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My Favorite OTPs

Gakked from xbeyondinsanex here's yet another meme.  This one is delayed by a couple of days because I simply don't have time.

Name your 10 absolutely favorite couples (het/slash/canon/fanon) and ask people to see what trends they notice about your couples. Try to pick different fandoms.

Okay, this meme is slightly altered.  I don't watch that many tv shows anymore.  So my fandoms include movies as well.

Also, I don't always look for romantic relationship in a story.  I appreciate portrayals of lasting friendship, brotherhood loyalty, or filial responsibility as much as smooching romances.  With that being said, the pairs I listed below are not always a couple -- notice the difference between "comma" and "slash" between my pairs:

1) Dean, Sam ...... Supernatural (tv)

The boys own my heart at the moment.  Dean and Sam are all kinds of awesome.  The trials and tribulations they go through essentially are testaments to the love and devotion they have for one another.  As siblings, they complement each other in every way.  That at times can cause frictions between them.  But in the end, Dean is always there for Sam, safeguarding the brother he sworn to protect.  Because, like Dean said:  "We are brothers!  We are family."

2) Lee, Bill ...... Battlestar Galactica (tv)

This father-and-son relationship has gone through many stages.  From the initial estrangement to the lasting mutual respect, both characters have grown in their respective roles.  Lee, as the son, matures from an angry and rebellious "adolescent" into the confident, know-what-he-wants "man of the world."  Bill, on the other hand, starts out as a lonely old man on the brink of retirement.  Throughout the journey, he regains his youth and becomes the father he never was when he was younger.

3) Apollo/Starbuck ...... Battlestar Galactica (tv)

Lee/Kara together are nothing but toxic.  But as Apollo and Starbuck, they dance around and drawn toward each other like two pieces of magnets.  I confess I'm not a big Kara fan.  The character imo is so overly written for dramatic effects that she stopped making sense to me.  However even I couldn't deny these pilots simply light up the "space" whenever they are in each other's orbit.

4) Titus Pullo, Lucius Vorenus ...... Rome (tv miniseries)

This friendship withstood the test of time and war where the two men were forced to serve different masters on opposite sides.  Whenever I think one, I think of the other, and have an urge to shout as Pullo did: "13th!" (the designation of the legion where both once served and became friends).  Pullo, the rash but brave and loyal soldier is the perfect counterpart to the honorable, serious and high tempered Verenus.

5) Mark Anthony/Atia ...... Rome (tv miniseries)

Forget about Mark Anthony and Cleopatra.  It's the gloriously scheming Atia of the Julii who has Anthony's heart.  At least I'm convinced of it.  Atia, in many ways, amoral and manipulative as she is, represents his beloved Rome to Anthony.  As such, this affair was doomed.  Ambition, war, and loyalty all stood in its way.  Still, when these two are together, they are sinfully passionate.

6) Horatio/Archie ...... Horatio Hornblower (tv miniseries)

British sailor boys on a ship, need I say more?  From sea battles to Spanish prisons, the adventures of these two friends had me engrossed.  And yes, I do mean "slash" not "comma" here.  My interest in the series however, went away when Archie was...well, gone.

7) Aragon/Arwen ...... Lord of the Ring Trilogy (film)

Ahhh, the majestic Aragon and the beautiful Arwen.  That moonlight scene in the garden of Rivendell where Arwen gave Aragon her Evenstar appeased my romantic instinct.  But it was when Arwen chose mortality, despite knowing she'd outlive Aragon and spend her remaining years in loneliness, had me root for the couple.  In the end, forget about the kingdom, it is the fair maiden, who is the crowning prize for Aragon's valor.

8) Frodo, Sam ...... Lord of the Ring Trilogy (film)

Here's another story of friendship and devotion.  In essence, it's Sam's allegiance to Frodo that saved the day for everyone at the end.  The part where Sam told Frodo although he couldn't fulfill Frodo's fate for him, he could at least carry Frodo to meet his destiny had me in tears.  I love the notion that the actions from commonplace people can make a huge difference too, and that loyalty, along with bravery, plays a decisive part in conquering an insurmountable feat.

9) Amadeus, Salieri ...... Amadeus (film)

Does Amadeus even have a fandom?  Never mind, it's one of my favorite of all time, so I'm including it on my list.  I understand this is a very odd pairing.  These two weren't even nice to each other.  But they were inevitably linked by their own fate.  The contrast between the two men, the way Salieri intrinsically understood Mozart's music, at the same time so jealous of the talent that eluded his own grasp, has always brought me to tears.

10) Natasha/Andrei ...... War and Peace (film)

Again I'm not even sure this belongs to a fandom.  But I've always loved the pair.  I love the girl crush Natasha had on the brooding Prince, and the way the vivacious girl reignited the passion hidden inside the lonely man.  Their courtship was angsty and tender at the same time.  Unfortunately the relationship failed because of Natasha's immaturity and Prince Andrei's pride.  But Natasha loved Andrei to the end.  And I simply couldn't stop crying at Andrei's death scene.


Alright, I'm afraid to ask what does this list say about me.  That I'm a big fan of Jensen Ackles, and Jamie Bamber?  That I don't watch enough TV?  ;-)


Comments

layne67
May. 30th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
He sings, he plays the guitar, so why not the piano? I personally think that was him but then I'm Jensen!girl through and through!!

No consensus on that, so someone should just ask him about that in the cons. I'm amazed that no one has asked him already.
xwacky
May. 30th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, he's very musically talented as well. I just downloaded 2 songs he sang backup last week, and I can't stop playing them. ;-)

How come no one asked him that question?! Now that I've seen that clip, that would be the first question I'd like to ask if I ever go to a con. So what was the reason for those who said he didn't really play the piano? Do you remember?
layne67
May. 30th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
No, they didn't give any reason that I can remember, just that it's not really him. But if you read the discussion over at that youtube clip you'll see lots of peoeple saying that was really him!
xwacky
May. 30th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
I went and saw the comments. This one person said there's a commentary on DVD for this episode, and "they said that it really was him. they had a hand double ready but they didn't need him because jensen did such a great job." Whoa! 8-)
layne67
May. 30th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
I didn't see that! So I guess that pretty much confirms that Jensen played that himself! Our man is so awesome, isn't he? ♥
xwacky
May. 30th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Oh yeah! AWESOME he is. He's made for the win ;-)

I'm sure he doesn't play that well like Alec seems to be, but he can at least play well enough that that was all him in front of the camera. Gosh, why doesn't this man have an Emmy already?! He's that good, better actually...
layne67
May. 30th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
His time will come soon. Season 3, I thought his best scene was in 'Dream a little dream of me', when he was talking to dreamdemon!Dean. Season 4 - that end cene with Castiel in 'On the head of a pin'. He was beyond awesome in those two scenes IMO.
xwacky
May. 30th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, there are so many in each season. Was it to you that I mentioned in the Paley Festival clip back in season one, when asked to pick a favorite scene, Kim Manners, John Shiban, Bob Singer, and Eric Kripke all mentioned a scene with Dean in it?

Dean's every scene in In My Time of Dying and What Is and What Should Never Be all gutted me. Season 3's No Rest for the Wicked was beyond sad to me. This season I thought he couldn't possibly top the big confession scene in Heaven & Hell, then he gave us OTHoaP, WtLB, and Lucifer Rising!

The sad thing is I'm afraid the awards people will take a look at his pretty face and won't even give him a chance.

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