1. sakuratsukikage replied to your post: Your response to sakuratsukikage about OTPs mentioned a relationship theme (separation & reunion in a world under fire) and a dynamic (experienced woman/an inexperienced man). Is there something specific about personalities that make one pair an OTP and another not? For instance, Hawke/Fenris have a canonical separation & reunion as do other characters in your fandoms. Why aren’t these others OTPs? What about the individual people in your OTPs make them OTP worthy?

    The canonicity really intrigues me, because that’s true for me, too-but only up to a point. I don’t need it to be canon so much as I need to be able to see it in canon, if that makes sense. So what about Warden/Alistair? What makes it for you?

    It does make sense. And that’s how I feel, basically; I just take it a step farther (see below).

    Alistair/Warden is trickier in that respect, because DA canon is so flexible. So you can’t really say that any of the PC relationships are “canon”, except for that particular Warden. It would be more accurate to say that, unless I played a Warden that for whatever reason is unromanceable by Alistair (male, not attracted to men, evil, etc.), Alistair/Warden will most likely be canon for any game I play, because the romance appeals to me so much, and I see the opportunity for their story arcs to fit so well together, regardless of the Warden’s origin. 

    vieralynn replied to your post: Your response to sakuratsukikage about OTPs mentioned a relationship theme (separation & reunion in a world under fire) and a dynamic (experienced woman/an inexperienced man). Is there something specific about personalities that make one pair an OTP and another not? For instance, Hawke/Fenris have a canonical separation & reunion as do other characters in your fandoms. Why aren’t these others OTPs? What about the individual people in your OTPs make them OTP worthy?

    Also intrigued by canonical nature— for instance, FFXII is almost devoid of canonical ships and canon can support everyone/everyone (which is why I like it), so what moves you nix Bal/Fran such that Bal/Ashe can have “oneness”?

    I agree about FFXII having a fairly open canon that is ripe for many sorts of interpretation. It was long enough ago I can’t remember just what it was about Balthier and Fran’s interactions that said “friends” to me rather than “lovers” the first time I played FFXII. But having settled on that interpretation, it’s very hard for me to see it any other way now, just like I have a hard time seeing Balthier and Ashe as anything other than powerfully attracted to one another. I would never say other people are wrong for seeing it differently, because I agree that the evidence is there. I just think it’s possible to read it either way. 

    I do think it’s safe to say that I don’t read Balthier and Fran as platonic friends simply to keep Fran out of the way of my OTP, because I had settled on that interpretation before the events on the Phon Coast, which was when I first started contemplating Balthier/Ashe as a possibility.

     
    1. vieralynn reblogged this from lifeofkj and added:
      Ditto for me and my interpretation of Fran, Balthier, and Ashe, although I add in the element of time and see...
    2. sakuratsukikage said: Yeah, I think I went through the exact same process with Balthier and Fran and Balthier and Ashe, actually!
    3. lifeofkj posted this