So, I grabbed this tag several months ago and I can’t for the life of me remember who I got it from, but the cool thing about some of these tags is simply that they make their way around book blogs regularly and back again. Sometimes, more than once we find ourselves doing the same book tag simply because as we read, the answers might change. And I think that’s beautiful. So, without further ado, here is the relationship book tag!
Who was your first book crush?
You know, I was convinced that there must have been some other character that was my first book crush, but as I look back on all the books I read as a kid I realize that I never really crushed on any of the early characters. And so, my first book crush was Eragon which was also, ironically, my first absolute favorite book. I’d always had books I liked more than others prior to that, but never any that I had singled out as the best one I’d ever read.
Who was your most recent book crush?
It had been quite a while–nearly a year, I think–since I’d found my last real book crush prior to reading this particular book. Sure, a lot of my rereads featured book crushes of mine, but it’s kind of hard to count them as my most recent when it’s a reread. After all, I developed said crushes long prior to the reread of the books. And so, happily, I found Nikolai Volkonsky in The Enchanted Sonata and I couldn’t be more grateful that I did. This character was wonderful in a great number of ways and though I’d already loved Nutcracker from previous iterations, I love this one in a whole new way.
What popular ship do you sink?
I unquestionably sink Warner and Juliette from the Shatter Me Series. It’s rather a despicable ship considering how disgustingly abusive Warner is on a regular basis. This hasn’t been the first time I’ve complained about this ship and I’m sure it wont be the last because it honestly just makes me cringe so much. And the saddest thing about this series is the fact that it started out perfectly, was so amazing, and then Mafi completely destroyed it in the second and third books as she romanticized the abuse that Warner put Juliette through.
Which unpopular ship do you actually love?
Ron and Hermione, lol. I don’t know how this ship ever became unpopular because they are adorable together and basically utter perfection. And yet, somehow, everyone ships Hermione with literally all the wrong people. I just don’t understand how that has ever become a thing, especially when she and Ron were so clearly perfect for each other. If there was anyone who was ambiguous enough to be shifted between random characters for a bunch of different ships, it was Ginny in my opinion.
Do you have a favorite friends to lovers ship?
I had a few ideas for this one, but I figured I’d browse my Goodreads just to be sure and I was suddenly reminded of Sebastian and Frances from The Prince and the Dressmaker and within seconds I knew that there was no better couple for this one. This relationship was such a wonderful, slow burn and it filled me with so much warmth and joy. From business partners, to friends, to something more there was so much about their relationship to love.
What ship reminds you of your relationship (or the relationship you would like to have?)
Hahaha, well…maybe this is why I love Cress and Thorne so much? The ironic thing about the two of them, though, is that it’s not as simple as, “I’m Cress and he’s Thorne.” It’s more of a melding of the two. So, for example, he works in technology, managing feats with computers that I can’t even dream of, let alone understand. I’m definitely far more of a reader. And then I have Cress’ naiveté to a certain extent, or at least I used to and then grew out of it as I was introduced to more of the world. I saw so much of myself in her and the unquestionable trusting nature she has, the amazement with new things, and the utterly unrealistic view of love. And of course, Jay has Thorne’s goofiness, which I love. Though I definitely have more of the dejection over not being near each other whereas Jay is definitely more independent.
What ship was just unnecessary?
UGH. Okay, I won’t say the names because #spoilers and the book doesn’t come out until 2019. But I absolutely hated the ship in Sherwood by Meagan Spooner. This book would have been a five-star novel had Spooner not made the disastrous decision to include the ship that she did. I could not have been more annoyed or frustrated and docked a whole star for that absolutely monstrous choice. What could have been one of the best books of 2019 will never be, and all because Spooner couldn’t write a book without a ship.
Imagine your favorite ship ten years in the future (from when their book ends) … where are they now?
Cress and Thorne are definitely married, still living on the Rampion and exploring the Earth. I’d like to imagine them with kids, but I think it might be a little early for that only ten years into the future as Cress would be 26. But maybe they’re talking about it and it’s a real possibility in the next 1-3 years. Maybe they’ve bought a house somewhere, but they still travel a lot. I imagine they’d be more likely to settle down in New Bejing, since it’d be closer to a lot of their friends.
Which book do you want to see adapted to tv/movie? Who would you cast to bring your ship to life?
Cress, Cress, Cress, Cress, Cress! Okay, really, I mean The Lunar Chronicles in general because frankly, Cress can’t become a film until after Cinder and Scarlett and I would be infuriated if they never made Winter into a movie. I don’t know if I could really say who exactly I want cast in the roles, however, because I’m utterly terrified of actors not doing a good job of portraying them. Also, I’ve sort of lost a lot of my knowledge regarding younger actors these days since I don’t really watch a crazy number of movies anymore. All I know are the older actors and those definitely wouldn’t be a good fit. And honestly…I’m a little scared that no one would be talented enough to bring my beloved Thorne to life.
What’s a relationship that you wish happened?
Alexsander and Deryn from Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. And I mean, they kind of happened a little bit? Like, the two of them admitted, vaguely, to having feelings for each other. But you never really get to see it. So, it’s like there was this massive build up to all of it and then we just get a hopeful, “yes, I care about you that way.” And I, frankly, would have wanted to see a little bit more to their declaration of love. Just a bit more closure. Something.
What character(s) have broken your heart?
Winnie Foster and Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting. I totally get the message of this book and it 100% wouldn’t be as amazing and important as it is if it had ended in a different way, but skies, this book kills me. I mean, how could she? Why didn’t she? And then when he returns all those years later! I honestly become such a sobbing mess at that point.