My Favorite Fictional Couples Tropes – IN WHICH I RANT ABOUT MY INSANE SHIPS

Hello, lovelies! It’s practically spring. :D

I finally got my act together and got back to posting this after half a month of inactivity… so yeahhh. Hi.

Today’s post is pretty self-explanatory. I personally am a crazy shipper… I think it gets on my family’s nerves sometimes actually (it gets on my nerves too)… but I’ve developed valuable skills and can sense a romance coming from a mile away, sooo. In the end, it’s all been worth it. XD And today I go over a few tropes in fictional romance that are my favorites. Enjoy.

 

The “Childhood Love” Couple

Obviously the ones that have been best friends since they were small. This one makes me ridiculously happy. It’s just so perfect and pure. *squee*

My favorite examples:

  • Esperanza + Miguel (Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan) – This is still one of my favorite books. It’s such a happy book. You know what I mean, it just gives you this amazing nostalgic-y, uplifted feeling. Plus Esperanza and Miguel’s bond is so wholesome and strong. I like.
  • Anne + Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery) – CLASSIC. These two are a 100% excellent excellent example and I love them. The movies don’t do the books justice, but I still think their relationship is deliciously done in film as well.

 

 

 

Shy Girl + Charming Guy

This one seems pretty popular. The bashful protagonist with a kind, precious heart (we all love her), and the sweet, engaging guy who comes into her life with adorable smiles and kindness and takes her breath away (we just might love him even more). The best thing ever is to watch the girl get all awkward and even cuter because the guy is so captivating without even meaning to be… it’s super ultra sweet. Very enjoyable.

My favorite examples:

  • Aza + Ijori (Fairest, Gail Carson Levine) – I loved watching Aza fall for him, little bit by little bit. The way she tries to resist his irresistibleness, and the fact that he finds her beautiful when no one else does. All the heart eyes.
  • Ella + Kit (Disney’s Cinderella, 2015) – A lot of things about this movie were a little cheesy to me… sweetly cheesy, but cheesy nonetheless. But! But. Kit and Ella’s romance was precious. This much I will admit.
  • Catherine + Henry (Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen) – In my opinion, one of the best examples. Especially in the movie (:P it’s truuue).

 

I mean pfft they share a love of books. #goals

 

 

Fiesty Gal + Stable, Quieter Guy

Here we have the fireball who has everything under control. She’s independent and spirited, and perhaps a little bit impetuous… And then we have this guy, this perfect character to balance her. Level-headed, with a determined but equable approach and a knack of calming her down and keeping her steady. THEY FIT TOGETHER LIKE A PUZZLE.

My favorite examples:

  • Enna + Finn (The Books of Bayern, Shannon Hale) – These two have, quite possibly, the best relationship in The Books of Bayern. They are each exactly what the other needs. Finn’s so good at calming Enna’s flinty temper, and she stimulates him in the best way, drawing out the strengths of his character and making us smile.
  • Scarlet + Wolf (The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer) – Yass. I loved how their romance developed over the course of the series; it started out meh and seriously improved. Amaright??

 

 

The Bantering Couple

When they have chemistry and sass together. This is one of the most enjoyable ships, in my humble opinion. Watching their mutual snappy dislike morph into true care for each other (though usually/hopefully they still continue the hilarious banter). It’s great.

My favorite examples:

  • Leo + Calypso (Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan) – I didn’t get to see as much of them together as I would have liked, but what I got… <3 <3 We have sassy Leo, who is probably my favorite character in the entire series just so everybody’s aware. And then we have Calypso, who challenges him with her perfect sassy comebacks. They’re perfect for each other.
  • René + Sophia (Rook, Shannon Cameron) – Yesss muahaha. I’m going to apologize in advance here because I have no idea how many spheres of the internet I’ve roared about René’s perfection on now… if you’re following me anywhere else odds are you’ve heard all this before. But seriously, words fail me. They just – fail me. Tbh, a couple aspects of his and Sophia’s romance got on my nerves… but only a couple. The great majority of it was witty, hilarious perfection.
  • Declan O’Callaghan + Anna (Leap Year, 2010) – …Need I say more?? (I can’t believe I only saw this movie for the first time last month.)

 

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Cocky, Intrepid Guy + Shy/Quiet Girl 

This one is so satisfying. Sophisticated, dashing dude meets vulnerable sweet roll with a big, compassionate heart, and romance happens. It’s really fun to watch the affection unfold between them; when the girl is able to bring out the guy’s flawed, broken side, and when he gives her courage. Much applause.

My favorite examples:

  • Cress + Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer) – Do we all agree that they were just perfect for each other? Absolutely perfect. I liked that Cress’s blind crush on Thorne developed into such a true love, and that she seemed to soften and make him a better person.
  • Luka + Yael (Wolf by Wolf, Ryan Graudin) – I feel like they fit more loosely into this category. But they fit nonetheless.* Yael is a lot more damaged than shy and vulnerable, given her past, but she does have that element of tenderheartedness. And then Luka is the ultimate in cocky jerkism… until of course she encourages him into becoming a better person.
*Do not question me. I have my own superior logic. Obvs.
  • Rapunzel + Flynn (Disney’s Tangled, 2010) – One of my favorite Disney couples. Despite having a very limited falling-in-love time frame, I feel like the attraction arc and overall chemistry between them was very realistically (and cutely?) done.

 

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The Adorable Best-Friends Couple 

This one makes me soooo happy. The two that just have this playful, chummy, and close relationship, and absolutely, honestly adore each other.

  • Ella + Char (Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine) – I cannot express how much I love love love these two. They are my favorite and my best. ;) I love that their ship is so middle-grade worthy and pure, but also romantic too?!? And how Ella is the one who stimulates Char and makes him laugh, but he’s the one who encourages her and admires her and gives her strength.
  • Valancy + Barney Snaith (The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery) – The bond they have melts my heart. L.M. Montgomery did a master’s job building the affection slowly but surely between them, from cozy companionship to real longing for each other.

 

 

Mutually Shy Beans

The couple that are both so shy that they won’t admit they love each other, so you’re dyinggg because 52% of you ships them so hard it physically hurts, and the other 48% wants to knock their heads together for being such adorable idiots. Like YOU LOVE EACH OTHER JUST ADMIT IT ALREADY. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

Examples:

  • Edward + Elinor (Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen) – Though can I just add, they were sooo much lovelier in both the movie adaptations than in the book.
  • Jane Bennett + Charles Bingley (Pride and Prejudice, also Jane Austen) – So these two were okay in the book, but sort of even more background characters. I didn’t really get to see their romance like I did in the movie. And I’m talking the 2005 version here. I know; go ahead and attack me for loving it, outraged book fans. I should be ashamed. BUT. HOW can you not love Jane and Bingley in it?? They are SO PRECIOUS. I CAN’T.

 

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Tough Girl + Awkward Guy With Hidden Depths

This girl is a hyper cannonball of courage and high spirits. She has grit and wit and she will fight you… she’s also possibly quite attractive as well?? The guy in question here is a little bit less demonstrative, a little bit undeveloped. To be honest, he’s quite awkward. But then it turns out (surprise!) this girl also has a softer, more vulnerable side. He brings it out, exposes her hidden sweetness. And she draws forth his strong points.

  • Aud + Halli (Heroes of the Valley, Jonathan Stroud) – Though it’s never outright stated that these two become a couple, it’s implied. Which I like. Because I ship them. :P Aud made some slightly coarse jokes here and there (I shouldn’t have laughed at her….. I did), but I thought her breezy bravery and overall good humor was an excellent match for Halli’s quieter personality.
  • Hiccup + Astrid (How to Train Your Dragon, 2010) I think these two are the ultimate example. I LOVVVVE their chemistry. The movie as a whole had its flaws (it was still pretty darn good tho), but the romance between them was one thing perfectly achieved. I mean. They’re adorable.

 

I know this is from HTTYD 2, but whatever. In my opinion it’s the best gif of them.

 

 

Mutually Protective, Save-the-World-Together Couple

The ones that always have each other’s back, throughout danger and adventures alike. There for each other, strengthening each other, protecting each other… otherwise being sweet.

  • Percy + Annabeth (Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan) I think Percabeth are a pretty common example for literary dream couples. But. They’re awesome. A couple who battle mythological beasts and trek through Tartarus together, stay together. ;P Their relationship is my favorite; it makes me smile [and sometimes crack up laughing].
  • Elizabeth + Will (Pirates of the Caribbean, 2003) – They’re just lovely together. That is all.
  • Calvin + Meg (A Wrinkle in Time series, Madeleine L’Engle) – These two also fit well into the Childhood Love category, which makes me happy. But I think they fulfill this one too. They were honestly my favorite bookish couple ever when I was younger (part of the reason may or may not have been that I had a massive literary crush on Calvin) (“had”, ahahaha).

 

 

 Gruff/Socially Repressed Guy + The Girl He Can’t Resist

Here’s Dark and Withdrawn Guy who pushes people away and yet has a secret lonely side… then one particular girl appears, intrudes on his life, and rocks the foundations of his antisocial world. She draws him out of his shell. She makes him have feelings. WHY IS SHE MAKING HIM SMILE? WHY CAN’T HE RESIST HER PRECIOUSNESS?

  • Jane + Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë) – Their romance makes me want to cry. :’)
  • Elizabeth + Darcy (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen) – They’ve become a pretty much stereotypical couple, but I don’t care. They fit into this trope so well. Darcy is completely standoffish in the beginning, also a teensy bit arrogant (though not as much so as Elizabeth perceives him to be, of course). And she hates him. :) A good foundation for any romance. And then it turns out each of them completely captivates the other (over the course of a lot of humbling and self-sacrifice), and bang, Jane Austen has a classic.
  • Beauty + the Beast (the movie or the fairytale) – Ah yes.
  • Molly Hooper + Sherlock (BBC’s Sherlock) – These two are a difficult subject for me because…[spoilerish content ahead woop] they didn’t. end. up together. And I SHIPPED THEM. I NEEDED THEM TOGETHER. I – I can’t. My feels are broken. But I think they fit into this category pretty well, because Molly so uniquely brought out his emotions and his stifled compassionate half… (nope, i’m fine. i’m okay). Most people couldn’t do that. And don’t try to tell me he didn’t love her, really truly love her, because I will not listen to you.

 

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I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.

 

Thank you for reading, and for your support! It really means a lot. :) Comment below with some examples that I’ve forgotten (or just left out, because I didn’t want to overwhelm you all and have a yard-long post ahaha). Or just your favorite ships. I will rant over them with you. I sympathize.

 

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Character Profiles: in which I basically bare my heart for you all

Greetings, fellow earthens.

And HAPPY SEPTEMBER!!!

Today I’m going to take on a dark, daunting post subject. I’m going to spill my heart and guts and share some of my creations with you. That is, introduce some of the main characters from my current WIP. Which is a terrifying prospect for me. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be traumatizing.

It’s also going to be really fun.

These lovelies are still undergoing MASSIVE changes… in the finished work they’re likely to look quite a bit different than they do now. But for the time being this is how far their personalities have evolved, and I can honestly say I’m *sniff* proud of them *wipes away tear*. They are some of my most precious characters. They’ve been through a lot with me. And as a result they’re all wrapped up in my heartstrings.

As a side note, I found these characteristic photos via Pinterest. They aren’t mine. I take no credit. The clothing (from what you can see) is all modern and wrong… but who cares. :P

Taryn

the Protagonist

wind-flung brown hair / one blue eye and one hazel / nimble hands / pointed chin

   Taryn is a wanderer. A loner. An outcast. She has an independent streak she got from her father, and loves wild places. She’s perceptive and generally relates well to others’ emotions, but can also be pretty cynical of people, which comes of being treated the way she has her entire life (you won’t understand that but #spoilers). Insecurity is one of her many struggles. She hates sharing her feelings and has the tendency to push away her loved ones when she’s in pain; she’s also terrible at comforting others. Sarcastic wit comes easily for this one.

She loves the wind and the scent of freedom. Rock/hill climbing (she has the flat feet geared for it, and she’s proud of that). People who judge by anothers’ attributes and the way they treat others, not by appearances.

 

 

Ree

the Sidekick

freckled / blue-eyed / crooked limp / wide smile / small wrists and ankles

   Ree is homier than her sister. She’s empathetic and slightly more centered; is calmly optimistic and laughs a lot. Her limp (she was born with a minor deformity, one leg slightly shorter than the other) keeps her from doing a lot of things she’d like, but as a general rule she’s pretty philosophical about it. In arguments she’s likely to go on the defensive… but she doesn’t lose her temper much.

She loves murkbrew (their world’s kind of thicker version of hot tea) with honey. Rain. And the productive feeling of keeping busy – especially when she’s worried or stressed.

 

 

Matt

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the Logic/Voice of Reason

light brown-dark blond hair / grey eyes / medium-tall / a slight cowlick that irritates him

   Matt is a strong shoulder to lean on. A hard worker with calloused hands. He just might be my favorite character besides Taryn… because except for her he’s been the character to undergo the most changes, yet has remained his dependable, stubborn self through it all. He’s quick-witted. Diplomatic in most disagreements. But other times he can be blunt to the point of pain. He and Taryn are alike in that most of the time they’re relatively mild people, but both are fiercely protective of the people they’re close to.

He loves carving; bringing form and shape out of dead wood. His young siblings. And fried rabbit well-done.

 

Lisi

the Emotional

blonde / pale blue eyes / small-proportioned and slim / an odd laugh

   Lisi is the soft-spoken one. Invariably gentle, ceaselessly compassionate. A little wistful. She’s quiet and unobtrusive in most things, and her cautious nature sometimes comes across as timid… but still waters run deep. She’s a lot stronger of a person than she seems at first sight. Despite having very few similarities at first, she and Taryn form a strong bond throughout the course of the novel.

She loves sunlight through the fog. Long walks along the dusty Village paths. Strong, beautiful personalities.

 

Magda

the Tempter

thick reddish hair / curvy / face mottled with freckles / dark brown eyes / vivid full lips

   Magda is beautiful. Incendiary. Malicious. She loves deeply, hates with abandon, and is passionate in every emotion between. Her deepest aversions are to the deformed and those she sees as hideous or weak. Her hurts are remembered and she’s pretty darn vengeful, while we’re at it. She takes on hard labor grudgingly but well.

She loves good seasoned mutton and strong mead. The thrill of autumn in the blood. And followers who allow themselves to be dominated without question.

 

 

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Sooo. Those are my lovelies (that is, five of them). And that wasn’t so bad. The others are still in slightly earlier stages of development. The Antagonist, the Mentor, the Skeptic, and lotsa other extras who kind of came out of nowhere and (in the course of headaches, blood and tears) have grown into beloved characters. I might share a bit about them some other time. :)

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Thanks for reading! Can you believe it’s the 1st of September, and are you excited for autumn?? Chat with me in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puzzle Pieces: fitting characters together

One more post this week. I’m on a roll. ;)

This post is going to be about writing. And I am slightly terrified to impart any kind of advice to anybody, as the magnitude of my own inexperience is…well, big. But here goes. (Maybe somebody will find this remotely helpful.)

One of a writer’s greatest challenges (at least in my case) is creating a strong bond between two characters. Whether it be love of the romantic sort, the admiration of an apprentice to his master, or the close affection of good friends, growing and developing a relationship between people is hard. Especially if the relationship starts out with a Princess Leia + Han Solo mindset…

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Here’s a list of questions I ask myself.

  1. One of the first signs that two characters are going to connect is usually a “click”. They have something in common. A common fear, a common desire, a common love. A common hobby. “Hey, you collect 1960s movie posters too?” Have your characters clicked through a shared interest or emotion?
  2. Does the hate/dislike/confusion/indifference they feel towards each other in the beginning blossom with head-scratching suddenness into warm endearment? Make sure you’ve maintained a smooth and consistent arc throughout the course of the story.
  3. Are you showing rather than telling? Body language, actions, speech, and thoughts should all be subtly used to communicate the growing bond.
  4. If there’s a lot of friction at first, keep it going even when they’ve fallen for each other. The closest of friendships still spark and sizzle at times. Are there enough disagreements to make the relationship realistic?
  5. Do your characters grow each other? A couple need to have interlocking personalities; fit together like puzzle pieces, each satisfying in the other what he/she is lacking. If Jen is quiet and shy, make Brad more outgoing. He’ll draw her out of herself and provide a stimulant. On the other hand, if Brad is over-the-top extroverted and drives people crazy because he’s loud and self-assured to the point of obnoxious, Jen might keep him down to earth and help him develop a sense of humility. That goes with friends too. Give the volatile fireball with anger management issues a level-headed, gentle friend who struggles to express his feelings. Make the friendship grow them into better people.

So there are some questions which have helped me in my bond-developing. I have a long way to go before I’ll be able to post any wildly eloquent writing advice here (ha ha, right), but hopefully this was a beneficial read and a good start. Have a wonderful weekend!

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