I totally get why people prefer James over Ben. I just don't understand the hardcore shipping of James/Rose? I feel like Ben/Rose had a better build up anyway...
They're pretty much a trainwreck now, but they were pretty sweet in the beginning. Fans just have trouble letting go of characters' first loves. Not that I'm judging - I ship Rose with both brothers - but that's how I see it.
Did Elisabeth have a crush on Violet? That's the impression I got, but I might've been reading too much into it. The whole Nereids flashback wa a bit confusing.