Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Contest: Who do you "ship"?

What happens when a book or TV series has well-developed, relatable characters and a solid fan base? “Shipping.”

As human beings we value connection, so it’s almost inevitable that we do it. Some of us become emotionally invested in relationships written into the plot or strongly suggested by character interactions—Everlark or FitzSimmons, anyone?—but others may root for less popular or unlikely, but hypothetically possible pairings. Whether you write or read fanfiction about your favorite “ships,” or simply wait with bated breath for each next book or episode to see if things between your favorite characters turn out the way you hope they will, chances are you’ve found yourself playing matchmaker (at least a bit).

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun to acknowledge and celebrate the meaning and enjoyment so many of us derive from fictional relationships.  

Through 11:59 PM on 2/16, tell us about your favorite “ship” in the comments section below (giving the book/TV series/movie title), for a chance to win a bundle of books and a few other surprises. One winner will be selected at random from the comments received. Only teens (ages 13-18) with a Fresno County Public Library card are eligible to win, and the prize must be picked up at an FCPL branch (selected by the winner).


Kelsey said...

My newest, and quickly has become one of my favorites, are the characters from Sarah J. Maas's series A Court of Thorns and Roses. Specifically Rhysand and Feyre. Their ship name is Feysand in the ACOTAR fandom. Anyways, this has to be one of the best relationship I've ever read in a novel. The way Sarah developed the characters, how as a reader, you believe Rhys is some evil, manipulative man with no heart. The perfect villain. But reading the second book, your whole perception changes. The stereotypes you've subconsciously made in the first book come back and slap you in the face. It's insane.

Yeah. So Feyre and Rhys have a connection one can only dream of. It's compassion and empathy wrapped in a slightly humorous bundle of emotions. Honestly, experiencing the development between two incredible misunderstood and lost souls who find solstice in one another is extraordinary. I believe this is a series everyone and anyone should read. It's definitely a whirlwind of emotions that will have you on the edge of your seat. :)

Admin said...

Kelsey, you are our winner--and, what's more, you've persuaded us that we definitely need to read this series!

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