Friday, 29 April 2016

My favourite romantic relationships

I'll be the first one to say that I'm not big into romance. Romance is icky. There's far too much staring and hand-holding involved and not nearly enough blowing stuff up. Why would you sing love songs when you can run from evil aliens/war lords/psycho baddies? 

But we all know I'm a person of many opposites, (like I'm usually clean and organized but then I have my Wall of Utter Procrastination) so every few decades I manage to find a relationship or two that I can root for. (These are in no particular order, just what came to mind first.) 

The Doctor and River Song (Doctor Who) - I am continually amazed at how well this works because the actors for the Doctor and River have a 10-20 year age difference, and 98% of the time that doesn't work. Then there's the fact that it's beautifully tragic because they haven't really met each other yet, but they have, but the other one doesn't remember. 


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Cress and Thorne/Cinder and Kai (The Lunar Chronicles) - I just love Cress and Thorne/Cinder and Kai. They're just all adorable and awesome and they blow stuff up while falling in love, which is always the best way. I also really appreciate how there's no love triangle, despite the potential for a love... oh goodness, decagon? And Thorne and Cinder can be buddies and it doesn't stop Cress and Thorne from being together. And the sarcasm. The sarcasm trumps all.  

William Cage and Rita Vrataski  (The Edge of Tomorrow) - This is another beautifully tragic relationship (are you sensing a trend?). He knows her so well, but she doesn't know him at all and every time she learns more about him it's all erased. Then, of course, he has to watch her die every single day. It's so beautiful. *sobs*

Creel and Luka (Dragonskin Slippers) - This is pretty much the only fairytale couple I can behind (The Lunar Chronicles doesn't count because it's sci-fi and awesome). Creel is a peasant who falls in love with the youngest prince, and they basically fight dragons and stuff. It's awesome. As an added bonus, there's no side plot about becoming the queen and ruling and whatnot because the older brother gets to deal with that. 


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Maia and Finn (Journey to the River Sea) - This isn't strictly a romantic relationship, but it's implied that in five or so years it could be romantic and I think that's the best kind of romance. I think you should fall in love with your best friend during a wild adventure in the Amazon rainforest with an awesome governess and lame cousins. 

John and Mary (Sherlock) - Once again, another tragic relationship. I love how John shouldn't fully trust Mary but he trusts her anyways, and Mary is just plain awesome herself. (Have you seen the Christmas special? 
John: "I'm taking Mary home!" 
Mary: "Excuse me?" 
John: "Mary's taking me home!")

I was absolutely sure I could come up with more than five relationships, (AND I MANAGED SIX, MAY I JUST SAY) but after consulting Google and my bookshelf, I could not come up with any more. (And it's rather sad that half of my list features tragic and rather depressing relationships.) (And can we please ignore the fact that I just used the word "awesome" five times in one post?)

Are there any relationships you ship like crazy? Do you like lots/some/none at all romance in your books?  

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  1. Oh, yes! I'm not much into romance either. Most of the time I'm rolling my eyes thinking, "Come on, guys. They're shooting at you! And you're just giving each other gooey eyes!?" But when Thorne kissed Cress on that rooftop battle, it was just so very Thorne! *fangirl noises* When it comes to the Lunar Chronicles this suppressed hopeless romantic inside me comes out to breath and is like "THEY FINALLY KISSED! Gosh, Kai, took you long enough." While normally kissing scenes just make me feel awkward. And then there is Scarlet and Wolf, who fit almost everything I don't like in romances, but they so perfect for each other!

    John and Mary! Yes, yes. *nods* Love that quote by of way. :) And can we please have Sherlock and Molly. One day. Please?! Everybody wants it to happen; we're counting on you fourth season.

    Dragonskin Slippers sounds really good. I'll look it up on goodreads.

    Awesome post!

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    1. THANK YOU. When the evil dude with the big gun is coming for you, it's not a good time to start kissing. AND YES. THAT WAS LIKE MY FAVOURITE SCENE, DESPITE MY PREVIOUS SENTENCE. I JUST. WHAT EVEN. THAT SCENE. <3 <3 <3 PERFECTION. THAT WAS SO PERFECTLY THORNE.

      Sorry.

      I'm so glad I'm not the only one! Like I've mentioned before (several times), I don't do much romance then when The Lunar Chronicles comes out I just collapse into a puddle of mushy goo. Oh, and when Kai kissed Cinder. Dude, that moment was so good.

      I didn't really love Scarlet and Wolf? I don't know, I think it was just the bad boy dangerous thing that I didn't like and couldn't get behind. *shrugs*

      LOVE John and Mary. I don't think I could do Sherlock and Molly just yet. Sherlock has some growing up to do before that happens because I don't want Molly to get hurt. When Sherlock grows up a little bit more, then I'll ship it.

      Dragonskin Slippers was awesome. I re-read the series almost every year and it's just as good each time. It's dragons and princes and crazy princesses and invasions and dresses and sewing and stained glass windows and slippers and fire and destruction and murder. (AKA perfection.)

      Thank you very much, and thanks for commenting!

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  2. I'm not really into romance either. I just sit there like 'is this adding to the story?? Why is this happening??'

    But I do adore Cress and Thorne / Scarlet and Wolf. I need to watch the Christmas Special of Sherlock!

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    1. I think sometimes (ok, quite a lot) it's just added because someone felt like it *had* to be in there? But when it's done very, very well I can root for it.

      Cress and Thorne are just spectacular. I didn't really love Scarlet and Wolf though because I think Wolf was just a little bit too bad-boy-I-could-lose-it-and-kill-you-at-any-moment type of thing.

      AND YES. You have to watch the Christmas special, it was pretty great. Thanks for commenting, Opal!

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  3. Oh yes! I love John and Mary too! I really liked the take that BBC took on that relationship in Sherlock. Surprising and fun.

    Fun post!

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    1. Moffat (the writer) is an evil genius. I swear he's going to take over the world. The dynamic between them is just amazing. Thanks for commenting, Sunny!

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  4. Cress and Thorne and John and Mary are very good. I like Cress and Thorne because they are hilarious and charming. :) And I like John and Mary because they're pretty good characters and not as bad as Moffat has been known to write female characters. :P

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    1. Cress and Thorne are spectacular :) And I don't mind Moffat's female characters, actually. I've only seen Sherlock and Doctor Who but everyone in DW has been pretty good so far.

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  5. I love Journey to the River Sea so much! I've not read an Ibbotson in years but oh I must return to her because she's just perfect, I love her <333

    Love that Sherlock quote XD

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    1. Journey to the River Sea is one of my favourite books of all time. *flails*

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  6. I don't really like romance but I romantic relationship I do like is the one between Harriet Manners and Nick Hidaka (Geek girl).

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    1. I haven't actually seen Geek Girl (nor have I heard of it) but I'm glad you've found a romantic relationship you root for!

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