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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?  ;-)


May. 30th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Poor boy, it looked like he didn't know what to do with a woman heheh.
May. 30th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Hehe, in all fairness, that clip looks like the character he plays was supposed to be afraid, don't know what to do. Without seeing the whole movie, I don't know if it's true though.
May. 30th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Nah, he supposedly had a sort of a crush on that girl, no reason for him to be afraid of her :)
May. 30th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
But he had that "oh shit" look on his face. Was that a secret crush? Like he didn't think she'd return the feeling?
May. 30th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
It's quite some time since I saw that movie, and it wasn't a memorable one at that, but if I'm not mistaken he just met that girl who was a nurse at the nursing home his mother was in, she took care of the mother, and he liked her ( the nurse I mean ). There really was no reason for him to be scared of her which was why the consensus was that that scene was awful!!

Here's a spot-on J2 drabble on that scene - what Jared thought about that scene.

May. 30th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I'll have to give the movie a try. To me he definitely has a look on his face that tells a subtext to what is going on. Maybe I'm reading too much into this. But I'm used to seeing Jensen being so good and giving layers to his characters, it's hard to imagine he'd make this kind of mistake in routine acting.

If he can't handle a steaming scene with his leading lady, Jensen's chance at hitting big in mainstream big screen is doomed then.

Thanks for the link to the drabble. I'll read it as soon as I can find time! ♥
May. 30th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
If he can't handle a steaming scene with his leading lady, Jensen's chance at hitting big in mainstream big screen is doomed then.

Maybe that's why he still hasn't?

Do you watch him in DOOL? I didn't but I read the interviews on it, and apparently he was among the last to have a romantic scene in the series ( if I'm not mistaken he himself said that to Leeza Gibbons ). And also, someone said he was in DOOL for three years and yet he hooked up with only 2 girls which was unheard of for a hot young guy in a popular soap opera?
May. 30th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh hell, I would really *love* to see him in a romantic comedy.

I've only watched a little bit of soap when I was a teenager, so no I've never seen DOOL. But I imagine he must've been really good since he won an award for it.

As to his lack of on screen hook-up (especially in comparison to Jared's character), I've always thought of he's more conscientious in showing skin. His acting is riveting enough that he doesn't need the steamy scenes to attract viewer unless it's absolutely necessary in advancing the plot.

Dean's scene with Cassie and Anna were all very well done imo. Especially with Anna, in the back of Impala, very James Dean-isque (oh and he has a lovely back. Was that really him or a double?)
May. 30th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
I think that was him alright. I've not heard of them using a double for their sex scenes. And I believe the actress who played Anna talked about that scene with Jensen.
May. 30th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Damn! That's a beautiful back he has there. ;-) Oh, what did she say about him?
May. 30th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I can't quite remember what she said in that particular interview but I found this!

May. 30th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Heee, you are the best! You know that? ♥

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