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   Hello pals an’ gals! I’m Mod Fox (Scribble Mod), But I do speak for every other mod when I say Thank you all so much for 1000+ followers!!! That’s one big-ass number!! Really confused on how people enjoy our crazy adventures in this Thief AU, but I’m glad to hear people do!

   I feel like we just started this blog and it’s just simply grew in a flash- Is it because the innocence of Jon, TT and Scribs? The likability of Tom, Edd and Matt?? Eduardo and Mark being all flustered and fun to play with because of Jon?? All the characters being fun overall? Dunno myself! Which, for achieving this high number, we’ve made up our minds on making a Raffle as celebration!
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This is what the children say:

There’s a man who has one hand:

A thief, upon the throne.

A hook holds fast, at last, at last,

Around Attolia’s throne.

Attolia wants to be angry. It is clear from every clench of her jaw and every cold, hard line in her face. She wants to be angry and demand that the miscreant who penned this rhyme be hung by his thumbs in her dungeon and make him burn. She wants to be angry. But–

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Rogue One AU where Baze and Chirrut adopt and raise Bodhi, and have Rebel missions AKA playdates with Jyn and Saw, and Cassian and Draven

Based off of this adorable post here

Top 10 Best Fictional Couples

A follow up to our ever-so popular post, ‘Top 10 Worst Fictional Couples!’ Here at The Paperbacks have decided to honour our favourite fictional couples. Who will be number one?

 

10. Khal Drogo andDaenerys Targaryen (A Game of Thrones, a Song of Ice and Fire)

 Okay, beforeyou take to your keyboards and comment how basically Khal Drogo rapes Daenerysin the first episode of Game of Thrones and continues to do so until she says enough is enough; we are looking at this couple through the BOOKS not the adaptations. We are aware that this happens in the show, but we are looking at this couple through the books. To be honest, this was my favourite, non-incestuous couple throughout the series. They are arguably the only couple that genuinely love each other (Don’t get me started on the Stark family, and again, non-incestuous couple. Like we’ve said before, loving your sibling is a big no-no). Whilst reading about the first encounter and the wedding with Khal Drogo and Daenerys, you get a sense that Khal Drogo is actually fond of the young girl. Take the scene where Khal Drogo presents a silver horse to Daenerys as a wedding present. “Tell Khal Drogo that he has given me the wind”….He repeated her words in Dothraki, and Dany saw her new husband smile for the first time. Even though this may be a small gesture of affection, it gives the readers an indication that the Khal does have feelings for Daenerys. With the couples on our worst list, they are so serious and over-dramatic. Never once are they gentle or even playful. Khal Drogo is one of the most feared and dangerous men in the realm. To actually see him smiling over a small comment his wife made makes the readers believe that there is something between them.


Now to address the elephant in the room, the wedding night. I have already addressed that in the show Khal Drogo forces himself on her, but in the book it’s a completely different story. Khal Drogo essentially gives her time, choice, and treats her like the princess she is. He keeps repeating the word, ‘No,’ meaning that he understands the English word. No is such a powerful word. This shows the audience that Khal Drogo is allowing Dany to have a choice. Edward Cullen essentially forces Bella to be his girlfriend, hardly ever giving her a choice throughout the series. Even though things go sour after their wedding, with the Khal being more forceful and demanding of Dany, and they both don’t really show that much affection to one another. Whenever Daenerys is seen in any kind of danger, who is the first one on the scene? Khal Drogo. What makes their relationship unusual is that they aren’t lovey-dovey, swooning over each other at every possible moment, but you get a sense that they actually care about each other. That Khal Drogo isn’t taking advantage of her, but grows to care about her and defend her honour. They are a strange pick, but dammit, it’s better than Twilight.


9. Lissa and Christian (Vampire Academy)

Sure, Rose and Dimitri are The Hot Couple. But Lissa and Christian arguably have the healthier, more functional relationship (even with the teen angst). Despite high school social-hierarchy differences, Lissa and Christian form a secret, loving relationship together. They bond as outcasts - Lissa, feeling alone with the burdens of being the last of her royal bloodline, and Christian ostracized because of his Strigoi parents.


While their relationship may be a bit tumultuous, we know that deep down these two truly love and care for each other. They offer moral and emotional support in dire times, have each other’s best interests at heart, and are able to maturely put their problems behind them. The best thing about Lissa and Christian’s love, is that they’re motivated to develop and grow into mature adults for the benefit of their relationship.


8. Finnikin of the Rock and Isaboe (The Lumatere Chronicles)

Where do I begin with these two? There is so much I could say about Finnikin and Isaboe. Let’s start from the very beginning. What I adore about these two as a couple is that they never started out like your other YA couples (you know I’m talking about the Bella and Edward’s of the writing world). Their relationship isn’t Insta-Love; in fact, in the start they don’t even like each other. Finnikin does not trust Isaboe (who in the first novel, goes by the name of Evanjalin) and Isaboe hardly says a word to him. They start off more like co-workers, simply working together to find their home and freedom. They don’t instantly fall in love with one another; in fact, they don’t even flirt or comment each other. This leads readers to believe that there is nothing between Finnikin and Isaboe, that we should abandon hope of there being a couple to cheer and faun over. When Finnikin and Isaboe actually get together, it takes you by surprise. I remember re-reading the part where Finnikin places flowers in her hair. The fact that Finnikin does something so sweet, even romantic towards a girl he did not trust makes their relationship something deeper and profounder. It shows that their relationship isn’t just built up on good looks, strong muscles and sex-appeal. Their relationship is built up on trust, intelligence and genuine friendship which grows into something more.


Take the character Isaboe. She isn’t a dependant girl who needs a man to constantly come and rescue her. Though, Finnikin does occasionally come to her rescue, but it is rare when it happens. Isaboe is recognised for her courage, how cunning she is, and how much of a loving and caring person she is. She has a huge heart and is willing to forgive. No way is she like most of the girl’s on our worst couple list who aren’t capable of loving anyone who isn’t dripping in sex-appeal (and money in some cases) and suck the life out of everything. What is refreshing about Finnikin and Isaboe is that they see each other for so much more than physical attraction. They love each other for their bravery and intelligences. They admire one another on a deeper level that only they as a couple understand. Finnikin isn’t like Edward Cullen, who everyone fawns over because everyone can see how good looking and stylish he is. With Isaboe and Finnikin, they don’t see each other for what is on the outside, but what truly matters in the situation they are in. Melina Marchetta has a way with all her novels about writing real teenagers. Teenagers who have flaws, aren’t materialistic and blind sighted. To put it short, they aren’t like the teenagers of Forks, Washington.  Even though Finnikin and Isaboe are two people who live in a fantasy world, they are still believable and real, and also, incredible cute.


7.Katniss and Gale (The Hunger Games)

Now I know for a FACT that here at The Paperbacks we weren’t the only one’s wishing that Katniss would end up with Gale. Sure, he may or may not have blown up her sister to smithereens, but all this aside, Katniss and Gale were meant for each other. Let’s go back to the very start, when we were introduced to them. Katniss and Gale are established as best friends, we’re not thrown into a world where we are meant to believe that they are star crossed lovers. We watch them grow as friends and see them realise that there are feelings between them. The problem with some literary couples is that we are forced to believe that they are in love, when really we can’t. With creating a good romantic couple for a novel is that you’ve got to allow time for that romantic chemistry to grow between the characters. What most young adult novels fail in is that the author rushes through everything that you as the audience want to see in a growing relationship.  


With writing a relationship that is believable and strong, you have to allow the audience to get a sense that there is chemistry and growth between the two characters. Suzanne Collins did achieve this with Gale and Katniss, but failed with Peeta and Katniss. The difference with Peeta and Gale is that with Peeta, straight from the start, we were told that his ‘star-crossed lovers’ confession was a lie. The relationship between him and Katniss was a lie, well, to the public at least. How can we believe Katniss and Peeta as a couple if their relationship was built as a lie from the straight? Sure, at the end it is revealed that Peeta and Katniss do love each other, but weren’t you just rooting for Katniss to be with Gale? At least with Katniss and Gale, you know their relationship did not start off with a lie. Their relationship began with trust and friendship, which eventually grew into something more.


The Hunger Games was one of those young adult series that did not need the awkward love triangle that felt like it was thrown into the book at the last minute. With the relationship between Gale and Katniss, it felt like Collins had already set it up to become something more as the series progressed. It was a romance that would have perfectly fitted the books and pleased audiences. Honestly, I would have preferred the series more if they paired Katniss with Gale. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the series as it is now, but I can’t deny that I would have like to have seen an ending where Katniss falls for Gale.


6. Westley and Princess Buttercup (The Princess Bride)

One thing you have to know about me, I am a secret Princess Bride fan. So when decided who to pick for this list, I wanted to add a classic fairy tale couple, but couldn’t think of any. That’s when I thought of William Goldman’s classic The Princess Bride. Princess Buttercup and Westley have a relationship built on adventure, comedy, classic fairy tale elements, and of course, true love! That’s right people, TRUE LOVE! Something most of the couples on our Worst Literacy Couple list all fail at.


I believe this is why so many people adore Westley and Princess Buttercup. Their love is true and when you read it, it feels 100% real. This is what fairy-tale love is made of. I remember reading an article many years ago, when Twilight was released and how many readers compared the love of Bella and Edward to a fairy-tale romance.  I’m sorry but they are nowhere near fairy-tale status. What Westley and Princess Buttercup have is what we want to read in a modern day fairy tale. They do not brood and desire over one another. Westley and Buttercup are playful, full of pure love and happiness for one another. Buttercup cannot live without Westley and we as the audience truly believe it.


Another thing I have to bring up with The Princess Bride is the most famous line out of the book: As you wish. Now, if you aren’t aware of what ‘As you wish,’ means, well here’s a quick explanation. At the start of the novel, when Westley is just a simple farm boy and Buttercup isn’t a princess, whenever she would order Westley or give him a job to do, Westley would simply reply: ‘As you wish.’ Really, what Westley is saying is, ‘I love you.’ My heart swoons and I just fall in love with this concept over and over again. Screw poems, composing songs or whatever, give me Westley and a ‘As you wish,’ and I will be one happy book nerd.


5. Sora Takenouchi and Yamato Ishida (Digimon Adventure)

Okay, yes, I’m sorta cheating here. Yes, Digimon is an anime, but it was also a manga and comic series, and in Japan the series creator wrote a novelized adaptation, too. Soooo … loophole (that, and because I am so particularly fussy with book couples, Steph has allowed me to include these two Digidestined-lovebirds).


Even though Yamato (Matt in the English dub) and Sora’s relationship has earned a fair amount of controversy from fans – still, 12 years later – it had been planned right from the beginning that they would end up getting married (sorry Taiora fans – but the series creator has made it clear Taichi and Sora were never meant to be a thing). The pair began dating, seemingly out of nowhere, in episode 38 of Digimon Adventure 02. Baring in mind that the original characters were not the main focus of the sequel series, it can be assumed that a lot of the development to their relationship occurred off-screen. Having said that, there were hints to their ultimate relationship as early as the first arc in the original series.


Given Yamato and Sora are eleven-years-old in the original series, it’s understandable that relationships aren’t at the forefront of their minds. But, the emotional foundation of their relationship was established (and thus foreshadowing what was to come in the epilogue, originally planned for series one). Out of all the Digidestined, Yamato and Sora share a mutual emotional understanding. When Sora is upset about having the crest of love (something she feels undeserving of), Yamato respectfully lets her cry out her frustrations. When Yamato decides he wants to travel alone, Sora says she is worried for his safety but ultimately trusts him to make the decisions he feels are best.


One of Yamato’s biggest values is whether people are able to understand him. Perhaps the first character to really get Yamato is Gabumon, his digimon partner. The pair are able to share comfortable silences and know exactly what the other is thinking and feeling. The only other person to have this level of empathy towards Yamato is Sora. As seen in the Dark Masters arc, Sora supports Yamato during his outburst at the gravesite for the fallen digimon. This compassion and empathy is reciprocated by Yamato, as he is the one able to pull Sora out of her all-consuming depression in the Dark Cave.


Yamato and Sora also shared similar storylines – both came from a single-parent household, both had issues with their crests, and most importantly their experiences with the Dark Cave). It may not have seemed like much at the time, but given Digimon Adventure was aimed towards 8 – 12 year-olds, it’s understandable that there wasn’t an overall emphasis on romance. Having said that, the signs of a potential relationship between Sora and Yamato are there, albeit subtly. That, and their crests are Love and Friendship. Enough said.


4. Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians; Heroes of Olympus)

Percy and Annabeth are probably how Ron and Hermione should have happened. Long-time friends, with a pugnacious streak, and too shy to admit they have feelings for each other. Percy and Annabeth met at Camp Half-Blood when they were both twelve, and despite mutual feelings, didn’t start dating until they were sixteen (see, a slow burn relationship). Among the many, many… many ships in Rick Riodan’s books, Percabeth are arguably the most functional, healthy and realistic.


Ever since their first quest together, Percy and Annabeth have been there to protect, support and save one another. There isn’t an imbalance of power – they each have their strengths and weaknesses, and know how to best help the other person when in need. Despite whatever personality clashes they initially have, they above all else treat each other as equals.


Throughout the first series of books, Percy shows an interest in Annabeth, but out of nerves never really acts on anything. Annabeth, however, is more open with showing physical affection towards Percy (even when she refers to him as Seaweed Brain). In The Sea of Monsters, she is shown to both hug and kiss Percy on the cheek. But their feelings for each other weren’t totally obvious until The Battle of the Labyrinth, when:


She glared at me like she was about to punch me. Then she did something that surprised me more. She kissed me. 'Be careful, Seaweed Brain.’ Then she put on her hat and vanished. I probably would’ve sat there for the rest of the day staring at the lava and trying to remember what my name was, but the sea demons jarred me back to reality.


From the last book onward, they are in a relationship, and that is when Rick Riodan started to play with his readers feels. First, Percy goes missing, leaving Annabeth hellbent on trying to find him. But even with his erased memories, Percy is still able to recall one person: Annabeth. In Son of Neptune, Percy’s greatest fear isn’t failure of his quest, or even the loss of his life, but whether he will soon forget Annabeth’s face. Percy even constantly refers to Annabeth as his girlfriend, even though he has no memories to prove otherwise; his love for her is just that powerful.


Furthermore, even though Annabeth shows serious signs of anger, hurt and pain over Percy’s six-month long disappearance/kidnapping, their love and positive feelings make them able to overcome any negativity or hurdles that come their way. That right there, a true sign of a serious and healthy relationship. Percy and Annabeth show that a relationship doesn’t have to be easy 100% of the time – as long as you are able to keep negativity in the past, and move forward with positivity (again, one of the first things Percy mentions to Annabeth when they’re reunited is the possibility of them have a future together in New Rome, and they could grow up and have a family together).


Perhaps the only real downside to Percabeth’s relationship, is they have (understandably) developed separation anxiety. This ultimately leads to them falling into the depths of Tartarus (aka Hell). But it’s okay – because at least they’re together (I still have 2 more books to read, so I assume it all works out for them eventually).



3. Liesel and Rudy (The Book Thief)

Ah, to be young again. The Book Thief is an amazing book for so many reasons, but one of the reasons why people love it is the innocent love between Rudy and Liesel. Sure, they are children, so what they have is innocent. It reminds you of your childhood, how kids thought love could just happen in one day without actually comprehending what love actually was.


This is what is beautiful about Rudy and Liesel, they are so innocence and sweet that it makes your heart swell with so much emotion. Rudy announces to Liesel early off in the novel that he loves her and is always wanting a kiss from her. Liesel finds this absolutely disgusting. This takes many readers back to when they were young and when love was still a fairy-tale thing. This is one of the many aspects that make The Book Thief perfect. I know what many editors would have done if Liesel and Rudy were much older. They would have edited them into lustful teenagers full of emotions and drama. Liesel and Rudy ain’t got time for that. They are children, who learn and have fun every day. Sometimes, it’s best to read about a love that is so simple that you forget that it’s there ─ in a good way, not in the way Fallen did that bored us to death. In a literature world that has been bombarded with love triangles, forbidden love and brooding teenagers, it’s actually refreshing to read about Liesel and Rudy.


What is enjoyable about them is that they never allow their playful love get in the way of what is important to them. So many times we’ve seen star-crossed lovers allow their affection get in the way of the important things in life. Liesel doesn’t let Rudy distract her from what she loves the most, which is her new family, reading, and Max who is hiding in their house. For once, it is lovely and delightful to read about two acquitted people who just enjoy life. They are not in a rush to grow up. They are being who they are: children, innocent ones who are just taking life one step at a line. “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”


2. Eleanor and Park (Eleanor & Park)

If you’ve read Eleanor & Park, unlike Stephanie, then you know without a doubt why these two are on this list.


One thing that sets this book apart from all the other YA-romance garbage, is its lack of insta-love. Insta-Love is Bella becoming obsessed with Edward on her first day. It is Hazel going home with Gus the day they meet. It is Luce and… whatever the hell Fallen was about. Another thing that makes Eleanor and Park unique: the dual point-of-view. Without it, without seeing these two shy outcasts slowly falling in love with each other, this novel simply wouldn’t have been the same.


Park is a romantic soul, consumed by love. Eleanor is a victim of circumstance, in constant fear of rejection or punishment. Without being inside both of these people’s heads, we simply wouldn’t have understood their story. Because that’s the thing about relationships or love stories: it’s a story about two people.


Eleanor and Park are two young outcasts, stuck together on a school bus with creatures from hell/their classmates. The first words Park says to Eleanor: “Sit down. Jesus-Fuck, sit down.” The first few weeks of Eleanor and Park’s relationship is silence and begrudgingly accepting they are stuck together as bus-mates. They don’t hate each other, or even dislike each other. They are outcasts.


What brings them together (besides being trapped on the bus) is comic books. After a while, Park notices Eleanor reading over his shoulder. And after a week:

“Park didn’t say anything. He just held his comics open wider and turned the pages more slowly.”

From there, Park starts lending Eleanor comics. First just the issue they were reading, then stacks at a time. All of this, without a word. He just gives them to her, and she wordlessly returns them the next day. Soon, Park is making her mix tapes of her music wish list. Remember the simpler times when you made mix tapes or CDs for your crush? Oh, I miss those days…


After a few seconds, he reached over and pulled at the old silk scarf she’d tied around her wrist. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said. […] He pulled on the scarf again, so she looked at him. She tried not to look mad – but she’d rather look mad than look like she’d spent all night thinking about how beautiful his lips were. […]He was still holding the end of the scarf, rubbing the silk idly between his thumb and fingers. She watched his hand. […] If Park were to look up now, he’d know everything. He didn’t look up. He wound the scarf around his fingers until her hand was hanging in the space between them. Then he slid the silk and fingers into her open palm. And Eleanor disintegrated.”

That was pages 70-71. That was the point my heart melted and screamed at the perfection and beauty.


Truthfully, I could go on pulling excerpts from this beautiful book, and rambling on and on about the kindred-spirit union shared between Eleanor and Park. But, at the same time, I find the best way to experience this book is to go in blind and feel yourself being swept away in an overwhelming cloud of nostalgia and past loves. The important thing about Eleanor and Park’s relationship isn’t that it is first love. It’s not the fact that these are two young kids discovering themselves, discovering love. Their relationship was written in the stars. If not for them to be together forever, then for Park to save Eleanor.


1. Harry and Hermione (Harry Potter)

Aright, you caught me. Technically Harry/Hermione (or Harmony) isn’t canon. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t moments between them in the books. Not to mention that statement JK Rowling made back in 2013 about how she regrets putting Hermione with Ron, and that she’d be better suited with Harry instead (more on that will come in a later blog post). Ever since I saw the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I have been an avid Harmony fan. Upon re-reading the Harry Potter books at an older age, when my levels of comprehension had grown and matured since my childhood, I saw that there were actually quite a few close moments between Harry and Hermione. To this day, I refuse to accept that Harry/Ginny and Hermione/Ron would have continued happy and healthy relationships into their adult lives (even JK Rowling said Ron and Hermione would have had couple’s counselling at some point).


But why would Harry and Hermione be better suited you ask? Well, first of all Hermione was without a doubt a much better best friend to Harry than Ron ever was. Harry and Hermione were always there for each other. Not once did they have feelings of spite or jealousy towards each other (*cough* Ron *cough*). The few times they were mad at each other, was when they had a clash of opinions – but, at the end of the day, they always had each other’s best interest at heart. Think of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Hermione told McGonagall about the new broomstick Harry had received anonymously. At the time, everyone believed Sirius Black was out to murder Harry. So, obviously, Hermione was concerned for Harry’s safety and (rightly) assumed the broom was sent from Sirius. Harry and Ron were furious at Hermione for inadvertently getting the broomstick confiscated, but in time they accept her heart was in the right place.


Harry and Hermione have always had a mutual respect for one another, and never succumbed to petty fights. Their friendship is more important than being right, which sets them both apart from Ron. And when push came to shove, their friendship withstood all the obstacles that came their way. Which can’t be said for Ron, who ended up leaving them during their arduous search for Horcruxes. What’s also important is that Hermione also had a choice – she could either leave with Ron or stay with Harry, and she chose Harry. Why? Because the level of trust and faith she had in Harry, outweighed how much she cared for Ron (even if him leaving broke her heart).


Harry and Hermione spend months travelling alone together. They shared something that Ron was not there for, and had to rely solely on each other for comfort and support. Furthermore, JK Rowling acknowledged that during the writing process for these chapters, the story “very well could have gone that way.” There are charged moments between the two, such as Hermione stroking Harry’s hair, him leaning into her touch. They even contemplate just staying hidden and growing old together – but their mission outweighed all feelings of fear and doubt.


The first sign of the pair showing physical affection towards each other (other than a hug), comes at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. When saying goodbye at King’s Cross Station, Hermione kisses Harry on the cheek, “something she had never done before.” Goblet of Fire is also when Harry realises how pretty Hermione is. And again, in Order of the Phoenix they have this exchange:

And it might have been a good idea to mention [to Cho] how ugly you think I am too,’ Hermione added as an afterthought.
'But I don’t think you’re ugly,’ said Harry, bemused.
Hermione laughed.

Just because the two were not constantly lusting after each other, doesn’t mean they couldn’t view each other as attractive. In fact, it’s this level of hormonal restraint that proves a relationship between the two would not be based on shallow bullshit. The seven years of friendship and love between them is the ideal foundation for a healthy and long-lasting relationship, free of jealously, egotism and emotional turmoil.

to sleep perchance

He wakes her up in the middle of the night with his cries. Wakes her, but not himself, so she must lie here and listen to choked gasps and whimpers without being able to comfort.

Her heart hurts. She used to think she no longer had one, had burned it out and smothered it in ice long ago, but she must have one, she must. Surely, something that does not exist cannot hurt so badly.

He tosses and whines. “Please,” he whispers, hoarse.

What is he begging for in his dream, she wonders. For mercy? For his life? For the pain to stop? Who is he begging?

(It’s her, she knows. It’s always her.)

When she can’t stand it any longer, she gets up and goes to the outer chamber. The guards are all out in the hallway, save for one, who she doesn’t know personally but vaguely recognizes as one of Costis and Teleus’ joint taskforce for the queen and king. He doesn’t say anything, even though Attolis can be heard sobbing in the other room.

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