It’s another Wednesday, so you know what that means! This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about favorite non-canon ships. This means the relationships that you really wanted to happen but didn’t, or couples who were together at a time, but didn’t last. You can choose ships from books, TV, movies, anything. You can even cross-ship two characters from different fandoms. Basically, any ship is open so long as it wasn’t endgame. If you want to participate or learn more about T5W, you can head over to the Goodreads group here.
**Spoiler warning: If you don’t want to be spoiled about certain ships, I’ll have an image of the book or series next to my picks, so you can skip over it if you want. Otherwise, read with caution. **
5. Nina/Inej – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: So honestly, I ship Nina with a lot of people. First and foremost, Nina and Matthias are one of my top OTPs, but I have a lot of non-canon pairings I would love to see that include Nina as well, Ninej being at the top of the list. This friendship is everything to me, but I could have seen it become more than that if Kaz and Matthias didn’t exist. After Crooked Kingdom, I could also imagine Nina/Nikolai and Nina/Genya. Who knows when Leigh will give us more Grisha content, but I’d love to see any of those pan out.
4. Pocahontas/John Smith – Disney’s Pocahontas: Okay, I know this seems random. But I’m a huge Disney fan, and Pocahontas is in my top 5 Disney movies, so it’s not random for me. I love the first movie so much, and I ship Pocahontas and John Smith hard core, but then the sequel movie came out and ruined everything. I like to just pretend that history and that sequel don’t exist because Pocahontas and John Smith were too perfect, and any time I hear If I Never Knew You I get upset haha. I’ll never be over it.
3. Kate/August – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: I literally just finished reading this two days ago, and instantly fell in love with both Kate and August. I mean, on the one hand, I really appreciate that this book had no romance in it and their relationship remained platonic throughout, but I also felt they had some chemistry. I totally thought they would kiss or something by the end, but nope. Nothing. This is only the first book in a series, so a relationship may develop later. If they stayed friends, I’d be okay, but I really do see something between them that I hope gets explored.
2. Brienne/Jaime – A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin: Okay, confession: I am pretty much basing this ship entirely on the TV show, since I haven’t gotten far enough into the books to see these two characters really interact. But let me tell you. This is my favorite ship of the entire show, and I want it to sail so badly, and it kills me that I’m pretty certain it isn’t going to. And I know I’m not the only one on this. Brienne really brings out the best in Jaime, and Jaime is so protective of Brienne. I absolutely hate that this ship likely won’t be canon.
1. Nikolai/Alina – The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: My number one favorite non-canon ship should really come as no surprise to anyone since I’ve mentioned it countless times here and talk about it on social media constantly. I hated that Alina ended up with Mal, my least favorite of three possible love interests. Mal was annoying as hell, and I wish he would have stayed dead. The Darkling is amazing and complex, but ultimately too evil for Alina. Unless she embraced her dark side, this would never have worked out. That left Nikolai. And I’ll try to avoid going on a long rant, but this so should have happened. Sure, Nikolai was only in it for political gain at first, but I really do believe that he developed genuine feelings for Alina as the series progressed. And while Alina was too caught up in Mal and worried about the Darkling, she never gave Nikolai a true and fair chance. Yes, they became really good friends, but I would have loved to see them try to rule together. As Nikolai said, with time I think they would’ve learned to be happy together. They were both tormented by the Darkling could have bonded over that and provided comfort for the other. I just can’t even think about the ending of this trilogy without getting emotional. *sigh* The only good thing I can gain from that ending is that Nikolai will get his own books and perhaps a love interest who is equally as strong and fantatsic as Alina (or even more so) and she will love him back and they’ll rule Ravka together and have cute baby heirs and die happily. He’ll finally get the life he deserves with a healthy and prospering country full of people who adore and respect him, love that isn’t political, adventure on his flying ships, and peace. Is that too much to ask? Okay, I’ll be done.
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Please tell me your favorite non-canon ships in the comments section below! I’d love to discuss!
Until next time,