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Talking meme day 4: Enemy Mine

Day 4 of the December talking meme! Today daria234 asked me the rather excellent question Why are hero/villain pairings so appealing? What makes some hero/villain pairings more appealing to you than others?

I laughed for a while at this question, I must admit. Apparently I have a totally obvious pairing type! WHO KNEW! XD

But, uh, yes. One of my favourite pairing types is definitely foe yay/enemy mine. It probably started with the Demonata series by Darren Shan, which was one of my favourite series when I was a teenager and still is a soft spot now, where I shipped Juni Swan/Kernel Fleck like BURNING. They were never actually canon, but there was a lot of subtext and I got really into the whole star crossed lovers unfortunately on different sides trope. Ever since then if there’s a villain and a hero with even the slightest chemistry, I’m likely to ship them.

So, why do I ship them so much? The answer is: for a hell of a lot of reasons. I really like my intense ships, ones where both characters involved could strangle each other sometimes but don’t because they really can’t live without each other. I still have a fondness for the star crossed enemy lovers trope, but over time this has faded into a deep love of the improbable fluff trope – where two characters should probably end up murdering each other, but instead care so much about each other that they make a sincere effort to work it out. This all ties in to how much I love a good redemption storyline – I have SUCH a fondness for villains slowly realizing that they’re villains and working through the damage they’ve done, and that tends to gel well with narrative arcs about falling in love with somebody completely unexpected.

This leads to the question of where the line is for me, because there are definitely some villain/hero pairings I won’t touch. And I suppose the answer to that is… Well, the potential for redemption. This is a highly subjective thing, and I will readily admit that this is just for me, but if I think a villain can be redeemed (especially by the POWER OF LOVE, as cheesy as that sounds) I am far more likely to go for the foe yay angle. I suppose a good example here would be Leonard Snart – he has done really horrible things, but he still has some good in him that is canonically brought out by the hero/Barry. Both Sinestro and Lex Luthor also fit into this mould, if in slightly lesser degrees. They could be good men, they could even be heroes, and with the help of their own personal hero they’re getting closer to that by the day.

So, yes! That’s largely why I’m into the enemy mine trope so much, and that’s where my lines on it are. I’d just like to say, though, that this is mainly my preference in fic and DEFINITELY does not translate into real life. I know that nobody on here is going to judge me that much for it, but… Yeah. I am well aware that it is a very niche thing that only appeals to me in a fictional sense, and I do not judge anybody for finding it a bit weird! As long as you don’t accuse me of being a horrible person for my fictional tastes, we’re good. ;)

The December talking meme is still here, if anybody else has any questions for me, and has a few open spaces still left. If you want to see me babble on about my fannish tastes, now is the time.


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Dec. 5th, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! This was fun to read. I of course LOVE hero/villain pairings too, so I am always interested in things like this :)

I totally agree on the appeal of these: intense ships, ones where both characters involved could strangle each other sometimes but don’t because they really can’t live without each other.


and yes, a nice love driven redemption story is wonderful - especially if the villain is brilliant and protective and a bit possessive and has the attitude of nobody hurts my nemesis but me, lol, I'm a sucker for that too. there are so many lovely things about foe yay.
Dec. 7th, 2015 10:06 am (UTC)
I think the thing is that I also have a fondness for really intense characters, who are incredibly passionate in the pursuit of what they want and incredibly hard to turn aside. This obviously also applies to a hell of a lot of villains, so. ^^

There's definitely a lot to love! :D
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