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The 30 Days, 30 Ships Meme
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?


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Tomoyo and Eriol, Cardcaptor Sakura



I couldn't come up with a good answer for this one, so thanks to serena_b for bringing up E/T.

It's not that I don't *understand* it, per se. I love a non-canon pairing as much as the next girl. But what I don't get is where this one came from and why it's so ubiquitous. When I first started reading fic in this fandom, it seemed every other story was labeled "S&S E&T". It was just the default non-canon pairing, and it was like they couldn't have Sakura and Syaoran together without Eriol and Tomoyo being the B-couple in the fic.

I wrote it, too, when I first started, because that seemed how you got people to read your stuff. Go with what's popular. But *why* is it so popular? I have no idea.

I read a couple of pretty good fics back in the day, and I think if you have a strong writer with an original idea who really gets the characters, you can make just about any pairing work. In theory, I get why someone would like them, but I don't get why it's everywhere.

Is it still? I don't even know. I don't read much CCS anymore.






Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship?
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - The best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - Why aren’t these two married in real life?
Day 11 - What is your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you’ve rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The ‘can’t stand the sexual tension anymore’ pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?
Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever!

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roseice From: roseice Date: August 2nd, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
xDDD I remember the Eriol x Tomoyo craze. It didn't make a lick of canon sense, heck the two of them barely exchanged a word, but they just looked cute together. That's all the fans need. *laugh*

And going hand-in-hand with Syaoran x Sakura was just... convenient, I guess. Tomoyo is the best friend so obviously she needed to be paired with someone, Yamazaki has Chiharu already so a boy her age would be... BAM, Eriol.

Fun times. I read a lot of ExT fics too back then.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm all for characters who look cute together (heck, part of my reason for loving Guy/Natalia is they're just so pretty together), and I don't always need much more. I've just never been in another fandom where a non-canon pairing had this kind of following. But it's been years since I looked, and maybe it's died down since then.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 2nd, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never, ever, have I touched ET, even with a four foot pole.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now I know what to request next time you go drabbling.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. I have only ever requested fic you secretly enjoyed writing. I never request... Touya-Yukito, for instance.

2. Error, Console does not recognize command. Please re-enter.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Boo.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not your birthday. And that was a great fic, btw. Go read my review of it.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: August 3rd, 2010 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Hehe. :)

Um, I think it was just that they looked good together. I mean the two of them side by side are pleasing to the eye...lol.

I think if you have a strong writer with an original idea who really gets the characters, you can make just about any pairing work.

This I completely agree with. I was really into the fandom and a lot of the people that were huge contributers of fics I was friends with through a mailing list (before everyone started posting on ff.net) and I remember when ExT first started taking over. I think what helped it along was that some really great fics came out and people liked them so much that the idea sort of became contagious. It was like a virus. And it was just one of those things. Like some of those weird meme's that go around, maybe we'll never really know what made ExT so popular.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think some of the best ones I read way back in the day were kind of cracky humor stuff. I just thought they were hilarious. Eriol/Tomoyo was like the "evil/dark" version of Syaoran/Sakura, but in a fun way, if that makes sense. While S&S were sickly sweet, E&T were always up to no good and laughing evil laughs. But then the whole "S&S E&T" thing got so full of AU and cliches (They're in rival gangs! They're skaters! They hate each other!) that I just started scratching my head over it.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: August 4th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The cracky/humor ones were good too. They were always portrayed darker in some way, kind of to balance out the super sweet lightness of SxS I think. I read so many angsty ExT fic's though...bleh. I never read any of the AU fics.

The fandom just became so flooded with ExT that I started looking for other things (like TouyaxTomoyo and even YuexSakura).

I kind of miss the CCS fandom. Heck, I miss being part of a fandom period, lol.
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