NOTPs | ships I’m not on board with

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is a freebie! I decided to talk about some ships I’m not on board with, aka NOTPs. I feel like this post needs a disclaimer: if you love any of these ships, this is NOT an attack on you or your reading tastes. Relax. They’re just ships I don’t particularly love.



Lia/Rafe – The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Fight me on this one. I really am not a fan of Rafe. I kept this name as the ship because I didn’t want to spoil anyone who hasn’t read the book on whether he’s the assassin or the prince. My point is, I’m still not behind this ship even though I’ve read all three books. In fact, with every book I disliked him more. How he didn’t respect Lia’s wishes, made decisions without consulting her, and more. I actually have another NOTP from this series, but I felt like sharing it would be a spoiler for the third book. If you have read the third book, message me on Twitter because even though it’s been years since I’ve finished it, I still don’t agree with it!

Will/Tessa – Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Unpopular opinion number 2! I have never liked Will. From the first book on, he was just a moody, annoying piece of crap. He not only treated Tessa badly, but the people who raised him and cared for him too. Yes, there are some “reasons” to his behavior, but it’s really no excuse to me. I’ll also never forgive them for a certain scene in the third book.

Remus Lupin/Nymphadora Tonks – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I hate them together or think they’re not good for one another. It’s just that I think Remus and Sirius were in love, and thus it feels weird to me that he married Sirius’ cousin. Just saying. #wolfstar

Katniss/Gale – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Honestly, it’s been such a long time since I’ve read this series that I can’t quite remember all my reasons as to why I don’t ship them. I just don’t. There you go.

Astrid/Michael – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
ASTRID DESERVES BETTER!!!!!!! Fuck Michael. Honestly, he is the worst kind of man, intimidated by a woman who is richer than he is, and has more connections than he does.


Ross/Rachel – F.R.I.E.N.D.S
I wish this never happened. Rachel deserved much better than a guy who constantly looked down on her for her chosen careers, who didn’t respect her wishes or opinions, who was so disgustingly possessive out of insecurity, who is homophobic and reinforces toxic masculinity, and who kept her from achieving her dreams. Rot in hell, Ross.

Buffy/Riley – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
No chemistry, no honesty, just nothing. This relationship had nothing going for it, other than the fact that Riley is a pretty good-looking guy. Boring.

Veronica/Duncan – Veronica Mars
Noping out of here SO FAST! I am still a big supporter of Veronica/Logan, even though Logan is pretty awful at the start of the story. Okay, not just pretty awful. He’s an asshole. But Duncan is just so boring. And he also feels like the kind of guy who constantly looks down on her, and keeps her down too. Logan lifts her up and makes her reach for more. Duncan doesn’t. I don’t know why anyone would pine for this dude.

Clark/Lana – Smallville
Once again, this relationship just left me bored. Clark lusted after Lana for ages in high school and had the biggest crush on her. Then she finally noticed him. But I never felt like the two really had much in common, or any chemistry for that matter. Once again, they didn’t raise each other up. I don’t know, this ship just left me bored, and I couldn’t wait for them to break up.

Sookie/Bill – True Blood
Team Eric, everyone. Or team Alcide! I just don’t like how Bill kept manipulating Sookie into doing what he wanted, and how he kept her ignorant so she would stay dependent on him. Actually, Alcide is the only one who didn’t keep Sookie from doing what she wanted, or learning more about a certain subject. He helped her, drove her around, and protected her by her side. He didn’t forbid her from doing things (at least not from what I remember – I never finished the show).

My friends’ NOTPs


I thought it would be fun to add NOTPs from my (bookish) friends too! I love these girls, so I knew I had to ask for their opinions on this topic. The explanations I’ve provided for these NOTPs are the ones they messaged me after I asked them!

Ross/Rachel – F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Inge (Of Wonderland) definitely agrees with me on this one. We both absolutely despise Ross… See the reasons mentioned above!

Damon/Elena + Klaus/Caroline – The Vampire Diaries
Alessandra‘s NOTP is Damon/Elena! To her, it feels like the two were randomly put together because a large part of the fanbase asked for it. Inge also added Klaus/Caroline to this list, because murdering one’s family does not seem like a great start to a relationship.

Alina/Mal – The Grisha verse by Leigh Bardugo
Inge also contributed this NOTP to the list! I personally can’t remember enough of Mal to make a comment, but she found him to be too clingy and possessive. In her words, ‘I hate Mal!’

Leyton (Lucas/Peyton) – One Tree Hill
Another contribution from Alessandra! Leyton was her NOTP, simply because she adores Brucas. I can sympathize. Brooke Davis for the win. (Also, Sophia Bush for the win…)

There you go, our NOTPs! I thought it was fun to include some of my friends NOTPs on top of mine. Do you agree with us? Or have we discussed some of your favorite ships? What are your NOTPs?

21 thoughts on “NOTPs | ships I’m not on board with

  1. I agree with many of these. blergh at buffy/riley and ross and rachel. Ross is such an ass. And yes I get what you mean with Clark and Lana. It was boring. There was nothing really there.


  2. LOL, I have to disagree with you on all of them! Well, at least the ones I know about (Will/Tess, Katniss/Gale, Ross/Rachael). That’s okay, we can still be friends. 🙂 I guess it just shows that not everybody is going to like the same thing.


  3. Ugh Ross, he was the worst. 😛 I used to leave the room so as not to see that whole trainwreck of a relationship. I thought it was funny that the Hunger Games movies played up the love triangle thing, setting Gale up as real competition to Peeta when I’d never really felt that in the books. I love Remus. I love Tonks. I hated that they got together. It felt so weird for me because like you I’d shipped Wolfstar and still do.

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  4. Great list! I 100% agree with Rachel and Ross – I actually thought Rachel and Joey had far more chemistry by the final series, and Ross in general is the worst. I must admit I loved Remus/Tonks when I was younger, and I still have a soft spot for them because I love them both as individual characters so much, but Remus/Sirius is where it’s at.

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