it’s weird for me being so into a het ship. generally, if i have het ships at all, they are very secondary to The Gay™. but i dunno, man, bughead just speaks to me.
part of it is the fact that they’re ‘opposites attract’ done right. much of fandom hears ‘opposites attract’ and thinks ‘clearly this means that sworn enemies secretly want to fuck’ and… you know, i’m not denying the appeal, but generally speaking, when two people have tried to honest-to-god murder each other, i don’t see a healthy relationship blossoming between them (not without a lot of work, at least). betts and jugs are polar opposites in a lot of ways, even visually; Jughead, with his dark hair and dark clothes and dark outlook, and Betty, with her bright hair and bright dresses and bright personality. contrast! it’s about as subtle as a shotgun, but it’s effective. it works. they highlight each other.
but they’re also, you know, friends. that’s the other part. they’re opposites, but they also share common ground. they contrast, but they connect. it’s so normal, it seems almost weird. friends? who spend a lot of time together?? and share a common interest??? getting together romantically???? like i realize this seems like a radical concept but it’s actually not! i’m so used to people who have almost nothing in common being thrown together for the sake of a plot-mandated romance that it initially seems strange to me when a relationship arises organically between people who know each other, hang out together, and share interests and hobbies. it’s almost like in real life, people connect for more reasons than being hot. who knew?
betty and jughead are very different people from very different backgrounds, but they like each other, respect each other’s differences, and do what they can to help and look out for each other. like, it just seems nice to me. it seems like grounds for an actually healthy, respectful, nurturing relationship. which is far, far more unusual on TV than it should be, so it probably won’t last. but damn it, i intend to enjoy it while it does. so sorry to any of my followers that this bothers, but i’m onboard with this. i hope you can forgive me.