My inaugural 5FF topic — OTPs — is something that can be given a literary bent (obviously) and is perfect for February, AKA the month in which people celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day. Apologies to the groundhogs around the country.
For those of you not in the know, an OTP or “one true pairing” is basically the couples in fiction you love above all others. Keep reading for my top five OTPs, and yes, I will go down with these ships.
1. Wolverine and Jean Grey – X-Men
In some universes, Jean Grey and Wolverine are together, but in most they’re not, which is a real shame considering Cyclops is the worst. Possibly my first major OTP, this duo was the beginning of my love for unrequited romances and the start of my hatred for Scott Summers.
2. Jorah Mormont and Daenerys Targaryen – A Song of Ice and Fire
Speaking of couples I love in unrequited romances, second place has to go to Dany and Jorah, one or both of whom George R. R. Martin will probably kill off in 2035 when he releases Winds of Winter. If that doesn’t happen though, I would love for them to give up on ruling Westeros and settle down on Bear Island with their dragons and live happily ever after.
3. Chuck and Blair – Gossip Girl
While Chuck and Blair don’t actually get together in the books, they do have an epic relationship in the television adaptation — minus that time Chuck sold Blair for a hotel — so I’m counting them as a literally couple. Oh Chair, you deserved better than Gossip Girl gave you.
4. Celaena Sardothien and Chaol Westfall – Throne of Glass
Spoilers? Spoilers. I instantly fell in love with Celaena and Chaol in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series and I even got a brief moment of happiness in Crown of Midnight along with some promises from the author herself. Sadly, I’m worried that promise was broken and I still haven’t quite gotten over it.
5. Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls – Veronica Mars
I’m cheating slightly less on this one, because the Veronica Mars television show turned movie is now a series of mystery novels! Known to fans as LoVe, this OTP hasdall the classic ups and downs of my favorite couples before they were finally confirmed as end game in the film. It only took seven years!
Honorable mentions go to Shahrzad and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn, Louis and Lestat from The Vampire Chronicles and Harry Potter‘s Snape and Lily, the unrequited romance to end all unrequited romances — you know, except for that part where he regularly berated her orphan child.