As the last Tangled girl to post each month, I have the benefit of reading everyone else’s posts before I’m due to post mine. Considering I had never actually heard of “one true pairing” before now, this was a pretty enlightening experience, full of squealing over couples I've fallen in love with over the years. Most of my favorites have already been touched on by some of the other girls, but here’s a quick list before I get into two groupings no one else has mentioned:
One of the biggest things for me with any couple is even footing. I like both parties to equally contribute to the relationship, rather than one person dominating over or cowering under the other. I want them to be able to hold their own and captivate me as a singular character, even if they weren't attached to their counterpart. As a couple, I want a friendship, heat and passion. I want one to push the other to do things.
With that said, here are my new pairings/groupings: Tris & Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth (I have *not* read Allegiant yet) and Will, Jem, and Tessa from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (I've mentioned my love for her writing before, haven’t I?).
For anyone who knows me outside Tangled, you know I adore Four. Tobias Eaton = my number one YA book boyfriend. He’s strong, but also vulnerable in a way only Tris knows. He is sensitive. And while he’s protective of Tris, he does it in such a way that he leaves the ball in her court. He doesn't fight her battles for her, but instead he equips her with the power to do that herself, even if it’s not apparent to Tris at the time. And Tris? Well, she does what she feels she needs to do, whether or not it’s something Four would want her to do. She doesn't ask for his permission. And when all is said and done, it works for them.
Will, Jem, and Tessa. *sigh* My initial idea for this month’s post was to solely focus on this trio and their unique relationships as friends, pairings, and a fantastic group altogether. However, I couldn't figure out a good way to approach it without spoiling The Infernal Devices for anyone who hasn't read them. But they need to be mentioned. I loathe love triangles, but there is just something about this trio and all their many and deep connections that fascinated me to no end: parabatai, friends, lovers, sacrifices, curses. You cannot have one aspect of this trio without all the rest, just like you need all three people for it to be complete.
So, any OTPs you haven't seen mentioned this month?