Tuesday, October 29, 2013

OTPs: A Trio, Four & Six

As the last Tangled girl to post each month, I have the benefit of reading everyone else’s posts before I’m due to post mine. Considering I had never actually heard of “one true pairing” before now, this was a pretty enlightening experience, full of squealing over couples I've fallen in love with over the years. Most of my favorites have already been touched on by some of the other girls, but here’s a quick list before I get into two groupings no one else has mentioned:

One of the biggest things for me with any couple is even footing. I like both parties to equally contribute to the relationship, rather than one person dominating over or cowering under the other. I want them to be able to hold their own and captivate me as a singular character, even if they weren't attached to their counterpart. As a couple, I want a friendship, heat and passion. I want one to push the other to do things. 

With that said, here are my new pairings/groupings: Tris & Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth (I have *not* read Allegiant yet) and Will, Jem, and Tessa from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (I've mentioned my love for her writing before, haven’t I?). 

For anyone who knows me outside Tangled, you know I adore Four. Tobias Eaton = my number one YA book boyfriend. He’s strong, but also vulnerable in a way only Tris knows. He is sensitive. And while he’s protective of Tris, he does it in such a way that he leaves the ball in her court. He doesn't fight her battles for her, but instead he equips her with the power to do that herself, even if it’s not apparent to Tris at the time. And Tris? Well, she does what she feels she needs to do, whether or not it’s something Four would want her to do. She doesn't ask for his permission. And when all is said and done, it works for them.

Will, Jem, and Tessa. *sigh* My initial idea for this month’s post was to solely focus on this trio and their unique relationships as friends, pairings, and a fantastic group altogether. However, I couldn't figure out a good way to approach it without spoiling The Infernal Devices for anyone who hasn't read them. But they need to be mentioned. I loathe love triangles, but there is just something about this trio and all their many and deep connections that fascinated me to no end: parabatai, friends, lovers, sacrifices, curses. You cannot have one aspect of this trio without all the rest, just like you need all three people for it to be complete.

So, any OTPs you haven't seen mentioned this month?  

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Love & triumph

This month’s topic is OTPs – our favourite One True Pairings. Looking at my list, I noticed they have one thing in common - conflict. Either they don't get on AT ALL to begin with, or major obstacles get in the way of the two characters being together. Romance can add tension and conflict to a story if done right, because you want the characters to succeed and get together against all the odds - that's what makes it exciting!

So, here's my list:

Sophie and Howl (Howl's Moving Castle) - this is one of my favourite books of all time, and Sophie and Howl are hilarious because at first, they absolutely hate each other! Sophie gets cursed and turned into an old woman, and goes to the castle of the infamous Wizard Howl because there's literally no other option left. She then completely upturns Howl's life and causes absolute havoc, and the result is a relationship that seems completely believable, and when they finally get together in the end, it's like "YES! I told you so!". Both characters are flawed, but realistic - and that's a good thing!


Jace and Clary (The Mortal Instruments) - I don't think I need to say much here, except that it's sometimes painful to read the moments of attraction between two people who CAN'T be together - and, well, I don't want to spoil it. But the last few chapters of City of Glass - well, call me cliche, but talk about an emotional roller coaster!

Meghan and Ash (The Iron Fey) - Wow. Well, the odds are against these two from the start. She's a half-mortal, half-summer faery, whilst he's prince of the Winter Court. And, of course, there's a certain Robin Goodfellow around. But...again, I can't say much due to spoilers. But if you want an intense, emotionally wrenching romance...read these books.

How about you? What are your favourite fictional couples who fight the odds to be together?

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Favorite Fandom OTPs -- in .gifs + Smiles

This month we're talking about OTP -- ONE TRUE PAIRING. As a member of MANY fandoms (and someone who just got done with being on deadlines for three months non-stop) I'm going to make this totally fun instead of thought-provoking and share with you some of my favorite fandom OTPs in gif form. Why? Because everyone needs a little bit of happiness. (Warning: these are in no particular order, and once I started with the gifs I went a little crazy....)

 TEN AND ROSE (Doctor Who)
Because he loved her so much and I CAN'T.


...Excuse me while I die....

RON & HERMIONE (Harry Potter)
Because they are just so darn cute and I don't know how anyone ever questioned it. Hatred always = love! 

NICK & JESS (New Girl)
Because they are undeniably made for each other. 

I love Friends and I feel like most people root for Ross & Rachel. While I did too, there's always going to be a soft spot in my heart for these two. They didn't make sense at first but when it happened, it worked. Plus, who hasn't dreamed of falling for their best friend? 


Because they are the ultimate definition of bromance -- at the very least -- and friendship and devotion and I love them. And, as an AVID lover of Arthurian stories this show has this huge place in my heart. Forever. 


Ah, bromance....

BROOKE & JULIAN (One Tree Hill)
I always loved Brooke, and she's the best character pay-off in history. I love them together because he sees the real her and she pushes him to be more. I also loved Brooke being happy, and no one did that more than Julian.


CORY & TOPANGA (Boy Meets World)
Because, like it or not, they set the bar REAL high for every twenty-something and they are epitome of excellence in our lives and bars for our romances. (And they have a new show, so I'm excited.)


And last but not least (and CERTAINLY not all!!!)...

I wasn't sure who I was going to pick for this on, but Cappy and Casey are the winners. Basically, I love them. If you need me to tell you WHY they are my OTP, then you have obviously never watched the show. And you should fix that. Like, now. (There's just something about it taking a long time and the payoff of that...)





The best part about OTPs? They all lived happily ever after. (Even if they didn't.) 

 Who are some of YOUR favorite OTPs and why?? 

 Now excuse me....