CONFESSION: I was so disappointed once I found out Varric and Aveline were not romanceable
I sometimes think my confession would be:
“I find an odd characteristic of any fandom (whether it be games or TV shows or what have you) to be the belief that the only worthwhile relationship between any two characters is romance. Two characters can’t have a deep friendship without it secretly being romantic. Two characters can’t hate each other without harboring lust. A follower that you have a great relationship with is disappointing if it also can’t lead to love.
Is romance great? Yes. Are people who like romance awesome? Why not. I just don’t get why everything has to lead to romance. It’s almost as if we couldn’t reveal a mailbox these days without someone demanding to know if they can have a romance with it.
—signed, anonymous curmudgeon”
I get that…however, I agree with the confessor. It’s not that people want EVERYTHING to lead to romance, just that it would be nice to have Aveline and Varric as options (frankly, the most stable ones in the group). Not everyone has the same taste! My character would have happily had those satisfying supportive friendships with Fenris and Anders, while choosing to instead to be involved with Varric.
You’re presuming that everyone is entitled to a romance with a character of their choosing, or even a romance that they like.
I think you’re also assuming that a romance arc with Varric and/or Aveline would have been exactly the relationship you remember, but with a kissing scene added. It wouldn’t. Varric would have been someone else. Instead of Aveline talking about her Dad, you would have had sex with her. Is that better? Is the friendship you formed with Varric so unworthwhile that you would have traded it in for something else which may not even be what you imagine? He is the way he is because that’s what he was written to be.
Yes, I know everyone wants more. More, more, more. I’m just not sure why everyone would so readily discard what they already have, assuming that they wouldn’t change it in the act of transforming it into something else. In my opinion, not every fictional relationship is made more appealing by adding romance to it.
Why not add death? Man, even a romance cupcake would start to taste a bit samey after a while, wouldn’t it? Bah.