could you give me the link to daily snitch please? Thanks :).
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.
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:
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.
Forgot: RL/SB - that's a popular pairing.
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;)
Feell free, and tweak at will and personal preference! Am just glad you like *hugs kindred spirit*
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.
Ron/Snape and Draco/Sirius and Regulus/Sirius and Remus/Harry and Regulus/Remus and Lockhart/anybody and Dudley/anybody are rare.
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......
Unless I'm not finding the stories, it seems Snape / Hooch is pretty rare. Yet, strangely intriguing.
Feel free to re-post them here if you'd like ;).
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...
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.
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):
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!
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.
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).
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.
*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.