It’s Valentine’s Day, everyone! In honor of this holiday (which I happen to think is a bit too commercialized, but that’s a topic for a different day) I am going to talk about the fine art of shipping.
For those of you new to this, I do not mean shipping like boating or mailing packages. This shipping has to do with relationships between fictional characters and, sometimes, real people. To put it simply, shipping is when you think two characters should be in a relationship. Sanne (@booksandquills) has an awesome video about this topic if you want a better explanation:
Anyhoo, today I will be sharing with you all some of my personal favorite ships!
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger: Despite what J.K. Rowling has apparently recently said regarding this relationship (she regrets that she didn’t put Harry and Hermione together instead) I firmly stand by Hermione and Ron. I think they are a great balance, since she is often so serious and he is more lighthearted. You could see their relationship developing as the series progressed, and that just wasn’t the case for Harry and Hermione. I don’t think J.K. Rowling has anything to regret. 🙂
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: This may just be the ultimate “bro-mance.” Sherlock would be lost without Watson to keep him connected to the way normal people act in society. On the other hand, Watson could never live without Sherlock and all of his exciting adventures solving mysteries. I definitely support their friendship!
Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor: Any Whovians out there? One of my favorite relationships in Doctor Who is the one between the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. They genuinely love each other, so much so that they risk their lives for each other on a daily basis while saving different planets and people from various catastrophes. BUT THE END OF THE SECOND SEASON. IT WAS SO HEART-BREAKING. It just adds to all of the reasons why they should be together.
Amy Pond and Rory Williams: Another Doctor Who ship. Fans of the Matt Smith seasons will surely agree that Amy and Rory are so adorable together! I also love the way that they are both so strong and independent, yet they both need each other. Too often in movies, television, and books, there is one person in a relationship who is depicted as obviously stronger than the other. But Amy and Rory both have their strengths and weaknesses, and I believe that their strength is equal.
Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster: I’m pretty sure this one speaks for itself. John Green has created one of the most amazing couples in his novel The Fault in Our Stars.
Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs: These characters are from Melina Marchetta’s novel Jellicoe Road. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, partly because of this amazing relationship. In the book it is so flawed and challenging- they are both going through difficult times in their lives, and they are far from perfect people. Yet they manage to have a relationship anyways, which I think is really spectacular. If you haven’t read this book, then you definitely should!
JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS: I wouldn’t be a history nerd if I didn’t ship at least one historical couple. After reading Joseph J. Ellis’ novel Founding Brothers over the summer for my AP United States History class, I fostered a new appreciation for John and Abigail. Abigail helps John with political issues and other conflicts in his life, and John goes against the normal rules of society and allows a woman to help him this way. I just love it!
And there you have! These are some of my all-time favorite ships. What are yours? Let me know in the comments section below!