I ship lots of characters. I can’t help it. I love cannon ships and fan created ships and ships in bottles—wait, no, not the last one. I don’t care about those.
Picking my favorite ship is hard. Too hard. And while I know I can do hard things (this is a basic mantra that helps me get through just about every day), I just didn’t feel like it today. So, lucky readers, you’re getting three of my current ships, all of which you can check out for yourselves on Netflix.
- Voltron: Legendary Defender made of OTPs
Last summer, I stumbled into the family room one morning and found my teen-aged kiddos engrossed in a new show.
“What is this?”
I glanced at the calendar to make sure it wasn’t still 1985.
Nope. 2017. Turns out, there’s a reboot of the 80s series called Voltron: Legendary Defender, and it’s fantastic. It’s set in outer space with cool space ships, fun animation, and wonderful characters.
Since we began watching it, I’ve shipped three, maybe even four couples. That whole giant, fighting robot is just made up of OTPs! Literally, since the characters, in their lion space ships, come together to form one huge, unstoppable defense machine called Voltron.
I’ve been team Punk, Pidge and Hunk, because they are just too cute to not be together.
I’ve shipped Shiro and…well, just about everyone. He’s very shippable.
And thanks to the absolute brilliance of soooooo many fan artists, I’m all aboard the S.S. Klance. Seriously, the Keith + Lance art out there is adorable. It’s impossible not to fall for the idea of the red and blue Paladins in love.
- Miraculous Ladybug: The Midsummer Night’s Dream of Love Stories
I owe this one to my oldest kiddo, who began watching it a few years ago. Since then, we’ve all become hooked on Miraculous Ladybug, bingeing season two in just two days (and then feeling absolutely lost when we got to the last episode).
In this story, awkward high school student Marinette (who’s also the superhero Ladybug) is crushing on the popular Adrien Agreste (aka Chat Noir). The series was created in France, and is set in Paris. There’s no way to not want characters to fall in love when they live in the City of Love!
The delicious twist is that Chat Noir is totally into Ladybug. Neither young lover realizes they could have it all if they’d just take off their masks!
It shouldn’t be as cute as it is, and yet…le sigh.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: Why Is Life so Cruel?
I’m a big fan of the old SyFy show Firefly. Give me Nathan Fillion in a rogue outsider role and I’m in. So when Jacques Snicket rolled onto the screen in season two of the Netflix show, A Series of Unfortunate Events, I was thrilled.
When he started low-key flirting with my favorite librarian, Olivia Caliban, there was nothing left for me to do but ship them all over the globe.
This is another Netflix series that my family binged. It’s a long wait for season three, so if anyone has any favorite current ships on other shows and movies you can recommend, I’m definitely looking for something to fill the void.
Shannon Lee Alexander
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“Readers will fall in love with Becca, Max, Darby, and other characters as their soft, awkward moments of adolescence resonate throughout the prose. A successful story of a young woman’s journey through grief.” -Kirkus Review
Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…
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The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.
Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.