I stay in the Shawngela tag on and I keep seeing posts by fans saying they love Shawn and Shawngela, and how he deserves better. And that’s true, but let’s not forget about Angela, and what the writers did to her.
This is such a common trope in the BMW/GMW universe. Cory
and Topanga were friends first, Shawn and Angela were friends first, hell even Jack and Rachel were friends first before getting together.
Becoming friends first is really important to Michael Jacobs it seems.
This is why I don’t believe in Riley and Lucas as a couple. Seventh
grade crushes do not equal love.
Seventh grade crushes are superficial and are usually only based on a person’s
outward appearance. I think Riley has strong feelings for Lucas, and vice
versa, but while they think it’s romantic it’s really not.
She saw him on the train, she thought he was cute and when
he was nice to her, she fell for him instantly. She didn’t even really know him yet she was head over heels for
the guy. And then in GM Boy he told the story of “giving birth to a
horse” and she automatically classified him as the cowboy with a heart of
gold. And while he does have a golden
heart and he is a cowboy, there’s
more to him that just that. He’s not some Disney ‘Prince Charming’ who will
always ride in on a white horse for her (see what I did there??) But Riley doesn’t see
that. She sees “Mr. Perfect” and that’s it. Let’s not forget that that was his flaw in GM Flaws.
GM Secret of Life is a perfect example of Riley’s stubborn
mindset. She can’t handle the idea of Lucas being anything other than “perfect.”
And that’s not good.
Riley and Lucas have a great friendship. There’s no question
about it. However romantically? They just don’t fit. But they can’t let go of
the “first love” notion they have of each other.
And this is where I know that they aren’t endgame. They
“fell in love” without really getting to know each other first. They
saw each other, liked what they saw, immediately paired up (albeit
unofficially) and then as they got to know each other they thought, “Hey,
you’re actually pretty cool. I’m glad I picked you.” But just because they
looked at each other romantically in the very beginning doesn’t mean it’ll last
forever. I think, had Riley not fallen
into his lap and immediately whip up this romantic idealistic concept of him like she did, they would have had a
normal progression as friends like the universe intended. Then they
wouldn’t be dancing this awkward love dance where they obviously don’t work as
a couple but feel an odd sense of loyalty to it anyway.
This is also an answer to anyone who claims not to see Riarkle’s progression throughout the series. Riley and Farkle have been friends all their lives and they really know each other by now. And in Michael Jacobsland, that’s really all you need to build a sustaining romance that will last a lifetime.