Definition of “ships” for those who know them only as ocean-going vessels. This is TUMBLR speak for a fictional couple you love. Here’s my favorite illustration:
#1 Lady Edith and Sir Anthony
They are usually known by a combined nickname. These two, Sir Anthony Strallan and Lady Edith Crawley from Seasons 1 and 3 of Downton Abbey are known as “Andith.” [And, no, I don’t care that Edith finally found love and got to outrank nasty Mary!] People, me included, have written fan fiction about them and other such couples. They are my number one SHIP–the first of the genre. You all know I love older man romances that are the real McCoy–no sugar daddy stuff!
#2 Scarlett and Rhett
Gone With the Wind
Gone With The Wind produced the only ‘ship to use one person’s name: Scarl-ett! The grand parents of the people who created the ship concept weren’t even born yet when this one came out in 1939. They were my first ever obsession! There is even more to love about this relationship in the book–the movie just couldn’t cover it all.
#3 Arthur and Guinevere
An aging Arthur (Sean Connnery) is cockolded by Richard Geer as Lancelot. Julia Ormand is the gorgeous young Guinevere. This one, too, pre-dates the SHIP concept b a few decades, having been released in 1995. First Knight is the movie.
#4 Helene and Frank
I read this book when it came out in the 1970s. I love both it and the film–a rare occurance! While not a true romance, it has all the feels (if you ship you have feels). The film link. The movie includes an early Judy Dench apperance as Frank’s wife.
# 5 Jack and Joy
Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger as C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman in Shadowlands. It includes an early acting role for Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, too.
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