Anonymous said: Rosto or Farmer?
Gonna sort of copypaste/edit a comment I made a few months ago regarding this subject:
Farmer. Without a doubt, Farmer. Farmer’s relationship with Beka is stronger, more subtly developed, and the type of relationship that’ll last a lifetime. I do like Beka and Rosto and I totally shipped them in Terrier but their moral compasses clash, and that’s a really big problem if you want a lasting relationship. I think Tammy was sending a deliberate message about love in general with Beka/Rosto vs. Beka/Farmer (one that’s kind of present in all of her stories, actually. I’ll get to that in a minute). Rosto is the daring, dashing guy girls love to fall for and while I don’t doubt his chemistry with Beka, I also don’t for a minute see him as the guy Beka can grow old with together. Beka/Rosto, if they were to happen, would be like those fiery, passionate romances you read about in novels, all tumultuous feelings and conflict and equal parts desperate love and frustration, but in real life, those kinds of relationships inevitably fade after a year or so, when the passion wears off. Rosto has ambitions that go far beyond his relationship with Beka - he’s the Rogue, after all. Farmer, on the other hand, would always put Beka first, and in addition to that their moral compasses align (at least by virtue of them both being Dogs who want to help people). Farmer and Beka might not be as exciting a ship, but they have a very quiet, real kind of love - the kind that takes care of you when you’re sick and brings you hot soup and never pressures you, the kind of love that feels like home. I think her ultimate message with Beka and Farmer really closely resembles that made with another Tortallan power couple - Alanna and George. Alanna was in love with Jon for a long while before she really decided on George, because they had chemistry, because she loved him even when he was difficult and insufferable and generally a prat all around. That’s not to say Rosto is any of these things, but the core similarity between Jon and Rosto is that they want different things out of life than their respective would-be partners. It’s why Alanna and Jon didn’t work out and why Rosto and Beka probably wouldn’t work out if it’d happened. With George, Alanna truly felt at home, and I believe that for Beka, home is with Farmer. (On a side note, this isn’t to say that characters who clash don’t make good ships because they do, they really do. There’s a reason why I ship Linzin even though it’s a sunken ship ;) )
Tamora Pierce is simply masterful at creating partnerships (and not just romantic ones) that compliment each other, each making the other one a better version of themselves. For example, Neal and Kel are such a great team - Kel being the excellent leader and Neal having her back always (even though he will argue with her about practically everything). And they take care of each other so well.