This entry is for Nathan and Haley, the OTP that makes the horror of One Tree Hill
almost bearable. Sure, they are not my favorite OTP, or the most well-written, or the angstiest. But there is no OTP that works so hard in making me actually watch the show which I would otherwise stay away from like the plague.
I find John/Aeryn in another universe as far as OTPness if concerned. And Mal/Inara have layers upon layers of unstated emotion in every interaction. But. But. All of those are part of shows that are already great. I mean, I adore my newest OTP, Miaka/Tamahome, but there is plenty I loved in Fushigi Yuugi without them. But without Nathan and Haley, OTH has NOTHING good.
I watched all of S1 (granted, on ff) and part of S2 (on even bigger ff) solely for them, as with each passing episode the other characters made me want to gouge their eyes out with a rusty spike more and more. But it's amazing how fast you can watch a season when you give up even a pretense of caring for most characters and watch them at 50x, with occasional pauses as you realize you ffed too fast and went past a Nathan/Haley scene. Indeed.
Who are they, you ask? In the teenybopper hell of OTH, he is the legitimate half-brother of Lucas Scott (played by the brilliantly wooden Chad Michael Murray whose lack of talent is only matched by his lack of clothing). He is the priveleged son, if your notion of privelege is being brought up by a father who is not only the show's resident twirl-the-mustache villain but also looks like he got plasticised a few years back, and a mother who looks like a former Playboy bunny gone through leathering process. These parents use Nathan as an emotional ping-pong in their labyrinthine wars, and Nathan ends up emancipated (which in OTH terms means 'magically having an amazing apartment on minimum wage') because even though he is 16, he is still about 10 years older than the mental age of his parents. Combined. Poor Nathan has a 'poor little rich boy' thing going as both of his parents are attempted murderers (they engage in a praiseworthy effort to winnow down the cast, but alas, their success is limited).
Haley is the best friend of the Wooden Lucas, but except for her lamentable taste in friends, she is a remarkably well-adjusted academic achiever in funny hats. Think Willow only cuter and with much less brain and personality. She ends up tutoring Nathan (the boy is cute but not that bright. I bet his mother overtanned when he was in the womb), who starts flirting with her as an obscure and complicated attempt to get back at his half-brother to whom he is mean early in the show (probably because he resents CMM getting top billing).
Of course, since this is the very beginning of the show, Nathan gains angst, niceness, lack of money, and Twu Wuv in the process. He transforms into an adorable boyfriend. This probably causes his former girlfriend Peyton, the equally wooden crush of Lucas, to wonder why she couldn't get him housebroken earlier. Answer: she did not have funny hats.
Nathan also becomes the world's youngest husband, when in a severely WTF moment, he and Haley get married at the grand old age of 16. With the permission and blessing of Haley's crazy hippie freaky parents, who let their youngest child get hitched to an unemployed high school boyfriend they barely know and then blithely step out of town forever. Leaving Nathan and Haley to cope with marriage, bills, and Haley's sudden and inexplicable ability to go on a nation-wide concert tour. Indeed.
By the age of 17, Nathan and Haley are also about to become the world's youngest divorced couple (can you imagine what a sexy pick up line this will be when Nathan is in college: "Hiya Honey! I am 18 and have already been divorced!") due to the Plot Contrivances Of Doom. But since their love is "always and forever" (tm) they are overcoming the almost-divorce though sexing and angsting and glances which make dangermousie
very happy. After all it's not every ship that can survive such horrendously bad writing in such a horrendously bad show through sheer chemistry and sweetness.
Picture:( A Couple More Shots )