57 Lives of Alex Wayfare Blog Tour: Guest Post on M.G. Buehrlen’s Top Ships

GUYS, I am super duper extra excited to invite M.G. onto the blog today, because she is a good personal friend AND the author of a wonderful debut novel (and you know I don’t just say that) The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare. She has agreed to come on today and talk one of the most important things in life, aka TOP SHIPS.

The Tugboat

Out of all the ships in the world, the tugboat is my absolute fave. While not as hefty as a heavy lift ship, and not as flashy or scandalous as a convict ship, you gotta admit, it’s the most adorable ship on the open seas.

Wait. You meant my top ten relationSHIPS.

Ahem. Let’s start again.

I must confess that, in literature, I tend to shy away from romantic storylines. I’m not sure why, because boy do I love a good ship in TV and film. I haven’t read too many love stories, so my list might seem a little narrowed (and mostly from my childhood). When I do ship characters from books, they tend to be characters who may find love off the page rather than on, like the hopeful fantasy that Maddie and Julie’s brother, Jamie, fall in love long after Code Name Verity’s last paragraph. So while some of these are literary ships, I hope you don’t mind the inclusion of TV and film.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Darcy and Elizabeth – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Let’s just get this one out of the way, shall we?

You can hate me, it’s totally OK, but I do prefer the Macfadyen version of Pride and Prejudice to the one with Firth. *ducks*

(blogger’s note: GASP)

Some of you are all THIS right now. I can feel your glares from across the Interwebs.

omg i can't even pride and prejudice

Reasoning: Mostly because I saw the film before I saw the miniseries (blasphemy!), and the lush scenery and music completely blew me away and stuck with me, creatively speaking. (I even bought the piano sheet music, dork that I am. My bestie had one of the songs played at her wedding!)

But whichever way you slice it – book, TV, film, webisodes, retellings – Lizzy and Darcy are one of the most fascinating literary couples of all time. I think it’s their anger and passion and fierce honesty that I find so irresistible. Plus the fact that they are so brutally honest ALL THE TIME yet still manage to completely misunderstand each other. How true to life that is.

Olivia and Peter – Fringe

I like to torture myself with my ships, I guess. This ship took FOREVER to materialize, even though the chemistry was there from day one. I’m a sci-fi junkie, certainly, but I must confess one of the main reasons I watched this show from beginning to end was to see Olivia and Peter finally find their way to each other. They were never super hot-n-heavy on screen. It was the subtle looks from across the room, the way they carefully phrased each sentence spoken to one another, and the way they took care of each other, that made this ship so tantalizing.

Are you sensing a pattern yet? Apparently I like a good, slow burn when it comes to ships.

Levi and Cath – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I think I love Cath and Levi because their story seems SO PLAUSIBLE and REAL. I feel like I could be Cath. I feel like I could fall in love with Levi. I love when I can slip into a book and the characters’ circumstances like that. If I had met a guy with half of Levi’s wit and charm in college, my life might have turned out a *bit* differently. (Just kidding, Hubs!)
Oh, you book boys, you.

fan yourself

Liesel and Max – The Book Thief

Of course I’m a huge fan of Rudy’s, and I’d totally ship him with Liesel if I could, but when it comes down to a Happily Ever After, I always saw Liesel ending up with Max. Obviously this is much later, after the story has ended, and Liesel is quite grown up (after she’s reunited with Max several years later). I know that Markus Zusak said he didn’t envision Max ending up with Liesel because their love was more of a brotherly/sisterly kind, but I still think their love and care for each other could later blossom into something more. I’m not the only one who thinks this, thankfully. Liesel/Max fanfiction abounds on the Web. I ship them so hard that I’ve often thought of penning a few fanfic chapters myself…

I ship them so hard supernatural

Luther and Alice – Luther

She may be a total psychopath, but THE SHIP IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE. If you’ve never seen the BBC series Luther, you’re totes missing out. It’s one of the smartest crime shows on screen, IMO. Luther is a detective, and Alice is one of his suspects. I don’t want to give too much away, so that’s all I’ll say, but their chemistry is Through. The. Roof. I have a lot of fun with this ship inside my sick, twisted little brain.

excited ron parks

Buttercup and Westley – The Princess Bride

How could I leave out THE defining couple of my youth? Like a lot of 80’s kids, I have this movie completely memorized. (I recorded the entire film on my tape deck and listened to it in the car. No joke.)  It was one of the first films that set my epic fantasy imagination on fire. Pretty much all I wrote back then were stories about castles and horses and ladies who hated wearing dresses. And while I know Buttercup doesn’t actually do anything except get rescued, I still love that she chose the farm boy over the prince.

is this a kissing book princess bride

 Heck yes, it is. *ship ship ship*

Robin Hood and Maid Marian – The Disney Version

Just like The Princess Bride above, this movie gave me epic fantasy fever. As a tot, Robin and Marian’s love story was one of my first encounters with the idea of fairy tale love. I guess that’s why this ship has stuck with me for so long. I still swoon during the scene in the woods with the fireflies. *le sigh*

Funny story: As youngsters, my friends and I were SO enamored with Robin and the dude who did his voice. Then one day, much later in high school when the Internet was a Thing, one of my friends looked up the voice actor online to see what he looked like. Surely he’d be just as dreamy, if not more so, than his cartoon counterpart, right? Imagine her surprise when she found his picture:

I’ll let you guess how that very hopeful teen girl responded. Let your imagination soar, dear reader.

(Hint: it was something like this.)

joaquin phoenix shock

I still love foxy Robin, his cheeky stealing, his huge heart, and his amazing British accent. And I still love how perfect and elegant and pink Maid Marian was, and how deftly she eluded the bad guys during the festival brawl.

Always will.

Peter and Regina – Charade

Here’s a classic from the 60’s. This film is easily on my top ten favorites of all time list. Not because it’s some cinematic masterpiece, but because there are so many delightful twists you never seen coming. (And I always see them coming.) Besides, it’s Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. You could eat their on-screen chemistry with a spoon.

Fun Fact: This was one of the films that directly impacted Alex and Blue’s storyline in The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare. In Charade, Regina never knows who Peter really is or when he’s telling the truth. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? Should she trust him or not? I love the tension that kind of uncertainty can create, so you’ll find a similar back-and-forth when you read Alex’s twisty encounters with Blue.

Debi and Martin – Grosse Pointe Blank

Oh geez, how much do I love this couple? This much:

Enchanted flailing

Their banter is simply some of the best ever written. Dare I say better than Levi and Cath’s? And Minnie Driver and John Cusack deliver each line flawlessly. My favorite scene is when Martin sneaks into Debi’s bedroom at night and, instead of demanding some hanky panky, lifts her up on his feet so she can be an airplane. Cutest. Couple. EVAR.

Hermione and Ron – Harry Potter

I had to add this one, in light of recent events. The main reason I prefer Hermione’s choice of Ron over Harry is that Ron isn’t the obvious choice. He’s the sidekick. The comedic relief. The dork in the corner who always seems to flub something up. Harry, on the other hand, is The Chosen One. The Boy Who Lived. He’s the HERO.

Harry Potter but I am the chosen one

In my mind, Hermione choosing the story’s hero would’ve felt too much like a trope. The fact that she chooses Ron raises her several levels in my estimation. She sees the courageous, selfless, intelligent man he is on the inside, not the awkward, poor, geek everyone else sees on the outside. I think Hermione needs someone who can make her laugh, who can brighten her day, who helps take the load off her shoulders (the load she puts on herself willingly). I happen to think that person is Ron.

There you have it. Thanks, Reader of Fictions, for having me on the blog today!

Make sure to check out M.G.’s debut novel, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare.

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28 responses to “57 Lives of Alex Wayfare Blog Tour: Guest Post on M.G. Buehrlen’s Top Ships”

  1. Hah, this has to be one of my favorite guest posts ever, though I don’t often read them (if I’m honest. which I always am. oops). Heck yes to these ships and oh my lord at the perfect gifs! Pride & Prejudice 2005 all the way man. I know some people hate on me for that but whatever whatever. I know what you mean about the music and imagery and whoaaaa. I’ve wanted to take up piano again for a while now and DEFINITELY want to try to play some of that music because WOW. Just wow.

    BRB adding Luther to “must-watch-immediately” list.

    I am pumped for 57 Lives now. If the ship is anything like these, I think I will love it 🙂
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  2. Ha! I love your reaction to seeing the old guy who does Robin’s voice.
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  3. Big yay for listing Luther!!! And Grosse Pointe Blank, I do so love that movie. I think we all kind of ship these pairs – except Leisel and Max. I didn’t really feel that one while I was reading it. I was all about Rudy for Leisel and bawled my head off at the end.
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  4. Katie says:

    This post made me snort multiple times. Especially the bit about the P&P movie, mostly because I like that version better too. *dodges projectiles thrown through the internets*

    Also, that Supernatural GIF is the best. I literally laughed out loud at work.
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  5. C.J. Redwine says:

    YES that is my version of P&P. Best. Almost. Kiss. Scene. During. A. Rainstorm. Ever.

    I enjoyed Robin and Maid Marian, but if I’m going to do an animated ship it’s got to be Rapunzel and Flynn OMG. Bonus because then I get to use a “You broke my smolder” gif.
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  6. Oh my goodness – this post is absolute freaking perfection! Some of these are in my top 10 films ever. Charade, Harry Potter, Robin Hood, The Princess Bride! Sometimes when I ask my boyfriend to do something for me, he’ll say “As you wish,” with a little wink. It’s so corny and sappy and silly and I just love it, haha. He knows just how to get to me! Oh, and Charade! My favorite scene is when Cary Grant gets in the shower with all his clothes on still. Gah! I love me some Cary Grant.

    And Grosse Pointe Blank! It’s so ironic that this movie is listed, I just actually did a post on how much I love that movie, and I included the airplane picture as well!

    Earlier this year, I added Alex Wayfare to my list of TBR historical fiction, and I’m now anticipating it even more!
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  7. Shannon N. says:

    Aww!! What an awesome post and some truly inspired choices! I agree with the others about seeing the face behind the voice of Robin Hood. Sometime it is better not to know. LOL! Also, yay Peter and Olivia! I was really really worried about them up until the last episode. Talk about playing with shipper emotions!!
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  8. Morgan says:

    I love the 2005 P&P best too! I saw it first also, and just adore the sweeping score and the scenery and really, everything about it. “You have bewitched me, body and soul.” Such an amazing book and story. Elizabeth Darcy FTW!

    Levi and Cath, yessss! Where were these boys in college?!

    OH MY GOD YOU HAVE RUINED ROBIN HOOD!!! 🙁 Sad sad day… he’s still the foxiest animated fox ever and his voice was SO dreamy. Boo. Hahah. I’m glad someone else agrees though! I wanted Maid Marian’s firefly flower ring so badly.

    Ron and Hermione <3 Always.

  9. Nicholette says:

    Ah ha ha yes love! And I remember you making me watch Grosse Pointe Blank, because of your neverending love for John Cusak.

    People, get over the P&P. I was there the day she watched it and the enchanted, enraptured state of mind she was in after finally being introduced to the amazing love story of Darcy and Elizabeth was so fun and wonderful that you just CAN’T rain on that parade. Plus, I would have to say that the way MacFayden talks to Caroline during the scene at Netherfield is perfection. 🙂 I read P&P about once a year and I still totally LOVE the 2005 version. The 5-hour long version has it’s place in the hearts of P&P fans as well. It’s like taking a 5-hour bath in Austen.

    If Robinhood were a human man, I woulda married him. Maid Marian got the goods.

  10. Haha I definitely agree about Levi and Cath! Their relationship is so fun, and I can definitely see that kind of relationship happening in real life. I feel like P&P’s ship is also so perfect because it’s so old-fashioned but timeless, and I feel like it’s the perfect love-hate kind of relationship that blossoms into love.

    And I feel like the Princess Bride ship is a sign that I should proobbaabbblly watch that movie.
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  11. Rashika says:

    I am so judging her for liking the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice over the BBC one. COLIN IS SO PERFECT AND LIKE I CANNOT EVEN.

    But seriously, I LOVED this guest post. It’s so fun seeing who authors ship and I definitely saw some of my favorite ships on here.

    I stopped watching Fringe half way through season 3… but Peter and Oliver were a GREAT ship. In fact after seeing MG fangirl over them, I kind of want to dive back where I left off.

    And can I just say I am not pleased with her for ruining my childhood fantasy about Robin Hood? I did NOT need to know what the dude looked like .-. Some things cannot be unseen and now every time I re-watch the movie, my brain will go back to how the guy who voiced Robin Hood looks like. 😛

    ALSO YAY FOR BUTTERCUP AND WESTLEY! I’ve read the book and haven’t seen the movie but I HAD lots of fun seeing the two get together. Buttercup may have occasionally infuriated me but it all works out ^_^.

    Thank you so much for sharing Christina! 🙂
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  12. Lyn Kaye says:

    Robin Hood and Marian – fox style! Totally, yes!
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  13. Dear M.G.,

    You have excellent taste in ships. Let’s be friends.


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  15. I agree with everyone, this is one of my favorite guest posts.

    The other day I was watching Robin Hood with Tony and was all, for a fox, Robin Hood sure is good looking. He’s quite foxy. And Tony was all you are weird. BUT THAT VOICE. And lol, sad the actor doesn’t quite match the voice.

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