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I'm curious [Feb. 23rd, 2007|01:41 am]
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[jeannie81]
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What, to you, is a rare pairing? For me, the established ones in fandom are Harry/Draco, Harry/Ron, Harry/Severus, Harry/Ginny, Harry/Hermione, Hermione/Ron, Draco/Hermione, Draco/Severus, Severus/Remus, Severus/Sirius and Sirius/Remus.

I hardly read het and femslash, so I don't know what's rare there. I guess I'd like to know, because I need to know if there should be some kind of ban on the more popular pairings. Also, if anyone knows where I could pimp this community please let me know. I hope you guys do so yourselves as well ^-^.

And don't be afraid to post a fic, a rec or a search, discussions etc. I wrote a fic for a challenge and as soon as the challenge allows, I'll be posting it here.

ETA: thanks for all the replies, I really have an idea of where I want to go with this now. I'm considering everything, but I'm kinda short on time, so please don't be offended if I don't reply.
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[User Picture]From: jeannie81
2007-02-24 07:00 pm (UTC)
could you give me the link to daily snitch please? Thanks :).
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[User Picture]From: jeannie81
2007-02-24 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think what I'll do is put up a list of really popular pairings, they won't be allowed here. I wanted to do a list of pairings that would be allowed, but I think that's too vast as there are so many rare pairings. I'm thinking a list of popular pairings is vast as well, but much more manageable than rarepairs.
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[User Picture]From: zoepaleologa
2007-02-24 08:43 am (UTC)
Easier to ask what isn't. Popular pairings have entire industries built around them, dozens of fics, long and short. The following are popular pairs in my book:

Het:

Ron/Hermione
Harry/Hermione
Draco/Hermione
Snape/Hermione

Slash:
Harry/Draco
Harry/Snape
Snape/Lupin

I'd also exclude canon pairings from the list. I've actually mentioned R/Hr above as a popular pair, but it is written a lot. By canon pairing I mean any pairing that's happened in canon, marriage, even just a kiss. A rarepair, therefore is, by my subjective definition a pairing between two canon characters between whom there has been no canon romance either referred to as a fact or by depiction, AND between two characters who are not commonly paired by a significant number of fanfiction writers.

Though I hasten to suggest the above is only my entirely subjective view.
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[User Picture]From: zoepaleologa
2007-02-24 08:44 am (UTC)
Forgot: RL/SB - that's a popular pairing.
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[User Picture]From: jeannie81
2007-02-24 09:40 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I use your description for the userinfo? I'll add to it, but that's a pretty close description of what I want for this community. Thanks;)
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[User Picture]From: zoepaleologa
2007-02-24 09:57 pm (UTC)
Feell free, and tweak at will and personal preference! Am just glad you like *hugs kindred spirit*
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[User Picture]From: jeannie81
2007-02-24 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: etrangere
2007-02-24 10:40 am (UTC)
I would add Snape/Hermione to your list, and removes Draco/Severus.

It might also be worth making a different from minor pairings that still have a little bit of a following, and true rare pairing you only see once in a blue moon.
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[User Picture]From: naatz
2007-02-24 02:16 pm (UTC)
Ron/Snape and Draco/Sirius and Regulus/Sirius and Remus/Harry and Regulus/Remus and Lockhart/anybody and Dudley/anybody are rare.

|Meduza|
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[User Picture]From: house_illrepute
2007-02-24 02:24 pm (UTC)
Harry/Colin would be rare, wouldn't it?


What about Marcus Flint/Oliver Wood? I reckon that's more of a minor pairing versus a rare pairing.

I give Harry/Cedric another year before it drops to (kinda) obscurity. Without Robert Pattinson fueling the fanhearts......

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[User Picture]From: ritaj540
2007-02-24 02:50 pm (UTC)
Unless I'm not finding the stories, it seems Snape / Hooch is pretty rare. Yet, strangely intriguing.
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[User Picture]From: jeannie81
2007-02-24 10:19 pm (UTC)
Feel free to re-post them here if you'd like ;).
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[User Picture]From: static_pixie
2007-02-24 04:38 pm (UTC)
Draco/Charlie is really rare, which sucks, because it's an awesome pairing. Draco/Neville and Draco/Luna are rare, too. Also, Draco/Blaise is extremely rare, but I have yet to figure out why...
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[User Picture]From: bk03
2007-02-24 05:12 pm (UTC)
IMO, something is a rare or popular pair by their following. It doesn't have large sections on a bunch of archives, and/or a bunch of its own sites dedicated to said couple(s).

I kind of like zoepaleologa's definition, but I more agree with the second part of it. "A rarepair, therefore is, by my subjective definition a pairing between two canon characters between whom there has been no canon romance either referred to as a fact or by depiction, AND between two characters who are not commonly paired by a significant number of fanfiction writers."

Personally, with the exception of Luna because I know where to go, I have a hard time finding het Harry art with any other female outside of the big "two" (Hermione and Ginny). I like H/Hr and H/G, but I'd like to see a bit of diversity too.
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[User Picture]From: snorkackcatcher
2007-02-24 06:01 pm (UTC)
It depends whether you're defining a 'rarepair' positively or negatively -- i.e. (1) only pairings that are very seldom written, or (2) ones that are relatively rare compared to ones on some list of common pairings. There are quite a number of pairings that would be rare in sense (2) but not in sense (1) -- e.g. on your list I'd consider Draco/Severus and Severus/Sirius to be such. In either case, I think certain canon or canon-implied pairings can be considered rarepairs, simply because almost no-one writes them -- for example Filch/Pince, Hagrid/Maxime, Dobby/Winky.

My list of common ships would be as follows (in what I would guess as most to least popular):

Het:
Ron/Hermione
Harry/Ginny
Remus/Tonks
Harry/Hermione
James/Lily
Draco/Ginny
Severus/Hermione
Draco/Hermione

Slash:
Harry/Draco
Harry/Severus
Sirius/Remus.
Severus/Remus
Harry/Ron

Femmeslash:
Hermione/Ginny
Hermione/Pansy
Ginny/Luna
Narcissa/Bellatrix

Of course, there are numerous pairs that almost make these lists that are arguable -- e.g. Neville/Luna, Draco/Pansy, Ron/Draco, Hermione/Luna -- but those would be my guesses. And of course, even those few femmeslash pairs aren't all that common since not many people write femmeslash!
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[User Picture]From: eriathwen_bob
2007-02-24 10:23 pm (UTC)
Given that I once read a Ron/Hermione/Squid, I think the only limit on people's creativity is their imaginations.... and they can be very, very odd.
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[User Picture]From: eloiselovelace
2007-02-24 10:48 pm (UTC)
My favorite ships are sort-of-rare pairs. I'm thinking particularly about Percy/Oliver and Pansy/Ginny -- they are rare in the sense that they are minor characters and don't get written that much, but they have communities dedicated and there are not a trivial number of fics out there for them. My very comprehensive count of ALL Percy/Oliver fics out there is over 600 now, although it includes a lot of stories from FFNET of questionable quality. :)

So, bottom line, I think Percy/Oliver and Ginny/Pansy are rarepairs in that they aren't the really big pairings, but they're common enough that there's community support for them, and I don't really post my stories for those pairings to rarepair communities, because I figure anyone who wants to read it is already at the community dedicated to that particular pairing.

As compared to say, McGonagall/Percy or Percy/Dobby, which are *really* rare (although it's out there, yo - I know because I stumbled across them when I was compiling the P/O masterlist).
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[User Picture]From: bunney
2007-02-24 11:43 pm (UTC)
Here via Daily Snitch.

I consider a rare pair to be a relationship between any two characters who have not met or interacted in canon. For example, Charlie/Hermione is not a rare pair, because they know each other and have conceivable spent time in each other's company outside of the source material. On the flip side, Charlie/Pansy would be a rare pair because there's no evidence that they've ever even heard of each other, much less interact.
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[User Picture]From: csi_tokyo3
2007-02-25 04:23 am (UTC)
*considers het pairs involving the Patils, Hufflepuffs, and other rarely-mentioned Ravenclaws to be rare* Neville/Parvati, Harry/Gabrielle, and Susan/Justin/Luna to be such.

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