Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a Valentine's Day freebie (yay Valentine's Day! <3 <3 <3). So I'll share my Top Ten Favorite Ships.
For those who are not familiar with the terminology, a "ship" in fandom refers to a couple that you want to see together romantically. It's short for "relationship." Check mine out below, starting with my OTP ("one true pair"), whom I ship the very most. As you probably know by now, I'm a huge romantic, and I take these ships pretty darn seriously. SO DON'T ARGUE WITH ME.
1) ScarletVision (Wanda x Vision, Marvel). I know, I know, my OTP is not a surprise at this point, but I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT IT, OKAY. This ship comes from Marvel's Avengers movie universe in particular. Wanda Maximoff, also known as the Scarlet Witch, is a young Sokovian woman with a rough past. She gained her powers (telepathic and telekinetic abilities including mind control) through brutal experimentation with the Mind Gem. Vision is a synthetic being created from a whole mishmash of materials--manufactured flesh and organs, vibranium skeleton, programming from Ultron and JARVIS, the Mind Gem itself, and some Thor lightning. He's super strong/invulnerable, can alter his density in order to fly and phase through solid objects, and can shoot energy beams using the Mind Gem.
They're both wonderful characters whom I adore, and Wanda is the closest thing I've ever seen to an accurate representation of myself in pop culture.
AND THEY ARE ALSO TOTALLY PERFECT TOGETHER. They have enough common ground to have a real connection, as well as enough different to be complementary and exciting.
They're Avengers who fight to protect the world, they have superpowers that come from the Mind Gem, they were both new to the team as of 2015, and their incredible strength and unusual natures tend to freak other people out. They also both know more than they should for their ages, which is a big part of why they're freaky. Vision, as of the current date, is basically a year and a half old, but he has a great deal of memory from his much older programming--basically, facts with no experience. On the other hand, Wanda can read minds, which means she's constantly bombarded by the experiences of others. The movies have never specified her age, but my guess is that she's 19 or younger. So they've both got a lot to process. Plus, Wanda caused the vision that inspired Thor to bring Vision to life, the one that Vision is named after. (And they're both precious cinnamon rolls. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME, I WILL FIGHT YOU.)
On the other hand, Wanda and Vision are coming at the world from very different perspectives. Vision is innocent, with little experience in regards to suffering and hatred, where Wanda has suffered her whole life at the hands of others and carries a lot of anger and guilt. Vision represents logic, since his intelligence comes primarily from AI programming, whereas Wanda, with her telepathic powers and long history of pain and loss, represents emotion. Vision has a lot of typical "male" qualities (logic, strength, order, sweaters and button-up shirts), while Wanda presents as quite feminine (emotion, family, chaos, dresses and jewelry).
Also, in the original Marvel comics, they got married, so like, don't even try to tell me this isn't legit.
2) Everlark (Peeta x Katniss, The Hunger Games). As y'all know, Peeta is my ultimate book boyfriend. Which means that yes, I ship him with myself, but since he's not real, I'm also quite happy to ship him with Katniss. Peeta's an emotionally and physically strong sweetheart whose compassionate nature, ultimately, can't be squashed even by the most horrific abuse. Plus he's prettyyyyy.
Like Wanda and Vision, Peeta and Katniss have a lot of differences that make them complementary. Katniss is as fierce as Peeta is kind, a fighter in every sense of the word. Katniss loves hunting, while Peeta loves art. In fact, they represent a subversion of the traditional masculine/feminine dichotomy. Katniss comes from the "rough" side of the tracks in her world, where the miners live, whereas Peeta is a townsperson, from a baker's family. Yet they have important similarities too: both have a incredible wealth of love for those closest to them and a clear sense of morality, and both have suffered greatly. Katniss experienced extreme neglect from her grieving mother when she was young, while Peeta's mother is physically and emotionally abusive--and, of course, they both experience the worst that their dystopia has to offer when they're selected to participate in the Hunger Games. More than anything, I love how Peeta brings out the softness in Katniss. He offers her safety and peace.
Also, like, he's been in love with her since they were in kindergarten! How cute is that? <3
3) Doctor x Rose (Doctor Who). Reiterations Nine, Ten, and Tentoo of the Doctor are all very shippable when it comes to Rose; Ten presents with the most obvious romance, but Nine, of course, is where it all started. So for those who don't know, the Doctor is a regenerating, time-travelling alien from the lost planet Gallifrey. When he meets Rose, the Doctor has just sacrificed his planet in order to end the Time War--a loss that wracks him with guilt and loneliness. Rose Tyler is a fierce, loving young woman with no real direction in life until she meets the Doctor.
Together, Rose and the Doctor are a formidable team, traveling through time and space to save as many lives as they can. Together, they make up for what the other has lost: Rose offers the Doctor companionship and helps ease his pain, while the Doctor offers her all the adventure and purpose she could ask for. Plus, they're adorable. :D
4) Heron (Hermione x Ron, Harry Potter). Once again, differences and similarities: Hermione Granger is smart, bookish, and generally a rule follower, whereas Ron Weasley struggles in school and just generally doesn't have a lot of focus. Hermione comes from a family of non-wizards; Ron's a Pureblood wizard. Hermione's family is decently well off, while Ron lives in poverty. However, they're both Gryffindors--brave, loyal, and fierce--whose friendship with Harry leads them into all kinds of trouble, and they stand with him no matter the cost. They both have a keen sense of fairness that leads them to sacrifice a great deal in the fight against blood purity.
Their relationship is, I'd say, more tense and less sweet than my first three ships. They have the love/hate, constantly fighting dynamic, which is always quite fun and dramatic--though I don't think it's what I'd want for myself.
5) Nina x Matthias (Six of Crows). I read and enjoy a lot of books, so for me to take notice of a book ship is pretty significant. Nina and Matthias in Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows duology have like the most sexy relationship--partly because they're also one of those love/hate couples, but also because Matthias is absolutely my type. Nina Zenik is a gorgeous young Grisha with the ability to injure and kill others at a distance. She has a fierce, feminine, and extroverted personality. On the other hand, Matthias Helvar comes from the North kingdom where they despise Grisha power. Before he met Nina, he was part of a group that hunts Grisha down for execution. He's introverted, masculine, reserved, and has a strong sense of duty.
Obviously, you can see where the whole difference/complementary thing comes in. In common, they have a strong sense of loyalty and determination, and also the fact that they actually totally love each other. And, like, Matthias swears fealty to Nina. That's pretty legit.
Spoiler (highlight to read): Do NOT mention Matthias's death in the comments because I will COME FOR YOU. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN, OKAY? NOT A THING. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT IT.
6) Jily (James x Lily, Harry Potter). Yet another dramatic love/hate relationship between two Gryffindors. James Potter was a Pureblood wizard from a very wealthy family, a troublemaker and pretty full of himself, too. Lily Evans was an outsider from a Muggle family, like Hermione, intelligent, focused, and fierce. In common, they had the famous Gryffindor loyalty and bravery as well as a strong sense of morality. James and Lily ended up sacrificing their lives at the age of 21 in the fight against blood purity, leaving behind their one-year-old son, Harry Potter.
Those are all my main ships, the ones I'm most passionate about. I have plenty of others, of course; ask me about any book, movie, or TV show, and I'll have a ship to share (usually the canonical ones), but none of them particularly stand out. The ones above are the ones I really care about.
Who do you ship? Definitely let me know in the comments, and I'll see you again tomorrow.
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