Happy Sunday, folks! In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to answer questions from the OTP Book Tag. This tag was originally created by booktuber Kirstin Reads and, as the title suggests, it’s all about OTPs (since nobody actually has just one true pair, am I right?). So here’s me gushing about my favorite (and least favorite) OTPs with some cute fanart thrown in.
1. Pick an unpopular OTP that you ship.
Leo and Calypso – Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
I wouldn’t say that this ship is super unpopular, but I do seem to see a lot of people say that it was convenient for Leo to end up with Calypso just so that everyone was paired off with someone at the end. That never made sense to me because Reyna doesn’t get paired off, and it’s clear that Leo was a flirt, so it makes sense for him to fall for Calypso, especially given her curse. I thought they were adorable, personally.
2. Pick an OTP that you didn’t ship at first but do now
Gale and Katniss – The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I was going to pick this for the first question since Everthorne is as unpopular as it gets, but I thought they better fit this category. I read the books when they first came, and I was a die-hard Everlark shipper. Like, it was intense. But several years have passed, and I find that my preferences for male fictional love interests have changes quite a lot. If I were to read the series for the first time now at 22, I don’t think I would have liked Peeta as much. I rarely ever switch love triangle ships, but I’m definitely a bigger Everthorne shipper now. The movies only fuel this more.
3. Pick your most hated NOTP
Severus Snape and Lily Potter – Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
It actually pains me that I had to search for fanart of this pairing and that I’m including any at all. If I were to list the reasons I hate this ship in detail, this post would never end. So I’ll just say that I don’t find Snape’s “love” for Lily romantic in the slightest. I would describe his feelings as obsession. No matter the humiliating circumstances, I just can’t look past his “Mudblood” comment. To me, that’s unforgivable. Basically, everything related to this pairing makes me nauseated, and I hate that the movies and Snily shippers glorified this relationship so much.
4. Pick an OTP that took waaayyyy too long to get together
Warner and Juliette – Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
Call me disturbed, but I shipped Juliette with Warner even in the first book when I knew nothing about the popular ships or what people on Tumblr were saying. He was a little bit of an asshole, yes, but I still liked him 1683463 times more than Adam. I’d consider Juliette/Adam a runner-up for NOTP, in fact. But my God did Juliette take way too long to push Adam to the curb for this better, more lovely man. I named my laptop after Warner because I loved him so much (no regrets there). I was in way too deep with this ship, and it drove me crazy that Juliette took so long to make up her mind when, in my head, it was so obvious that her and Warner would be endgame.
5. Pick your favorite non-canon OTP
Alina and The Dakling – The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Ugh, the fanart for this ship is too amazing, and it kills me that Alina and the Darkling didn’t end up together. In my review of this trilogy, I talked a bit about ships and why I felt that they should have been endgame, but I knew from the start that they were doomed. This ship is dark and unique, and it would have been an example of what happens if a female protagonist who is supposed to be the hero decided to embrace her dark side. These two characters had way more in common than Alina would admit, and they had a connection that she and Mal didn’t. They understood each other. I wanted this ship to sail so badly, but at a certain point, I couldn’t see how the Darkling could have been redeemed and was forced to accept that they would never be. *sigh* Though it is nice to know that I’m definitely not the only one who shipped them hardcore.
6. Pick your favorite BROTP
The Marauders – Harry Potter
I mean, did anyone actually think I wouldn’t pick the marauders for this category? This is my favorite literary friendship of all time, and every time I think about what happened to them all, I get way too emotional. These lads were inseparable, and they were willing to do anything for each other. It breaks my heart that Pettigrew betrayed them, especially because, deep inside, we know Peter regretted what he did. The others would have died rather than betray another of the group. I want a marauders prequel sooooo badly from JKR, but the more time that passes, the less optimistic I am about getting one. These boys are my everything.
7. Pick an OTP you adored in the books but not as much in the movie or TV show
Harry and Ginny – Harry Potter
Yes, another HP OTP. But I’m pretty sure a lot of people would mention Hinny for this question because of how terribly portrayed their relationship was in the films. In the books, Ginny is intelligent, fiery, funny, and just altogether different from her character in the movies. It’s easy to see why Harry would like her in the books, and when they finally get together, there’s nothing awkward about it. Their movie relationship is full of awkward. It’s cringe-worthy. It’s terrible. It’s the reason they have so much good fanart so people can properly portray them. It’s sad that people who only watched the movies will never know who Ginny really was or how how great this ship is.
8. Pick a popular OTP that no matter how hard you tried, you just can’t ship it
Khalid and Shahrzad – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The fact that I didn’t ship this pairing actually took away from me liking the book since it was a big part of the book. It just seemed unbelievable to me that Shazi could fall for Khalid given everything that he did and the lack of answers he was giving her about those acts. He had so many secrets, and he wasn’t even that interesting. I can get behind darker ship usually (see #5), but this was just too unrealistic for me to accept. I know a lot of people are crazy for this ship, but I can’t try to like them anymore.
9. Pick your favorite LGBT+ OTP
Ronan and Adam – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This ship hasn’t officially sailed yet, but there’s no way it won’t when The Raven King is released. The dynamic of these two characters is interesting. We have Ronan who is rough around the edges and acts like he hates everyone, and then we have Adam who is a lot gentler and outwardly emotional. I just can’t wait to see Gansey’s reaction to this development because he seems pretty oblivious to it. These boys have gone through enough trouble; it’s time for them to settle down and let out their secrets.
10. Pick your all time favorite OTP(s)
My all time favorite OTP of OTPs is Lily and James from HP. I love them more than any literary couple ever. But I have a lot of other loved OTPs, so I’m just going to share some more fanart of all my faves.
Lily and James
Sean and Puck – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Kaz and Inej – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Honorable mentions to Blue and Gansey from The Raven Boys, Harper and David from Rebel Belle, Joana and Florian from Salt to the Sea, and Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series.
Let me know what your OTPs are!
Until next time, keep reading and writing! – Veronica