||[Mar. 6th, 2016|12:29 am]
I can't remember if I've done this meme before, but I saw it floating around the flist, so I figured I'd put it up. After all, I LOVE talking about my ships :)
Give me a ship and I will tell you:
When I started shipping it if I did:
What makes me happy about them:
What makes me sad about them:
Things done in fanfic that annoys me:
Things I look for in fanfic:
Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:
My happily ever after for them:
Who is the big spoon/little spoon:
What is their favorite non-sexual activity:
I'd also be interested in this for Antonin/Bellatrix (disclaimer, I don't think I've read any, I just noticed you'd written a few). Honestly, I haven't given Antonin much thought at all so I'd be interested in hearing about the thought process that led to them, if you're so inclined.
When I started shipping it if I did: Um, IDK, probably from the start when I got into fandom and even started thinking of the ships. It was an easy canon default ship and I liked how it was portrayed in fanon.
My thoughts: My headcanon is that they had a semi-arranged marriage. That is that Lucius had picked out Narcissa in their early teenage years for a girl he liked and might want to marry, so when his father asked, he said he wanted to court Narcissa. So the Malfoys and Blacks talked and decided they liked this match so they made up the contracts to have them be betrothed. Lucius and Narcissa started courting and it wasn’t intense at first, but they liked each other and knew they were to be married, so they had a reason to try and get to know each other better. And then the more time they spent together the more they fell in love. Lucius was gallant and intelligent and well educated and he adored her – just the kind of man Narcissa had always imagined she would marry. And Narcissa was like the perfect Pureblood girl, all soft-spoken and well-mannered, beautiful and feminine and family-oriented. But Lucius could also see that she was clever and not unwilling to stand up for something she truly believed in, even if she initially appeared mild in her opinions. They shared worldviews and values and just really understood each other.
What makes me happy about them: How very obviously in love they are.
What makes me sad about them: All of DH is just so sad for all the Malfoys...
Things done in fanfic that annoys me: The fics that portray them as distant or the ones where their marriage falls apart after the war.
Things I look for in fanfic: I don't read them a lot but probably fluff or some nice worldbuilding re: Pureblood courtship.
Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other: Huh. I really don't know. I can't really imagine it. I have some other, mostly slash, ships for Lucius (Lucius/Antonin of Lucius/Pansy's father for an endgame is Narcissa died or something, I guess...) but I don't really ship Narcissa with anyone else, so I don't know. But probably a femslash ship.
My happily ever after for them: Going somewhere far away from England after the war, like France or something, and living out their days in peace.
Who is the big spoon/little spoon: Lucius is the big spoon.
What is their favorite non-sexual activity: They enjoy cuddling or just sitting quietly together.
With Antonin it’s weird, because my headcanon of him, as well as a few other characters, is based (very loosely) on the fics of one of the first fic writers in the HP fandom whom I read. He’s kind of the reason I’m even IN this fandom. Of course, by now, my characterizations are quite different from his but that’s where my starting point was. Rodolphus was the other person kind of affected by this so when I was coming up with all my headcanons and characterizations Rodolphus came off as a bit of an over-emotional prissy, sometimes a coward, far more of a politician than a fighter. And something about him and Bella just didn’t work for me. I also liked the idea of a Narcissa-Bella contrast, so I was like “what if Balla and Rodolphus’ marriage was arranged? What if she didn’t love? Narcissa is that perfect Pureblood girl with the loving husband and son and Bella is in an unhappy marriage and she never has kids – not that she minds the latter. She’s far happier fighting the war, anyway. And then I kinda wanted a love interest for Bella.
And Antonin/Bella just kinda came together on a whim for me, IDK. He was the super-dedicated, hyper-competent, intelligent and talented second-in-command with a, nevertheless, cynical and terribly un-idealistic view on the war and she was also hyper-dedicated and competent and ambitious, but also fiery and ideological and the whole thing was such a mess of a passionate storm when I through them together. And then the questions started, like: what if they were in love while at Hogwarts? What effects would it have on them both if Bella had to marry Roddy? Would they carry on their affair after she was married? And I love myself a forbidden tragic romance. It’s all very much based on headcanon stuff.
Edited at 2016-03-09 11:49 pm (UTC)
This is interesting, thanks!
I'm quite similar, I think I can live with depictions of Lucius and Narcissa not being in love, but not of them not loving each other in some way. To me, their mutual regard and thinking about one another as a team is just not in question, no matter how you slice or dice (or ship) them.
Your Antonin/Bella progression is interesting to read. I've had that experience of a one-off idea becoming a full-blown ship because something about it just "works," and it's pretty awesome when it happens.