"I meant the pairing itself. "
Then it's only yours personal opinion, you cannot say that many people see this pairing to be that stupid as pairing you're assuming is stupid, many of people who hate Scott/Emma may actually like Zutara.
"And my problem with this pairing is it doesn't make sense except the writers make it last"
Because that's what writers do. Most of things you can find in comics don't make sense until writer maes them.
"rying to blatantly seduce a guy you've been hired to help, and then claiming you're in love with the guy, is either an ass pull or really piss poor justification for her motives."
Why? If she has fallen in love, it's only fitting for her personality that she would try to seduce him instead of openly confessing like 15 years old schoolgril. She is grown up woman and you demand from her to act like teenager. And even if she first tried to seduce him and then fallen in love - well, things like that happens too, you can heard about people who fallen for what they would belive was supposed to be one-night stand or short adventure. It tells somethign about her character and adds inner depths to her.
"And the way Emma acts isn't really a character (as in how she is now, not up to the end of Generation X)."
Ah, immortal argument that Emma has been derailed from how she was in Generation X. Well, from tiny bits of informations I gathered, in Generation X she was probably even worse and fans idolize her to have an excuse for bitching about her current potrayal.
"She's a pastiche of characterizations, especially in the way that supposedly makes the more established X-Women irrelevant (so they could make her the most prominent women on the teams), by having their positive traits welded to her. "
Okay, bring me some examples or I'm callign a BS on that one. Who is doing that? Joss Whedon
? No way, he make one of the more complex interpretations of her and developed her on several levels and make Scott/Emma actually acteptable. Matt Fraction
? Impossible, his Emma is Flat Character
without any traits aside calling people "darling". Mike Carey
? Nope, he rarerly writes Emma and when he does, she tends to be The Stoic
, something that doesn't seems to be out of character. Warren Ellis
? His Emma is qiute negative in favor of Storm. Kieron Gillen
? Again, stoic persona and really out of focus, he's more concerned about Kitty. Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost? Their Emma in New X-Men is concerned only about good of her students to the point of being ruthless and doing questionable things to ensure their safety. When written by Yost alone she is more carrying but still tend to put safety of her students above everything else, even her relationship with Scott. Ed Brubaker
? I don't see him spotlighting her too much, she has promiment role only in one his story and he didn't really do too much with her characterization, focusing mostly on what things draws her to Scott. Daniel Way? Victor Glisher? I stay away from any awful shit they pull out,so I have no idea what they are doing. But even if they do what you accuse writers of, then there is no reason to make it overshadow all the others, considering they are newest additions to X-Men writing team and I don't see any other important X-Men writer writing Emma the way you claim. You're now like those Avengers fans who continue to whine how Jessica Jones is The Wesley
when she has been Demoted to Extra
long ago and serves only as device to make other characters look better (c'mon, give me one plot point related to her that she doesn't share with Luke and isn't used to make others look more interesting).
And before you acuse me of wearing Shipping Googles
- I'm recently in my Cyclops/Frenzy (Cyzy?) phase and that's copule I'm sqeeing to right now.
"Incidentally, I'm not ignoring anything with Scott and Jean that wasn't perfect."
And I'm reminiding I still haven't seen it being used for anything else than making Scott looks worse in comparision to Logan.