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Mixed gender friendship meme - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 11:52 am
Mixed gender friendship meme

From umadoshi:

So, we hear a lot about how most male/female relationships in fiction are romantic, and most memes that involve relationships focus on shipping. So here’s something a bit different: list 10 (or more) platonic male/female relationships in fiction that you enjoy.

Rules:

1. They interact in canon, preferably in a significant (apply your own interpretation of such) way.
2. They are not related. They can, however, view each other as surrogate family.
3. Neither has confessed or implied romantic love for the other in canon.
4. They have not dated, been married, had sex, or made out in canon, on purpose, and over their own free will.
5. A popular fanon ship is ok (though preferably not your ship) but a canon pairing you wish were just friends is out.
6. Try to avoid character/canon overlap.
7. They don’t have to be friends.


Many of these are popular fanon ships, so I might get some flack for declaring them non-romantic. I'll at least admit that there are some things between some of these pairs that can be interpreted as romantic, but I don't feel there's anything in canon that says any of these must be seen as having a romantic element.

1. Harry and Hermione (Harry Potter)
2. Rukia and Ichigo (Bleach)
3. Katara and Zuko (Avatar) (Runners up: Toph and Aang, Zuko and Ty Lee)
4. Kyo and Hana (Fruits Basket)
5. Obi-Wan and Padme (Star Wars)
6. Kaoru and Yahiko (Kenshin)
7. Laurie and Beth (Little Women)
8. Veronica and Wallace (Veronica Mars) (Runner up: Veronica and Weevil)
9. Shuurei and Eigetsu (Story of Saiunkoku)
10. Hotaru and Prez (Gakuen Alice)

Side note: This almost feels like a corollary to the Bechdel Test (aka The Rule), since it's hard to find good, multifaceted, totally non-romantic relationships between a girl who's "the girl" and anybody—male or female. If she's "the girl", then she tends to become a romantic object in a variety of situations, not just the main romance. Cases in point: Leia in Star Wars, who has at least some kind of romantic element with Luke, Han, and Lando; Elizabeth in PotC, who has some kind of romantic element with Will, Jack, and Barbossa.

Joie

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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)

You put Harry and Hermione? OMG don't you know that after the epilogue they're totally getting together??? ;)

This is a really interesting meme, it's kind of fun to try to think of characters that fit.

If she's "the girl", then she tends to become a romantic object in a variety of situations, not just the main romance.

That's really true. But I wonder if flirty ships can count for this meme. Because in my world, I'd put Kirk/Uhura from the new ST movie on this list. Yeah, he flirts with her initially, but I got the feeling that he did come to respect her, and that he wouldn't have said no to any sort of sexual advances ('cause he's Kirk), but that really wasn't his main goal anymore.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)

Well, I suppose you can bend the rules if you like, but for my purposes, I ruled out anything where one character displayed some attraction to the other, even if it wasn't very serious (I nixed Leia/Lando and Al/Winry (Fullmetal Alchemist) for this reason), and I think Kirk/Uhura would fall under that.


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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)

Well, I'm not trying to bend the rules as such--Kirk is a flirty guy, so even if it is a platonic relationship, I'm sure it's going to start with him hitting on the girl (his "Hey, how are you?" when Bones was dragging him through sickbay cracked me up. OH KIRK). But, and I could be totally wrong, I felt that he'd stopped pursuing Uhura and just wanted her to like him enough to tell him her name.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)

Yeah, "bend the rules" was probably the wrong choice of words, since the rules are pretty open to interpretation anyway (as are some of Kirk's actions, as you point out). I just felt that the way I was interpreting the rules and the scenes between Kirk and Uhura, I couldn't have included them. But I promise if you post this meme and include Kirk/Uhura, I will not object. :P


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dome36
dome36
dome36
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)

Laurie and Beth - sounds nice, even if I was/am a Laurie/Beth shipper.

Harry and Hermione - 100% agree :-)

J.


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shipaholic
shipaholic
Crest of Empathy
Mon, Jun. 22nd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)

I've been wracking my brains trying to even come up with ten different male/female platonic friendships. I'm sure that's a statement on media, but also a statement that I need to read more books. ;)

I totally forgot Veronica/Wallace, though... duh!


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ginnytoo
ginnytoo
ginnytoo
Tue, Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)

Please explain rules 6 and 7


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