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coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 02:53 am
Canon: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: Fuu/Jin/Mugen
Canon Level: Traveling Companions

I can't not picture Fuu, Mugen, and Jin as an inseparable unit. Most OT3s, I'll also be into at least one of the sub-pairings and probably all three sub-pairings, but Samurai Champloo seems to be the exception. Mugen and Jin clash against each other, but they're not naturally drawn to each other without Fuu there to hold them together. Fuu's the reason they exist as a trio, and she's not going to choose one over the other. She's infused with so much more purpose when she's leading their merry band around so that she almost seems duller without Mugen and Jin by her side. And it has to be both of them because it's the push/pull between all three of them that makes them all work.

Suggested reading:
Enharmonic Intervals by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ponderosa
A Change in Relationship Dynamics by [archiveofourown.org profile] debit
With the Gracious Consent of the Audience by [archoveofourown.org profile] kugare
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, May 26th, 2017 01:34 pm
Canon: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Pairing: Jean-Luc Picard/Q
Canon Level: Antagonists

Q seems to take a lot of joy from antagonizing Picard and delights when Picard manages to beat his challenges. And while Picard is certainly irritated by Q and the deadly games he plays with Enterprise crew, I think Picard has too much curiosity to not be fascinated in Q and what he can do and all the potential that's wrapped up in Q's being. Could Q manage a romance with a mortal? Eh, maybe, maybe not. But I do think he'd enjoy making the effort at a serious something even if it's not a traditional romance.

Suggested reading:
A Kiss Before The War by [archiveofourown.org profile] AlaraJRogers
Past Duties by [archiveofourown.org profile] astolat
The Indomitable Picard by [archiveofourown.org profile] jedibuttercup
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 08:38 pm
Canon: Twilight
Pairing: Jacob Black/Edward Cullen
Canon Level: Enemies

So I have mixed feelings about the Twilight series (disclaimer: only seen the movies, never read the books) because it's not really my thing. I roll my eyes at Bella, I roll them even harder at Edward, and it all reads as a bunch of ridiculous melodrama that I personally can't take seriously. On the other hand, I firmly believe in Twilight's right to exist and be a thing that people enthusiastically enjoy and that people shouldn't be shamed for liking it. (And if someone reading this does genuinely like Twilight, cool! You do you, and good on you for seeing something and getting enjoyment from something that I don't.) Consequently, most of what I consume in the Twilight fandom are darker takes on the Bella/Edward relationship. With the exception of Jacob/Edward, thanks solely to [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24's Whenever, Wherever fanvid. But so many of the things that turn me off Bella/Edward and Bella/Jacob are made better with Jacob and Edward!

There's high stakes in a romance between Edward and Jacob because vampires and werewolves have such a long history of animosity between them. That history means that any sort of relationship between them will come with serious consequences, from both of their families and also the wider supernatural community, and that's not even getting into their own personal issues with each other. They don't have to hold back from each other for fear of physically hurting their partner. Once Jacob comes into his werewolf-ness, it levels the playing field between them. If Edward acts like a creepy stalker, then Jacob will know even if Edward doesn't tell him and Jacob has the ability to enforce a boundary if Edward does something he doesn't like. I totally get why people are into Bella with Jacob or Edward, but the relationship between Edward and Jacob on their own is much more interesting to me. What sort of catalyst would make them try for a relationship despite everything? How would they even get to the point where there was enough of something between them that a catalyst could happen to make things change?

Suggested reading:
None, sorry. I've read a fair bit, but it's all been out of step with what I'm looking for.
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 06:42 pm
Canon: Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place
Pairing: Sharon Cater/Johnny Donnelly
Canon Level: Married

Hah, looking for Pete/Berg stuff re-ignited all my nostalgia for this show. Like, I remember using one of the cast photos on the Two Guys and a Girl Wikipedia page to make icons out of way back when! I had very strong feelings about various canon couples! Johnny/Sharon got to have the unique position of being the one couple on the show that I adored without reservation. They were super cute, and there was young Nathan Fillion as handyman and the one on the show with some sense. Sharon and Johnny fought but worked things out and genuinely wanted to make each other happy, making them refreshingly low-key for a sitcom couple.

Suggested reading:
Nothing.
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 04:56 pm
Canon: Troubleshooters, Inc.
Pairing: Jules Cassidy/Robin Chadwick
Canon Level: Married

I just want to read about Jules, and if Robin is the one who makes him happy, then so be it. Jules is awesome--supremely competent and unapologetic about who he is while still also being warm and approachable. Both Robin and Jules are willing to work on things because they want their relationship. Jules needs someone who's willing to focus on him and who's brave enough to stand by him, both things that Robin does admirably (even if it takes him a little while). And Robin needs someone who thinks he's worth it and who can help support him, which Jules does.

Suggested reading:
Three Times Jules Cassidy Almost Wished He Wasn't With the FBI (And One Time He Was Glad He Was) by [archiveofourown.org profile] misura
Sucker by [archiveofourown.org profile] ginandironic
An Unexpected Souvenir by [archiveofourown.org profile] redbrunja
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 10:51 pm
Canon: Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place
Pairing: Michael Bergen/Pete Dunville
Canon Level: Roommates/Friends

Yes, I watched this show with great intensity from the beginning and so stubbornly refuse to call it Two Guys and a Girl. Ryan Reynolds as Berg was such a chaotic fun-type of character, and I never liked how Ashley jerked him around. And Pete was right there! Living with Berg and being his friend and the responsible one and in need of Berg's brand of wacky fun to liven up his life. It was clear to teenaged-me that Pete/Berg was the way to go to solve both of their romantic problems.

Suggested reading:
Two Guys, a Statement, and the Morning After by Small Woodinat Creature
Taking Chances by [archiveofourown.org profile] Viridian5
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 01:48 pm
Canon: Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Pairing: Varrick/Zhu Li Moon
Canon Level: Married

Hah, I didn't even know I shipped Varrick and Zhu Li until Varrick asked her to do the thing forever and my reaction was "Yessss!" It snuck up on me! Much like Varrick's redemption arc in general. But, aww, Varrick does appreciate Zhu Li and everything she is to him. And they make a nigh-unbeatable team when they're on the same page.

Suggested reading:
Oblivious by [archiveofourown.org profile] DoubleL27
Another Train by [archiveofourown.org profile] JuliaJekyll
5 Times Varrick Kissed Zhu Li and the 1 Time She Kissed Him by [archiveofourown.org profile] bisexualnikiforov
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 12:40 pm
Canon: Free!
Pairing: Matsuoka Rin/Nanase Haruka/Tachibana Makoto
Canon Level: Friends

So here's the thing about this trio in my eyes. Makoto and Haru get each other in a way no one else does because they've known each other for forever. They can find understanding and stability in each other, but the things that make their relationship so important to them also make it difficult for them to change their relationship. Rin, on the other hand, inspires large emotions in Haru and has for as long as they've known each other even when they weren't in contact with each other. I think Haru is drawn to Rin's energy and Rin is drawn to Haru's single-minded passion, so it's easy to see how something could develop between them. But I also think that they'd have trouble finding a workable balance to make something long-term actually work. So if you combine Rin and Haru and Makoto, you actually get something that might work surprisingly well. Rin brings energy and a refusal to let either Makoto or Haru get stuck in a rut, Makoto brings levelheadedness and a calming influence for Rin and for Haru, and Haru brings the determination to wholeheartedly commit to both Makoto and Rin and have their relationship work.

Suggested reading:
Happy Household Club by [archiveofourown.org profile] trixiechick
Language Arts by [archiveofourown.org profile] caffeinekitty
Taking the Plunge by [archiveofourown.org profile] doxian
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, May 19th, 2017 01:07 pm
Canon: Homestuck
Pairing: John Egbert/Dave Strider
Canon level: Friends

Aww, teenagers in love. John is such a doofus, but a good-hearted one who just wants his friends to be happy, that it's hard not to be drawn in. And while John doesn't quite see through Dave's cook kid facade to his squishy underbelly, he also isn't intimidated or put off by said facade and is pretty good at discombobulating Dave with his earnest playfulness. So the end result of Dave and John together is pretty hilarious to read while also being awkward and sweet.

Suggested reading:
Gotcha! by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko
Marvelous Things by [archiveofourown.org profile] JumpingJackFlash
Lessons in Smooth Motherfuckology by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cephied_Variable
Unavoidable Misunderstandings by Anonymous
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, May 18th, 2017 06:21 pm
Canon: Guardians of the Galaxy
Pairing: Kraglin Obfonteri/YOndu Udonta
Canon Level: Boss/Subordinate

So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, went looking to see what was out there, and promptly fell into the Yondu/Kraglin hole. They're both amoral assholes without an ounce of manners between them, which is what makes them fun to read about. And there are so many different tacks to take! Early relationship where it's something casual and there's no good way to change that because that would mean talking about it. Established relationship where they know what they are to each other but can't or won't acknowledge it. Trying to manage a ship-full of unruly pirates, a relationship, and a small child who you are now sort of raising.

Suggested reading:
Lethe by [archiveofourown.org profile] Naddy
The Ravager's Guide To Getting Laid by [archiveofourown.org profile] Writes_like_an_American
Don't ask, don't tell by [archiveofourown.org profile] Redrarebit
The Cheap Seats by [archiveofourown.org profile] jackfish
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 11:55 pm
Canon: Wreck-It Ralph
Pairing: Tamora Calhoun/Fix-It Felix
Canon Level: Married

Aww, Felix and Calhoun. Disney does not have to do a lot of work to get me to ship something, I must admit, but these two really are sweet together. Felix looks at Calhoun like she's amazing, and Felix is so upbeat and positive that Calhoun can't help but melt her tough exterior just a little bit for him, which probably makes him amazing in her eyes. They do a good job of balancing each other, despite being so different from each other.

Suggested reading:
The Dynamite Gal by [archiveofourown.org profile] TheColorBlue
For the Future by [archiveofourown.org profile] kawree
Tattoos by [archiveofourown.org profile] 9r7g5h
Meet Yourself Coming From the Other Direction by [archiveofourown.org profile] mtgat
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 06:09 pm
Canon: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Rodney McKay/Radek Zelenka
Canon Level: Colleagues

The thing that makes Radek and Rodney so fun together is that Radek is one of the few people who can actually understand Rodney on a technical level. And he's not afraid to stand up to Rodney. McKay's brilliant, but I feel like someone challenging him in the areas of his expertise for reasons of scientific discovery can only lead to good things. And I think Radek would also enjoy the challenge of working with Rodney and after they solve whatever problem they were working on, they can relax and commiserate together.

Suggested reading:
Speak No Evil by [archiveofourown.org profile] Casspeach (archive-locked)
Absurdity Theory by Julad
Untitled by [livejournal.com profile] pierson
The Appeal of Scientists and Circuitry by [archiveofourown.org profile] out_there
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, May 15th, 2017 08:27 pm
Canon: Pointsman series
Pairing: Philip Eslingen/Nicolas Rathe
Canon Level: Essentially Married

I've only read book two in the series, Point of Dreams, but it was such a delightful read that I'm willing to wholeheartedly recommend the entire series. The world building's fun, but mostly Nico and Philip are just plain enjoyable. They have different lives, but they're both smart and want to have this thing between them work despite the fact that it makes other aspects of their lives difficult. They care for each other, and I find a lot of joy in the way they express that.

Suggested reading:
Caution to the Winds (Throw It, Throw It) by [archiveofourown.org profile] theblueescapist
Cherry Without Any Stone by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sineala
Better Hemispheres by [archiveofourown.org profile] kindkit
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, May 14th, 2017 11:45 pm
Canon: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Pairing: Flint Lockwood/Sam Sparks
Canon Level: Dating

They're so cute together! They're both giant nerds, and they are giant nerds who support each other in their nerdery. And while I am all for people being enthusiastically into something and enthusiastically into each other, the initial reason Flint and Sam stole my heart was because of the makeover scene. The one where the nerdy girls lets her hair loose and puts in some contacts and wears some makeup and now all of a sudden she's super attractive? Yeah, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs does that scene except Sam puts pulls her hair into a high ponytail with a scrunchie and puts on big, square glasses and Flint is just in awe at her new look. My heart melted, and I think that scene is one of the most romantic scenes I have ever seen because the ponytail and glasses is who Sam was before she changed herself in order to stop getting picked on, and that is the version of Sam that Flint falls head over heels for. I would like Flint and Sam even without that scene because nerds dating is great, but they probably wouldn't make me draw little mental hearts in the air at the thought of them together were it not for that one particular scene.

Suggested reading:
Cling by [fanfiction.net profile] LaylanatorXVII
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 03:22 am
Canon: The Book of Life
Pairing: Joaquín Mondragón/María Posada/Manolo Sánchez
Canon Level: Two Are Married And The Third Is A Good Friend

Joaquín, María, and Manolo are another clear case where the answer to the love triangle should be an OT3. They're all good friends, and it makes me sad that the movie ends with Manolo and María marrying and Joaquín all alone. Yes, he still has his friends, but his love for María seemed just as genuine as Manolo's to me and now he has to watch his best friend marry the woman he loves, who is also his other best friend. The three of them seem like they have so much fun together that I can't imagine any of them would be able to stand them not being on equal footings for long.

Suggested reading:
I'm Gonna Make This Place Your Home by [archiveofourown.org profile] purplebutterflies
Human Nature by [archiveofourown.org profile] Giroshane
Mustache by [archiveofourown.org profile] Truth
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, May 12th, 2017 03:20 am
Canon: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Evan Lorne/Radek Zelenka
Canon Level: They've Probably Talked To Each Other At Some Point Or Another

I think this one has even less canon support than Lorne/Parrish, although at least both Lorne and Radek get a decent amount of (separate) screen time over the course of the series. Lorne and Zelenka play similar roles in the show, in that they're both the right hand man of man in charge of the military/science contingent. Lorne works in the background to help Sheppard by being steady and competent; Zelenka works in the background to help McKay by being sensible and confronting McKay when necessary. Their similar positions on Atlantis probably give them a similar viewpoint of life on Atlantis, and they can bond over what it's like to work for Sheppard and McKay. Neither has a very flashy personality, but that would probably make for a refreshing change after all the excitement that makes up the rest of their lives.

Suggested reading:
Where the Fruit Is by [livejournal.com profile] pierson
Falling by [archiveofourown.org profile] lamardeuse
Friday I'm in Love by [archiveofourown.org profile] paradisecity
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, May 11th, 2017 08:47 pm
Canon: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Evan Lorne/Parrish
Canon Level: They've Talked To Each Other

Fandom took about two minutes of onscreen interaction between these two and ran with it, creating a relatively popular pairing. And I am absolutely willing to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed SGA fandom's overactive imagination in this case. Lorne is a generally likable minor character; he's the guy in the background competently getting stuff done without a lot of fanfare and with a sense of humor. And the two minutes of interaction managed to include banter, excited geeking out, some interested questions about the source of geeking out, and mild protectiveness. Ramp up the interest and protectiveness, and you've basically got all the elements you need for a decent, cute romance fic.

Suggested reading:
Day In, Day Out by [livejournal.com profile] ana_grrl
Decussate by [archiveofourown.org profile] casspeach (archive-locked)
Androdioecious by [archiveofourown.org profile] wickedwords
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 11:05 pm
Canon: Nightrunner
Pairing: Alec/Seregil
Canon Level: Essentially Married

The Nightrunner books themselves are simply delightful. Seregil and Alec are thieves and spies and lovers, and they really are so much to read about together. They go on adventures and care for one another, and fic is great because it can focus on the latter care while the books generally focus on the former adventures.

Suggested reading:
The Pool of Aggrysus by [archiveofourown.org profile] kihadu
The Comfort of Home by [archiveofourown.org profile] AlterEgon
Night Work by [archiveofourown.org profile] Wolfling
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 10:19 pm
Canon: Firefly
Pairing: Wash Washburne/Zoe Washburne
Canon Level: Married

Some Wash/Zoe came across my Pinboard network today, so I read it and was thoroughly charmed because Wash and Zoe will always charm me. (Unless it is post-Serenity, but I read that a lot less often.) Wash/Zoe is probably the closest I come to an actual OTP that aligns with how most of fandom uses that term. Like, at least 85% of Firefly is them-centric. (The remaining 15% is mostly gen and crossovers with a smidgen for other pairings that look intriguing.) And they're one of the very few pairings where I am incapable of reading about them with anyone else. They're just so perfect for each other! Sweet and silly and incredibly in love. Zoe is almost a different person with Wash, able to open herself up and unafraid to show him her softer side because Wash isn't afraid of her strength, nor does he feel the need to go around posturing or challenging her. It's all very cute and romantic, the way they interact with each other.

Suggested reading:
Good Luck Charms by [archiveofourown.org profile] Nary
Cold Feet by [archiveofourown.org profile] musefool
Changing by Scrunchy
The First Step by [archiveofourown.org profile] llaras
Simply Perfectest by [archiveofourown.org profile] voleuse
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, May 8th, 2017 10:32 pm
Canon: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Pairing: Arthur Dent/Ford Prefect
Canon Level: Friends

Arthur and Ford are a classic pairing. They're friends! Ford saves Arthur from the destruction of his planet! And then they go on hilarious adventures! Why wouldn't I want to add kissing to the mix?

Suggested reading:
Not Exactly the Galaxy's Greatest Romance by [archiveofourown.org profile] Daegaer
Last Man Standing by [archiveofourown.org profile] jmtorres
In This Galaxy, Nothing Can Be Said To Be Certain by [archiveofourown.org profile] norah