One True Pairing

ImageA while ago I wrote a post about Maggie Stiefvater’s werewolf trilogy The Wolves of Mercy Falls. These three books—Shiver, Linger, and Forever—contain a plethora of engaging and complex characters. And out of all these characters, the most important to this reader are rock star Cole St. Clair and girl-who-takes-crap-from-no-one Isabel Culpepper. What’s so great about these two characters, you ask? Where to start. Their antagonistic chemistry, the personal growth they inspire in each other, the steamy hot kisses. Everything about them screams OTP. That’s “one true pairing” for you non-Tumblr people, a.k.a. your favorite couple ever. Well, Cole and Isabel (or Colesabel if you’re into celebrity couple names) definitely make my OTP list, so I just about had a heart attack when Maggie Stiefvater announced that she had written a stand alone book about Cole and Isabel in L.A. You can read the first heart-stopping chapters here. But in honor (and excitement) of Maggie’s new book coming out in July, I’ve made a list of my top 3 OTPs. Don’t worry, Colesabel makes the cut.

1. Faramir and Eowyn

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Art by Ted Nasmith

For those of you who read my post about Lord of the Rings, you’ll understand why this couple is number one. Eowyn is my all-time favorite fictional character ever, and not just because she’s a badass warrior chick (though she is that). She’s my favorite character because after she’s achieved her dream of glory in battle, she realizes that she’s still unfulfilled. Enter Faramir, the wise, and gentle son of the steward of Gondor. Faramir understands Eowyn more fully than anyone else, including Eomer her brother, Theoden her uncle, and Aragorn the man she loves. Faramir falls in love with her, and it’s his love that finally heals the emptiness and despair in Eowyn’s heart. Because of Faramir’s love, Eowyn goes from from this:

“But who knows what she spoke to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all her life seemed shrinking, and the walls of her bower closing in about her, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in?” –Gandalf, The Two Towers

To this:

“I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun; and behold! the Shadow has departed! I will be a Shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.” –Eowyn, The Return of the King

2. Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye

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From Fullmetal Alchemist (Brotherhood), my first excursion into the world of anime. Roy is a talented and cocky flame alchemist, and secretly an idealist. He gets himself into trouble all the time, especially when it rains. Riza is a no-nonsense soldier and the best sniper in the army. She also saves Roy’s life more times than I can list. But unlike most couples, their romance isn’t a hot and sexy love affair. They fight together in a war, where they witness the horrors of their own government on an innocent people. They work together in the military and eventually as part of a coup. Their “romance” is a series of complex and emotional events—from their childhoods to their professional partnership—that lead to a relationship so much deeper. Throughout the entire series there is no explicit exhibition of them dating or being romantically involved, but the love is blatantly apparent in each and every one of their actions. That’s love, people.

3. Cole St. Clair and Isabel Culpepper

Werewolf rock star meets L.A. doll in the middle of Mercy Falls, Minnesota. Sexual tension ensues. A lot of the appeal of Cole and Isabel’s relationship is the dramatic fights and sexy kissing, but that isn’t enough to give a fictional couple OTP status. What makes Cole and Isabel so interesting are the personal issues they each bring to the relationship—drug addictions, rock star status, your brother turning into a werewolf and then dying—and how they deal with these issues and each other. It’s a bonus that epic things, good and bad, happen whenever they’re together. I can’t wait to see what unfolds in Sinner.

Come July, be on the lookout for Maggie Stiefvater’s new book Sinner. Here’s the official description from Scholastic: Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret – his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

So who are your top 3 OTPs?  Comment below to let us know! (Rhyme unintended!)

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