Date: 2006-07-21 07:55 am (UTC)
In the end how much canon do you need to support a pairing?...Do you think that’s true? Does it take away from the enjoyment of a story if they’ve never formally met on screen?

The Tolkien fandom does this all the time. In fact, one of the most popular pairings is between two elves who are in the movies for a combined time of maybe 3 minutes, tops, and in the books for about 3 paragraphs. And never together. I think one reason the oddball pairings are written is that the author is not held to any particular standard. The character is there, but the author gets to make up/add to their personality, background, whatever. It's like having an open field (to a point)...

Personally, I'm way more intimidated thinking about writing an established character than I am about a secondary one. Since there's no real canon, well, I can't misrepresent the character.
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