Greatest YA Relationships

How fitting seeing as though Valentine’s Day has just passed by! If you’re like me, you spent the evening cozied up with a nice book and wishing that you could date one of the characters in said book. Don’t be ashamed- we all do it!

So here is a list of the greatest, most envious and beautifully written relationships in modern YA literature! (Sorry for possible spoilers!)

Bear in mind that some relationships may not be on here because they’re either classified as Children’s books or New Adult books (that’s right, Harry Potter, no page time for you).

 

  1. Edward Cullen and Bella Swan

I just had to include the craze couple of the early 2000s. Angsty romance is always a must and, at the time, Twilight was a killer romance that was picking up even more on the big screen. Edward Cullen is a classic heart-throb; a sexy, protective and…sparkly vampire. How could you not love this couple? Even if it is a bit of a guilty pleasure?

 

  1. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

I love this Hunger Games relationship simply because it was such a slow burner. We are in the modern times of the dreaded ‘insta-love’ and Everlark’s relationship proves that the characters don’t need to fall in love within the first few chapters. It was a trusting and gradual relationship that completed nicely at the end of the series.

 

  1. Tessa Gray and William Herondale/Jem Carstairs (Whichever floats your boat…ship).

I had to include this simply because this is the only love triangle ever where both ships are actually a thing- they’re both endgame! And somehow it’s not scandalous! Well played, Cassie Clare, well played. I personally prefer Will Herondale but this relationship can go either way. Both pairs love each other so much and the way the three are all tangled up in each other’s lies is dramatic and so entertaining.

 

  1. Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton (Four)

Now for the heart-breaking couple from the Divergent trilogy. Yes, these two had a bumpy road when, if they’d only communicated better (*inward fuming*) we could’ve saved ourselves a lot of heartbreak. Tris and Four are another power couple within YA that make us all wish we were as bad-ass as this pairing.

 

  1. Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood

And another Cassandra Clare couple makes the list (she could’ve been the only one to grace the list, to be honest, with the amount of ships she’s created). Don’t worry there’s one more to come…

Malec is probably one of the most popular ships nowadays and… I don’t blame them- they utterly deserve it with Magnus’ eccentric fabulousness and Alec’s introverted but bad-ass self. With adopted kids already, they’re the cutest couple going. The only thing that doesn’t sit right with me is the fact that Magnus is immortal and Alec isn’t… but we won’t think about that right now.

 

  1. Carswell Thorne and Crescent Moon (Cress)

This is a personal favourite of mine (although Cinder and Kai are close behind). Coming from Marissa Meyer’s stunning Lunar Chronicles, Cresswell is a perfect couple that had me squealing in joy. This is definitely a situation where opposites attract. Thorne is a hilarious and flirtatious character (many a girl has swooned over him) while Cress is an introverted genius who is also possibly the sweetest girl on earth…and the moon, evidently. Together, they are kick-ass and the way their relationship grows throughout this series is beautiful.

 

  1. Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs

It’s the last Cassie Clare couple, I promise! These two are maybe my personal favourite ship in the Shadowhunter world. Lady Midnight was miles above the other series and Lord of Shadows is coming soon!!! I love both Emma and Julian- I don’t care if they’re doomed to fail. Julian is super swoon-worthy and only he could make the act of creating a shrine dedicated to your love romantic and not at all creepy or stalker-like. Regardless, they have to be endgame (please make them endgame!).

 

  1. Lara-Jean and Peter Kavinsky

Surprisingly, this is the first contemporary couple to enter this list. From the ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ trilogy, this couple is the hilarious and beyond cute couple that we all wish we had. It was a gradual and dramatic road for these two and we still don’t know how their relationship will end up (third book coming out soon) but, so far, they’re looking good. As well as a beautiful family aspect in these books, the story is a quick read and classic rom-com in book form.

 

There we have it! Of course there are many other powerful ships in YA (many many more) but we can’t be here all day! Feel free to comment your favourite ships of all the time!

Until next time,

Chloe x

2017 Writing Resolutions

New Years’ resolutions. Turning a new leaf. A clean slate. A new start. A new me. And all the other cliché phrases you can tag onto that.

And poor 2017 has a lot resting on her shoulders. Everyone has high hopes and expectations for 2017 seeing as though 2016 is still weeping in the corner, shoulders slumped because, the one shot he had at existing, and everyone will remember him for being a crappy year.

I’m an aspiring writer which essentially means that I want to be a published author one day and despite me only being 16 years old, I would hope to consider myself wiser and maybe more ‘driven’ in achieving my goals than most of my age group (sometimes the stereotype is sadly spot on).

So, this year, improving my writing is a very prominent target on my mental to-do list. I’m hoping to continue to write regular posts on my blog whilst also delving outside of my comfort zone and participating in many more creative writing activities (writing a guest post on another blog perhaps…) in order to improve my writing and ‘level-up’, so to speak (I had to get that in there at least once, you understand).

This year is a biggie for me. After completing my GCSEs (knees trembling at the thought), I’ll be starting a new college and my anxiety will be through the roof because I’m the definition of an introvert and can’t make friends to save my life.

Originally, I wanted to do a creative writing course in college- it makes sense considering that I want to be a writer. I was so excited to get the chance to learn all about how to improve my writing. In a nutshell, I went to the college open evening (I’m not divulging any college names) and found out that the subject has been cancelled because it’s not considered a ‘legitimate subject’ by the government anymore. (I’ll try not to be offended that my choice of career is no longer considered important enough for education). After hearing the news, I was heartbroken and had a little cry to myself because the only thing that I most definitely knew I wanted to do had been taken away from me.

So, to prove them wrong, I want to be successful in writing this year. Yes, I’m slightly bitter.

Also, in terms of writing, 2017 will be the year I learn how to edit. I finished the first draft of my novel last year (130,000 words- yay!) and I have no idea how to discard all the rubbish from the brilliant and how to create a decent second draft that I can then give to people and ask for feedback (which is a terrifying prospect to me at the minute).

I’ve read it back and, while there are many maaaannnnny points that need improvements (and that’s putting it lightly), the selection of chapters, pages and even sentences that blew me away made the whole thing worth it. Sometimes there’d be a perfectly worded sentence, or an amazing and gripping chapter and my spirits would be lifted slightly and I would see that all the hard work is worth it.

For the other 95% of the book, however, I was cringing badly and wondering what the hell I was on last year to be writing down such a horrific sentence.
But now all I have to do is edit the bad sentences so that they’re as good as the amazing sentences.

Simple.

I have no idea where to start with editing so that’s a skill I’ll learn this year; slapping down the red pen.

And while this year is going to be increasingly busy and writing will sometimes –most times- feel like a chore, I’m determined to keep at it and continue to write every single day like I did last year in order to keep the momentum going. I don’t want to slowly level off and stop writing- I want to ‘level up’.

I think consistently writing is a great help because it means that you have no time to think-or more importantly doubt yourself. Keep going like there’s no tomorrow and get to where you want to be.

I know I’m only 16 and I’ve got all the time in the world. A lot of you may be wondering why I’m taking this so seriously so early, but the answer is simple.

I really want to be a writer. So badly it hurts. So I will try everything, put everything I have into it in order to achieve my goals. It’s going to be hard and I’m going to hate it at times but I know it’ll be worth it in the end. Everything I’m doing now is experience for the future and also….one thing to know about me is that I’m just a very goal-orientated, dedicated and organised person. I like to be ahead of the game.

Poetry and reading are two other important goals for me because I have such a big passion for both of them and want to maintain that admiration through the craziness that is 2017.

If I visualise myself and where I want to be at the end of the year, I can see myself as clear as a crystal.

So my advice, if it doesn’t sound too patronizing from an inexperienced teenager, would be to visualise where you want to be this time in 2018. Once you’ve figured out where that is, write a mental checklist of how to get there. And I know it will be hard at times but, if you continue to remind yourself why you love writing and where your end-goal is, nothing should stop you.

Good luck for 2017!

Chloe.