In honor of Valentine’s day this week, I decided a post dedicated to my favorite YA couples was in order! Sadly, many of my most desperate ships did not sail, but they are alive in well in MY heart (and in the glorious world of fanfiction).
Blair & Nate from Gossip Girl
Can we just pretend that the last four seasons of the show never happened? Because I have been a Nair shipper since the veryyyy beginning, and this whole Chuck and Blair storyline was SO improbable to me (and had NO validation in the books- the epilogue book doesn’t count since it was written AFTER the show). Nate and Blair have been through so much together and it just feels like they’re fated to be together in the long run. My adoration for Chace Crawford and Leighton Meester has blown my inner fangirl for this pairing out of control.
Harry & Hermione from Harry Potter
I was in denial until the very end. I wanted them to be together so badly. They were both brave and clever and balanced each other out and they would’ve made the ultimate power couple. Ron was just a third wheel to this epic relationship that could have been (I mean HOW many times did he get angsty and moody and ditch them?) That dance scene in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie was like a giant nod to all of us Harmione shippers, and it simultaneously enraged and excited us. What a tease.
Cinder & Prince Kai from The Lunar Chronicles
From the first book in the series, I adored the dynamic between Cinder and Kai. He’s so earnest and effortlessly charming and a good guy, and there’s such a warmth between him and Cinder. He doesn’t write her off because of her profession or for being a cyborg, even long before he knows her true identity. I also love seeing Cinder, who’s gone so much of her life without being able to want anything, want Kai in such a personal way. I want them to get married and unite Luna and Earth and have beautiful half-Lunar half-Earthen babies. Also, have a picture of all the characters because they’re all so darn beautiful.
Penryn & Raffe from Angelfall
Talk about a slow burn romance. I loved Raffe and Penryn from the start partly because I am obsessed with paranormal books that deal with angels and partly because Raffe is arguably the sexiest fictional character I’ve ever read. PLUS him and Penryn often work together and face equal amounts of danger in their post-apocalyptic quest. Penryn holds her own in the relationship with an angelic being and Raffe doesn’t try to coddle her or doubt her abilities to kick butt. Now Raffe just needs to admit he has all the feeeels.
Lily & Rowan from Trial By Fire
My newest ship, I was drawn by the slow burn and the intense (and literal) chemistry between Lily and Rowan. It’s filled with tension and misplaced anger and repressed declaration of feelings and I can’t even handle how much I love the concept of the “claiming” bond between witch and mechanic. Plus Rowan comes off as bossy initially but it’s to serve the larger purpose of helping Lily to be able to fight and save herself and others, as he trains her to use him as a vessel for her power; he’s literally bound to be her warrior. I cannot even handle waiting until the fall for the next book. I need more Rowan in my life ASAP.
Who are your OTPs? Do you have ships that you’ve stuck with despite them “sinking?” Did any of my favorite couples overlap with yours? Let me know in the comments! Have a happy Valentine’s Day!