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Zatara, Kataang?

Almost done with season 1 of Avatar: the Last Airbender, and though I don't know any spoilers from future seasons (LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY), I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that there are a lot of hardcore Zuko/Katara shippers out there. The enemy coupling isn't my usual style, but I see the attraction in this case, partly because Zuko is actually complex and might have an interesting arc by the end (hope so), and partly because Aang is *twelve*. And all these people are cartoons. So that makes the whole shipping thing feel weird to me too. But I'm sure these fics exist.



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Jan. 26th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Oh they are totally out there. I've heard there are some really good ones... but they are not my cup of tea. I much prefer Sokka/Zuko, I'll read anything about them even if it's only friendship. My top three are:

Brothers in Arms - In a palace in Ba Sing Se, one man awaits his death, one boy – his torture, and another – his destiny. An Iroh, Sokka and Zuko adventure.

Fragile - When Sokka comes back injured after going hunting with Zuko, Katara realizes her brother is more breakable than he seems.

Nightmares - Who do you go to when you have nightmares, Sokka?" An innocent question, right?

The second two are only one-shots but the first is a multi-chapter.
Jan. 27th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
That would be a pairing (even as friendship) with a lot of complexity too, yeah. I suppose I'd best wait till I'm done with the series before diving into fanfic, but I'll be forming theories along the way as to what was written out there. :) And really curious what Zuko's arc ends up like in canon.
Jan. 27th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
You'll have to let us know your final thoughts when you get to the end! :)
Jan. 29th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
I'm sure I will! Handy to have a series the whole family can watch.
Jan. 27th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about the fandom at all, but I love the series, and this is the one fic I've bookmarked. It's a gen Momo and Appa fic and is very sweet.

There is also a recfest over here, but I guess you'll have to be careful of spoilers.

Hope you love the rest of the series. It *is* weird shipping cartoon characters, but you'll get used to it :D
Jan. 27th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Aww, Momo and Appa! So sweet. The animals are all so darn cool--that's actually one of our favorite facets so far. Flying ones for Airbenders, aquatic ones for Water Tribe, etc., and usually serving real functions to the plot.

Once I'm through the series and know who everyone is, I may indeed rush out and read fics. :) I'm pretty sure when I was a kid I shipped cartoon characters, Saturday morning cartoon soap opera type things--silly ones like Jem & the Holograms, or GI Joe. But of course that shipping was rather tamer than I did later with other fandoms. Still, in some sense it isn't entirely a new feeling to me.
Jan. 28th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
There is a nation known as Zutaria...

Well, yes, Aang is twelve, but also a hundred and twelve, and also thousands of lifetimes old, both male and female.

Not spoilers, I hope, but after you've seen Season 2 there will be more characters to ship.
Jan. 28th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, and don't miss School Time Shipping!
Jan. 29th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
Heheh...it's like a whole extra dimension to a series, learning the fandom culture. And always fascinating.

I don't count the last 100 years for Aang since he was asleep. But true about remembering past lives, so, hmm. It's just, he *acts* twelve. :) So far.

Given how often the kids say, "Can we pleeeease watch one more episode?", we'll likely be well on our way into season 2 soon!
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