It’s the middle of the night leading into Wednesday, February 7th, and I am antsy. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday prompt is to share our favorite male/male ships. Now, this is not just cis gendered folks in male/male relationships, but also trans, pan, ace, bi, and so on.
5. Six of crows by leigh Bardugo (Jesper and Wylan)
Listen, Jesper and Wylan are the cutest that ever cute-ed. From my own understanding, I gathered that Jesper does not identify as gay. He loves dudes, but not only dudes. He and Wylan clash quite a bit at first, because Wylan is pure sunshine. And, let’s all be honest, Jesper has issues and he gambles a lot. He’s a mess. Yet, Wylan makes him smile.
So, I end up smiling.
“Maybe I liked your stupid face.”
I love them so much.
4. carry on by Rainbow Rowell (simon/baz)
Everything I hoped for Draco and Harry to go through, I got out of this book. It was just perfection, from beginning to end, and I loved every second of Baz and Simon glaring at each other. That odd moment when the supposed fanfiction of a character ends up more satisfying than that darn epilogue.
Oh yes, I am throwing shade. I’m still not over the whole, “OH, she has red hair, so you know. They have to be together.”
Gag. Life does not have to a be nicely tied with a bow on top.
3. simon vs. the homo sapiens’ agenda by Becky Albertalli (simon/Blue)
The cuteness, the mystery, the sweet reveal of Blue’s identify: they all led to a brilliant book that just brings a smile to my face. Becky Albertalli writes beautiful characters who sound real and honest. And, man, do I hate Martin or what.
(Spoiler: I do hate him so much).
Besides, he is passionate about Harry Potter. What more can you ask for?
(The answer is NOTHING, OKAY?)
‘“What’s a dementor?”
I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”
“So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.”’
2. the raven cycle by maggie stiefvater (adam parrish and ronan lynch)
Come on. Ronan, with his bad-boy image and sensitive earnestness, coupled with Adam who is such an ambitious boy coming from a rough home; they sound lovely together. They are so very different, and yet they sound so perfect for each other. I can see Gansey being their biggest ally and fangirl.
1 . the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by mackenzie lee (Monty/Percy)
This whole book is essentially a journey to owning one’s privilege, and recognizing how that privilege affects one’s perceptions and experiences. Monty learns a lot about the society he lives in, and the way his able-bodied, white, and rich status helps me be in an advantageous position. Compared to Felicity (my dear asexual soul sister) and Percy (who is biracial and deals with epilepsy. Fun fact: I get pseudo seizures, and it made me so happy to see a character in canon who deals with something I can relate to first hand). Their romance is perfection.
Honorable mention: Obviously Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are kings in my world. But, I didn’t feel like they got enough attention to be considered main characters. Oh, but Cassandra Clare is doing much better with Kit and Ty.