RIP IT or SHIP IT Book Tag! aka the Tag in Which I Rip (and Ship!) the Weird, Odd Could-Have-Been Pairings

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hello, my book loving friends and happy readers. Finding Wonderland is dressed and ready for something fun today – a book tag! It’s been a while since we participated in one of these around this part of the webverse, so today seemed as good a day as any to get this party started. weird 

The talented Emilie of CreateExploreRead (aka Thinking Thoughts) tagged me in my first (ever!) booktube tag. Many, many thanks to Emilie for the tag. If you’ve not visited Emilie’s channel, please do so. She’s not only a talented supporter of authors, and a huge support system to them, she’s also a wonderfully helpful pro to and for this community. I’ve only “known” her the last couple of months, but it’s been fun to be a newbie booktuber with her.

Emilie tagged me in the RIP IT or SHIP IT tag, which I am thrilled to pieces to have been tagged in. There are tags I really want to take part in (and did film, only to discover I look like a yellow monster because lighting!), but haven’t. Being tagged in this one is most fun though since watching this tag done on other channels is way fun. Stands to reason then that putting it together would be fun, right? 

The answer is a resounding yes. Seriously, I think this is the most fun I’ve had filming.

The rules are straightforward and simple. You place a bunch of characters from various books in a jar and draw two names. You then decide if you “ship” them (whether or not you can see them paired together) or “rip” them (the very thought makes you cringe). I put a few TV show characters in my jar (because I’m a total TV fangirl) plus various book characters.

With that said, I’ve decided to share two pairings I picked that are in my video (on my Booktube channel today!), and an "exclusive" website pairing that was cut off because I didn’t realize my camera had stopped filming. So… if you want to discover the other four I shipped or ripped, check out my video.

First Pairing

Oliver Queen: First name I pulled out of the jar was none other than my favorite, Oliver Queen. A very confident, strong character who, literally, could subdue you with nary a glance, Oliver is a protector. He’s a wealthy billionaire “playboy” who’s five years missing out on the real world (during which he was marooned on an island) has taught him a great deal.

Moving on, it’s time to draw another name from the jar (unless I can ship him with myself, and call it good??)…

Sierra: The leading lady from Jay Asher’s What Light, Sierra is a confident young lady who lives in a very different world than Oliver. Whereas Oliver comes from a dark world “ruled” by the criminal minds of his city, Sierra lives in a well-adjusted two-parent home.
Thoughts: Both are from the 21st century, but other than seeing them in a protective older brother/younger sister relationship, I’m going to…

Conclusion: RIP IT! 

Second Pairing

Beckett Walker: From Melissa Tagg’s Keep Holding On, I adore Beckett. A lawyer who’s been running from his past from far too long, despite these flaws, he’s an all-around wonderful guy. ‘Nuff said.

Let’s see who we might ship him with…

Anna of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Hiding under the veneer of a “darker” personality because she’s protesting having been sent to Paris, Anna is a sassy personality who I ship (so much) with her leading man, St. Claire.
Thoughts: Um, yeah, no. Whether or not their personalities mesh, the age gap (for me) doesn’t work. There comes a time when an age gap doesn’t matter, but at seventeen and 28? 30? (I can’t remember how old Beckett is), nope, I’m not for it.

Conclusion: RIP IT! 

Third Pairing

So I drew these two names, but encountered a filming snag meaning part of my ramble onscreen about them was cut off. This potential ship is…

Elizabeth Bennet: Since I haven’t read the Austen original, when I added Lizzie’s name, in my mind I was thinking of the Lizzie of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies who is, if possible, an even more dominant personality than the “original” Lizzie. Two words: expert swordswoman!

*goes to draw name*

Jim Avery: Familiar to those of us who love novels from Sarah Sundin (Through Waters Deep), Jim is a naval officer who (eventually) pursues the girl who’s silently been crushing on him for years. But in the meantime, many misunderstandings keep them both at arm’s length.
Thoughts: My initial thought with these two was, RIP IT! But the more I talked about them, and thought about it, I began to wonder: what if!? Could a story about these two as leading characters (sans the zombies, maybe) be interesting? I think so. True they come from different eras (she from the 1800s, he the 1940s), but for their time and situation, they’re both fighting for the greater good. In conclusion…

SHIP IT! (Because I can *wink*)

That’s a wrap on today’s post! Of course, I ramble on about MORE characters in my Booktube video, so swing by and have a watch of my “artsy” black and white video (trust me, this was needed otherwise you would have gotten freaky yellow-tonal Rissi or creepy ghostly Rissi. Darn, lighting!) to discover who they are and whether or not I RIP or SHIP them!

Let me know down be if YOU like any of these couples together, or if you've done this tag - I'll come visit! 

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. 

PS: important Blogger question (impromptu advice Q here), what would you all prefer. The DISQUS comment system or blogger's comment system? I'm considering swapping out, but if I go with DISQUS, the comments would then become "messy." I.E., the replies would no longer match up. Thoughts!?


  1. This is so much fun, Rissi!! ❤️

    1. I sure thought it was! I'll confess, this is the most fun I've had putting something together for a while. :)

  2. This is such a fun tag, I used to love Oliver Queen so much, but then I stopped watching arrow! I prefer the blogger commenting myself. I tried disqus out on my blog and even though it was nice something about it just irked me. I find blogger commenting easier, provided people have google+ comments turned off <3

    1. It IS, Kirsty. If it's something you've put together (or would like too), make sure to leave me your link. I'd love to come visit.

      Oliver is sill my favorite - dark paths and all. I can't seem to help it. :)

      Thanks! I so appreciate the feedback on the comment system. :)

  3. I prefer the Blogger comments -- Disqus never seems to remember I'm signed in, and they don't have that nesting capability I like.

    1. Good to know, Rachel. Thank you! I wanted to see what the general thought is. I like Disqus better for its notification system, but because I'm strange, I don't like the thought of my comment threads being messy when I switch. Such a dilemma! :)

  4. This is so fun! I love that you didn't want Anna to be in some creepy illegal relationship bwahahah. I also watched the video and you can't ship Katniss with ANYONE but Peeta! Blasphemy! (If you read Catching Fire, you will LOVE THEM A LOT).

    As for your comments question, ugh, this is hard. Personally, I don't mind blogger comments as a commenter. BUT I know when I had my own blog, they were kind of annoying because it doesn't link to people's sites and such. Disqus isn't bad- I just couldn't get it to work on my Blogger blog, and then IntenseDebate was a hot mess. In the end, that's a BIG part of the reason why I switched to WP. BUT, if you are asking just from a visitor's perspective, I think it's whatever works for you, because I am fine commenting on either!

    1. LOL, thanks, Shannon. I had SO MUCH FUN with this. So much so that a "part 2" might be required. Nothing wrong with wanting Peeta and Katniss to be the OTP end game. I feel that way about Oliver (Arrow) and Felicity too. But it's also fun to think about them with someone else!

      All good information to have, Shannon re: Disqus. Thank you. So far Blogger comments seems to be the winner. I don't mind it either, and am always willing to go to a little "work" if I can't find a new follower/reader's site right away (i.e., I like to visit others blogs to visit or follow). I like Disqus for its notification settings, but the thought of my comments being "messy" (the pre comments) makes the part of my who likes a certain aesthetic cringe. ;)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  5. This is super-cute! Of course, I'm having a hard time picturing Jim Avery with ANYone but Mary Stirling :) But Lizzie!!! If nothing else, I think they'd be very good friends.

    1. Hi, Sarah. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

      I said "NO!" to these two in the opening ramble of my video (which got cut off - boo!), but the more I thought about it, the more I did like them together. (And usual for me, I did try to take the other person out of my thought process.) That said, I adore Mary. She and Jim are SO perfect together. Thanks for visiting! :)

  6. This is such a FUN tag! I love the idea of picking the pairs from out of a jar!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. IT IS, Nicole. I had SO much fun with this, and might have to post a "part 2" because of that. :) Glad you stopped by!


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