Let's say, if you have a bestfriend who you've been super close too, would you ever date her? There's probably mutal attraction, you know everything about her, she knows everything about you, why not give her a chance? If you have been friends for so long and do not see any other girls and solely hang out with her, why not? Does anyone believe these kinds of relationships can work?
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They can work, and in my opinion when they do they tend to have a much stronger foundation to last long as you probably have shown each other some of your less-optimal side (be it confiding in the some of your "weaknesses"/emotions you don't go around tell to everyone, or otherwise) yet you still care for one another. I'd say that beats going for a casual date with some relative stranger to whom you'll only show your best side and he/she showing his/hers to you and base a bond to that, only to later slowly get more and more of the "bad" sides shown.
However, going for a relationship from a friendship has some risks. No mutual attraction required for an actual relationship to work, either side not having developed the romantic interest for the other, simply turning out to be "only" friendship compatible with one another.
Depending on the two people and depending on the situation, that could mean losing a friendship over it. It's a risk not many people are willing to take. Even "confessing" feelings developed for a friend is often suppressed or postponed to avoid that risk. Especially when it's a very close friend the risk may not outweigh the potential reward when the signs of mutual romantic development/attraction aren't sufficiently abundantly clear.0