Things my bookish OTPs would do on VALENTINE’S DAY!

Hi, everyone! Happy belated Valentine’s Day!! ❤ I hope your day was great. 🙂 This post was actually planned to go up on Valentine’s Day itself, but obviously, that didn’t happen, as I didn’t get it finished in time–but I still wanted to share this, and didn’t want to wait ’till next year haha.

So most of you know, I have my bookish OTPs and I love my ships. I have many, many of them, and I won’t be including them all, but here are some of the things I thought a few of my bookish OTPs might do on Valentine’s Day!

What my bookish OTPs would do on valentine's day

Annabeth & Percy

Percy and Annabeth

“You promised, Seaweed brain. We would not get separated! Ever again!”

-House of Hades

In case you didn’t know, Annabeth & Percy are from the Percy Jackson series and also one of my most favourite bookish couples of ever??? Just fyi. They’ve been through so much, and the amount of Percabeth moments that have captured my heart ahhhh. But wait, we’re talking about Valentine’s Day plans, right. 😉

  • They will totally visit a) Camp Half-Blood and/or tour b) New Rome
  • Reason: Both of those places hold so much history for them, and I can totally see them having the sweetest and most amazing time in either of the two places.
  • Or, they visit Manhatten and have a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant
  • LOL, nah, probably at a park or something because Percy forgot about Valentine’s Day
  • And stumbles a lot and improvises greatly when Annabeth asks about it
  • But then steals everyone’s hearts with his beautiful, thoughtful, heartwarming declaration of love (lol) to Annabeth
  • Though I vote for a recreation of the underwater lake kiss (!!!) (PLEASE THIS SHOULD HAPPEN) (!!!).
  • I’m totally calm about this.
  • That moment when you have no romantic life of your own so you obsess over a hypothetical situation for a fictional character
  • What is my life.

Kaz and Inej

“I’m a business man,” he’d told her. “No more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”

-Six of Crows

Can we please just admire the perfection–actually the perfection of the imperfection that is Kaz and Inej. (Kinej? Inaz?? Kanej???) They stole pretty much everyone’s hearts, and I’m telling you, if you haven’t read the amazingness that is the Six of Crows duology, you are missing out on so so so much. Namely this, but also so much more. But I digress.

Kaz and Inej’s plan for Valentine’s Day (as decided by me):

  • Another awesome business venture featuring Kaz: Scheming face™
  • Aka a heist and thieving of some sort
  • This is Kaz, after all
  • Very romantic.
  • Also waffles.
  • And heartbreaking but sweet moment between Inej and Kaz. ❤ ❤
  • More scheming face, because it’s KAZ
  • And wraithing. Possibly. And wraithing is totally a word. Psh.
  • Let me just say: such extreme contrast between this couple and the one above it! Yet I ship both?? THEY ARE MY CHILDREN. Except not. But whatever, don’t need to get into the technicalities.

Cress and Thorne

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

-Cress

Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore all the ships from the Lunar Chronicles series (if you haven’t started that series by the way, what are you waiting for?!) but I wanted to just focus on one of the couples because I didn’t want to overwhelm you with my nonsensical shrieking. Ahem. And Cress & Thorne are too cute to not mention!

Cress and Thorne’s Epic Valentine’s Day Journey™ features:

  • Cress and Thorne. Obviously.
  • Epic voyages through time and space
  • Nope, just space, they’re not time travelers oops.
  • But still epic voyages!
  • To tour earth, which actually, can be not-so-terrible in a fictional world where there is no longer any war or awful leaders of countries.
  • Because Cress always wanted to visit places on earth and Thorne is a sweetie pie
  • (Even if he tries to hide it)
  • But he makes Valentine’s Day perfect for Cress
  • + Thorne witty remarks YES.
  • Sidenote: Cress likes traveling. Analee likes travelling, therefore, Analee = Cress
  • So it will also feature me, pretty much.
  • Or it has featured me because this is a belated post and Valentine’s Day has already happened.
  • My logic is outstanding.

Lila and Kell

I just had to include this omg. THIS IS <3
I just had to include this omg. THIS IS ❤

GUYS A CONJURING OF LIGHT IS ALMOST OUT *cue squeals of excitement* I am so excited for this book, you guys have no idea (actually now you may have an inkling). I adored A Gathering of Shadows, but that ending was tortureeeeee I need this book so so much. Okay, so not the point of this post, but 4 days!! YES. The Shades of Magic series is so amazing, and ahhhhh okay. Done.

Their Valentine’s Day will most probably go horribly wrong, given their luck BUT it would be awesome anyway:

  • Ideally, Kell and Lila are safe in Red London, magic is flourishing, all my favorite characters are safe, and they get to stay together, for longer than 2 minutes without some threat overhead.
  • So basically what I’m praying A Conjuring of Light will end up to be. (Don’t dieeeeee please)
  • But also Kell and Lila have their own adventure, and Lila gets to properly explore Red London for enjoyment
  • They will dance at a ball and will have all the witty banter and sassy comebacks between the two
  • Probably lots of pirating and magiking.
  • #ValentinesDayGoals
  • Lila and Kell finding peace, finally and sharing a heartwarming moment but still super sassy because that’s how these two roll. 😉
  • I just need A Conjuring of Light right now *sob*
  • 4 more days. We got this.

Happy belated Valentine’s Day, once again! ❤ What do you guys think of these hypothetical Valentine’s Day dates? What do you think your OTPs would do on that day? Let’s discuss. 🙂
Lots of love!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

 

Discussion: The value of ships in books | Book Snacks Babbles

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! And in case you guys missed it from my February posts last year, I love doing themed posts in honor of this celebration (i.e. my way of making up for my lack of celebration in real life ahem)! If you want some more V-Day posts, you could check out the ones I did last year; Valentine’s Day bookish gift guide, 7 romance tropes we love or hate, books to read for Valentine’s Day, Rip it or Ship it Book Tag, what makes a good romance, types of male love interests, and there are a couple more in my February 2016 archives. (#self-promo oops)

But amidst all of this, we’re missing something very crucial, which, hint hint, is in the title of this post. Something that’s very dear to my heart when it comes to romance in books: SHIPS. We all have them and we all recognize what it is and the feelings that come with having our bookish ship be canon and having an OTP (one true pairing)–basically over-the-moon joy and lots of excited fangirling, for me. But I don’t think we ever actually stop to think or recognize how important they can be, in terms of romance in a book. So let’s do that!

For reference:

Shipping, initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two or more people, either real-life people or fictional characters (in film or literature) to be in a relationship, romantic or otherwise.

(Thanks, Wikipedia)

The Value of Ships

1. It can cause you to start or continue with a series.

Not gonna lie, there were times where I was totally putting a book or series on my TBR because of a ship that everyone seemed to love, or perhaps two ships that people were conflicted about. This happens with TV shows too for me haha. When people talk about a particular couple they loved from a book, it makes me curious because it means they got invested in a book and its characters to care about them and support a relationship. And so I pick up that book. And sometimes, we can continue a series because of a ship; for example, even if I may not particularly enjoy certain aspects of the book, if there’s a couple I ship strongly, I would more often than not persevere through the rest of the series to see how they end up. The power of ships is strong!

2. Invokes passion or support for the characters.

If I have an OTP in a certain book, you can bet I love those characters to death. It’s a must, for me, in order to ship two characters, that I like them, aka see chemistry, feel their development, or the slow-burn that I love in a romance. Makes sense, right? I’m not saying without these aspects I won’t feel passion or support for the characters, but if a book does have a ship that I love, it means I’m invested in the characters in a way I might’ve not been otherwise. You know? What I’m trying to say.. imagine your favorite book that has a ship you love… and then imagine if they were no longer a ship. It would be different, you know? Having a strong ship can create a lot of passion for the characters, which can be such an important factor on whether the book is a hit or miss.

3. Can make you super emotional.

I love my happily ever afters for my ships, and fortunately most times I get them (yay!). Other times, I don’t, which basically leads me to be a huge sobbing mess. Ahem. But even in the happily ever afters, the amount of pain my poor children (my ship) has to go through can leave me a huge sobbing mess as well (aka most fantasy novels). And, naturally, this book becomes a favorite (or close) because THESE EMOTIONS ARE IMPORTANT. It means I’m super invested in the characters and the story, which is always a plus!

4. Creates hype.

Series like Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Infernal Devices (or anything Shadowhunters tbh), all have huge fandoms–and a lot of that is centered on the ships. In the case of Throne of Glass’s love pentagon-thing going on at one point, it definitely caused a lot of discussions (some bad, some good; shipping wars are terrible, but more on that later), as well as the Tamlin vs Rhys debacle for ACOTAR. I, for one, adore the ships in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters books. And I know I’m not alone because of the amount of HYPE that is created with each of these series! Strong fandoms are be created due to ships, and that, in turn, is great publicity. The only downside is if a book just uses romance as a publicity maneuver and the ‘ship’ is just in there because it draws readers–but the romance is actually poorly developed and not very shippable at all…

5. Brings you closer to other people.

Have you ever bonded with someone over a ship? If you have, you know how amazing it can be aha. Bonding over books, in general, is so totally awesome, but I especially love it when I learn that someone has the same ship as me because I can trust that they love the book and characters as much as I do. And that’s such a great feeling! ❤ It’s also so easy to do that, in the blogging community. There are so many people passionate about the same thing as you, that it’s not a challenge at all to find a person who loves a ship as much as you and bond over ships haha. Basically, guys, you should totally hit me up in the comments to discuss ships. Ahem. Just saying. 😉


All in all: I’m a firm believer in the fact that not all YA books must have romance or a ship to be a good book/series–and in fact, I totally support there being more books without romance because we don’t have many of those in my opinion–but I do believe that ships are super super important and a very powerful addition to a book/series if written well. I’m definitely an avid shipper and could not imagine not having my ships! They can be so perfect to draw me into a series or continue one, and most importantly, get me to love the characters/story and talk to other people.

Though, side note; having shipping wars occur is definitely not something I love. A friendly debate or discussion or disagreement is perfectly fine, but having arguments over a ship is totally not warranted and when they get out of hand it can get very hurtful. Agree to disagree!! But I digress. What are your thoughts on ships? Do you love ’em? Hate ’em? Or do you prefer other non-romantic focused ships? Friendships maybe? (Gotta love those too!) What ships do you love to death? What ships do you despise? How important are ships, to you? 

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Prepare yourselves for lots of fangirling… | (A few of) My Favourite Bookish OTPs

YES I AM MAKING A POST WITH MY BOOKISH OTPs. (!!!!!) Which basically means this post will be filled with an overload of squealing and happiness—you all know me by now, right?! XD I wasn’t going to do this post seeing how so many people already did it already, but afterwards, I’m like, screw it, I’m doing it! Pff, as if I’d pass up a chance to squeal over my favourite couples in books. (And thanks Becca for urging me to do this! ❤ I had so much fun hehe.)

So, obviously, this post will contain, like, only 0.000001% of all my favourite OTPs because I have too many to count—and as much as I’d love to list them all, I kind of don’t want to be sitting here until I’m 50??? And I doubt any of you do either, so… LOL I’m exaggerating, but you know what I mean.

If you’re new here, WELCOME. And if you aren’t new here, WELCOME. You have now entered fangirl territory. Ahem. *Clears throat*

My Favourite Bookish OTPs

-Ron and Hermione (HP)

Okay, so time to pitch in on the Ron-Hermione-Harry debate, I think! For the record, the way the books played out, I totally ship Ron and Hermione. Like YESS because they just complement eachother’s personalities so well! But, I must admit, if the books had played out differently and Hermione ended up with Harry, I wouldn’t mind that so much. I think it would work either way? Kind of? But Ron and Hermione are canon, so. I SHIP IT. ❤

I would put Ginny and Harry, but… I don’t really ship it. I dunno. It happened too quickly for me to actually root for it. Individually, I like the characters fine, but together, meh.

Okay, so I hope I didn’t shoot down anybody’s opinions! That so wasn’t my opinion. Ahem. So, moving on…

-Will and Tessa (The Infernal Devices)

Will and Tessa

Omg WESSA. *Inserts about a thousand heart eyed emojis* I ship these two SO DAMN MUCH. You don’t even know! Like, seriously, I think their love is just so beautiful. I literally have nothing else to say because seriously, I can’t even. ❤ ❤ They both just have so much in common, and also Will is totally swoon-worthy… LOL. But at the same time, there’s another pairing I (almost) equally love:

-Jem and Tessa

Jem and Tessa

JESSSAAAA. Woo! Yes, I just put both Wessa and Jessa on here. Your point is…?? I’m sorry, but I must. Wessa is absolutely wonderful, but I can’t just neglect the loveliness that is Jessa! Also, as much as Will’s badboy-like character draws me in, Jem’s sweet personality is equally attracting. Him and Tessa are just as great as Tessa and Will! What to do? I LOVE THEM BOTH.

-Clary and Jace (The Mortal Instruments)

Okay so I seem to be on a Cassandra Clare roll here? Let’s just go with it, because why not. Clary and Jace are so amazing!!

-Magnus and Alec

Omggggg MALEC. I heart this sooooo much. That is all. Now let me go and squeal incomprehensibly.

-Isabelle and Simon

Okay, so I wasn’t totally a fan of this at first?? But by the end of The Mortal Instruments series, I was totally on board with Sizzy. Like, at the start I found their personalities just a bit too different for them to actually work, you know? But I found as the story went on they actually make a good pair. YAY.

-Cress and Thorne (Lunar Chronicles)

OMG CRESS AND THORNEEEE. IT’S MEANT TO BE. Seriously. I love this pair so much!! They are adorable and perfect and simply wonderful.

-Kai and Cinder

YESS FOR CINDER AND KAI! One of the two main characters I’ve known the longest, their romance is totally one of my faves. CUTENESS YAYYYY.

-Wolf and Scarlet

Wolf wasn’t my absolute favourite love interest admist all of them, but I will admit him and Scarlet are so perfect together! I love how their characters work so great with eachother. Also, it’s hilarious and so cute to see Wolf become all soft inside when he’s with Scarlet! XD

-Winter and Jacin

Even though we met these two characters last out of all the other main cast of characters, the romance between these two quickly became a favourite of mine. I loved SO MUCH to see the amount of love Jacin had for Winter, to protect her, to be around, to help. He sees more than just a crazy person, and their connection is so heartwarming.

-Safi and Merik (Truthwitch)

Truthwitch Characters

A ship from my more recent reads (well, in comparison to the other books listed), Safi and Merik are a tentative ship that I already love despite have only read about them in one book! I’d be totally heartbroken if they don’t turn out to get together.

-Iseult and Aeduan

Truthwitch Characters

From the same book as above, this one isn’t actually a canon pairing, but I feel like it could be?? I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong but they seem to have had a few interesting encounters and a romance between them would be totally cool. I ship it, haha.

-Percy and Annabeth (Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus)

Omg I love these two SO MUCH. You don’t even know. Maybe it’s because I spent so many books reading about them (10 books, to be exact), but I just feel such a strong connection to them—which makes me love Percabeth even more. ❤ So much so that if you dare hurt this ship I WILL eat you alive… Just kidding! Mostly. You get the point though, right? PERCABETH IS LIFE.

-Piper and Jason, Leo and Calypso, Frank and Hazel (HoO)

Okay, I feel kind of bad putting Percy and Annabeth seperately when I put the rest of the pairings together, but I kind of love Percabeth more? All the other pairings are absolutely fabulous, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t love them to an extent that they must all be seperate. Kind of sad but true? BUT. I do still love all of these pairings!! Bookworm’s honor, I promise I do.

-Rowan and Aelin (Throne of Glass)

Rowaelin

I love this ship!! BUT I must admit I would’ve been okay with a platonic relationship between these two?? Does this mean this ship isn’t as strong as the other ones? I don’t think so. I still love this ship.. but I feel like there’s a ‘but’ added on to that statement. Oh well. I’m still (mostly) cool with this ship, so I’m putting it on here.

-Celaena and Chaol + Dorian

Okay, so despite the fact that I KNOW these two ships will probably never sail again, I can’t help but remember the love I had for both these ships; Celaena and Chaol and Celaena and Dorian. Ahh. I loved these so much, it only makes sense to add them to this list! #nostalgic

-Kaz and Inej (Six of Crows)

Let’s be honest here; how many of you are surprised this is on the list? Psshhh none of you, am I right?! Most of you probably know how much I love this pairing… and if you don’t, well now you know! But seriously. KAZ AND INEJ ARE MY BABIES. I love them so much!! ❤

-Nina and Matthias

OMG MATTHIAS= ❤ I love him just as much as Kaz—which means A HECK OF A LOT. And Ninaaa omg was absolutely fabulous. SO YESSSS totally one of my top ships.

-Jesper and Wylan

Now, I don’t think I talk about these two as often?? These two aren’t actually a thing, and Wylan felt more of a filler character than anything else, but him and Jesper would totally make a great couple.

-Feyre and Tamlin (ACOTAR)

A ship from another of Sarah J. Maas’s books, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre and Tamlin made it onto my list of favourite bookish OTPs since I loved them so much when I read the book. Their romance was quite.. hot, let’s just say.

(Though can I just fangirl about Rhysand for a moment here?! Despite the fact that I ship Feyre and Tamlin, I find Rhysand to be such an interesting character! I’m intrigued to see if he and Feyre begin something…)

-Shahrzad and Khalid (The Wrath and the Dawn)

I’m repeating the same things over and over again, but literally no joke. This is literally an OTP, because IT IS JUST SO PERFECT. They both are simply amazing and I love them so much. I will fight you on this!! Also, I NEED THE SECOND BOOK!!

-Simon and Baz (Carry On)

Simon and Baz

If you haven’t read this book yet, I urge you to read it ASAP—if not for all amazing parts (that I unfortunately can’t all name), then for Simon and Baz because, I tell you, IT IS WORTH IT. I love them both so much!!

-Arin and Kestrel (The Winner’s Trilogy)

Arin and Kestrel

I haven’t squealed about this book (or this pairing) enough!! And omg I really should because it is absolutely amazing!!! PERFECTION, right here, guys. And a whole lot of squealing. From me, of course.

-Raffe and Penryn (Penryn & the End of Days)

I LOVED THIS PAIR SO MUCH!! Omg yessssss. ❤ ❤ I have nothing more to say. Ahem, let me go fangirl in a corner now, thanks!

-Juliette and Warner (Shatter Me)

I’ll admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Warner at first (I had totally valid reasons why though) but as I got to know him more, I totally fell in love. And in turn, I started to root for Juliette and Warner! They are totally one of my OTPs. ❤

A few pairings from contemporary novels…

-Peter and Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Ahhhhh apart from the fact that this is one of the CUTEST BOOKS EVER, Peter and Lara Jean will forever hold a place in my fangirling heart! *Heart eyed emoji*

-Eleanor and Park (Eleanor & Park)

Eleanor and Park

Okay, so this book was so heartbreaking??!!!! BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH. And I loved Eleanor and Park so much the more!! ❤

-Wes and Macy (The Truth About Forever)

The Truth About Forever

Okaaaaay just let me go die in a corner… of all the feels, of course. ❤ ❤

-Anna and Etienne (Anna and the French Kiss)

If you’ve seen my latest WWW Wednesday or my review of this book, you know I’ve (finally) read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins!! And I absolutely fell in love with Anna and Etienne. (!!!!)

-Cath and Levi (Fangirl)

EEEP LET ME SQUEAL HERE!! Ahem. *Iamtotallycalmwhatareyoutalkingabout* But seriously, Cath and Levi (Cevi? Lath?) are so perfect. HEARTS EVERYWHERE!!

-Simon and Blue (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the wonderfulness that is Simon and Blue, yes?? BECAUSE IT IS PERFECTION.


Okayyy so this was not even half of all my ships (and seeing how there’s, like, 20 of them here, welll… I have a lot of ships, okay??! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE (you know you have thousands of them toooo don’t deny itttt) ahem. But this is a good 0.0001% of them, so it’ll do for now. 😉

Alright, so as much as I’d love to continuing talking (well, typing, technically), I don’t want to hog the conversation! So go!! Spread your wings and fangirl with me—I’m sure there’s at least ONE ship on here you can agree on, right? (Or so I hope…) Feel free to tell me what other bookish OTPs are your favourites down below as well, because OTPs are amazing and fabulous.

I hope this post was as amusing it was to read as it was for me to write! I shall now go off in the search of chocolate. And food. All that fangirling made me hungry. LOL.

Happy reading! (And I hope you all enjoy the upcoming weekend!!) Hugs!

Until the Next Meal, Analee