Your style/anatomy is very different and quite unique, but more than anything this picture caught my eye because I just really love the breezy, relaxed, and utterly carefree mood here... you've really done an amazing job with capturing a sense of peace and contentment between these two. Their hair in particular is beautifully rendered, I think, and I love the grass blowing in the wind... really lovely work dear!
After what happened in this season's second episode, no wonder this shipping became popular. Well, some hints in other episodes too. I keep wondering if it's was intentional or it's just us who got this idea.
As far as I'm not into shipping, this is quite a wonderful work you've drawn.
It's an opposites thing. Characters that provide strong contrast often make for the most interesting chemistry. Rarity and AJ make a popular combination because the way they bicker (most noticeably in Look Before You Sleep) it's almost like an old married couple. It's cute and relatively entertaining.
It's the seem reason why say, Tarzan and Jane works. Big city, high cultured young lady and a jungle man, they couldn't be more different. Opposites attract, it's an age old theory that while not the best combination in reality, in terms of fiction it can produce some pretty great results. Seriously, who wants to read about/watch a couple just getting along and agreeing on everything?
I do, sort of. :c I like Rarishy because even though they're pretty different, they also have a lot in common; and their differences (mostly) result in a mutual benefit rather than bickering or conflict.
I don't have time to watch two whole episodes right now, though from what I remember from "Look before you sleep", they practically tried to kill each other the entire episode, and managed to tolerate each other's differences by the end of it. I don't really think that makes a good pairing at all...I suppose it would be one of those love/hate pairings, right? Which is good for some, but not my cup of tea.
The second part of the Season 3 premiere has that line "Well, maybe things are better when they're a rarity." This line was said by Applejack, to Rarity. Now, they're just close friends, right? Yes. But a line like that? Would you say that to somebody you just considered a close friend?
And in "Magic Duel", Applejack is comforting Rarity after being subjected to ugly-dressification by Trixie. Despite Spike being bounced around, Rainbow Dash flailing about uncontrollably, and Pinkie NOT HAVING A MOUTH OR NOSE. If she was just friendly with Rarity, she would most likely go help out one of them, since they might need it more. But, ah, love makes one do crazy things.
When I heard her say that line, I thought she was trying make Rarity shut up in a playful kind of way, taking advantage of her predictability and narcissism. I'd say that to a close friend in a playful way, but that's just me--I can see how it could be interpreted differently, though.
And that last one....I'll have to give you that one. Not happy about it though. I'll chalk it up to random pony placement (or general friendship) to suit my own bias, though. Y'know, cause I'm the type of sad person that needs that.
Now that I think of it, since Season 3, they've been sort of "pairing" the ponies. Pinkie has been a lot more affectionate with Rainbow Dash, too. Not happy with it though! None of these pairings make a lick of sense, even if they're "canon". >.<
It's an opposite's attract sort of relationship, they've been seen around one another in the recent season as well, giving more continuity that they're become best of friends regardless of their differences; first for Twilight, and now themselves. Doesn't help the fact that Hasbro has been shipping out gallons f raw, unrefined Rarijack fuel with the little winks and comments they give towards one another.
I suppose, though I don't think they have any actual underlying compatibility. Since I don't ship them, I've never thought much of their interactions. I always perceived it as Applejack making fun of Rarity, taking advantage of her predictability.
Though to be honest, any pairings at all are pretty thin on the ground. I think my OTP (Rarishy) is the only pairing that makes any sense at all, but like my friend reminds me, it doesn't have that much going for it either.
Pardon me for jumping in, but since you asked I can say that the reason that *I* personally have always shipped Rarijack is because, honestly, I think they really do have quite a lot in common below their surface differences. In my own opinion they are both arguably the most "adult", mature members of the Mane Six; they are both exceptionally hard-working and driven, run their own small businesses, and are both largely responsible for their younger sisters' care, which gives them a lot of common ground which any of the others would have a difficult time relating to, and yet which is quite critically important in each of their respective lives. In "Look Before You Sleep" we see that they don't get along very well at first because they judge each other at face value, but the entire episode was dedicated to their resolving this and realizing that, underneath it all, they actually can find things to appreciate about one another and be friends in spite of superficial surface differences. And, ever since then their friendship has visibly deepened and grown stronger, to the point that Rarity has been seen accompanying Applejack and keeping her clean in "It's About Time" to this season when they have been shown willingly spending a lot of time with one another, comforting each other (Rarity is briefly seen rubbing a distressed Applejack's shoulders in part two of "The Crystal Empire", and of course most people are aware of the scenes with the two of them in "Magic Duel") and so on.
So if nothing else, it's clear that they have indeed become good friends and that they do care about and respect each other, which is as good a basis as any other for a deeper relationship if one were interested in pairing up characters. Beyond that, I personally find it charming because they are so different on the surface; unlike AppleDash where both characters are exceptionally tomboyish, or Rarishy where they are both very feminine the two of them strike a nice balance and compliment each other very well, almost like two halves of one bigger whole. I think it's sweet that they could look past their differences to grow closer despite everything else.
I suppose you're right--considering what we're given from the show, they ARE good friends and it somehow works out, I have no idea how. Whenever I see them together, I can't help but think that they'd be bored to death of each other's interests. But the show presents it to us as it somehow working out.
On a personal level though, my gut tells me that if they were a couple, it wouldn't work out. I suppose that comes from a personal experience with a similar relationship with someone who was almost my opposite. Needless to say, we almost never had anything to talk about and even though we loved each other, it didn't work out. It was simply far too much work than any relationship should be.
Rarishy seems like a more stable relationship, also I admit, due to personal influence and the type or relationships I've had. I have some Rarity-like personality traits (bossiness, prissiness), and while dating a hardworking, get-it-done Applejack-type didn't work out, dating shy Fluttershy types have been the best relationships of my life (if perhaps a bit mutually dependent, I'm working on that).
Which is why, regardless of "canon", I cannot in good faith ship RariJack. These are wholly personal reasons, and I can see why other people would decide to ship it. I am, after all, taking this entirely too seriously.
I'm not so sure about the different interests thing. After all, it was revealed that when Applejack was a filly, she had secret dreams of becoming a 'sophisticated pony', something she desired badly enough that she was willing to leave her family and move to Manehattan to pursue. Obviously, in the end she realized that her true happiness lie back home with the farm and the ones she loved, but that doesn't mean that she completely discarded all of her interests in more cultured, "fancy" trappings and tastes too, even though she doesn't have much use for them in her day to day life working the farm, obviously. Likewise Rarity has supposedly always dreamed of a life of glamour and refinement in Canterlot, yet in "Sweet and Elite" when she was given a perfect golden opportunity to pursue just that (she was the belle of the ball amongst the Canterlot elite throughout the episode, and even by the end when it was revealed that she wasn't who she had been portraying herself as she obviously remained on good terms with Fancypants and had even managed to drum up quite a bit of business) she turned this down chose to return to her simple home in Ponyville. People can argue that maybe she did this just because the timing wasn't right for her, or simply because this is a cartoon and they wouldn't break up the main characters, but it's my own personal interpretation that it was more telling of Rarity's inward dreams and heart; she does want to be successful in her business and enjoys luxury and refinement when she can get it, but deep down she realizes that she would never truly enjoy a life among nobles and high society with all of the snobs, insincerity and so on... being an Element bearer and a truly kind pony at heart she prefers a more fulfilling life amongst her friends and family, much like Applejack.
Otherwise though, I still do think they would be good for each other. Rarity may be subtly domineering and prissy, true, but Applejack can be just as hot-headed and equally stubborn as she is, and it has been shown that she's gotten to the point that she can roll her eyes good-naturedly at Rarity's fussiness and take it in stride, as opposed to when they first would fight about such things. I think if they were ever together they would likely take turns being "dominant" in the relationship--depending on the situation Applejack would be willing to patiently indulge Rarity and her many quirks, and other times Rarity would be happy to lean on Applejack and allow her to take charge... we've seen examples of both types of interaction between the two already on the show so it's not outside the realm of possibility to imagine. However, just as you have your own personal preferences, I have mine, so while I personally have never been able to imagine Rarishy being able to work on any sort of long-term basis at all, even if one could argue for any initial attraction/chemistry you of course are free to do so if that's your preference. That's the beauty of fanon.
I'm not against AppleDash, but I find it a bit cliche/too obvious that the two tomboyish ponies would be in a relationship (I know that "opposites attract" isn't a very good reason either, so I'll just put down this stone I was going to throw)
It's part of why I like it so much, though. They are such *good friends*, that understand each other, that it would only require the slightest push to get together. Vs most of the other relationships that would require more than that/one of the ponies to change somewhat.
Ah. but Rarity and Applejack are more imilar than you might think. They both have good headsfor business, they're both family-oriented (Applejack is more so, however), and their "opposite-ness" compliments each other. They both push each other to try new things.
I'm not quite sure they're similar at all. What would they even talk to each other about? They don't even like doing the same things. In my personal opinion, their differences stand in direct opposition to one another rather than being complimentary (like for example, in Rarishy).