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May is rewind month which means we can revisit old prompts.
My choice for this week is: hate to love ships
Hate to love is one of my favourite tropes (second only to friends to lovers). I love it when two characters cannot stand each other to begin with but then start to develop feelings of love. They say the true opposite of love is indifference so hating a person could mean there may be deeper feelings buried somewhere under the loathing! It’s not something I look for in regular day-to-day life (unhealthy much?) but in literature? Yes please!
I’m a day late with this post again. I did start it yesterday after I finished work but the creative juices (eww!) weren’t exactly flowing. I still really wanted to do this topic though so here it is, better late than never, right?
1. Damen and Laurent – the Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat
If there is any pair who epitomises the hate to love trope it is Damen and Laurent. Damen is literally responsible for Laurent’s elder brother Auguste’s death. When Damen is betrayed by his own brother and sold as a slave to Laurent, the other Prince’s apparent coldness and cruelty does not endear him to Damen either. And yet… well, you’ll just have to read the books! Believe me, they are very satisfying. 😉
2. Kestrel and Arin – the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Kestrel and Arin don’t exactly start off on the right foot given that Arin is sold to Kestrel as a slave (what is it with me and slave stories? I promise it’s not a fetish I have or anything!) Hate slowly blossoms into love but circumstances seem destined to pull this pair apart.
3. Feyre and Rhysand – A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarh J. Maas
Again, Feyre and Rhys has a somewhat troublesome start. A retelling of Hades and Persephone, Feyre makes a bargain that she spends some of her time in the Night Court with Rhys, in order to save the life of the man she loves. Rhys is the one who is ultimately there for Feyre when she has to contend with her PTSD and betrayal by the man she loves. Through time and patience, he helps her mend her broken soul and heart. They eventually fall in love.
4. Cleo and Magnus – the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes
Cleo and Magnus had perhaps the most rocky of starts. Magnus kills the man Cleo is in love with. His father kills her father and takes over her kingdom and forces Cleo and Magnus to marry. Cleo naturally is not fond of Magnus at all but slowly and gradually they begin to open up to each other and realize that they are more alike than they ever knew. Both mutually realize they have fallen for each other though the path to true love is never an easy one.
5. Simon and Baz Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Ah, my OTP! I love both Simon and Baz and their relationship which goes to mutual loathing to love is just amazing. Baz realizes his true feelings way before Simon does, and believes that Simon could never reciprocate. He feels doomed and forced into a role he does not wish to play out. He knows one day he will have to fight Simon and on that day he will lose. However, fate may have something else in mind…