a fanlistingA fanlisting is a group of people who like something: i.e. a group of people who like wolves. All a fanlisting is is a list of fans to do with that particular person, item, or object; it joins together people with similar interests.
final fantasyFinal Fantasy is an ever expanding series, with most of the games appearing on the PS/PS2/PS3, with a few branching onto other consoles. XIII is the thirteenth game in the linear series, focusing centrally on Lightning, but also the characters of Snow, Hope, Vanille, Sazh, and Fang, who all become l'Cie, enemies of Cocoon. What starts out as a mission to rescue Lightning's sister, Serah, goes drastically wrong when the lead heroes become l'Cie, and are thus outcast from Cocoon. They must fulfil their Focus, or they face a future as a monster, a Cie'th. Lightning and her friends decide to go against their Focus of destroying Cocoon, eventually learning the motives of those around them and the corruption of Cocoon itself along the way.
serah & snowBoth are leading characters from the series itself. Serah Farron is the sister to Lightning, and is the protagonist of the sequel, XIII-2, and she has a much smaller (but no less significant) role in the other two games. Snow Villiers is the leader of NORA, a group that opposes the Sanctum, but he spends much of his time in the trilogy as a l'Cie trying to save the people he cares about. So does Serah, actually. Serah and Snow are, in their ways, polar opposites, but when it comes to being the hero who charges in to rescue everybody else... well. Which one am I talking about? Both of them, actually. They're both heroes with hearts of gold. Serah just knows when to cut her losses in an impossible situation... well, no. But most of the time.
Serah is Snow's main motivator. He promised her they would be together, that he would find a way to save her when she's branded as a l'Cie, and that's what keeps him going. Snow always, unconditionally, believes in Serah and tries to do right by her. It's no real surprise that Serah trying to push Snow away for his own safety doesn't work; he doesn't care. How do you put up a fight against that when you're entirely alone? Yeah.
It's now only Snow doing the saving. Serah decides to act, and Snow no less supports her for it; they don't have to be together all the time, even if the taste of reunion and having it snatched away is harder. Nevertheless, Snow is only proud of Serah when they see each other again and how far she's come. That's his wife, everyone. She's so great.
Anyway. Both are supportive and encourage the other, and most of all, they inspire the other. There's not much more I could ask for in a pairing. Mutual respect, and mutual love. It destroys Serah when Snow leaves, and it destroys Snow when Serah dies. I mean. Why are they not happy and surrounded by fifty children, Square. That's the ending they deserve.
whyIt's difficult to put into words why I like Serah and Snow so much, but I do. Perhaps it's the obvious choice; they are the canon pairing from XIII, and yet, it's so much more than that. There love endures, even when they're apart, and they have such a truly unbreakable bond. Let them be together forever, Square. I still want my wedding.