted. And darn it, some characters should, too. Valentine's week or not. (insert erica's sad face here)
So, my thought (for now) is that I can't do it. Can my character be slightly jilted by the out-of-her/his-league possiblity? Sure. But can one of them show up at the top of the Empire State Building to find that his/her love interest didn't show up?? No. Can't do it. Nope. No happily never after for this girl. Call me Meg Ryan, but man, I love love.
What about you?? Can you leave your first love (character) jilted? Why did you do it and what can I learn from you? Or, hey, did you just learn from me? (er...)