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I know that it was Valentine’s Day a month ago, but that is not going to stop me from sharing the love I have for my favourite ships. Also my brain decided to shut down when thinking about what the actual topic for this week is so here we go.
I don’t consider myself to be a shipper because I usually want to keep certain characters for myself, but I do have a few pairings that I absolutely adore. Not a lot, but a few.
Lois and Clark, DC – I would actually die for Lois and Clark. I really would. Whenever I hear the term “power couple” applied to comics, my mind doesn’t go to two heroes who are a couple, my mind goes to these two. Because Lois constantly proves that she is just as strong and powerful as Clark is, just in a different way. And Clark loves her for it because he is the sweetest most gentle soul there has ever been. I just love them so much, okay??
Goku and Chi-Chi, Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama -Do you ever find yourself being drawn to the more unpopular pairing in a series? Because compared to another popular couple in Dragon Ball, Goku and Chi-Chi are that couple for me. And I feel like their relationship is completely misunderstood because they’re not really a conventional couple. They’re not the most physically affectionate of people and that’s fine, but apparently, some people need a couple to be on each other all the time in order for them to be obviously affectionate.
Tohru and Kyo, Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – I have kind of mixed feelings towards tsundere characters because some writers make them too mean, but Kyo is one that I do really like because his mean streaks aren’t just random and he’s not harsh for the sake of it, it’s because he’s someone who’s been deeply hurt. Also, when he does soften up, he doesn’t soften up to just Tohru, he softens up to everyone.
Lara Jean and Peter, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Apparently the “fake dating” trope is incredibly popular but I must have missed that because this book is the only one I’ve read that features is. But besides me saying that, I do like the dynamic that Lara Jean and Peter have because despite their relationship not being real at first, the way it does develop into being real feels so natural and unforced.
Blue and Gansey, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Slow burn relationships usually make me tear my hair out, but with Blue and Gansey the slow burn is so satisfying because it really does pay off in the end. Also, I like Bluesey more than Pynch. Don’t fight me. ronan is just too abrasive for me.
Rose and Dimitri, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I have such conflicting feelings on Rose and Dimitri’s relationship because, on one hand, they really do love each other very much and are so devoted to each other that it hurts me sometimes. On the other hand, Rose is 17 when they meet and Dimitri is 24. Gross. Large age gaps aren’t that big a deal for me (my parents are seven years apart) but it is a big deal when one person in the relationship is a minor. But apart from my morals getting in the way of my feelings, I do still love how devoted Rose and Dimitri are to one another. I usually hate overprotective love interests, but they aren’t that overprotective of one another.
Hirotaka and Narumi, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita – I only just started reading this series very recently but I already adore the dynamic that Hirotaka and Narumi have. Two old friends deciding to date because of comfort (i really hope i explained that properly)1, is something that I haven’t seen before and it’s a very different kind of slow burn. It’s also one that is killing me because the next translated volume isn’t out until September. And that’s unfair.
Audrey Rose and Thomas, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – Usually, I’m not too fond of couples who snark and tease each other all the time because some writers can’t tell the difference between playful teasing and just outright insults, but Kerri Maniscalco gets it so right when it comes to Audrey Rose and Thomas that I actually love their dynamic. They might tease each other at times but it never gets insulting and they never look down on one another, which is how a relationship where they roast each other should be.
Osomatsu and Totoko, Osomatsu-san – These two aren’t actually a couple in canon, but I consider my own canon to be better and I also really want them to be together because they are totally meant for each other. But unfortunately, they’ll probably never get more than just slight teasing because the Ososan writers love to make Osomatsu suffer. And if you think you like to make your characters suffer, just know that you will never be as cruel as an Ososan writer.
Simon and Blue, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Even though Blue’s true identity wasn’t that surprising to me, I do still love the dynamic that these two have. For some strange reason, it can be easier to confide in someone you’ve only spoken to through text, than the people you’ve known in person for years.