Riley Matthews

Shipping Saturday: Riley Matthews and Farkle Minkus of “Girl Meets World”

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When it comes to Girl Meets World, there are a lot of people who think Riley Matthews’ OTP is Texas transplant Lucas Friar, comparing the two to the iconic romance between Riley’s parents Cory and Topanga of Boy Meets World. However, I don’t think Lucas is the Topanga to Riley’s Cory. Rather, I would argue that her prince is really the boy most girls would label the frog: geeky genius Farkle Minkus.

From day one, it’s clear that these two just get each other. Out of their entire friend group, no two people are more similar that Riley and Farkle. A little left of center, Riley and Farkle are both a little wacky, a little odd, and a little bit out there. They refuse to let life get them down and continually exude a positive energy that lifts up everyone around them. Unlike, their friends Maya and Lucas, they haven’t been jaded by past mistakes. Every lesson life throws at them is just another chance for them to become wiser. Sure, some may call them naive, but they hold true to their optimistic outlooks, finding silver linings in the darkest of storm clouds. When their friends lose hope, Riley and Farkle hope enough for everyone.

However, their relationship runs much deeper than just similar personalities. From little looks in the classroom to the quiet hugs and little touches, they have a deeply intense bond separate from the rest of the group. Best friends from childhood, they have continued to grow together as they have grown up. In many ways, Riley and Farkle know each other better than they know themselves. Farkle was the first to recognize when Riley was being bullied and that she still had feelings for Lucas. He roots for her when tries out for cheerleading and reminded her that, in his planetarium bedroom, her favorite space object Pluto would always be a planet. Riley never let Farkle feel like he to change who he was to be cool. She constantly helps him reconcile his scientific brain with his big emotional heart. When there was a chance he could be autistic, Riley was the first to tell him it didn’t matter to her at all. He would always be Farkle. Whether it’s bullying, being told they don’t fit the typical mold, or issues in their friend group, they know they don’t even have to question if the other will be in their corner. Throughout the course of the show, Riley and Farkle it was this bond that made so many fans root for them to be endgame, and, if the show had continued, I wonder if that might have just happened.

Here’s to the Corey and Topanga we never got to really explore.

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Etsy Finds: “Girl Meets World” Edition

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Cory Matthews met the world, and now it’s his daughter Riley’s turn. On Disney Chanel’s Girl Meets World, Riley Matthews and her best friend Maya Hart are learning how to navigate the world of growing up, first loves, family issues, and friendship. Along with Lucas Friar and Farkle Minkus, they are discovering life lessons, heartbreak, and, most importantly, who they are becoming. It’s a Boy Meets World for a new generation that both old fans and new will fall in love with.

Here the coolest Etsy finds every Girl Meets World fan will love whether you’re twelve or twenty-seven.

1. Protect Maya Hart Tee

Because we all Team Maya Hart.

maya hart tee (Protect Maya Hart T-Shirt, $14.95, ExcelsiorCo)

2. Believe in Pluto Tee

Wear this tee to remind yourself to always have hope even if something feels like it’s a billion miles away.

believe in pluto tee (Believe in Pluto T-Shirt, $15.00, StrongImpactSub)

3. Rucas Watercolor Print

Every fan of the Lucas and Riley pairing needs this colorful rendition of their first kiss.

rucas watercolor (Girl Meets World Inspired Watercolor Print, $35.00, BBPandT)

4. Secret of Life Tee

Wear this tee to remind yourself of the most important lesson Cory has ever taught.

secret of life tee (Secret of Life T-Shirt, $10.00, StrongImpactSub)

5. Character Necklaces

Designed for each of the Core Four, these adorable necklaces perfectly capture the personalities of Riley, Maya, Lucas and Farkle.

GMW character necklaces (Girl Meets World Character Necklaces, $6.00 each, MishMashedTreasures)

6. Darling I’m a Mess Tank

Any Sabrina Carpenter or Maya Hart fan would be proud to rock this tank. Maya may be a mess, but that’s why we love her.

darling i'm a mess tank (Darling I’m a Mess Tank, $12.00, StrongImpactSub)

7. What the Farkle Print

The perfect print so everyone knows what WTF really means to you.

what the farkle print (What the Farkle Downloadable Print, $2.99, MillieMoonGirl)

8. Judy the Sheep and Tombstone the Bull Tee

Commemorate Lucas’ short-lived rodeo career (and the biggest metaphor for his triangle with Maya and Riley) with this tee featuring his nemeses Judy the Bull and Tombstone the Bull.

sheep and bull tee (Judy and Tombstone T-Shirt, $10.00, StrongImpactSub)

9. Custom Ship Bracelets and Necklace

Show some love to your favorite ship or customize it with your favorite Maya-ism with one of these personalized accessories.

hahurr bracelet (Personalized Chain and Bead Bracelet, $9.95, ExcelsiorCo)

rilaya (Personalized Rose Bracelet, $7.95, ExcelsiorCo)

rucas necklace (Personalized Plate Necklace, $8.95, ExcelsiorCo)

10. Cory and Topanga 2016 Election Tee

With her brains and his heart, you know our favorite 1990s power couple is the perfect choice to run our country and the world.

cory topanga 2016 election tee (Cory and Topanga Election 2016 T-Shirt, $14.00, CPClothing)

Guy of the Day February Day 3: Peyton Meyer

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Peyton Meyer may be young, but he’s already proving he’s a heartthrob in the making. He’s made a name for himself among he tween crowd on the Disney Channel’s hit show Girl Meets World, the reboot of the beloved Boy Meets World franchise. As new kid Lucas Friar, he’s the Texas born-and-bred cowboy with heart of gold who acts as the voice of reason when the hijinks ensue. However, Peyton’s character isn’t some one-note goody-goody. His character has a bit of a dark past with some anger issues he’s working hard to overcome. Maybe that’s why he’s got fans torn between whether they  want him to be with sweet Riley, played by Rowan Blanchard, or sassy Maya, played Sabrina Carpenter.

One thing fans aren’t torn about is that Peyton is definitely one to watch. With a bright future unfolding right in front of him, he’s well on his way to heating up the screen for years to come.