Sibling rivalry

December 01, 2005|BY STEPHEN KIEHL AND KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | BY STEPHEN KIEHL AND KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG,SUN REPORTERS

The O.C., Fox's Thursday night teen soap, is a show about class struggle, modern families, what happens when you take too many pills in Tijuana and, more than anything,relationships.And the relationship central to The O.C. is the one between Ryan Atwood and Seth Cohen,the male leads from different worlds who become best friends.

Seth has lived in a palatial seaside home in Newport Beach,Calif.,without ever feeling like he fit in.He's into comic books and Clash records, not water polo. Ryan is the blond, brooding bad boy Seth's family adopted. With his biker attire and short temper, he doesn't fit in either.

On the show, the two are inseparable. But America is divided between them. As with the Beatles vs. Elvis for a previous generation, you must choose: Seth, the sensitive, sarcastic geek who gets the girl, or Ryan, the granite-jawed, smoldering, flawed yet sympathetic rebel.

Here's a primer to figure out which side you're on.

The O.C. airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox (WBFF, Channel 45)

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