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So recently after discovering and reading about QPRs I thought that some characters I ship romantically could also suit being in a QPR. I enjoy reading fanfiction so I looked online to see if I could find any fics where they are in a QPR and lo and behold nothing! So now I want to write it myself since I'm desperate for this. I've never been in a QPR before so I'm asking people who have been in one:

1. What do you do in a QPR? Any particular activities?

2. How did you come to be in a QPR?

3. How do you personally describe a QPR?

Also! if you have any other information you think could be useful feel free to share!

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I have never been in a QPR myself and I don't mind it, but once I wrote something I view now as a QPR without knowing it, so maybe it can be useful for you.

It was before I knew what aromanticism was. I wanted to create a very strong friendship, with two characters being very close without being in a romantic relationship. Because I wanted to show that friendship is important too, and that a boy and a girl can be committed to each other even if they are not lovers or members of the same family. In the end, instead of friendship, I start to see them as a "family" but not by blood, only by heart. And when I heard about QPR, it was clear to me that it was what I created, because :

-the way they feel for each other is beyond what they feel about their other friends (not that they have many other lol but still)

-they have a perfect understanding of each other, they don't need to talk, they know what the other think, how they react, what they feel; of course I guess it is possible in a friendship too, but it's hard to find such friends; I'd say that it was possible for these characters because they lived similar experiences

-they can talk for hours, have private jokes only them can understand… again, not Something that you can't have in friendship, but my two characters see this as something unique that only them can understand, and that they can't have with their other friends

-they are very touchy (is that a word?) (one of my character can turn into a wolf and love when  my other character stroke her in her wolf form; which is somehow an equivalence for people fondling another person hair, which is seen as romantic); touches like this is seen as more romantic than friendly usually

-all my other characters think they are in love lol, because their link is deeper than what they expect for friends, and because a boy and a girl could not be this close without being in love with each other (spoiler alert : yes they can); I also had a comment by a reader who was seing their behaviour as romantic (because of the touchy thing).

 

I don't know if it helps you. I personally find it very hard to differenciate QPR from a closed friendship, in particular as I never been in one. For me it is mostly the feeling that have to differ (the way the QPPs see themselves), but I always have difficulty to give a definition, because I always have the feeling that in term of activity it does not necessarily differ from what we could do with our friends.

 

Good luck!

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@nonmerci Isn't that just romance in denial?

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3 hours ago, Blazkovitz said:

@nonmerci Isn't that just romance in denial?

Not at all. What made you think that?

The only thing I view as romantic in what I say is the physical part. And still, physical intimacy is not always romantic (it is very present in familly context too). And in my novel,  it is présent more as a dog thing lol (one of my character is half wolf and enjoy touching on her Wolf form the same way a dog enjoy being petted).

Also there is a lack of a lot of romance things :

-butterflies or whatever people say to describe what the presence of a love interest do in it's body

-thinking all day about the other

-fantacize

-speaking oddly (for some reason people speak oddly to their crushes)

-feeling of romantic love.

 

one of my character has a love interest and really, I wrote this completely differently.

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3 hours ago, nonmerci said:

Not at all. What made you think that?

 

AFAIK QPR is only for two people, it's exclusive and thus I see it as a kind of pair bonding. Stuff like "thinking all day about the other" or "butterflies" is not present in people who have been married for 20 years, but you wouldn't deny their relationship is romantic. Speaking oddly to one's boyfriend or girlfriend? I don't think it's common at all!

 

We have to separate the essential concept of pair bonding (which traditionally leads to marriage) from pop-culture cruft surrounding it.

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I personally think that after a few years the feeling of being in love  disappears to become tenderness. Or at least that the first passion dis appears to become something else. That's why there is no butterflies or thinking about the lover all day any more.  I think there are studies that say romantic love disappear after 3 years (or maybe that's just an expression?). Well, I think it is more moving from passion to something softer, though there are still romantic feelings involved they are different.

I also believe that long term marriage don't work without platonic content, but that's another subject.

 

However, pair-bonded relationship haven't have to be romantic (and romantic relationships don't have to be pair-bonded, aka polyamory). I do agree that there are some amatonormative qtuff in QPR (the concept of platonic soulmate, the definition itself "more than a friendship but less than romance"). But I don't think it has to be that way.

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Would Maeve and Sinbad in the Canadian adventure series count as a QPR couple?

 

Also, for non-asexuals, is there sexual desire involved?

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11 hours ago, Blazkovitz said:

Also, for non-asexuals, is there sexual desire involved?

Some queerplatonic relationships do involve sexual attraction and some don't. That's what makes qpr's simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. They're such a new concept that there really aren't defined rules and expectations for them. A qpr can be two friends who want to be friends forever. It can be two people who feel like their connection goes beyond friendship but still isn't romantic. It can be a committed friends with benefits type situation. There's really no end to the ways that qpr's can look.

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