She’s got a sense of humour too - one wouldn’t be dull - one would wake up and there’d be a whole day for jolly things to happen in - and then one would come home and go to bed - that would be jolly, too - and while she was writing, I could go out and mess round, so we shouldn’t either of us be dull -
OTP Advent Calendar
day 5: Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane - Dorothy L Sayers
Most of my OTPs are resolutely not heterosexual, but I can’t do OTPs without talking about these two. The Wimsey books are quite quite brilliant before Harriet shows up, but once she does they get even better. (Some days, Sayers is my favourite detective writer. Other days it’s Edmund Crispin. Mr Conan Doyle is always in third place). Gaudy Night is as much a philosophical meditation on how to live one’s life as it is a detective novel.
And these two! The relationship develops over three books, and it’s complicated and real and never easy, and you believe in it as you believe in them both as fully rounded characters; they’re fiercely equal and painfully honest at times. These two are my ideal couple, and they have ruined me for life, I think. That kiss at the end of Gaudy Night makes me do happy weeping every time, but it’s the earlier moment of Harriet’s realisation that is my favourite bit.
And on top of that there’s brilliant detection, and wit, and Bunter, and London. Donne and Bach and murder and dope and literary policemen and Oxford and the dizzy 20s and 30s. And a tv version with two perfectly cast leads, full of deco design!porn, monocle!porn, clothes!porn and these two with their beautiful faces.