Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge for book bloggers, hosted by Lainey and Samantha. The goal is for bloggers to choose their top 5 picks for the week’s given challenge. You can find more information about this meme over on Goodreads!
This week’s topic is “Side Ships”, i.e. favourite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist.
To be honest, I struggled to pick five. I ship (too) many couples, but the protagonist is always involved so they were no good for this week’s topic. After consulting my Goodreads account and going through every book I’ve ever read in my mind, I’ve managed to pick my top five.
Ron & Hermione – Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: I completely fell in love with this ship when Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came out, and I’m not sure I even noticed them in the books before I saw that movie. Obviously, the books were ahead of the movies, but I can’t remembering actually shipping Ron and Hermione before the Goblet of Fire movie. In any case, I’m a big fan of this ship. I don’t even understand people who ship Harry and Hermione? Like, c’mon, they were best friends. Nothing more! (Don’t fight me on this)
- Ben & Lacey – Paper Towns by John Green: this is a classic case of “opposites attract”. Ben is one of Q’s (the MC) best friends. He’s kind of a dork who’s got no game whatsoever (he refers to girls as “honeybees” which I can’t even get offended by because you just know he doesn’t mean anything bad by it). His number one goal in life is to go to prom with Lacey, one of the most popular and beautiful girls in school. At first, you think there’s no way in hell that these two are going to end up together, but throughout the book, they grow closer and they’re actually kind of sweet together.
Abby & Nick – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: this is an interesting one because their relationship doesn’t really develop on the page. We “see” how Abby and Nick are growing closer, but we don’t actually get to experience how / why they fall for each other. Still, I think they’re cute together. Mostly because Abby is my favourite character in the book (she’s right up there with Simon) and I want her to be happy ❤
- Finnick & Annie – The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: for the most part, Annie is a mystery character because we don’t know that much about her. We only know she became mentally unstable after winning the games, that Finnick is the only one who can calm her down and that he’s completely devoted to her. Which is why this is one of my favourite ships. Finnick comes across as a strong, handsome “player” but he’s only got eyes for one girl, which is sweet and makes me even more sad he didn’t get his happy ending.
Jane & Mr. Bingley – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: I love these two together because they’re just two positive, sweet, kind, and slightly naïve characters who follow their heart.
Do you ship any of these couples? What are your favourite side ships? Let me know in the comments!