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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

Ships that I Ship: Day 146: Picard/Q

May. 26th, 2017 01:34 pm
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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
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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.
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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
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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

Ships that I Ship: Day 139: Dave/John

May. 19th, 2017 01:07 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Ships that I Ship: Day 134: Flint/Sam

May. 14th, 2017 11:45 pm
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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

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