Good evening - or morning, I don't know - everyone. It's time for me to rant about least favorite romances!
Day 11: Least Favorite Romance
Day 12: Least Favorite Episode
Day 13: Favorite Potential Slayer
Day 14: Favorite Female Villain
Day 15: Favorite Male Villain
Day 16: Episode You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 17: Character You Relate To The Most
Day 18: Character Who Didn’t Get Enough Screen Time
Day 19: Character You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 20: Best Spike-centric Episode
Day 21: Best Willow-centric Episode
Day 22: Best Xander-centric Episode
Day 23: Two Characters You Wanted To Get Together That Never Did
Day 24: Hottest scene
Day 25: Favorite Buffyverse Saying
Day 26: Favorite Scooby Moment
Day 27: Cutest Moment
Day 28: Character You Love To Hate
Day 29: Episode You Hate That Everyone Else Loves
Day 30: What You Think Made Buffy So Great
Necessary premise: I don't get "shippy" a lot. A pairing has to inspire me in a special way to get shippy. I can deal with shows without romances and just platonic friendships. (For example: I don't ship John and Sherlock like most of the fans do though I love their relationship)
Active shipping is something I don't do for every cute couple and sometimes I think that some pairings are adorable - like, I don't know, Rory and Amy from DW or Willow and Oz - but I don't go there with the ugly sobbing and the feels.
In BtVS I get really shippy when it comes to three people: Spike, Angel and Buffy. I don't know why, they are sexy. I get involved with lot of feelings and "Please Joss, make them a couple" when it comes to these three in various combinations - with other people too. So I guess that Spuffel is a necessity sometimes: it's a way to resolve the triangle without breaking anyone's heart. I like it. You also already know that I really, REALLY want to see Spike and Buffy together in the comics and that's my active shipping part in the fandom. Love them, want to see them together. GIVE ME. (Plus can we have other Spangel interaction?)
So, in the end, there are pairings I find truly cute and that I love (especially Jenny/Giles and Willow/Oz) but they don't provoke the crazy shipper in me.
They are also pairings I couldn't care less, like Riley and Sam. Is there anyone in the fandom who cares about their marriage? I guess that they could be a valid candidate for "least favorite romance" expect that we get to see them together just for one episode and I don't care enough about Sam as a character to even dislike her. She's merely an appendix of Riley's character. Not interested.
There are also couple I don't like per se but that I can understand. Take, for example, the brief interlude between Xander and Willow: absolutely the worst thing, especially since they were both cute and generally happy with Cordelia and Oz, but it felt real. Xander and Willow grew up with this special bond and their mistake seemed understandable. Not something to like or ship in any way, but something human and, especially since they were both so young, normal.
I refuse to consider Parker and Buffy a couple and the romance was a big kick in the teeth for Buffy, but I liked the arc because it was Bangel in a regular, not-so-metaphoric and over the top way. Parker was the human answer to Angelus.
Let's see: Anya and Xander could have been a beloved OTP of mine IF he was really supportive to her. I don't like how Xander treats Anya in many occasions, I can't really be on board with the romance. I suffered for them in Hells Bells and I loved SO MUCH the final scene of Selfless but I'm forever pissed at Xander rolling his eyes everytime Anya expresses a non conventional opinion. Why he even wants to be married to her if he doesn't like what she thinks about stuff?
So here's my choices: As a Spuffy shipper I was (am?) supposed to hate Riley and Buffy. But I don't. I think that S4 Riley and Buffy are cute: she finally has some balance between her mission and her private life. She gets to be happy much more than she ever was with Angel. She gets to go out like a normal girl and her boyfriend doesn't seem alarmed by her mission. I like happy!Buffy. She doesn't get to feel happiness or - better definition - contentment a lot. (The only part that makes me all "Noooo" is when they bang after killing demons in The I in the Team because of creepy fascistic groups.)
So I hate when it all goes to hell and she gets the blame for it. I'm annoyed by Riley/Buffy's romance in S5 not because I ship her with Spike but because Riley is annoying and I'm happy when he goes away and, with all due respect and love to Spike, but I like too much Buffy's singleness in the second half of S5. I wish we could have seen her being single much more because she doesn't need a love interest to be ... interesting. And to express affection and being loved, generally. Buffy and Dawn are the big love story in S5.
Also Robin and Faith. It feels like he wanted so desperately to bang a slayer, any slayer, that he finally took a chance with Faith. Ew.
EDIT: Wait, stop! If we consider the comics ... Xander and Dawn. Xander and Dawn more than everyone. More than Warren being Amy's boyfriend. (?) More than everything. Dawn deserves better.
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