NOT BROUTH! ANYTHING BUT BROUTH!
i view mouth as a little brother type. if that were to happen, i think that would be the lamest thing ever,
IF Brooke were to have a new love interest other than lucas, i think the only way the BL fans would warm up to it, is if he wasn't introduced onto the show as a "love interest."
he would have to come onto the show as like, a friend of nathan's or lindsay's or someone who developed a storyline and a likability as a single character BEFORE hooking up with brooke.
since we're sort of on the topic of Jake-let's use him as an example.
jake was on the show as a secondary character. lucas' one friend on the team. a nice guy with a little girl to take care of.
he was liked before by the fans. he wasn't tossed into the mix as a lucas replacement for peyton, which is why a lot of people warmed up quickly to JP. we wanted both jake and peyton to be happy.
owen, besides not really being brooke's ideal match, was brought into the mix all wrong.
god if only i was a writter.
I know what you mean. Brouth would be weird and I think you are right about Brooke's interest being someone introduced as a friend. Hopefully when they do that the person is likeable and not boring. I.e. Chase!