debussygirl: I have to say, I am a fan of Anne and Capt. Wentworth. For me, Austen's "Persuasion" was the most accessible and relateable of her novels!
In my life: as a girl whose wedding is fast approaching (Dec. 12!), I have to be goopy and say that my finace has been the best example of love in my life. Even when I am being hissy, PMS-ing, or having serious issues (like being stranded with him in an airport, trying to fly home in a blizzard), he has never stopped loving me, or putting my well being before his own. (Thanks for bearing with the sappiness!)
In Modern Media: I love the as-yet unrealized love of Booth and Bones in Fox's drama "Bones". The reason I love their relationship is that they are already living out their love for each other in everything they say and do - they just haven't understood that they are "in-love" in the truest sense of the word.
Books: I could never choose a favorite couple! There are so many out there! However, if I had to pick one book to be stranded with, I would pick Robin McKinley's "Beauty". It is Beauty and the Beast told in such a tender way - the Beast needs Beauty's love to redeem him from his monstrous state, but Beauty needs the Beast's love as well. They fight to win each other, the Beast fights to win her heart, and she fights to save his life. A touching picture of the redeeming power of love!
Twilight: Sure, I could very easily go with Bella and Edward, but I am going to go a little out of the norm and recognize one of my favorite couples: Alice and Jasper. Again, the saving power of true love! Alice brings out the humanity that remains in Jasper, and he would slay an entire army of Volturi to protect her. The scene where they reunite in the airport in New Moon is so amazing...they don't even need to say a word, just being together is fulfilling.
For me, love is proven in the most difficult trials, but it is formed in daily living. In your day-to-day choices, do you always choose to selflessly put your "lover" first? In the small choices, such as choosing to stare longer at a waitress' chest or a lifeguard's muscled abs, are you thinking of what would make the one you love feel more special, more cherished? When no one is watching, do you still live in a way that honors the one you love? It is a lot to ask, and a lot to live up to, but so incredibly worth the struggle. In the end, would you rather have easy love, or meaningful love?