How to Spot an OTP in the Making | Rants & Rambles

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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.

This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:


For the month of February, I decided to do some romance-themed discussion posts. This post was inspired by all the books with romances/geometrical relationships. Because I read many books that are romance heavy, I have been conditioned to look for potential OTPs as soon as a start a book. I can like a book for a number of reasons, but at the end of the day, as along as my ship is sailing, I AM HAPPY!

The following are interactions that usually occur when the two individuals who are ‘destined’ to be together first meet. (Note: This list does not apply to any Sarah J. Maas books as she is the Queen of geometrical romances and NO SHIPS ARE SAFE!)

♥ The Stare 

Oh, the longing stare. Looking into each other eyes and then looking away….This is usually the first interaction that occurs between the potential OTP. Exhibit A: Twilight! Edward spends most of his time just staring at Bella when they first meet: during lunch, during class, in the parking lot (LOL!). Bella also spends most of her time staring back, until that one side character states, “You’re staring” (thanks Jessica for ruining the moment), only then does she look away. 

The Smirk 

Ahh, the SMIRK! I have read two books within this week alone and there was already smirking going on within the first chapter! Smirking is like the first sign of flirting between the pair. Smirking can occur when sharing inside jokes or can even be used as a way to annoy the other person. Whatever the reason, SMIRKS ARE EVERYWHERE

The Wave of Heat ♥

From forearm brushes to goosebumps, to flaming cheeks and warm breaths, the “wave of heat” is something that usually occurs when our pair have had some sort of physical contact, whether it was by accident or not. I usually see this type of interaction in NA books, but lately, I’ve been seeing them occur more and more in YA books. Everyone is just catching the love bug and getting a crazy fever that causes them to fall in love! 

The Moment 

The EPIC moment. The moment when our pair finally realize that there may actually be something going on and that their feelings may be MORE than just “puppy love”. They can be surrounded by a sea of people and yet, still have that moment where they feel like they are the only two people in the room! This is the moment that happens right when a ship is about to set SAIL! Now we have just have to hope that it does NOT sink!

The Special Connection 

For many of my fantasy and paranormal reads, having some sort of “special” connection has become sort of a recurrent theme. In the Lux series, Daemon and Kat share a special connection where their throats get warm when the other is near. In the Mediator series, Jesse can somehow always tell that Suze is in danger, even when he is miles away. I’m guessing the purpose of this is to show how strong the love between the two individuals is and that their bond is an UNBREAKABLE ONE

These are just a few of the interactions that I picked up on while reading books. I am sure that there are so many more that could be added to this list, but these are the ones that I see time and time again.

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

What are some interactions you notice between potential OTPs?

Let me know in the comments!


12 thoughts on “How to Spot an OTP in the Making | Rants & Rambles

  1. Yessss, haha I was sitting here and nodding my head along to everything. All of this can make an OTP for me, but only if it’s executed properly and I feel like their connection is really building. I don’t like it when characters are suddenly super connected but just suddenly got there? Haha. This is great post! 🙂

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  2. Yes to everything! And I’d like to call these the classics. You know you’ve read a lot of contemporary when you simply shrug (or roll your eyes) upon seeing these signs and you’re like “here we go again”. LOL. Great post, Ari!

    PS Maas is the queen wrecker of ships indeed

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    • I find myself rolling my eyes A LOT, haha! The book that inspired this post had most of these interactions right in the first few chapters and I couldn’t help but compare it to other books I’ve read. It makes it so easy to figure out who is going to be with who.

      & yes, Maas is the sinker of ships. #RIPChaolaena


  3. You forgot one of the really important ones although I do agree with all of the above.
    You missed they are always there for each other when the chips are down!
    Damon was there for that shindig even though Stef was supposed to be Elena’s dance partner and he was there for her every other time he possibly could be when Stefan dropped the ball (which was almost all the time although I will admit he did save the day when she was turned and couldn’t drink anything but straight from the source until he figured out the love connection with her Sire).
    Eric Northman, Sookie Stackhouse & Bill Compton. Eric was there for Sookie WHEN he knew there was trouble unless there were extenuating circumstances (when Naeve and Lochlan kidnapped her off the top of my head). Bill, oth, was the cause of most of her problems. They saved each other many times. Unfortunately her dumb self couldn’t see what was in front of her face. I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO upset when that ship sailed long before the series ended :(. What made it even worse was she chose Sam, of all people, to spend her life with. /rant about SVM


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