I have realised a habit that I have somehow fallen into when I have been planning my stories. I have many ideas for stories floating around in my head but one thing they all have in common is that the main character never actually gets to be with the character who he is in love with. Either the love interest dies or the love interest AND the main character die. In a story that I am writing now I have taken it a step further. All the characters live but the main character's love interest falls in love with someone else, a boy she loved when she was younger but whom she could not be with on account of the age difference between them. To rub salt into the wounds, every other character ends up in a relationship - the villain, after having his powers taken away, becomes good and goes to apologise to the girlfriend of one of the men he murdered and, eventually, the two of them fall in love. The villain's henchman and henchwomen were only in on his evil plan because they thought it might help their forbidden love to be acceptable, and at the end of the story they think "Well, let's just get together anyway." But the main character gets no one. I was just wondering what everyone else thinks about love in stories. Do you think heroes should get their love in the end because they deserve it or do you think that sometimes it is refreshing to find a story where not all goes to plan?