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** Going by fanfiction, in terms of a "demigod/god" pairing Percy/Artemis takes the cake, despite the latter being a [[VirginPower virgin goddess]]. Then again, it helps that even gods and goddesses who swore off marriage have found ways around that[[note]]Athena's children are ''literal'' brainchildren.[[/note]], and that Artemis pretty much admits Percy is among one of the most worthy men she's met.
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* Subverted in ''Literature/The39Clues'' book series. Starting in the third book, fan-preferred couple [[spoiler:[[TheSmartGuy Amy]] and Ian]] (spoilered for those who haven't read the third book) seem to be set up as the OfficialCouple, but [[AnchoredShip never really get together]]. Fans reacted by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5773510/1/Down_With_Kurt throwing books at the wall when the girl showed an interest in another boy]], comparing such boys to the BigBad, accusing them of being a BiggerBad, and writing FanFiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5773510/1/Down_With_Kurt dedicated entirely to torturing or complaining about said boys]].
* ''Literature/AgentPendergast'' has Pendergast/Corrie, Pendergast/Diogenes, Pendergast/D'Agosta, Pendergast/Constance...
* Alice and the Mad Hatter in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. The original book is for children, but some [[Series/{{Alice|2009}} adaptations]] and [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 sequels]] gave their relationship romantic traits. Naturally, Alice/Hatter is now the most desired ship.
** And at Disneyland, two of the costumed actors who play them are actually in a relationship, and therefore the Disney incarnations have a pretty big following on sites like Deviantart as well.
* One of the [[OlderThanSteam oldest]] examples of this is shown in the Portuguese/Spanish (its authorship is disputed) medieval romance ''Amadis Of Gaul''. Except that in this case it's not so much FanPreferredCouple as ''King'' Preferred Couple. To further elaborate: the hero Amadis is inextricably faithful to the princess Oriana. During one of his quests, however, one lady Briolanja falls desperately in love with him, and puts him in jail because he refuses to go to bed with her. Apparently the king of Portugal at the time, D. Afonso, really liked Briolanja and wanted her to have a happy ending, so he himself ordered the book to be changed, and have Amadis get hitched with Briolanja (with Oriana's permission, otherwise he'd die... it's a long story). This is [[RetCon retconned]] in later editions of the book, where the "author"/compiler himself narrates this version of the story, but immediately says afterwards something along the lines of "but this is just the king's whim and not what really happened". And then goes on with the "original" version. It's bizarre.



* Apparently, the most preferred partners for both Edmund and Lucy in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNarnia'' category are probably [[BrotherSisterIncest each other]]. The same was for Peter and Susan, before [[StrangledByTheRedString Caspian came around]]. Eustace/Jill and Polly/Digory are pretty popular as well, even though they're PlatonicLifePartners.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' fans preferred Mara/Luke over Callista/Luke.
** And then came the "Hand of Thrawn" duology, which not only made Mara/Luke canon, but also seemed like Zahn's attempt at a FixFic of a few of the other more controversial decisions of the EU up to that point.
* ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' has Ben/Vestara.
* Luke and Thalia in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. Even though Word of God states that Annabeth and Luke were in a relationship before his death, most fans still prefer Luke/Thalia. [[spoiler:[[ShipTease And there's also that little scene in Demigod Diaries when she kisses him...]]]]
** In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Leo/Piper and Jason/Reyna have pretty big fanbases.
** Percy/Nico got incredibly popular on Tumblr practically immediately after the release of "House of Hades", and TheReveal that [[spoiler:Nico was gay and crushing on Percy. [[IncompatibleOrientation Despite the fact that there's no way Percy would ever feel the same way]].]] [[OnlyFriend Jason/Nico]] also became a fairly popular ship.
*** Also Leo/Nico has a large amount of fans, mainly on tumblr.
** And then came ''Blood of Olympus'' with some new ShipTease in the form of Nico/Will. If the AO3 numbers are anything to go by, it's just about ''eclipsed'' Percy/Nico and Jason/Nico in popularity. [[spoiler: And in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'', they're an OfficialCouple.]]

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* Some ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' readers much prefer Dagny/Hank to Dagny/Galt.
* Claudia's sister Janine and Kristy's older brother Charlie are this for many ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' fans.
* There are a lot of ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' fanfictions dedicated to Shinji and Takako.
* ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'' has Doon and Lina, though they are PlatonicLifePartners [[spoiler:for ''most'' of the series]].
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'''s Jess/Leslie (or "Jesslie") is a bit of an odd duck among fan preferred couples because a) it's the ''only'' thing anyone in this fandom ships, and b) it would be completely canon if not for Leslie ending up on the wrong end of a DiabolusExMachina. A none-too-small portion of the fanfic for this story is dedicated to pushing the ResetButton as far down as it'll go, often by revealing [[RealAfterAll there was something genuinely mystical about those woods after all]].
* ''Literature/CassonFamilySeries'' has Tom/Rose.
* ''Literature/TheCasteelSeries'': a lot of readers preferred Heaven to be with Troy instead of Logan, even after Troy was revealed to be Heaven's ''uncle''. This is because, aside from incest not exactly being rare in Andrews' works, Troy was the TroubledButCute guy [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys female readers swooned over]] who actually turned out to be more thoughtful and caring towards Heaven than Logan was, making readers wish that he didn't have to be related to Heaven.
* An odd example with Creator/MaryRenault's ''The Charioteer''. Laurie and [[spoiler: Ralph]] end up together, so they're actually canon. However, this was not intended as an unmitigated happy ending -- almost none of Renault's endings are. Many fans, particularly the straight female fanbase though also some in the gay male fanbase, think that [[spoiler: Ralph]] was supposed to be the right guy for Laurie all along, when in fact Renault wrote in a letter that at the end [[spoiler: Ralph]] was "being taken on out of pity" by Laurie.
* Apparently, the most preferred partners for both Edmund and Lucy in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNarnia'' category are probably [[BrotherSisterIncest each other]]. The same was for Peter and Susan, before [[StrangledByTheRedString Caspian came around]]. Eustace/Jill and Polly/Digory are pretty popular as well, even though they're PlatonicLifePartners.
PlatonicLifePartners.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' fans preferred Mara/Luke over Callista/Luke.
** And then came
With Samuel Richardson's epistolary novel, ''Clarissa'', readers wrote to the "Hand of Thrawn" duology, author before the last volume was released, asking him to give the story a happy ending involving a wedding between the heroine, [[TheIngenue Clarissa]], and the villain, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Lovelace]]. Readers liked Lovelace despite his actions, which included raping the main character, and thought Clarissa was prudish and a tease. Richardson not only made Mara/Luke canon, but refused to change his plans for a tragic ending, he also seemed like Zahn's attempt at a FixFic of a few [[WriterRevolt rewrote parts of the other novel for later editions]] adding 200 pages and making Lovelace even more controversial decisions of a villain. Some readers were so against the tragic ending of the EU up to story that point.
* ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' has Ben/Vestara.
* Luke
they [[FixFic wrote their own versions]]. Two examples of these [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] are Lady Bradshaigh and Thalia in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. Even though Word of God states that Annabeth Lady Elizabeth Echlin. While Bradshaigh just rewrote the ending, giving Clarissa and Luke were in [[DracoInLeatherPants Lovelace]] a relationship before wedding on his death, most deathbed, Echlin rewrote her own version of the entire novel.
* There's some indications
fans still of ''Literature/ConfessionsOfADListSupervillain'' prefer Luke/Thalia. [[spoiler:[[ShipTease And there's also that little scene in Demigod Diaries when she kisses him...]]]]
** In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Leo/Piper
Wendy/Cal over Aphrodite/Cal.
* Most fans of ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' ship Georgia
and Jason/Reyna have pretty big fanbases.
** Percy/Nico got incredibly popular on Tumblr practically immediately after the release of "House of Hades", and TheReveal that [[spoiler:Nico was gay and crushing on Percy. [[IncompatibleOrientation Despite the fact that there's no way Percy would ever feel the same way]].]] [[OnlyFriend Jason/Nico]] also became a fairly popular ship.
*** Also Leo/Nico has a large amount of fans, mainly on tumblr.
** And then came ''Blood of Olympus'' with some new ShipTease in the form of Nico/Will. If the AO3 numbers are anything to go by, it's just about ''eclipsed'' Percy/Nico and Jason/Nico in popularity. [[spoiler: And in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'', they're an OfficialCouple.]]
Dave.



* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
** Averted in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' with Alanna's childhood friend George Cooper, who Pierce decided was better for Alanna after she [[ShipSinking sunk the ship]] of Alanna/Jonathan in ''The Woman Who Rides Like A Man''.
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Beka and Rosto]] in ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', as she ends up marrying [[spoiler:Farmer, who didn't appear in the first two books]].
* Pre-television example in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' due to it being autobiographical: Jo and Laurie become best friends and understand each other better than anyone else, but when the RelationshipUpgrade moment comes, Jo uses the old "LikeBrotherAndSister" excuse, and at some point, she wants Laurie to marry her little sister Beth. The two end up marrying different people (Jo marries her BigBrotherMentor Fritz, Laurie marries Jo's ''other'' sister Amy [[spoiler: since Beth dies]])... and continue to remain best friends and confidants.
** Alcott had her own reasons for this. Her father had high ideas and forced the family to live in a commune and try and be self-sufficient while he played philosopher all day. In order to prevent her family from starving, she wrote ''Little Women'' which actually was only the first half of ''Little Women'' as we know it today. It was a great success and so her [[ExecutiveMeddling publishers pushed her for another]]. Fans particularly pressured her to find husbands for the little women, and to get Jo and Laurie together. However the book was very much based on Alcott's own family, with [[AuthorStandIn Jo based on herself]]. Alcott wanted Jo, like herself, to remain an independent unmarried woman who earned her living through writing. However, with her family still starving, she had no other choice but to write the sequel ''Good Wives'', but [[WriterRevolt refused to let Laurie and Jo get together]].
** Meanwhile in the continuing sagas of ''Literature/Little Men'' and especially the latter ''Literature/Jo's Boys'' where the cast is all grown up - some fans still prefer Nan/Tommy over Tommy/Dora even though the former ship was sunk over and over by the [[WordOfGod author]]. Dan [[spoiler: dying in the epilogue of Jo's Boys]] outraged everyone, especially when some wanted to see [[UptownGirl Dan/Bess]] happen. Other fans also liked the thought of [[HoYay Dan/Nat]] or [[TakeAThirdOption Dan/Nan]].
* Alice and the Mad Hatter in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. The original book is for children, but some [[Series/{{Alice|2009}} adaptations]] and [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 sequels]] gave their relationship romantic traits. Naturally, Alice/Hatter is now the most desired ship.
** And at Disneyland, two of the costumed actors who play them are actually in a relationship, and therefore the Disney incarnations have a pretty big following on sites like Deviantart as well.
* Many readers of ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' have expressed a preference for Wilfred/Rebecca over Wilfred/Rowena. This was probably intentional. Rebecca is clearly the heroine of the book (more so than Ivanhoe as the hero); the reason they didn't end up together was that the Canon couple had been in love for a long time and Rebecca would never marry a Christian. It's probably a rare case of the author himself being one of those who preferred an alternate couple!
** Not just probably it is. [[WordOfGod Scott said so in the introduction.]] Scott also said it would have been an over-cheap and unrealistic morality lesson to have characters rewarded in this life for their good deeds with a successful spur-of-the-moment romance.

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* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
** Averted in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''
In ''Literature/DarkestPowers'', Derek and Chloe were the fan preferred couple from the very first book, despite Derek's brother flirting with Alanna's childhood friend George Cooper, who Pierce decided Chloe and Chloe tentatively reciprocating.
* Riley and [[spoiler:Beck]] are this in ''Literature/TheDemonTrappers''.
* [[HoYay Fitz/Eight]] is so popular in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'', even the ''authors'' ship it!
** To elaborate, both of them are canonically BiTheWay, and the Doctor has NoSenseOfPersonalSpace and has kissed Fitz more than once just because he
was better for Alanna after she [[ShipSinking sunk happy to see him. Fitz has on a few occasions admitted to having a crush on the ship]] of Alanna/Jonathan Doctor, and eventually flat out admits he's in ''The Woman Who Rides Like A Man''.
** Played straight
love with [[spoiler:Beka and Rosto]] in ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', as she ends up marrying [[spoiler:Farmer, who him. While the BBC didn't appear in really allow anyone to explicitly portray the first two books]].
* Pre-television example
Doctor as in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' due to it being autobiographical: Jo love with another man, many of the writers slipped in hints whenever possible, and Laurie towards the end of the series's run, most of the recurring writers had given up trying to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]] because it had become patently obvious that the radar didn't care.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the majority of the fanbase shipped Harry/Murphy (who are
best friends on the edge of RelationshipUpgrade) over the official Harry/Luccio. [[spoiler:It turns out that Luccio was brainwashed into dating Harry, and understand each other better than anyone else, but when the RelationshipUpgrade moment comes, Jo uses the old "LikeBrotherAndSister" excuse, and at some point, she wants Laurie to marry her little sister Beth. The two end up marrying different people (Jo marries her BigBrotherMentor Fritz, Laurie marries Jo's ''other'' sister Amy [[spoiler: they break up]]. And since Beth dies]])... and continue to remain best friends and confidants.
** Alcott had her own reasons
''Changes'' there's been more official ShipTease for this. Her father had high ideas and forced Harry/Murphy.
** Weirdly,
the family to live in fanbase has a commune and try and be self-sufficient while he played philosopher all day. In order to prevent her family from starving, she wrote ''Little Women'' which actually was only large slice of YaoiFangirls (Fanboys?) who ship Harry, the first half of ''Little Women'' as we know it today. It was a great success and so her [[ExecutiveMeddling publishers pushed her for another]]. Fans particularly pressured her to find husbands for the little women, and to get Jo and Laurie together. However the book was very much based on Alcott's own family, BigGood, with [[AuthorStandIn Jo based on herself]]. Alcott wanted Jo, like herself, to remain an independent unmarried woman who earned her living through writing. However, with her family still starving, she had no other choice but to write Marcone, the sequel ''Good Wives'', but [[WriterRevolt refused to let Laurie and Jo get together]].
** Meanwhile in the continuing sagas of ''Literature/Little Men'' and especially the latter ''Literature/Jo's Boys'' where the cast is all grown up - some fans still prefer Nan/Tommy over Tommy/Dora even though the former ship was sunk over and over by the [[WordOfGod author]]. Dan [[spoiler: dying in the epilogue of Jo's Boys]] outraged everyone, especially when some wanted to see [[UptownGirl Dan/Bess]] happen. Other fans also liked the thought of [[HoYay Dan/Nat]] or [[TakeAThirdOption Dan/Nan]].
* Alice and the Mad Hatter in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. The original book is for children, but some [[Series/{{Alice|2009}} adaptations]] and [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 sequels]] gave their relationship romantic traits. Naturally, Alice/Hatter is now the most desired ship.
** And at Disneyland, two of the costumed actors who play them are actually in a relationship, and therefore the Disney incarnations have a pretty big following on sites like Deviantart as well.
* Many readers of ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' have expressed a preference for Wilfred/Rebecca over Wilfred/Rowena.
AffablyEvil mob boss. This was probably intentional. Rebecca is clearly the heroine strange because Harry's narration has a lot of the book (more so than Ivanhoe as the hero); the reason they didn't end up together was that the Canon couple had been in love for a long time MaleGaze, and Rebecca would never marry a Christian. It's probably a rare case of the author himself being one of those who preferred an alternate couple!
** Not just probably it is. [[WordOfGod Scott said so in the introduction.]] Scott also said it would have been an over-cheap and unrealistic morality lesson to have characters rewarded in
he is AmbiguouslyBi at most. At any rate, this life for their good deeds with a successful spur-of-the-moment romance. one isn't about to become canon.



* Despite her having two canon lovers, the majority of the fandom of ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' are rooting for Sookie to end up with either her boss, Sam the shape-shifter, or Bill's "boss", Eric Northman.
** [[spoiler:Eric Northman]] became the latest canon relationship. [[spoiler:(They'd had sex before too.)]]
** That relationship eventually falls apart as well. By the epilogue, [[spoiler: Sookie is happily married to Sam.]]
* Many fans of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' think that Bella would have been better off with Jacob than Edward. A lot of reviewers of the film adaptation of ''New Moon'' agreed with them, saying that Bella had more chemistry and believable development with Jacob than she did with Edward.
** Jacob/Leah is also preferred over Jacob/Nessie.
** Subsequently, people prefer shipping Nessie with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Seth]], because he's closer to her age, is [[NiceGuy a very likable guy]], and a relationship with him would lack the ''enormous'' UnfortunateImplications and {{Squick}} Jacob/Nessie has.
** Bella and Alice also have a large following due to their RelationshipWritingFumble.
* One of the [[OlderThanSteam oldest]] examples of this is shown in the Portuguese/Spanish (its authorship is disputed) medieval romance ''Amadis Of Gaul''. Except that in this case it's not so much FanPreferredCouple as ''King'' Preferred Couple. To further elaborate: the hero Amadis is inextricably faithful to the princess Oriana. During one of his quests, however, one lady Briolanja falls desperately in love with him, and puts him in jail because he refuses to go to bed with her. Apparently the king of Portugal at the time, D. Afonso, really liked Briolanja and wanted her to have a happy ending, so he himself ordered the book to be changed, and have Amadis get hitched with Briolanja (with Oriana's permission, otherwise he'd die... it's a long story). This is [[RetCon retconned]] in later editions of the book, where the "author"/compiler himself narrates this version of the story, but immediately says afterwards something along the lines of "but this is just the king's whim and not what really happened". And then goes on with the "original" version. It's bizarre.
* For Creator/VCAndrews' [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries Casteel series]], a lot of readers preferred Heaven to be with Troy instead of Logan, even after Troy was revealed to be Heaven's ''uncle''. This is because, aside from incest not exactly being rare in Andrews' works, Troy was the TroubledButCute guy [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys female readers swooned over]] who actually turned out to be more thoughtful and caring towards Heaven than Logan was, making readers wish that he didn't have to be related to Heaven.
* In ''Literature/{{The Lord of the Rings}}'', many readers were taken by surprise by Sam's sudden interest in otherwise barely mentioned Rosie, after a trilogy of obsessive devotion to "Master" Frodo. Compare the amount of Rose/Sam fanworks to Frodo/Sam.
** Aragorn/Eowyn fans are a good deal more numerous than Aragorn/Arwen fans. It mostly stems from Arwen's near-total lack of pagetime - even movie fans often lament how Arwen's not half as interesting, even with all the AdaptationExpansion she got. Most of the development for Aragorn/Arwen is off-page, to say nothing of Eowyn/Faramir.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'':
** A large number of fans think that Marius chose wrong in picking sheltered [[TheIngenue ingenue]] Cosette over street-smart StalkerWithACrush Eponine. Never mind that he didn't know the latter loved him until [[spoiler:right before she dies]] in the book, and ''never'' in the [[Theatre/LesMiserables stage show]].
** Enjolras/Grantaire also have a huge fanbase.

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* Despite her having two canon lovers, the majority A ''good chunk'' of the ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' fandom of ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' are rooting for Sookie to end up with either her boss, Sam the shape-shifter, or Bill's "boss", Eric Northman.
** [[spoiler:Eric Northman]] became the latest canon relationship. [[spoiler:(They'd had sex before too.)]]
** That relationship eventually falls apart as well. By the epilogue, [[spoiler: Sookie is happily married to Sam.]]
* Many fans of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' think that Bella would have been better off with Jacob than Edward. A lot of reviewers of the film adaptation of ''New Moon'' agreed with them, saying that Bella had more chemistry and believable development with Jacob than she did with Edward.
** Jacob/Leah is also preferred
favours [[MayDecemberRomance Emily/Dean]] over Jacob/Nessie.
** Subsequently, people prefer shipping Nessie with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Seth]], because he's closer to her age, is [[NiceGuy a very likable guy]], and a relationship with him would lack the ''enormous'' UnfortunateImplications and {{Squick}} Jacob/Nessie has.
** Bella and Alice also have a large following due to their RelationshipWritingFumble.
* One of the [[OlderThanSteam oldest]] examples of this is shown in the Portuguese/Spanish (its authorship is disputed) medieval romance ''Amadis Of Gaul''. Except that in this case it's not so much FanPreferredCouple
[[TrueLoveIsBoring Emily/Teddy]], as ''King'' Preferred Couple. To further elaborate: the hero Amadis is inextricably faithful to the princess Oriana. During one of his quests, however, one lady Briolanja falls desperately in love with him, and puts him in jail because he refuses to go to bed with her. Apparently the king of Portugal at the time, D. Afonso, really liked Briolanja and wanted her to have a happy ending, so he himself ordered the book to be changed, and have Amadis get hitched with Briolanja (with Oriana's permission, otherwise he'd die... it's a long story). This is [[RetCon retconned]] in later editions of the book, where the "author"/compiler himself narrates this version of the story, but immediately says afterwards something along the lines of "but this is just the king's whim and not what really happened". And then goes on with the "original" version. It's bizarre.
* For Creator/VCAndrews' [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries Casteel series]], a lot of readers preferred Heaven to be with Troy instead of Logan,
even after Troy was revealed to be Heaven's ''uncle''. This is because, aside from incest not exactly being rare in Andrews' works, Troy was the TroubledButCute guy [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys female readers swooned over]] who actually turned out to be more thoughtful and caring towards Heaven than Logan was, making readers wish that he didn't have to be related to Heaven.
* In ''Literature/{{The Lord
''fans'' of the Rings}}'', many readers were taken by surprise by Sam's sudden interest in otherwise barely mentioned Rosie, after Emily/Teddy find him a trilogy of obsessive devotion to "Master" Frodo. Compare the amount of Rose/Sam fanworks to Frodo/Sam.
** Aragorn/Eowyn fans are a good deal more numerous than Aragorn/Arwen fans. It mostly stems from Arwen's near-total lack of pagetime - even movie fans often lament how Arwen's not half as interesting, even
painfully dull, flat character with all the AdaptationExpansion she got. Most personality of the development for Aragorn/Arwen a paperclip.
* In ''Literature/GeorginaKincaid'', Georgina/Seth
is off-page, to say nothing often ditched in favor of Eowyn/Faramir.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'':
** A large number of fans think that Marius chose wrong in picking sheltered [[TheIngenue ingenue]] Cosette over street-smart StalkerWithACrush Eponine. Never mind that he didn't know the latter loved him until [[spoiler:right before she dies]] in the book,
Georgina/Carter, Georgina/Jerome, and ''never'' in the [[Theatre/LesMiserables stage show]].
** Enjolras/Grantaire also have a huge fanbase.
Georgina/Roman.



* In ''Literature/DarkestPowers'', Derek and Chloe were the fan preferred couple from the very first book, despite Derek's brother flirting with Chloe and Chloe tentatively reciprocating.
* In ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', there is Holmes/Watson - one of the, if not ''the'', most slashed pairing ever. Non-yaoi fans can also [[PromotedToLoveInterest promote Irene Adler to love interest]], which many, many, writers, playwrights and scriptwriters have done throughout the years.
* With Samuel Richardson's epistolary novel, ''Clarissa'', readers wrote to the author before the last volume was released, asking him to give the story a happy ending involving a wedding between the heroine, [[TheIngenue Clarissa]], and the villain, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Lovelace]]. Readers liked Lovelace despite his actions, which included raping the main character, and thought Clarissa was prudish and a tease. Richardson not only refused to change his plans for a tragic ending, he also [[WriterRevolt rewrote parts of the novel for later editions]] adding 200 pages and making Lovelace even more of a villain. Some readers were so against the tragic ending of the story that they [[FixFic wrote their own versions]]. Two examples of these [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] are Lady Bradshaigh and Lady Elizabeth Echlin. While Bradshaigh just rewrote the ending, giving Clarissa and [[DracoInLeatherPants Lovelace]] a wedding on his deathbed, Echlin rewrote her own version of the entire novel.
* Subverted in ''Literature/The39Clues'' book series. Starting in the third book, fan-preferred couple [[spoiler: [[TheSmartGuy Amy]] and Ian]] (spoilered for those who haven't read the third book) seem to be set up as the OfficialCouple, but [[AnchoredShip never really get together]]. Fans reacted by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5773510/1/Down_With_Kurt throwing books at the wall when the girl showed an interest in another boy]], comparing such boys to the BigBad, accusing them of being a BiggerBad, and writing FanFiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5773510/1/Down_With_Kurt dedicated entirely to torturing or complaining about said boys]].



* Lots of ''Literature/HIVESeries'' fans are pretty damn obsessed by [[UnholyMatrimony Nero/Raven]]. There also seems to be a bit of [[HoYay Otto/Wing]] floating around too.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'' has Helen/Hector. Helen is/was the queen of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sparta]] and subtly derides Paris for letting Hector do all the fighting. Hector is a CrazyAwesome warrior who [[KnightInShiningArmor treats her courteously]], [[HonorBeforeReason even though he has every right not to]]. Since Helen openly wishes that Paris was more like Hector and Andromache is rather flat as a character, you can see where people are coming from.
** And of course, on the other side of the war, there's always Achilles/Patroclus.
* Many readers of ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' have expressed a preference for Wilfred/Rebecca over Wilfred/Rowena. This was probably intentional. Rebecca is clearly the heroine of the book (more so than Ivanhoe as the hero); the reason they didn't end up together was that the Canon couple had been in love for a long time and Rebecca would never marry a Christian. It's probably a rare case of the author himself being one of those who preferred an alternate couple!
** Not just probably it is. [[WordOfGod Scott said so in the introduction.]] Scott also said it would have been an over-cheap and unrealistic morality lesson to have characters rewarded in this life for their good deeds with a successful spur-of-the-moment romance.
* Most ''Literature/TheLastVampire'' fans seem to ship Sita/Yaksha.
* Pre-television example in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' due to it being autobiographical: Jo and Laurie become best friends and understand each other better than anyone else, but when the RelationshipUpgrade moment comes, Jo uses the old "LikeBrotherAndSister" excuse, and at some point, she wants Laurie to marry her little sister Beth. The two end up marrying different people (Jo marries her BigBrotherMentor Fritz, Laurie marries Jo's ''other'' sister Amy [[spoiler:since Beth dies]])... and continue to remain best friends and confidants.
** Alcott had her own reasons for this. Her father had high ideas and forced the family to live in a commune and try and be self-sufficient while he played philosopher all day. In order to prevent her family from starving, she wrote ''Little Women'' which actually was only the first half of ''Little Women'' as we know it today. It was a great success and so her [[ExecutiveMeddling publishers pushed her for another]]. Fans particularly pressured her to find husbands for the little women, and to get Jo and Laurie together. However the book was very much based on Alcott's own family, with [[AuthorStandIn Jo based on herself]]. Alcott wanted Jo, like herself, to remain an independent unmarried woman who earned her living through writing. However, with her family still starving, she had no other choice but to write the sequel ''Good Wives'', but [[WriterRevolt refused to let Laurie and Jo get together]].
** Meanwhile in the continuing sagas of ''Literature/Little Men'' and especially the latter ''Literature/Jo's Boys'' where the cast is all grown up - some fans still prefer Nan/Tommy over Tommy/Dora even though the former ship was sunk over and over by the [[WordOfGod author]]. Dan [[spoiler:dying in the epilogue of Jo's Boys]] outraged everyone, especially when some wanted to see [[UptownGirl Dan/Bess]] happen. Other fans also liked the thought of [[HoYay Dan/Nat]] or [[TakeAThirdOption Dan/Nan]].
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', many readers were taken by surprise by Sam's sudden interest in otherwise barely mentioned Rosie, after a trilogy of obsessive devotion to "Master" Frodo. Compare the amount of Rose/Sam fanworks to Frodo/Sam.
** Aragorn/Eowyn fans are a good deal more numerous than Aragorn/Arwen fans. It mostly stems from Arwen's near-total lack of pagetime - even movie fans often lament how Arwen's not half as interesting, even with all the AdaptationExpansion she got. Most of the development for Aragorn/Arwen is off-page, to say nothing of Eowyn/Faramir.



* ''Literature/LesMiserables'':
** A large number of fans think that Marius chose wrong in picking sheltered [[TheIngenue ingenue]] Cosette over street-smart StalkerWithACrush Eponine. Never mind that he didn't know the latter loved him until [[spoiler:right before she dies]] in the book, and ''never'' in the [[Theatre/LesMiserables stage show]].
** Enjolras/Grantaire also have a huge fanbase.
* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/MissMarple'' book ''4.50 from Paddington'', Lucy Eylesbarrow had two suitors, Cedric Crackenthorpe and Bryan Eastley. In her [[AllThereInTheManual "Secret Notebooks"]], Christie reveals that Lucy would end up with [[spoiler:the former]], even though many fans find him the more unlikable of the two options. The one that most readers ''really'' want Lucy to marry is actually Inspector Dermot Craddock, whom she interacted with [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight once or twice]].
* Literature/NancyDrew and... take your pick between one of the Hardy boys, or one of the various single male suspects in any of the games, [[FoeYay even if it's the culprit]], [[CrackPairing or if it would be totally unlikely in the game or in real life]]. The most popular of these, though, is Nancy and Dave from ''Secret of Shadow Ranch''. Poor Ned...
* Luke and Thalia in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. Even though Word of God states that Annabeth and Luke were in a relationship before his death, most fans still prefer Luke/Thalia. [[spoiler:[[ShipTease And there's also that little scene in Demigod Diaries when she kisses him...]]]]
** In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Leo/Piper and Jason/Reyna have pretty big fanbases.
** Percy/Nico got incredibly popular on Tumblr practically immediately after the release of "House of Hades", and TheReveal that [[spoiler:Nico was gay and crushing on Percy. [[IncompatibleOrientation Despite the fact that there's no way Percy would ever feel the same way]].]] [[OnlyFriend Jason/Nico]] also became a fairly popular ship.
*** Also Leo/Nico has a large amount of fans, mainly on tumblr.
** And then came ''Blood of Olympus'' with some new ShipTease in the form of Nico/Will. If the AO3 numbers are anything to go by, it's just about ''eclipsed'' Percy/Nico and Jason/Nico in popularity. [[spoiler:And in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'', they're an OfficialCouple.]]
* Helen (the Queen of Eddis) and the Magus of Sounis are this for some ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' fans. Some are still happily shipping Helen/Sophos [[spoiler:''encouraged by'' the latter's mysterious disappearance]].



* There are a lot of ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' fanfictions dedicated to Shinji and Takako.
* Most fans of ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' ship Georgia and Dave.
* There's some indications fans of ''Literature/ConfessionsOfADListSupervillain'' prefer Wendy/Cal over Aphrodite/Cal.
* ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'' has Doon and Lina, though they are PlatonicLifePartners [[spoiler:for ''most'' of the series]].
* Riley and [[spoiler: Beck]] are this in ''Literature/TheDemonTrappers''.

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* There are a lot In ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', there is Holmes/Watson - one of ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' fanfictions dedicated to Shinji and Takako.
* Most
the, if not ''the'', most slashed pairing ever. Non-yaoi fans of ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' ship Georgia can also [[PromotedToLoveInterest promote Irene Adler to love interest]], which many, many, writers, playwrights and Dave.
scriptwriters have done throughout the years.
* There's [[MentorShip Skulduggery and Valkyrie]] from ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' is popular but also rather polarizing due to Valkyrie being underage and some indications fans of ''Literature/ConfessionsOfADListSupervillain'' prefer Wendy/Cal over Aphrodite/Cal.
other... [[DemBones obvious limitations]].
* ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'' has Doon and Lina, though they are PlatonicLifePartners [[spoiler:for ''most'' Despite her having two canon lovers, the majority of the series]].
* Riley and
fandom of ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' are rooting for Sookie to end up with either her boss, Sam the shape-shifter, or Bill's "boss", Eric Northman.
** [[spoiler:Eric Northman]] became the latest canon relationship. [[spoiler:(They'd had sex before too.)]]
** That relationship eventually falls apart as well. By the epilogue,
[[spoiler: Beck]] are this in ''Literature/TheDemonTrappers''.Sookie is happily married to Sam.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' fans preferred Mara/Luke over Callista/Luke.
** And then came the "Hand of Thrawn" duology, which not only made Mara/Luke canon, but also seemed like Zahn's attempt at a FixFic of a few of the other more controversial decisions of the EU up to that point.
** ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' has Ben/Vestara.



* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
** Averted in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' with Alanna's childhood friend George Cooper, who Pierce decided was better for Alanna after she [[ShipSinking sunk the ship]] of Alanna/Jonathan in ''The Woman Who Rides Like A Man''.
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Beka and Rosto]] in ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', as she ends up marrying [[spoiler:Farmer, who didn't appear in the first two books]].
* Many fans of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' think that Bella would have been better off with Jacob than Edward. A lot of reviewers of the film adaptation of ''New Moon'' agreed with them, saying that Bella had more chemistry and believable development with Jacob than she did with Edward.
** Jacob/Leah is also preferred over Jacob/Nessie.
** Subsequently, people prefer shipping Nessie with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Seth]], because he's closer to her age, is [[NiceGuy a very likable guy]], and a relationship with him would lack the ''enormous'' UnfortunateImplications and {{Squick}} Jacob/Nessie has.
** Bella and Alice also have a large following due to their RelationshipWritingFumble.
* Even though the canon pairing is Gregor/Luxa, many ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'' fans seem to prefer Gregor/Howard for some reason.



* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': [[DeadpanSnarker Jayfeather]]/[[TheWoobie Briarlight]]. The fact that both of them are disabled yet determined to help their Clan, along with how she moved in with him after the accident that paralyzed her, quickly caused them to become one of the most popular pairings in the fandom. The fact that ShipTease is thrown their way like water on a fire doesn't help (or does, depending on your point of view).
** After they broke up, fans pretty much rallied and demanded that the Erins put [[spoiler:[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Brambleclaw]] and [[RebelliousPrincess Squirrelflight]]]] back together. [[spoiler:It didn't happen in the books at first, but WordOfGod says that yes, they ''did'' eventually reconcile their relationship (later confirmed InUniverse in ''Bramblestar's Storm''). So this is a weird mix of FanPreferredCouple and OfficialCouple.]]
** [[BloodKnight Lionblaze]] was commonly paired with Icecloud and Hazetail in fanworks, the former because she barely got any screen-time, and the latter because it ''was'' hinted that he had a crush on her. His RelationshipUpgrade with [[spoiler:[[NiceGuy Cinderheart]]]] did nothing to stop the fans.



* A ''good chunk'' of the ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' fandom favours [[MayDecemberRomance Emily/Dean]] over [[TrueLoveIsBoring Emily/Teddy]], as even ''fans'' of Emily/Teddy find him a painfully dull, flat character with all the personality of a paperclip.
* ''Literature/CassonFamilySeries'' has Tom/Rose.
* Literature/NancyDrew and... take your pick between one of the Hardy boys, or one of the various single male suspects in any of the games, [[FoeYay even if it's the culprit]], [[CrackPairing or if it would be totally unlikely in the game or in real life]]. The most popular of these, though, is Nancy and Dave from ''Secret of Shadow Ranch''. Poor Ned...
* Most ''Literature/TheLastVampire'' fans seem to ship Sita/Yaksha.
* Helen (the Queen of Eddis) and the Magus of Sounis are this for some ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' fans. Some are still happily shipping Helen/Sophos [[spoiler: ''encouraged by'' the latter's mysterious disappearance]].
* [[MentorShip Skulduggery and Valkyrie]] from ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' is popular but also rather polarizing due to Valkyrie being underage and some other... [[DemBones obvious limitations]].
* ''Literature/AgentPendergast'' has Pendergast/Corrie, Pendergast/Diogenes, Pendergast/D'Agosta, Pendergast/Constance...
* Some ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' readers much prefer Dagny/Hank to Dagny/Galt.
* In ''Literature/GeorginaKincaid'', Georgina/Seth is often ditched in favor of Georgina/Carter, Georgina/Jerome, and Georgina/Roman.
* An odd example with Creator/MaryRenault's ''The Charioteer''. Laurie and [[spoiler: Ralph]] end up together, so they're actually canon. However, this was not intended as an unmitigated happy ending -- almost none of Renault's endings are. Many fans, particularly the straight female fanbase though also some in the gay male fanbase, think that [[spoiler: Ralph]] was supposed to be the right guy for Laurie all along, when in fact Renault wrote in a letter that at the end [[spoiler: Ralph]] was "being taken on out of pity" by Laurie.
* Claudia's sister Janine and Kristy's older brother Charlie are this for many ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' fans.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': [[DeadpanSnarker Jayfeather]]/[[TheWoobie Briarlight]]. The fact that both of them are disabled yet determined to help their Clan, along with how she moved in with him after the accident that paralyzed her, quickly caused them to become one of the most popular pairings in the fandom. The fact that ShipTease is thrown their way like water on a fire doesn't help (or does, depending on your point of view).
** After they broke up, fans pretty much rallied and demanded that the Erins put [[spoiler:[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Brambleclaw]] and [[RebelliousPrincess Squirrelflight]]]] back together. [[spoiler:It didn't happen in the books at first, but WordOfGod says that yes, they ''did'' eventually reconcile their relationship (later confirmed InUniverse in ''Bramblestar's Storm''). So this is a weird mix of FanPreferredCouple and OfficialCouple.]]
** [[BloodKnight Lionblaze]] was commonly paired with Icecloud and Hazetail in fanworks, the former because she barely got any screen-time, and the latter because it ''was'' hinted that he had a crush on her. His RelationshipUpgrade with [[spoiler:[[NiceGuy Cinderheart]]]] did nothing to stop the fans.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'' has Helen/Hector. Helen is/was the queen of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sparta]] and subtly derides Paris for letting Hector do all the fighting. Hector is a CrazyAwesome warrior who [[KnightInShiningArmor treats her courteously]], [[HonorBeforeReason even though he has every right not to]]. Since Helen openly wishes that Paris was more like Hector and Andromache is rather flat as a character, you can see where people are coming from.
** And of course, on the other side of the war, there's always Achilles/Patroclus.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the majority of the fanbase shipped Harry/Murphy (who are best friends on the edge of RelationshipUpgrade) over the official Harry/Luccio. [[spoiler: It turns out that Luccio was brainwashed into dating Harry, and they break up]]. And since ''Changes'' there's been more official ShipTease for Harry/Murphy.
** Weirdly, the fanbase has a large slice of YaoiFangirls (Fanboys?) who ship Harry, the BigGood, with Marcone, the AffablyEvil mob boss. This is strange because Harry's narration has a lot of MaleGaze, and he is AmbiguouslyBi at most. At any rate, this one isn't about to become canon.
* Lots of ''Literature/HIVESeries'' fans are pretty damn obsessed by [[UnholyMatrimony Nero/Raven]]. There also seems to be a bit of [[HoYay Otto/Wing]] floating around too.
* [[HoYay Fitz/Eight]] is so popular in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'', even the ''authors'' ship it!
** To elaborate, both of them are canonically BiTheWay, and the Doctor has NoSenseOfPersonalSpace and has kissed Fitz more than once just because he was happy to see him. Fitz has on a few occasions admitted to having a crush on the Doctor, and eventually flat out admits he's in love with him. While the BBC didn't really allow anyone to explicitly portray the Doctor as in love with another man, many of the writers slipped in hints whenever possible, and towards the end of the series's run, most of the recurring writers had given up trying to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]] because it had become patently obvious that the radar didn't care.
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'''s Jess/Leslie (or "Jesslie") is a bit of an odd duck among fan preferred couples because a) it's the ''only'' thing anyone in this fandom ships, and b) it would be completely canon if not for Leslie ending up on the wrong end of a DiabolusExMachina. A none-too-small portion of the fanfic for this story is dedicated to pushing the ResetButton as far down as it'll go, often by revealing [[RealAfterAll there was something genuinely mystical about those woods after all]].
* Even though the canon pairing is Gregor/Luxa, many ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'' fans seem to prefer Gregor/Howard for some reason.
* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''[[Literature/MissMarple 4.50 from Paddington]]'', Lucy Eylesbarrow had two suitors, Cedric Crackenthorpe and Bryan Eastley. In her [[AllThereInTheManual "Secret Notebooks"]], Christie reveals that Lucy would end up with [[spoiler:the former]], even though many fans find him the more unlikable of the two options. The one that most readers ''really'' want Lucy to marry is actually Inspector Dermot Craddock, whom she interacted with [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight once or twice]].
6th Nov '16 4:49:32 PM dlchen145
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* ''Literature/TheIliad'' has Helen/Hector. Helen is/was the queen of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sparta]] and subtly derides Paris for letting Hector do all the fighting. Hector is a CrazyAwesome [[{{Badass}} warrior]] who [[KnightInShiningArmor treats her courteously]], [[HonorBeforeReason even though he has every right not to]]. Since Helen openly wishes that Paris was more like Hector and Andromache is rather flat as a character, you can see where people are coming from.

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* ''Literature/TheIliad'' has Helen/Hector. Helen is/was the queen of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sparta]] and subtly derides Paris for letting Hector do all the fighting. Hector is a CrazyAwesome [[{{Badass}} warrior]] warrior who [[KnightInShiningArmor treats her courteously]], [[HonorBeforeReason even though he has every right not to]]. Since Helen openly wishes that Paris was more like Hector and Andromache is rather flat as a character, you can see where people are coming from.
1st Nov '16 9:49:19 AM Anddrix
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* Alice and the Mad Hatter in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. The original book is for children, but some [[Series/{{Alice|2009}} adaptations]] and [[Film/AliceInWonderland sequels]] gave their relationship romantic traits. Naturally, Alice/Hatter is now the most desired ship.

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* Alice and the Mad Hatter in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. The original book is for children, but some [[Series/{{Alice|2009}} adaptations]] and [[Film/AliceInWonderland [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 sequels]] gave their relationship romantic traits. Naturally, Alice/Hatter is now the most desired ship.
19th Oct '16 2:36:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Many - possibly even a majority - of fans of the ''EarthsChildren'' series wished Ayla had stayed with charismatic Ranec from ''The Mammoth Hunters''. Indeed it seemed like Ayla only chose to go back to Jondolar (who was being a petulant ass throughout the book) because [[UnfortunateImplications Ranec is black]]. That... or Ayla's a [[BiggusDickus size queen]].

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* Many - possibly even a majority - of fans of the ''EarthsChildren'' ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series wished Ayla had stayed with charismatic Ranec from ''The Mammoth Hunters''. Indeed it seemed like Ayla only chose to go back to Jondolar (who was being a petulant ass throughout the book) because [[UnfortunateImplications Ranec is black]]. That... or Ayla's a [[BiggusDickus size queen]].
25th Sep '16 3:18:15 AM Freezer
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** That relationship eventually falls apart as well. By the epilogue, [[spoiler: Sookie is happily married to Sam.]]
23rd Aug '16 5:45:54 PM Adept
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** Or Gregor/Henry. Or Bane/Ares. Or Ripred/everyone.

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** Or Gregor/Henry. Or Bane/Ares. Or Ripred/everyone.* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''[[Literature/MissMarple 4.50 from Paddington]]'', Lucy Eylesbarrow had two suitors, Cedric Crackenthorpe and Bryan Eastley. In her [[AllThereInTheManual "Secret Notebooks"]], Christie reveals that Lucy would end up with [[spoiler:the former]], even though many fans find him the more unlikable of the two options. The one that most readers ''really'' want Lucy to marry is actually Inspector Dermot Craddock, whom she interacted with [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight once or twice]].
23rd Aug '16 4:39:14 PM Adept
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* Apparently, the most preferred partners for both Edmund and Lucy in the ''ChroniclesOfNarnia'' category are probably [[BrotherSisterIncest each other]]. The same was for Peter and Susan, before [[StrangledByTheRedString Caspian came around]]. Eustace/Jill and Polly/Digory are pretty popular as well, even though they're PlatonicLifePartners.

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* Apparently, the most preferred partners for both Edmund and Lucy in the ''ChroniclesOfNarnia'' ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNarnia'' category are probably [[BrotherSisterIncest each other]]. The same was for Peter and Susan, before [[StrangledByTheRedString Caspian came around]]. Eustace/Jill and Polly/Digory are pretty popular as well, even though they're PlatonicLifePartners.



* Pre-television example in ''LittleWomen'' due to it being autobiographical: Jo and Laurie become best friends and understand each other better than anyone else, but when the RelationshipUpgrade moment comes, Jo uses the old "LikeBrotherAndSister" excuse, and at some point, she wants Laurie to marry her little sister Beth. The two end up marrying different people (Jo marries her BigBrotherMentor Fritz, Laurie marries Jo's ''other'' sister Amy [[spoiler: since Beth dies]])... and continue to remain best friends and confidants.

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* Pre-television example in ''LittleWomen'' ''Literature/LittleWomen'' due to it being autobiographical: Jo and Laurie become best friends and understand each other better than anyone else, but when the RelationshipUpgrade moment comes, Jo uses the old "LikeBrotherAndSister" excuse, and at some point, she wants Laurie to marry her little sister Beth. The two end up marrying different people (Jo marries her BigBrotherMentor Fritz, Laurie marries Jo's ''other'' sister Amy [[spoiler: since Beth dies]])... and continue to remain best friends and confidants.



* Subverted in ''The39Clues'' book series. Starting in the third book, fan-preferred couple [[spoiler: [[TheSmartGuy Amy]] and Ian]] (spoilered for those who haven't read the third book) seem to be set up as the OfficialCouple, but [[AnchoredShip never really get together]]. Fans reacted by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5773510/1/Down_With_Kurt throwing books at the wall when the girl showed an interest in another boy]], comparing such boys to the BigBad, accusing them of being a BiggerBad, and writing FanFiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5773510/1/Down_With_Kurt dedicated entirely to torturing or complaining about said boys]].
* * ''Literature/HarryPotter'':

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* Subverted in ''The39Clues'' ''Literature/The39Clues'' book series. Starting in the third book, fan-preferred couple [[spoiler: [[TheSmartGuy Amy]] and Ian]] (spoilered for those who haven't read the third book) seem to be set up as the OfficialCouple, but [[AnchoredShip never really get together]]. Fans reacted by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5773510/1/Down_With_Kurt throwing books at the wall when the girl showed an interest in another boy]], comparing such boys to the BigBad, accusing them of being a BiggerBad, and writing FanFiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5773510/1/Down_With_Kurt dedicated entirely to torturing or complaining about said boys]].
* * ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
18th Aug '16 10:52:57 PM Adept
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* In ''SherlockHolmes'', there is Holmes/Watson - one of the, if not ''the'', most slashed pairing ever. Non-yaoi fans can also [[PromotedToLoveInterest promote Irene Adler to love interest]], which many, many, writers, playwrights and scriptwriters have done throughout the years.

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* In ''SherlockHolmes'', ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', there is Holmes/Watson - one of the, if not ''the'', most slashed pairing ever. Non-yaoi fans can also [[PromotedToLoveInterest promote Irene Adler to love interest]], which many, many, writers, playwrights and scriptwriters have done throughout the years.



* A ''good chunk'' of the ''EmilyOfNewMoon'' fandom favours [[MayDecemberRomance Emily/Dean]] over [[TrueLoveIsBoring Emily/Teddy]], as even ''fans'' of Emily/Teddy find him a painfully dull, flat character with all the personality of a paperclip.

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* A ''good chunk'' of the ''EmilyOfNewMoon'' ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' fandom favours [[MayDecemberRomance Emily/Dean]] over [[TrueLoveIsBoring Emily/Teddy]], as even ''fans'' of Emily/Teddy find him a painfully dull, flat character with all the personality of a paperclip.



* Nasuada and Murtagh are this in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.



* ''BridgeToTerabithia'''s Jess/Leslie (or "Jesslie") is a bit of an odd duck among fan preferred couples because a) it's the ''only'' thing anyone in this fandom ships, and b) it would be completely canon if not for Leslie ending up on the wrong end of a DiabolusExMachina. A none-too-small portion of the fanfic for this story is dedicated to pushing the ResetButton as far down as it'll go, often by revealing [[RealAfterAll there was something genuinely mystical about those woods after all]].

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* ''BridgeToTerabithia'''s ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'''s Jess/Leslie (or "Jesslie") is a bit of an odd duck among fan preferred couples because a) it's the ''only'' thing anyone in this fandom ships, and b) it would be completely canon if not for Leslie ending up on the wrong end of a DiabolusExMachina. A none-too-small portion of the fanfic for this story is dedicated to pushing the ResetButton as far down as it'll go, often by revealing [[RealAfterAll there was something genuinely mystical about those woods after all]].
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** Judging by fanfiction.net, Draco/Hermione is the most popular pairing in the fandom involving either of these two characters. With 49,031 stories, it doesn't just beat out all alternative pairings involving one of these characters, it beats the canon pairings, too (23,070 for Hermione/Ron as of 9th January, 2013).

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** Judging by fanfiction.net, Draco/Hermione is the most popular pairing in the fandom involving either of these two characters. With 49,031 stories, the amount of stories it gets, it doesn't just beat out all alternative pairings involving one of these characters, it beats the canon pairings, too (23,070 for Hermione/Ron as of 9th January, 2013).too.



** As of July 2013, Lupin and Sirius have 16,797, vastly overshadowing the canon Lupin/Tonks pairing. It is so popular, that many fans actually thought the two characters were canonically together, including the two actors.

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** As of July 2013, Lupin and Sirius have 16,797, Lupin/Sirius vastly overshadowing overshadows the canon Lupin/Tonks pairing. It is so popular, that many fans actually thought the two characters were canonically together, including the two actors.
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