WLWeek17 Day 3
Your first wlw ship (subtext)
My first subtext ship was Rizzles.
JUST LOOK AT THEM.
Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles are married and in love. That’s an indisputable fact.
I was always a sucker for a cop drama and this one came out and it was female led. Of course I watched it.
But then it hit all my buttons. Jane is a rough around the edges tomboy who is tough and strong. She doesn’t take any shit. She’s the best of the best. She loves her job (maybe a little too much) and she loves her family. If you are ever confused about what futch is, it’s Jane Rizzoli.
Maura is a genius, card-holding member of MENSA. She doesn’t really get subtext and is a stickler for the rules. She cannot identify a sticky red stain as blood until the test results come in. She is incredibly empathetic. She’s an ME to give a voice to the dead. She’s lonely because she’s better at understanding the dead than the living.
Not only are they my favorite kinds of characters, but they are best friends. They’re not like the het cop shows where they’re forced together as partners. No, they’re friends from the beginning, choosing to stick together. They’re affectionate with each other, as shown above. Like even as a show about female friendship, which was their intention, it was incredibly powerful. Maura ends up being an adoptive part of the Rizzoli clan and it makes me all gooey inside.
This was the first show I ever read fic for. And honestly, if I could come up with a case of some kind I would write fic for it, too. I think this was the first fandom I joined on tumblr other than Doctor Who.
I think they missed out on a powerful story here too. I mean yes, female friendship is severely underrepresented in the media, but this level of slow burn friends to lovers would have been epic. Like.. Sasha Alexander (the woman who plays Maura) was a hardcore shipper. She literally said in an interview that unless the writers could give good love interests for them both it was always going to be them. She’s straight and she ships it. My mom ships it. It could’ve been great, but unfortunately TNT is stupid.
I miss my crime fighting babies and I miss when people included them in things. Like, it’s great that there’s more wlw content out there now that they get pushed back, but like….. I’m still in love with them….