For those who aren't familiar with the tag, the concept of "Rip it or Ship it?" is to mix up a bunch of different names from book characters, randomly select two of them, and smush them together to create a couple. These characters can be (and should be, if you want to make it especially interesting) from different series/book worlds. If you think the two characters would work as a couple, you "ship it." If you think they'll go down in flames, you "rip it."***
***Please note that I don't condone ripping books in any way, shape, or form.
I've picked 10 different combinations of characters (some good, some bad, some so very bad that they're laughable), so . . .
1. Diana Prince from Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Linh Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles.
Amazon warrior + cyborg mechanic. Both of them are fiercely loyal to their friends, have a natural ability to lead, and strive to do what's right for the good of their people. Where Diana tends toward the more adventurous side of things, Cinder is generally more careful and calculated. Like with most of my favorite ships, these two are similar in lots of ways, but complement each other with their opposites. My conclusion:
2. Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments
The most despicable of evil and condescending teachers at Hogwarts + angsty, muscular, demon hunter . . .
3. Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows and Tris Prior from Divergent
I can definitely see Inej fitting in with the Dauntless crowd, seeing as she's pretty much the tiniest and most terrifying acrobat you're likely to meet. Also, Tris has a strong set of morals, just like Inej. As for the chemistry, well . . . I suppose it could work? Maybe??
4. Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter and Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments
Isabelle would completely intimidate Neville for a long time. In fact, Izzy would probably be the one to make the first move. She seems harsh at first, but underneath that callused exterior, she's kind and protective. And, as evidenced by the rabid Simon/Isabelle shippers, she works well with the sweet and dorky underdogs. I think Neville would benefit from someone with so much confidence who could push him to stand up for himself and go after things in life.
5. Cath Avery from Fangirl and Simon Snow from Carry On
I swear I didn't plan this.
As perfect as it would be for Cath, the biggest Simon Snow fan in the universe, to end up with Simon Snow himself, I think even Cath would be opposed to the pairing, seeing as she's dedicated most of her life to the idea that Simon and Baz were somehow going to end up together. Sadly, I have to do this:
6. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games and Nina Zenik from Six of Crows
Um, he makes delicious baked goods and she's obsessed with waffles and various tasty pastries. They could grow old together in a cozy little bakery, feasting on waffles and bread. It doesn't get much better than that.
7. Henry "Monty" Montague from The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles
I've been cracking up over my keyboard for the past few minutes imagining Monty and Thorne's inevitable meet-cute: they constantly try to one-up each other with their dashing good looks and charm with the ladies, but in their ridiculous competition end up falling for each other instead.
8. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter and Reid from The Upside of Unrequited
This is a tricky one. On the one hand, Luna and Reid are both outcasts in their social circles, but for different reasons, so they'd probably find some common ground in that. On the other hand, while I find them both adorable, they're adorable in totally different ways. I'm not sure Luna's brand of weird and Reid's would necessarily mesh. So . . .
9. Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars and AIDAN from The Illuminae Files
Nope. Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.
10. Simon Spier from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Harry Potter from Harry Potter
Again . . . did not plan this.
I think I have to go with this one just so I can indulge Simon's Harry Potter fantasies.