Arranged Marriage

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Synonyms: marriage of arrangement, Arranged Marriage AU
Related: Marriage, Mail-order bride, Child Marriage, Marriage of Convenience, Forced Marriage, Marriage Law Challenge
See Also: Alternate Universe, Matchmaking
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Arranged Marriage is a trope in which an arranged marriage between two characters is the focus of a fanwork - generally fanfics. The arranged marriage trope appears in many many fandoms, both those where an arranged marriage is a relatively plausible idea, such as The Hobbit, and those in which it really isn't. It is used as a way to get a pairing together who wouldn't normally get together such as crack ships or doomed ships. In some fandoms, these fanworks are labeled "arranged marriage AUs".

In the Potterverse, Marriage Law stories are a common trope, with marriages between muggleborns & purebloods being arranged by the Ministry, ostensibly to increase the magical population.

In fandoms with a contemporary realistic setting, arranged marriage stories are sometimes associated with historical AUs or royalty AUs.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

The 100:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Arrow:

  • Love Is A Kind Of Warfare by bri617, Oliver/Felicity, One week ago, Oliver Queen married Felicity Smoak, heir to the SmoakSolutions empire. A match made in business heaven. The only problem? He hates her. She hates him even more...

Harry Potter

The Hobbit

Teen Wolf:

  • A Desperate Arrangement by mikkimouse, Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, After seven years of lengthy negotiations, the treaty between the Hales and the Argents has fallen apart and the two countries fell into war. Months later, there's an uneasy truce, thanks to the intervention of King Scott McCall, but it won't last. In a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, the Hales sign a treaty with the McCalls to marry Prince Derek to Prince Stiles Stilinski, King Scott's brother. In the history of the world, there have been many better ideas.

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