Though in some cases opposites don’t always attract, but when it does work…there will be sparks and fireworks, and lips touching, and stars forming. In my heart of hearts I will always be a lover of these types of stories and here are three reasons why:
- The slow burn
Some of my favorite books and shows have been the ones with a painfully slow burn between two characters from the first meet. It’s that initial attraction, something about them that immediately makes you interested. Having them at odds with each other can make every moment unpredictable. And when they are thrust into a particular situation where they must work together towards a goal a slow spark begins, until eventually…everything is on fire. Think Nina and Matthias from Six Of Crows, or Root and Shaw from Person of Interest.
- Witty banter
Without chemistry you have no spark. When two opposites come together they play off each other, and in most cases this involves playful banter. One may be more sarcastic and flirtatious, while another may be more reserved or stern, which makes their interactions interesting and fills it with tension, helping to both draw out their distinctive qualities while finding what makes them similar. And who doesn’t love when one character tends to tease the other in order to gain a smile or laugh.
- Dynamic Duo
Opposites can actually bring out the best in each other. A dynamic duo that did the opposites attract trope well was Lexa and Clarke from The 100, (before the show crushed my heart.) Though they each had their own ambitions, equally existed as individuals, they knew the other was capable in ways that complemented themselves. They might have disagreed strongly with each other at times but they also became the voice of reason for the other, becoming one another’s support, so when they did come together it made it all the more special.
Some other great dynamic duos: Inej and Kaz from Six of Crows, Nomi and Amanita from Sense8, Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter, Adam and Ronan from The Raven Boys.
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J.C. Welker is a YA author who’s been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously). Her short documentaries, which focused on homeless Iraq veterans and LGBTQ+ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her debut novel won first place in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards. She continues to work towards giving a voice to stories that are needed, while facing magic and monsters along the way.