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coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, June 19th, 2017 02:39 am
Canon: Final Fantasy IX
Pairing: Amarant Coral/Freya Crescent
Canon Level: Teammates

I have capital-o Opinions on Freya and the canonical end to her character arc. Suffice it to say that I do not agree with it, and that my preference for Freya with Amarant shares a common cause with my dislike of her with Fratley but isn't the reason for my dislike by itself. But Freya and Amarant were built up by the game! Sparks practically flew the first time they met, and they had that nice scene outside the auction house where Amarant opened up to Freya, and then they worked together to defeat the Fire Shrine. They had an understanding between them, warrior-to-warrior. Amarant respected Freya, probably liked her company and cared for her well-being. Freya got Amarant, something not many other people did, because I think she saw something of herself in him. I really, truly believe they would have been great together.

Suggested reading:
If I Win by [archiveofourown.org profile] runicmagitek
Alone by [fanfiction.net profile] Andrivette
Parlor Tricks by [archiveofourown.org profile] Wallwalker
Rebuild by Anonymous
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 12:22 am
Canon: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Zack Fair/Cloud Strife
Canon Level: Friends

Somewhere about halfway through Final Fantasy VII, I was so thoroughly confused by what in the world was going on with the plot that I decided to go read fic in the hopes of clearing things up. (It certainly wouldn't have been able to make my confusion any worse.) And promptly fell down the Cloud/Zack hole but good. I like Zack's friendliness and general happy-go-lucky attitude, but it's his complete devotion to the people he cares about that really gets to me--and Cloud is definitely one of those people. I feel like it's only natural that Cloud would be drawn Zack's bright spirit. And the thing that makes them work for me is that Cloud has just as much devotion as Zack, only it's a little harder to see at first. I feel like Zack was able to see a smidgen of that (one of the few who did see Cloud's true strengths), was intrigued, and determined that he had to get to know Cloud.

Suggested reading:
Too Good To Be True by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko
Revisit by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cephy
I Promise by [livejournal.com profile] puella_nerdii
It Rains Ashes On Golgotha by [archiveofourown.org profile] Harmony
In Your Hands by [archiveofourown.org profile] sister_coyote
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, June 17th, 2017 01:52 pm
Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Akimichi Chouji/Nara Shikamaru/Yamanaka Ino
Canon Level: Friends/Teammates

Aw yeah, Ino-Shika-Chou trio. I have said before why I like Chouji and Shikamaru, but for all that I adore them, I have to admit that they're not exactly a pairing with a lot of energy or grand passion. Ino would bring that in spades. I think she's fiercely protective of her teammates, albeit not in the most obvious ways, and of the three of them, she's the one who'd kick their butts and refuse to let them feel sorry for themselves. She'll force them to experience life rather than sit on the sidelines watching it. I do feel like Ino has a bit more energy than either Chouji or Shikamaru would be able to handle on their own, but with the three of them I think they'd be a good balance.

Suggested reading:
Their Bed by [archiveofourown.org profile] greenkangaroo
Lessons On an Incomplete Relationship by [livejournal.com profile] suzukiblu
Shikamaru Oneshots by [fanfiction.net profile] ScribRaven
Just Because by [livejournal.com profile] des_butterfly
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, June 16th, 2017 01:02 pm
Canon: Night at the Museum
Pairing: Jedediah/Octavius
Canon Level: Enemies to Friends

They are two tiny people in a world of giants who have been enemies in the past but are now friends. It's practically a grand romance already. Okay, not really, but enemies to friends to lovers does have a long tradition, and I think they'd enjoy turning their us vs. each other rivalry into an us vs. everybody else thing as they explore the museum together and make a place for themselves in the wider, larger world of the museum.

Suggested reading:
A Classical Education by [archiveofourown.org profile] mtgat
Playing Nice by [archiveofourown.org profile] doorrepairgirl
Malak by [archiveofourown.org profile] Kantayra
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, June 15th, 2017 07:08 pm
Canon: DC Universe
Pairing: Big Barda/Scott Free
Canon Level: Married

Yay for happily married couples who love each other. Barda is both bigger and stronger than Scott, something Scott is one hundred percent okay with, which is really fun to read about. It's hard not to like a couple that finds such joy in each other.

Suggested reading:
Scott Free Doesn't Understand Bondage by [archiveofourown.org profile] queerquestion
Free by [archiveofourown.org profile] RenaRoo
In Which Big Barda Discovers the Joy of Earth Showers by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mithen
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 05:00 pm
Canon: Homestuck
Pairing: John Egbert/Karkat Vantas
Canon Level: One-Sided Crush

There is just something super adorable that happens when you combine Karkat's eternal rage with John's complete inability to take Karkat's bluster seriously. Karkat could use some of John's goofiness in his life helping him to chill out a bit, and I think John would find Karkat and his all his differences endlessly fascinating.

Suggested reading:
Pitch by [archiveofourown.org profile] perculious
Enforced Cultural Exchange by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko
But I'm a Friendleader! by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cephied_Variable
Kismessitude Does Not Raise Your Prankster's Gambit by [archiveofourown.org profile] vikki
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 01:37 am
Canon: Final Fantasy VIII
Pairing: Seifer Almasy/Zell Dincht
Canon Level: Antagonists

Oh man, the thing I wanted most after finishing this game was long Seifer redemption fic where he went around the world trying to Make Things Right after what he did and in the process he'd learn to forgive himself and be more mature and maybe also how to make a relationship work, preferably with Zell. I like Zell because he's not afraid to call Seifer on when he's being an asshole but he's ultimately a fair guy. Their fights aren't meanly vicious, and I think that'd still be true post-game. Let them snarl and bicker and tumble with each other, all while building something between them that neither knows about until it smacks them in the face because they're both horrible at emotional maturity.

Suggested reading:
Standard Operating Procedure by [archiveofourown.org profile] Spindizzy
A Kiss With A Fist by [archiveofourown.org profile] ZellieAlmasy
The True Story of the Butterfly and the Bumblebee by [archiveofourown.org profile] eternalbreath
hindsight by [archiveofourown.org profile] Baconfat
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, June 12th, 2017 12:47 am
Canon: Final Fantasy VIII
Pairing: Rinoa Heartilly/Squall Leonhart
Canon Level: Dating

There is something about the immersion you get with video games that gets to me so that I often end up shipping the canon couple despite myself. Rinoa's annoyingly peppy, Squall is trying real hard to earn his Angstiest Teenager Trophy, and yet I think they're super cute together. Rinoa refuses to let Squall wallow in his pessimistic attitude and drags him out of his shell in a way that none of his other friends can manage on their own. She has a core of tenacity that's easy to overlook but which hooks Squall and drags him into her orbit. They act as good counter-balances to each other with different strengths and weaknesses.

Suggested reading:
Play by Ear by [fanfiction.net profile] Abbykat
Driving Lessons by [archiveofourown.org profile] ChelesNoir
Beautiful Day by [archiveofourown.org profile] celeste9
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, June 11th, 2017 11:41 pm
Canon: Doctor Who
Pairing: Jake Simmonds/Mickey Smith
Canon Level: Fellow Freedom Fighters

I always liked Mickey, the average guy in the background supporting Rose who eventually grew and moved on to having his own adventures instead. So I greatly enjoyed "Rise of the Cybermen"/"The Age of Steel," and what better way to celebrate Mickey coming in to his own than for him to get a boyfriend. And Jake is right there. There's lots of potential for angst between them, what with Jake having known Mickey's parallel world self, and also lots of potential for adventures and fun.

Suggested reading:
Revelations in a Van by [livejournal.com profile] semirose
Two lovers, One kiss by [livejournal.com profile] marcella_riddle
Birds by [archiveofourown.org profile] carolinecrane
See About Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] lil_1337
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 03:25 am
Canon: Aria
Pairing: Akira Ferrari/Alicia Florence/Athena Glory
Canon Level: Friends

Oh, Aria, I am never sure quite what to make of you. The show itself has lots of female characters who are friends and work together and go on adventures together, and then I occasionally venture out to see if I can find fic for it...and it's all het. I get that all the main characters have a designated male interest, but I find the dudes so boring in this series. I really wish there was something for the older generation of Alicia, Athena, and Akira! They're all still friends, and there are so many teases in the canon with them telling the current generation main characters some of their exploits from when they were younger. I want them organizing a night out for themselves with Akira and Alicia convincing Athena to do karaoke so they can hear her sing, and Alicia teasing Akira and Athena in a flirty way as she tries to fluster them, and all of them just enjoying each other's company.

Suggested reading:
None, sadly. I had one but it got deleted.
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, June 9th, 2017 12:24 pm
Canon: Legion of Super-Heroes
Pairing: Querl Dox/Lyle Norg
Canon Level: Friends/Colleagues

I am most familiar with the Threeboot continuity, fairly familiar with the Rebooted continuity, and somewhat familiar with the cartoon continuity. I am down with Brainiac 5 and Lyle in whatever incarnation I can get them, although the Reboot continuity is the most adorable version. Brainy and Lyle are a good match for each other intellectually, Brainy being more intelligent and Lyle being more creative, so they feel like they'd make good partners. Querl's not always the best at social situations, but I feel like Lyle would understand as he's one of the very few people who can follow Querl's though process and who can appreciate fully Brainy's efforts. And I think Lyle would pose a good challenge to Brainy and force him to expand his thinking and keep him from getting stuck.

Suggested reading:
Something That Never Happened To Lyle And Brainy by [livejournal.com profile] amarin_rose
Uncertainties by [livejournal.com profile] dorksidefiker
Demythologizers by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sparcck
The significance of the sleepnet by [livejournal.com profile] _angelicorn_
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 02:03 am
Canon: Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Pairing: Adell/Rozalin
Canon Level: In Love

I got really invested in Adell and Rozalin after however many umpty hours my husband spent playing it. They're so different, and I really enjoyed seeing them grow and start to care for each other over the course of the game. Rozalin starts out so sheltered and stuck up and stubborn, but she makes friends and learns how to care about other people with Adell at her side as she finally gets to experience the world at large. And rough-and-tumble Adell's just as stubborn as Rozalin and eventually he stays by her side and protects her because that's where he wants to be, not just because he feels it's his duty. They're both so stubborn and set on disliking each other at the start that it makes the good ending really satisfying.

Suggested reading:
Dying Embers by The Genius Mage
It Take Two to Tango by [fanfiction.net profile] pizzapality
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 11:46 pm
Canon: Justice League
Pairing: J'onn Jonzz/Clark Kent
Canon Level: Colleagues/Friends

Clark and J'onn are both characters who have a lot of metaphorical weight to them, which I think makes for a good basis for companionship between them. J'onn is the last of his kind, alone and mourning, observing this strange world he finds himself on that he can never quite fit in. And Clark is Superman, with a core of goodness and kindness so intrinsic to him that it's a little intimidating. And, for all that he loves his parents and his childhood, he's also a lone alien on Earth making the best of his situation. There's something sweet about the idea of Clark inviting J'onn into his personal life and sharing his family with J'onn and all of the Kents making a place for J'onn in their lives. Clark can't replace J'onn's family, but maybe they're both a little less lonely with each other.

Suggested reading:
To Hear The Angels Sing by [archiveofourown.org profile] mtgat
Something to Talk About by [archiveofourown.org profile] fresne
Grace in a loveless time by [archiveofourown.org profile] Teland (archive-locked)
Shining, Shimmering, Splendid by [archiveofourown.org profile] DoreyG
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 04:06 pm
Canon: Angel
Pairing: Charles Gunn/Wesley Wyndam-Price
Canon Level: Colleagues

Gotta admit, I first got into this one because of the Two Hot Guys factor. But then I stated with it because Gunn and Wesley are fun together and generally not too broody. They come from different worlds with correspondingly different world views, so they clash occasionally, but they're united with a common purpose so their clashes don't devolve into fighting. Which makes for fun reading! Gunn encourages Wesley to be less staid, and Wesley is a fun challenge for Gunn.

Suggested reading:
Mr. and Mrs. Bickerson by [archiveofourown.org profile] shrift
Wesley's Liberal Guilt by Jessica Harris
Contrapuntal by [archiveofourown.org profile] mimesere
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, June 5th, 2017 08:42 pm
Fandom: Angel
Pairing: Cordelia Chase/Allen Francis Doyle
Canon Level: One-Sided Attraction

Look. I liked Doyle right from the start, and I really wish he and Cordelia could have had something. They were both two lost souls who'd fallen in with Angel trying to make things better and help people. Doyle talked a good game of being a ne'er-do-well, but he cared when the chips were down and he cared about Cordelia, enough to see past her prickly, mean exterior to the person underneath. Cordelia matured a lot over the course of Angel and having people such as Doyle and Angel who appreciated her for her is something she needs.

Suggested reading:
Undone by Minim Calibre
Heritage by [archiveofourown.org profile] Settiai
Demon Days by [archiveofourown.org profile] InsaneTrollLogic
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, June 4th, 2017 08:41 pm
Whoops, I seem to have missed a week. No time like the present to get back in the swing of things though.

Canon: Ranma 1/2
Pairing: Hibiki Ryouga/Saotome Ranma
Canon Level: Rivals

Hah, I read so much with these two way back when. Most of it, sadly, seems to have disappeared. They were a lot of fun to read about in the bicker-bicker-kiss sort of way. Ryouga was closer to being equal to Ranma in fighting skills than several of the other characters, and he was just as obsessed with Ranma as all the girls fighting over him. So it always made sense to me that maybe Ryouga was in the category of "secretly wants to date Ranma but won't admit it."

Suggested reading:
What the Cat Dragged In by [archiveofourown.org profile] Stariceling
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 [archiveofourown.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.