coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 07:34 pm
Canon: The Fire's Stone
Pairing: Aaron/Darvish
Canon Level: Together

I thoroughly enjoyed The Fire's Stone and the relationship between Aaron, Chandra, and Darvish the first time I read it. However, I ship Aaron/Darvish because Chandra seems completely uninterested in having a romantic relationship with her friends. There's something really enjoyable in reading about thief Aaron and playboy Darvish fumbling their way into a relationship while saving the kingdom.

Suggested reading:
A Wizard of the Nine by [ profile] Esteliel
Lean on Me by [ profile] CiraArana
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 10:09 pm
Canon: Hikaru no Go
Pairing: Shindou Hikaru/Touya Akira
Canon Level: Rivals/Friends

It is really hard to watch Hikaru no Go and not come out shipping these two, I think. They are so incredibly focused on each other, with Hikaru working hard to raise himself up to Akira's level and Akira desperately trying to play another game against Hikaru. By the time the show ends, they're still just as focused on each other but now they can also see the other truly. They each have other friends and run in slightly different circles, but that doesn't stop either of them from wanting to play the other as much as possible. And then you add hormones/puberty to that could make for a potent combination.

Suggested reading:
Vanishing Liberty by [ profile] tuesday
The Next Honinbo by [ profile] harukami
Date Night by [ profile] Kexing
Weird by [ profile] insaneidiot
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 10:44 pm
Canon: Sleeping Beauty
Pairing: Aurora/Phillip
Canon Level: In Love

I have loved everything about Disney's Sleeping Beauty ever since I first saw it, and that is a long time given it was one of the first movies I ever saw. And part of loving everything is loving Aurora and Phillip. They're two young people who fall in love despite the fact that they shouldn't. Aurora's gracefulness and Phillip's bravery have kept my interest over the test of time.

Suggested reading:
This is Not a Waltz by [ profile] OzQueen
Playful by [ profile] afterandalasia
Adjustments by [ profile] DesertVixen
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, January 16th, 2017 01:38 pm
Canon: Rise of the Guardians
Pairing: Jack Frost/Sanderson Mansnoozie
Canon Level: Friends

So the movie's lots of fun, and I am nearly always down for reimaginings of mythology, fairy tales, etc. Jack hits my sweet spot for cocky/vulnerable protagonist. But Sandy is far and away my favorite thing about the movie. Just give me all Sandy all the time, and I will wallow in delight. Sadly for me, the fandom is primarily interested in other characters, most of whom I am neutral to completely uninterested in. Sandy is mischievous, caring, wise, a bit of an enigma, and cute as a button to boot. I love the idea of Jack and Sandy connecting, with Jack relearning how to connect after years on his own and Sandy drawing him out from behind his smart aleck, protective shell with jokes and fun and understanding.

Suggested reading:
Candy Apples by [ profile] oksammich
Letters of Roses by [ profile] icarus_chained
Falling Like a Ton of Bricks by [ profile] Neyiea
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, January 15th, 2017 01:22 pm
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo Maxwell/Heero Yuy
Canon Level: Coworkers

I watched Gundam Wing back when it first aired on Toonami, and I was obsessed with it back then. It stills holds a very dear place in my heart, and every so often I go looking for fic in a fit of fond nostalgia. Duo/Heero was totally my bag back then, mostly because Duo was my favorite and Duo/Heero was a juggernaut pairing. But! I really do think they could work well together. Duo would force Heero not to be so serious all the time, and Heero could ground Duo and give him a sense of stability.

Suggested reading:
Knowing by Calic0cat
The Drums of Heaven by [ profile] Sol1056
The Whispers Series by [ profile] maldoror_gw
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, January 14th, 2017 09:41 pm
Canon: Good Omens
Pairing: Aziraphale/Crowley
Canon Level: Friendly Enemies/Coworkers

Aziraphale and Crowley are one of those pairings where I'm just as happy with gen fic as slash because the best parts for me are present in both; there's just another level to the slash. There's so much history to explore with these two, the development of their relationships from people on opposite sides to the only ones who can really understand each other and also actual history since they've been there for all of it. That understanding between them is so great. And their banter/disagreements are also great because fun dialogue is such a treat to read.

Suggested reading:
One Reason by [ profile] moony
Falling Rain by [ profile] Aria
The Five Stages of Going Native by [ profile] sticktothestory
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, January 13th, 2017 10:35 am
Canon: Big Wolf on Campus
Pairing: Tommy Dawkins/Merton Dingle
Canon Level: Friends

The show is cheesy fun, so Merton and Tommy are a lot of fun. They're an unlikely pair of friends, brought together by circumstance but staying together because of genuine friendship. It's tough one without the other by his side.

Suggested reading:
While We're Waiting by Sascha
A Big Wolf Christmas by [ profile] AmethystShard
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, January 12th, 2017 11:49 am
Canon: Empire Records
Pairing: Lucas/Mark
Canon Level: Friendly Coworkers

I just think they'd be really cute together. Lucas can be rather serious and broody while Mark is much more energetic and enthusiastic. I think they'd balance each other out well.

Suggested reading:
The 12 Days of Christmas; Inadvertant and in Reverse by [ profile] carleton97
Fancy Claps by [ profile] carleton97
cause and effect by [ profile] sin
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 11:29 pm
Canon: The Authority
Pairing: Apollo/Midnighter
Canon Level: Married

Apollo and Midnighter, Superman and Batman analogues except way gayer. I like them in their own right though, is spite of the analogue factor rather than because of it. Apollo and Midnighter are surprisingly sweet together and are by far the most well-balanced people on the team. There's just something about the juxtaposition of these battle-ready fighters being domestic together that gets to me every time.

Suggested reading:
The Business by [ profile] Basingatoke
GNARGH Means I Love You by [ profile] azarias
Passage by [ profile] jemisard
Memories by [ profile] rhyo
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 11:17 pm
Canon: Miraculous Ladybug
Adrien Agreste/Marinette Dupain-Cheng and all its varieties
Canon Level: Into Each Other, Sort Of

Adrien and Marinette are great because they manage to form a love quandrangle with just the two of them. Marinette (a.k.a. Ladybug) likes Adrien, while Adrien (a.k.a. Chat Noir) like Ladybug. Both the show and the fic are so good to me with so many ways for them to interact with each other and facets of their personalities to explore. I want to see/read about them interacting in all the ways. Ladybug and Chat Noir are friends/teammates with a dash of Marinette worrying her partner wouldn't like the real her if he knew who she was because he worships Ladybug and Adrien just wanting someone to want the real him.

Adrien and Marinette are cute because Marinette's awkward and blushy while Adrien's simply trying to make friends. And then they can be extra cute because Marinette can get Adrien to see the value in regular Adrien (as opposed to Chat Noir or his famous model self) and they can connect as two normal high school kids.

Adrien and Ladybug interacting is great because then they both get to be blushy while talking to their crush. Towards the end of "Volpina" was so fantastic when they're on opposite sides of the door as Adrien and Ladybug and they both sigh, and yessss.

And then Marinette and Chat Noir is the absolute best. Them getting to know each other in the personas that each of them feel is their true self, both of them being able to act naturally with the other since there are no crushes involved. The plot of "Marinette and Chat Noir become friends then fall for each other, possibly in the aftermath of them each having rejected the other's other identity" is great and one I will never get tired of. Plus! At all possible interactions, there's great fun to be had with information that one of them knows but the other doesn't (on both sides to boot too).

Suggested reading:
Two Truths and a Lie by [ profile] kali_asleep
mon dieu! by [ profile] Mooncactus
Just Practice by [ profile] fabulousanima
Fermeture by [ profile] KarmaHope
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, January 9th, 2017 02:19 pm
Canon: Donald Strachey series
Pairing: Timothy Callahan/Donald Strachey
Canon Level: Married

I am more familiar with the movies than the books, I must admit, but the movies are fantastic. Don and Timmy are so sweet together, and I think it may be impossible to get more domestic than them. I love the way they fit their lives together. It is impossible for me to not adore them. The books are less domestic, from what I remember, as the books and the movies are products of their times with the books starting in the early 80s and the movies set in the mid-00s.

Suggested reading:
Busman's Honeymoon by [ profile] Purna
Feels Just Like by [ profile] lucylooo
On the Lookout by [ profile] thegrrrl2002
Quid Pro Quo by [ profile] Maverick
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, January 8th, 2017 11:52 am
Canon: A Knight's Tale
Pairing: Geoffrey Chaucer/Wat
Canon Level: Conspirators/Coworkers

A Knight's Tale is a fun, silly movie. Chaucer and Wat bicker a lot but work together because they believe in Will and also are maybe friends deep down (really deep down). They're fun to read about if you take their fighting as a not-well-done cover for unresolved sexual tension or as an adult version of pulling pigtails (where either party may or may not realize what's going on). Add in some supposedly unrequited pining beneath everything, and I am happy as a clam.

Suggested reading:
The Dance by [ profile] sassmaster_tiresias
Somebody To Love by [ profile] idareu2bme
Nature Boy by [ profile] bastet
All's Fair in Love and War by afrai
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, January 7th, 2017 02:10 pm
Canon: Minekura Kazuya's Saiyuki
Pairing: Cho Hakai/Sha Gojyo
Canon Level: Lives Together

I don't really do the OTP thing. There are too many fandoms I love and generally within them too many interesting ships for me to glom onto just one. But these two come close. The "practically married" trope is one of my favorites, and Gojyo and Hakkai exemplify it. They live together, they worry about each other, they're incredibly domestic with each other, their first meeting was Gojyo taking care of Hakkai in order to keep him alive. I am so totally down for anything and everything with them.

Suggested reading:
Delta by [ profile] mistressrenet
Written on the Skin by [ profile] emungere & [ profile] louise_lux
Impulse by [ profile] devera
Of Recklessness and Water by [ profile] Daegaer
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, January 6th, 2017 01:09 pm
Canon: The 10th Kingdom
Pairing: Virginia Lewis/Wolf
Canon Level: Together

Continuing on yesterday's theme of media I can happily rewatch over and over again, The 10th Kingdom. It's a seven hour miniseries, and I've got three different points I'll start watching at depending on how much time I have (Little Lamb Village, Kissing Town, or just before the swamp). And all of them heavily center on Virginia and Wolf. Fairy tale reimaginings are great in general, but throw in some romance to boot and I am sold.

Wolf is great, devoted and enthusiastic but not always the smartest, and watching Virginia trying to navigate the strange world she's in is great fun. The swamp and immediately after is the best bit because that's the emotional climax of Wolf and Virginia's relationship. I sigh happily every time they finally hug.

(I will always mute the singing ring though. Sixteen years later, and I still can't stand that thing.)

Suggested reading:
New Life by [ profile] Laurea (archive-locked)
Fairy Tale Endings by [ profile] Cadhla
The Lost Girl by [ profile] sphinxvictorian (archive-locked)
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, January 5th, 2017 08:06 pm
Canon: The Road to El Dorado
Pairing: Miguel/Tulio
Canon Level: Best Friends

The Road to El Dorado is one of my favorite movies ever. I love the colors and the humor and Chel and Altivo, and I am even passing fond of the objectively-not-that-great soundtrack. But the thing that makes this movie for me is Miguel and Tulio. Their banter makes me literally laugh out loud still despite having watched this movie I don't know how many times. I will never tire of Miguel and Tulio's antics.

And the thing about Miguel and Tulio is that their relationship just reads as potentially romantic to me, even in the movie itself. (Seriously, Friends Never Say Goodbye is straight-up a break-up song. "Still we are, have always been / Will ever be as one" -- the subtext is practically text; it is not a subtle song.) So while I do enjoy gen about these two, it's still going to get mentally categorized as pre-slash for me.

Suggested reading:
The Road Goes Ever On by [ profile] poisonivory
Two Pesetas by [ profile] Arithanas
The Frantic Chase, The Crazy Ride by [ profile] pwnmercys
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 10:59 pm
Canon: ParaNorman
Pairing: Norman Babcock/Neil Downe
Canon Level: Friends

ParaNorman is an adorable movie, and Norman and Neil are completely adorable too. Norman is a sweetheart, an oddball kid who just wants to be accepted without having to change who he is and who likes making friends. (It just happens that virtually all his friends are ghosts.) And Neil is a sweetheart too, loyal and upbeat and a little stubborn. Their friendship is super cute! Neil thinks Norman and what he can do is super neat, and Norman has a friend who not only accepts him but is enthusiastic about Norman being Norman.

Sadly for me, the fandom is a lot more into pairing Norman with Dipper from Gravity Falls. And I totally get why the pairing is popular, but I have almost zero interest in it because Neil is right there! Being the best!

Suggested reading:
Sisterly Advice by [ profile] SpeakFriendandEnter
Normal by [ profile] kaci3PO
Five Ghosts by [ profile] LeBibish
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 10:38 pm
Canon: Free!
Pairing: Tachibana Makoto/Nanase Haruka
Canon Level: Best Friends

Makoto and Haru: Best Friends to Lovers. The friends to lovers trope is completely my jam. There are other tropes I love as well, but that one is definitely on my top five. Given how important each of them is to the other, I don't think it's a big jump for them to go from platonic to romantic love. I think the biggest impediment to that sort of relationship is what, if anything, will get one of them to risk upsetting the status quo of their friendship. Like, I can see Makoto as being self-aware enough to realize his feelings but also self-sacrificing enough to not be the one to say something first. I don't believe he'd feel the need to say anything so long as Haru seemed content. Their fight in season two could be seen as counterevidence that he would say something, but I don't know. If Makoto had gone to Tokyo while Haru had stayed in Iwatobi, then physically their relationship would change--e.g. it'd take more effort for them to see each other because they lived far away--but that wouldn't necessarily mean that the relationship itself and their feelings would change, just how that friendship is expressed. And while lot of times a change in expression can lead to the relationship itself changing, it's not inevitable.

Okay, after typing all that out, I think that a forced change of the status quo of the expression of their friendship could lead potentially lead to Makoto confessing (which is why post-canon is great because it delivers that forced change so prettily it practically has a bow on top), but I think it's a decision he'd take a long time to reach. And that it's not a decision he'd be likely to reach at all while still in Iwatobi.

As for Haru, it's not that I think he doesn't feel things deeply so much as he doesn't feel a need to label what his exact feelings are. It'd probably make perfect sense to him that any feelings he has for Makoto are different than those he has for Nagisa or Rei because the way he relates and connects to Makoto is different from the ways he relates to and connects to Nagisa or Rei. So there needs to be something that causes him to examine his feelings more deeply, and that's tricky.

So yeah. I love these two, I love the depth of their relationship and how well they know each other and how comfortable they are with each other.

Suggested reading:
A Momentary Itch by [ profile] meiface
Home Port by [ profile] Shimegami
How To Read Your Best Friend by [ profile] themorninglark
you know where to find me by [ profile] Recluse
Jealous by [ profile] catthegreat
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, January 2nd, 2017 08:36 pm
Canon: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Pairing: Tom Ayrton/Bonadventure Pencroff
Canon Level: Antagonists to Friends

The Mysterious Island is not exactly Verne's most well known work. It's not completely obscure, but if the Family Feud question were "Name a Jules Verne novel," The Mysterious Island would be down at the bottom of the list with just two people answering that. I think. I am not the most impartial of judges when it comes to this novel. The novel is about five Americans who get shipwrecked on an island in the South Pacific and eventually also find one more companion who'd been marooned on the island next door.

Anywho, on to Pencroff and Ayrton. They are my favorites. Pencroff is one of the five colonists, and he is by far the most effusive of the five, quick to judge and quick to praise and just generally sort of constantly out there with his emotions. He's markedly different from the other four in his way of going about his business, which makes him stand out among all the characters and therefore makes him like a breath of fresh air for me bringing some much needed levity by his very presence. Ayrton, on the other hand, is basically the opposite of Pencroff. He is solitary and broody and spends most of his time on the island angsting about how unforgivable of a person he is. It makes me want to hug him and pat his head.

Pencroff spends a not inconsiderable portion of the novel being an asshole to Ayrton until he changes his mind and becomes a fierce friend. It's great. They get the award for "relationship that changes the most" in the novel, and I want their relationship to keep changing into a romantic one.

Suggested reading:
Casus et Certum by [personal profile] psalm_onethirtyone
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, January 1st, 2017 11:45 am
Canon: The Addams Family
Pairing: Gomez Addams/Morticia Addams
Canon Level: Married

I decided to kick this thing off with a fairly simple one. I'm a lot more familiar with the 1991 and 1993 movies than the 1960s television show, but precisely which variety of canon a fic is set in doesn't tend to matter for me because the basic principles of the characters remain the same: Gomez and Morticia are completely devoted to each other and head over heels in love.

The appeal, for me, is these two people who understand each other, who work together, who have passion, who simply put are still delighted to be with each other even after years of marriage. And then the odd outlook on life of the Addams family in general will nearly always provide some humor and levity, so fic about these two is generally an absolute joy to read because it has so many of my favorite things.

Suggested reading:
Feracious by [ profile] Musyc
Dire Omens by [ profile] Arithanas
Cleopatra's Needle by Fuschia
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, December 30th, 2016 01:36 pm
Every once in a while as I wander the internet, I come across someone's list of OTPs and have fun reading through them. And then I entertain the thought that it might be fun to make a similar list for myself. And then I give up the thought either because I'm not much of an OTP-type (so the list would be too short to be fun) or because there are way too many ships that I like (so the list would be dauntingly long). It's a thought I've had multiple times before, except this time I was like, "Haha, I bet there are enough ships that I ship that I could post about one every day for a year." And then I thought about it and realized that was...probably true. So I made a list of ships that I like and there aren't 365 on there, but it's close.

I would not be surprised if, over the course of the year, I were to remember/acquire enough ships to make it 365.

So I decided I actually did want to do this! We'll see if I can keep up momentum, I guess, but either way it should make for an interesting ride. To qualify as a Ship that I Ship (instead of, for example, being a ship I've read a bunch of because it's the fandom juggernaut), a ship has to be one I've deliberately sought out fic for or spent a not insignificant amount of time daydreaming about. The actual entries are probably going to be a mix of my personal history with regards to the ship, why I like it, and probably some super-informal recs in a mostly stream of consciousness fashion. There'll be a lot of male slash and het, but not exclusively, and ships can range from super popular to I am the only one in this corner waving this flag.