|Becca Stareyes (beccastareyes) wrote,|
@ 2009-06-26 18:16:00
Romance in Fiction
So, someone on the various 'traditional'* Slayers communities picked out a quote from Crispin Freeman about him wanting to see a season where Lina & Gourry (and Zel & Amelia) were couples and still having adventures. Someone posted the counter-example of the X-Files, where pairing Mulder and Scully in canon really disrupted the show's chemistry.
Currently all the examples I can think of either start the characters in the relationship (Wash and Zoe from Firefly), introduce the characters and have them hook up early on (John and Jane from Old Man's War) or introduce a love interest for a main character as a love interest (Miles and Ekaterin from The Vorkosigan Saga).
I suppose Tom and B'Elanna from Voyager, and the Deep Space Nine couples count as characters that hook up mid-series without the creator's intention, except by the end of the DS9 finale, most of those couples are split up. (Bashir and Ezri were kind of starting something, but that was near the end. Jadzia and Worf were split by her dying, Odo and Kira were split by him going home. I could count Sisko and Kassidy, except she was created as a Love Interest character, was a minor character, and he ended up with the wormhole aliens. As far as minor characters went, Rom and Leeta were together at the end.)
Can anyone else think of examples in long-running series?
* For those of you who are outside of the Slayers fandom, the 'traditional' pairings are Lina/Gourry and Zel/Amelia, and usually minor canon couples are thrown in there. So named, because L/G is at the point where I'd call them having canon affection for one another**, and Zel and Amelia are usually put together in the series whenever they split into two groups (okay, except TRY, but both times the cast wasn't making the groups)***.
** They kiss in NEXT, but neither says they remember it. And Lina insists on trying to figure out a way to free Gourry when a fish-woman (under the influence of some funny tides) claims he's the father of her children, and Gourry decides to help the family out. So, I'd say they lack a canon (romantic) relationship, but not canon affection for one another.
*** It also can easily be argued that Amelia had a crush on Zel in NEXT and TRY. Zel's a tough guy to read, though, and their relationship seems to have changed into more of a strong friendship/partnership in the new series. As a shipper, I'd say you can do it either way.