With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I feel compelled to talk about shipping and do some Valentine Day like posts. One of these obligatory but not obligatory posts, will be looking at ships in Disney movies and make suggestions of YA couples that are similar:
1)Belle and the Beast:
This is probably one of my favorite Disney couples. I watch this movie way too much. I think what I like best about this relationship, is that the characters don’t force each other to fall in love. Well, The Beast (also known as Prince Adam) tries to in the beginning and it ends in disaster. Gradual evolving feelings are a huge deal for me.
- Nyx and Ignifex from Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty. Yes, it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, so it’s sort of an obvious one. But I liked how this couple just sort of naturally came into being. And both of them change for each other.
- Sydney and Adrian from Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series: It’s slow burn and both parties unintentionally cause the other to become a better people or vampire in Adrian’s case.
2) Shang and Mulan:
The gender bending element of this romance makes it one of the most interesting to watch. However, what I like best about this relationship is that the two of them are equal partners. Of course, Shang has to come to a revelation that he can’t be a sexist idiot. But he totally does. And when he does the partnership really works.
- Mycroft and Watts Every Breath by Ellie Marney. This was probably one of my favorite books in 2014, because the relationship is so well done. While romantic feelings evolve between the two main characters, their friendship does not suffer because of it. And Mycroft totally needs Watts to help solve the case.
- Rose and Dimitri from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy. I know, another Richelle Mead couple. But Rose and Dimitri are totally like Mulan and Shang. I bet Dimitri would even sing “I’ll Make a Guardian Out of You”.
3) Charming and Cinderella:
I know that this is one of the most undeveloped of relationships is the Disney-verse-unless you count Cinderella III as cannon (which I don’t), but I still can’t help but love them. I think because there’s just so much angst about them getting together in this movie. And the animation is so pretty. Plus, I love other non-Disney adaptations of this fairytale.
- Cinder and Prince Kai from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. This one was another duh since it is a fairytale retelling. However, Cinder and Kai are way more developed than the original couple. And there’s much more meat to the relationship than in the original. However, that still utterly romantic too good to be true element that the fairytale gives this ship is here.
- Char and Ella from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This is one of my favorite YA books of all time. And yes, it’s a Cinderella retelling so it’s going on the list. A little more of a direct retelling than Cinder, Ella Enchanted fleshes out the story more than the Disney movie. However, don’t watch the movie. It’s blasphemous to the book.
4) Flynn and Rapunzel:
I love the vibe of how the sweet naive character totally ruins the supposed cunning character. It’s like unexpected redemption. Plus, I love how surprisingly strong Rapunzel is in the movie.
- Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Another captain obvious, but I love this couple. I think in a lot of ways Cress and Thorne might be my favorite couple in this series, but Kai and Cinder are just awesome too.
- Essie and Dane from Stitching Snow by RC Lewis. Yes, I know it’s a Snow White retelling, not a Rapunzel redux. But the relationship in this book reminds me more of Flynn and Rapunzel’s than Ferdinard and Snow’s. Essie is surprisingly strong and it’s nice seeing Dane get out smarted by her.
5)Kristoff and Anna:
Losing my Frozen virginity in November, I have to say I love how clueless Anna was about her feelings for Kristoff and how while she loved him he wasn’t her entire world. She had other aspects of her life that mattered.
- Harriet Manners and Nick (aka Lion Boy ) in Geek Girl by Holly Smale: The relationship is a mere subplot, but Harriet has that same zany and clueless vibe that Anna has. Thankfully, there is no Hans in said book.
- Mia and Michael from The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot: The whole book is basically Frozen without the magic and the snow. Mia is completely clueless about Michael and has this zany attitude that is like being around someone who drank an entire gallon of grape soda. Plus, she likes musicals and I could totally see her breaking out in song-at least in her head.