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Should you use it in your work?
Source uughÖ this tropeÖ i mean, there is really nothing wrong with it when done right but there are so many possible ways it can go really shitty consider whether your story fits one or more of these possibilities: 1. One of the characters really likes the other, but the other isnít terribly enthusiastic about it. No, the second one isnít in the wrong. No, they donít ~just need to see the otherís feelings~. The second character is fully within their right to refuse a relationship if they are not into it. Unrequited love. Play it as such. Guilt-tripping a character ďbut they like me why donít I like themĒ doesnít make them suddenly develop feelings for the other (other than, duh, guilt). Iíve been through that guilt trip of being on the receiving end of a crush myself. Itís not pretty and it did not make me like them back. Did not. Did not. It does not work that way. 2. The characters would make an extremely cute couple but neither actually want to / think of becoming one, itís just an outside opinion. Their relationship or lack of one is their business. Period. Everybody else with their sense of aestetics can go write their slash fanfiction. They are welcome. 3. One or both of the characters are not open to a romantic relationship because of:
- previous relationship having gone wrong;
- previous relationship having ended in tragedy;
- previous relationship actually still lasting;
- fear of commitment;
- some sort of prejudice / character misjudgement of the other character;
- anything else.
- other family, elder relatives or siblings or kids;
- literally anything.