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One true pairing

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What does OTP mean?

OTP is an abbreviation meaning "one true pair/pairing."

Where did OTP come from?

In the fandom realm, OTP refers to the coupling of characters—usually from the sci-fi or fantasy genres—by fans who think they make a great romantic duo and envision their lives together and share their imaginings with other fans. The author of the Twilight series, Stephanie Meyer, creatively twisted her fans' OTP of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan by depicting them in different gender roles and "shipping" them—that is, pairing the two in a romantic relationship—as Beau Swan and Edythe Cullen in her book Life and Death.

Released as part of the 10th anniversary edition of "Twilight," "Life and Death" is a gender-swapped retelling of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan's classic love story. Meet Beau Swan and Edythe Cullen, your new OTP. Like Bella, Beau moves to Forks, Washington from sunny Jacksonville, Florida during his senior year of high school. Beau is your typical awkward and lanky teenage boy—with the WWE references to prove it—who falls in love with the pretty untouchable of the school, Edythe Cullen.
— Crystal Bell, MTV.com, 6 Oct. 2015

Contemplation of OTPs can include cross-franchise characters and celebrities, as well. How about the OTP of singers Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift? Or Edward Cullen and Hermione Granger? Daydreaming about your favorite characters or celebs hooking up in a OTP is engaging and, for some, it gets their creative juices flowing.

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