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30 April 2003 @ 02:18 pm
coffee break: the pairing meme  
1. What are your favorite canon pairings (where canon is defined as having a romantic relationship taken beyond innuendo and UST in the present or past that has been verified by events seen in the show excluding dreams, alternate universes and other events-negating plot devices)?

Just sticking to Buffy, Buffy/Spike. Duh. Willow/Oz. Not that I have anything against Big Gay Willow, but going back to the early seasons, I did like the cuteness and wolfy angst of that pairing.

2. Favorite non-canon pairings?

Um...yeah. Xander/Spike. With an up-and-comer of Angel/Spike. And a few dark horses: Wes/Angel, Wes/Gunn. (Hmm, notice that no one writes Angel/Gunn. It's not a Gunn thing, I suspect, because people do slash him with Wes. I guess it's a chemistry thing. I mean, there's a big black box of mysterious nothing for you: the relationship between Gunn and Angel.)

3. Favorite obscure pairings?

See, everyone who reads my LJ surely knows these things, which makes this meme a bit boring. And one must note that some of these are mostly in my head, but: Riley/Spike. Um. Hmm. I thought I had more.

4. Pairing you won't read no matter how well written?

Things with Synder and Giles, which I find squicky. I've skimmed a few Dawn/Buffy stories, just with the drive-by rubbernecking instinct; these particular ones--don't remember what they were--didn't happen to squick me per se, I just have no interest and don't see the point. I've read a lot of one-off obscure pairings, some of which work (Xander/Larry), some of which don't so much (Cordy/Lilah).

5. Pairing you used to dislike, but grew to like or vice-versa?

I used to dislike Spike/Angel, because of how people wrote Angel (smug, condescending, mean and bullying without any real tenderness or affection). I'm seeing better stuff now.

6. Does it matter to you if your pairings ever get recognition by TPTB?

Only in that I sometimes mourn the lack of canonical m/m relationships, and whimper for what might have been. It was my fantasy that in the second half of S7 they'd diverge for an episode from the dark arc and get in one last AU, a la the Wishverse. I'd have loved to have seen some S/X snogging. It was, okay, a hopeless fantasy, but it sustained me.

6b. If they already have it, does that make the pairing seem more legitimate somehow?

A little recognition never hurts. But what does that even mean? I see deliberately embedded S/X slashiness in the show. Not sure if that's what recognition means. In that sense of the word, recognition is what helps build a viable ship.


 
 
 
my2cents4sure on April 30th, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC)
2. Okay, your X/S really rocks, but I also like Magpie's pairing of Wesley/Faith in the Snake series.

4. Giles/Buffy; Buffy/Dawn; Joyce/Spike (re a fic Herself rec'd); Snyder/Joyce (people will write anything)

5. Again, some Xander/Spike fic; also harmonyfb's Spike/Dawn pairing in her latest WIP. Squicky, but compelling.

6a. What matters to me is when TPTB recognize the relationship but don't move it in the direction I want it to go. So, last year's Buffy/Spike was unsatisfying for me, because ME gave me the 'ship, but turned it into an unhappy experience for Buffy from start to finish. That is not the 'ship I signed on for. (Hence my discovery of fanfic.)

6b. Hmmm. Would I have been so gung-ho on B/S if I hadn't seen the chemistry, the sex, and JM onscreen? Probably not. So, yeah, canon helps.
Jack Pridejack_pride on April 30th, 2003 06:46 pm (UTC)
Only in that I sometimes mourn the lack of canonical m/m relationships, and whimper for what might have been. It was my fantasy that in the second half of S7 they'd diverge for an episode from the dark arc and get in one last AU, a la the Wishverse. I'd have loved to have seen some S/X snogging. It was, okay, a hopeless fantasy, but it sustained me.

*Sigh* Me, too. I had great elaborate plans which mostly hinged on Joss sneaking it in because the show's ending anyway. I managed to convince a friend of mine that the idea was plausible, too. Alas.