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Book Review: Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas- AntiThesis

Rats Saw God, by Rob Thomas, captures the timeless struggle of adolescence. Unlike similar modern novels, this one creates 3D teen characters. None of them feel like caricatures of teenage behavior and attitudes. Their raw and realness matches those of your friends, family and neighbors. Rats Saw God’s authenticity transcends age limits.

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Steve York’s senior year consists of smoking pot and barely passing classes. To graduate, he must write a 100-page essay.  His essay letters unfolds the funny and heartbreaking adventures of his former group G.O.D (Grace Order of Dadaists), and his relationship with former girlfriend Dub. Steve’s essayistic journey reawakens the part of himself that enjoys life.  And he begins to live again. Overall, Rats Saw God is one of the best young-adult novels out there. It effortlessly portrays many of the struggles of growing up, but it keeps the balance between being  funny and tragic.

The only negative element of Rats Saw God is its predictability. The biggest turn of events in the novel can be predicted even by the most distracted readers. However, this flaw doesn’t detract from the many glaring assets of Rats Saw God.

The theme of fantasy vs. reality expresses an important truth about teenagers. As extremist, teens often see the world as a polarizing place. It’s either a complete hellhole or heaven on earth.

Steve experiences both degrees of these extremes. In his life in Houston, Texas, he’s naïve and hopeful. The world offers him so much. So when he discovers life is not perfect, he crumbles. The too pessimistic California version of Steve shuts everyone out. He views the world as too painful and people as too damaging to care for. It’s only through looking at his old life does he realize the negative effects of this attitude.

In the book, the reveal of Kurt Cobain’s death also impacts this theme. As a worshipped figure by teens, they idolize his life and him. Nevertheless, Cobain committed suicide, which by definition implies he was unhappy with certain parts of his life. The fantasies teens have about Cobain’s life most likely did not match his reality.

Apathy is another important subject of Rats Saw God.  Leader of G.O.D, Doug, feels indifferent towards the high school experience. Only because of a bet with his father does he create G.O.D. However, the group forces him and the other members to care about each other, high school and G.O.D.

Steve’s mirroring his father’s apathetic behavior also establishes this important theme. Steve judges his astronaut father for lack of real emotions, for never being the man Steve felt he should be. But when Steve’s sister, Sarah, accuses him of doing the same thing, Steve’s reflects on his father and himself. He realizes that the man he spent years hating is the same man he’s becoming. He must change.

Young Adult novels have been a favorite of mine all my life. However, the last couple of years, I find myself struggling to enjoy them. As a teen, I could relate to these characters more: they were me. But as an adult, many of these books don’t translate well to my new life perspective. Also, unfortunately, being an English major in college has made me a slight book snob. If a novel doesn’t inspire or challenge me, I do not connect with it.

Nevertheless, Rats Saw God is one of those rare novels that made me reflect on my teen days. There have only been a couple other YA novels that I’ve read recently to do this. Rats Saw God has been the most successful of these novels. Not necessarily for being a flawless literary work, but for feeling honest in its depiction of youth. The lens on Steve shows him as someone just as screwed up as the other characters in the novel.

Another of the many things I enjoyed about Rats Saw God was showing how self-centered most teens can be, but without necessarily making that a bad thing. It’s more of a fact that shapes their perception of the world. Steve took awhile to look pass what Dub did to him, and look at what he did to Dub, and what Dub’s issues were that led to their breakup.

Thomas did a respectable job by not making Dub the monster. This is a problem too many male novelist face. They create an unbelievable female lead or an unforgivable one. Dub felt just as human as Steve, if not more.

Rats Saw God captures the struggle of being too young to realize pain often defines our lives. While also being too young to realize pain’s temporary status. Rats Saw God  deserves ranking in the canon of great Young Adult novels. It needs more recognition for its quiet brilliance. 7.7/10

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Television Fall 2013: The Best Returning Shows (So Far) Pt. 1

Prior to the summer of 2013, I was very disappointed  in my returning favorite shows. None of them quite lived up to their past glory.  However, I am happy to say many of these shows have rebound.

A few of the shows returning to, or exceed,ing their past glory are:

The Best Returning Shows of Fall 2013 (so Far):

Once Upon a Time gets the best returning show award. I didn’t hate last season as much as some, but it just felt not quite there. However, the show seems more focused this season. It has a solid story arc goal. Because Once Upon a Time is divided into two-halves this year, the production team have given the series new life.  The season may have only had two episodes thus far, but they’ve been two of my favorites of the entire series.  I have a feeling that this season of Once Upon a Time will just get better and better. I’ve even boldly called it my favorite seasons so far on my coverage of it.

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Once Upon a Time’s  writing, acting and overall message has been stronger than it’s ever been in the past. This season feels like it’s getting  back to the heart of the show. The strength of Once Upon a Time really falls in the reinterpretation of Peter Pan. That imagination has sparked some really  admirable storytelling.

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The Vampire Diaries and Revenge seem like the most improved showsBoth series were terrible last season. But something changed  during production this year to give both series much needed makeovers.  Nevertheless, they both still needs lots of makeup to fix their issues. The Vampire Diaries has a little too much going on to fully develop each and every storyline. Despite my general hatred for the coupling of Damon and Elena, they are not that problematic this season (at least so far). The writers have wisely chosen to focus more on the supporting characters than their romance. I’m happy to see that Matt has become a major player now that the Original vampires are gone.

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Revenge hasn’t quite accomplished regaining the fun spark it had during season 1, but, like Once Upon a Time, the 11-episodes arcs  make the episodes more focused and driven towards a big eleven episode finale. However, the show is becoming a little over the top soapy. If it can tone that down a little, it could be a great series again.

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I’ve watched The Voice every season, but this is the only one that  I can actually say I have multiple favorite acts in the competition. Therefore, I’m more invested in the contestants than I’ve ever been. Hopefully some of them stick around long enough to keep me invested in the series.

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One series that didn’t let me down last year, and looks like it won’t this year is American Horror Story. The new season seems just the right amount of dark, with a blend of fun in there. It’s still too early to tell if it’ll be a knock out season for the show. But I have high hopes for it.

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Many of the shows I’m looking forward to this year have not yet  returned. A few of them include The Walking DeadMisfits and Fresh Meat. Therefore, I will do another post on the best returning series at the end of November to include other shows. I will also do reviews of each of the premiere episodes of The Walking Dead, Misfits and Fresh Meat. 

For now, I just hope that these returning series continue to improve, and don’t get tripped up by the 20, 22 or 24 episodes a season problem.

Coming Up soon…the worst new shows of fall 2013.

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Television Fall 2013: The Best New Shows (So Far) Pt. 1

The fall 2013 television season has begun. This year, like previous years, there are way too many shows competing for guts and glory. However, most won’t get glory.  And only a few will even survive. The Hunger Games season for television has left many shows on their last breath (it’s only week 3 for many of them). While a hand few are clearly becoming victors.

Here are those victors:

The Best New Shows of Fall 2013 (So Far)

To me the most intriguing, best acted and written show so far is The Blacklist.  James Spader (Red) was the selling point for me on the series. However, the writing is what keeps me tuning in each week. There is something so fascinating about a series following the destruction of super villains. Though this show isn’t a superhero one, it definite has those elements.  The characters on The Blacklist have dimensions often not shown on serial cop dramas like Law and Order. 

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The most interested thing with The Blacklist is the mystery surrounding Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). We now know her life isn’t what it seems. But what does that mean? I’m really hoping the reveal is a big pay off, and not an obvious one like  Red being her dad and her husband, Tom (Ryan Eggold), being a plant in her life.

Each week’s mystery is fun and exciting. So the show works on two levels. The first is a mystery of the week/criminal of the week show, and the second is an overall story about a woman trying to figure out her life. If the Blacklist continues on this path, it could be the best new show NBC has produced in a long time.

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A Close second for me is Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.  Because I’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon, definitely part of the cult, I had huge expectations for this show. The pilot episode didn’t quite work. It felt cheesy, awkward and didn’t really have the Whedon goodness I love. However, as the series has increased, it’s gotten better. It’s still not perfect, but I think with time it might get there. Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D has great characters, but it just needs to get its writing tighter.

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Also tied for second is Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is what would happen if Grimm and Fringe had a baby. I’m not intrigued as much by the overall mystery/monster of the week, but I am loving the main characters. The acting is very well-done, and the one-liners warm my heart with their cleverness.

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On the comedy front, I’m surprised to say that I kind of love Mom. I didn’t expect to, but it’s one of my favorite new shows and comedies. The writing and jokes get stronger weekly. I hope that it has the staying power of lesser comedies like Two in a Half Men. Because if so, it could be a great series.

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In the shows that could be great category is Once Upon a Time In Wonderland and The Tomorrow People. Both shows just premiered this week, so it’s hard to judge them thus far. Nonetheless, they both had really strong pilot episodes. So I have high hopes for them.

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In the shows that should have been great category is Super Clyde I saw Super Clyde a couple days ago on CBS.Com. And it was one of the best pilots I’ve seen all season. Therefore,  I’m really disappointed and surprised that CBS didn’t give it a full series. However, it does not quite work for the CBS brand, but would have been great for Fox.

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There are still a couple of series yet to premiere, and some of them  seem like they have the potential to be really good shows. Almost Human and Dracula rank high on my hopes for new fall TV  series, among a few others.  So I may do another best shows of  fall 2013 post at the end of November when all the shows have premiered.

However, generally I am happy with the new series (I’ve seen) this year. They’re definitely stronger than last year.

Coming Soon…the best returning series of fall 2013.

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Pop Culture Pains: The Love Triangle

Pop Culture pains are the things in television shows, movies or books that make me want to pull my hair out. 

You find yourself invested in a television show or a movie. You’re loving all the characters. Then you see two characters who seem so perfect together. But wait…someone else enters the picture. Then you scream with horrible. No, no, no. It’s a love triangle.

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I hate television show love triangles. I hate movie love triangles even more.  The ones in movies are huge disappointments. They usually end in one side of the triangle revealing themselves to be a horrible person.  Therefore, wasting viewers’ time, because they take the easy escape route in the end. The ones on shows just cause unnecessary drama. But the main reason I hate love triangles in television shows and movies are love triangles are so unrealistic.  How many people do you really know in a love triangle? And if this person is in a love triangle, how much does that make you dislike them? It makes them seem really slimy, because what kind of person keeps people strung along while they figure things out. It’s the ultimate sign of a selfish person.

So how are we supposed to like characters too fickle to decide who they want to be with? I think most people aren’t torn between two people. Their relationship problems are more internal. Their insecure about themselves and/or their partner. They argue too much.  Their kids are killing the romance. Very rarely is a relationship broken up because someone is conflicted about who they love. So why should we accept this in our television shows and movies? I would much rather see relationships have conflict because there are so many internal things hurting their romance. Take the other people out of it.  They just cause fangirls to argue over who’s hotter.

If television show and movie writers really want to show the problems of relationships, especially young ones, focus on what happens when people who are not completely aware of themselves start dating. Show people who really only love each other, but their past keeps making them do damaging things to their romance. How about even showing someone be unfaithful, and then that person try to repair the pain of that.

I have never watched a show and said “I’m glad there is a love triangle. I love, love triangles!” I have watched a movie with a complicated relationship and admired the depiction of all the stress and pain that comes with love.  So dear pop culture, please stop the love triangles. I don’t care how many people want to rock those stupid team whatever t-shirts.  I rather see complex stories about love that don’t involve someone else coming in the picture.  Love stories are more interesting when they’re realistic. Love triangles are not realistic.

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Music Monday: Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé

The first time I heard Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande, it was a cover version. I tend to prefer covers of songs because they’re more stripped down and organic. However, when I searched on youtube for the original, I was pleasantly surprised.

Everything about Beneath Your Beautiful works. The vocals are mesmerizing,  Labrinth’s voice blends so effortlessly with Emeli’s voice. Their voices are almost made for one another.  Next the technicality of the video makes it a spot on tribute to the song.  I love the idea of someone being projected on a screen, like a movie star, while another sings to them. It totally captures the idea of someone being beautiful, but unable to see it. In your eyes, they’re a star. In their eyes, they’re a mere mortal.

Beneath Your Beautiful is pure, musical heaven. This is what songs and videos should be.

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Movie Review: 5 Reasons Pacific Rim Is Cooler Than You Think, And 3 Reasons It’s Not

Warning this post may contain spoilers on Pacific Rim. Please do not read this until you see the movie.

When Pacific Rim was released, I had no interest in seeing it. Big budget, action, robot films rarely excite me. Additionally, the marketing for the film lacked momentum.  Not until the week of release did I hear about  Pacific Rim. However, through the power of social media,  my curiosity became piqued.  People reblogged gifs of it on Tumblr all the time.  Twitter chirped with articles about Pacific Rim. Therefore,  I took to a trusted friend for more information about this movie:  IMDB.  I discovered that Pacific Rim was highly rated by IMDB users, and directed by Guillermo del Toro. Because Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies of all-time, I am naturally inclined to see any movie directed by del Toro. Another selling point was  Robert Kazinsky. Kazinsky made this season of  True Blood  enjoyable. Therefore, all the social media buzz about the film, the cast and the director made its DVD release date an important time for me.

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Tonight I watched Pacific Rim.  I now understand the cult behind it. However, some glaring problems with the film kept me from drinking the cult Kool-Aid.

So here are five reasons why Pacific Rim is cooler than you think, and three reasons why it’s not.

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1. Movie Genre-Hybrid-Baby Film 

My movie genre expertise does not correlate with the ones that  influenced Pacific Rim . However, even non-experts, like me, easily can understand how certain film genres inspired elements of this movie.  Pacific Rim partially sources monster movies, hero origin tales and even a few  buddy cop/romance ones.

The film draws heavily from  Japanese monster movies. Some of the best moments of Pacific Rim involves the mimicking of Godzilla or King Kong movies. Pacific Rim clearly loves, knows and appreciates all the genres referenced, and because of that, it’s an admirable production.

2.  How Casting Should Be Done

It unsettles me when casting directors go for big Hollywood names instead of acting abilities. With that being said, the majority of the cast of Pacific Rim has little name recognition to an American audience.  Nevertheless, everyone in the cast radiates acting talent. Along with Kazinsky, I am a fan of Idris Elba and Charlie Day. Additionally, Rinko Kikuchi‘s performance on Babel is unforgettable. The only actor I was unfamiliar with, going into this film, was Charlie Hunnam. However, upon further research, I discovered how crafted he is at creating characters.

Overall, the Pacific Rim’s cast is what dreams are made of.

3. Diversity, Yeah! 

The film needs a bit more racial diversity.  Nonetheless, the multi-racial casting represents what the future of film casting should look-like.  Besides being racial diverse, the Pacific Rim cast is globally diverse.  Americans are the minority in this movie.

Pacific Rim‘s casting choices helps convey the idea that films need more diversity with leading roles.

4.  Pretty Colours 

Despite the sea monsters destroying it, Pacific Rim‘s version of Hong Kong looks breathtaking. A major reason for this involves the films consistent use of contrasting red and blue. A whole analytical piece for the film could really dive into the interesting patterns with the red and blue scenes in Pacific Rim.  For example, I’m sure some film student could do a whole reading on the scene when Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) carries her  little red shoes while being chased by a huge robot monster. They could argue that the red shoes in this totally demolished place symbolizes hope. Then they could say something about how red often shows hope in the film, and also tie that in with the important of red to Hong Kong.

The red burns bright while the city turns grey and dark.  It’s just such a beautiful visual.

5. Sign Me Up For This World

While watching Pacific Rim,  I started wondering about evolution. I wondered if  these creatures could actually happen one day. Then I started wondered if we should prepare now. I also wondered where would I get a cool robot suit.

I respect and admire how effortlessly del Toro created a world I fully believe.

Why It’s Not

1. You Can Fight Him, But You Can’t Stand Up For Yourself! 

A major problem in Pacific Rim is the characterization of Mako. She gives in too much to her emotions and is almost entirely submissive.  Essentially, Mako, as the only female character, classifies on the same hero level as the men. However, her fragile mentality makes her weaker than them.  The most disturbing display of Mako’s fragile nature shows when she cannot control her memories and almost kills everyone at the lab.  If the film had any other character behaving this way, it wouldn’t have felt like a jab against women. Because Mako as the only woman seems so emotional, it feels like the film is saying, “women: too emotional for heroics.” No other character in Pacific Rim displays lack of emotional control in this way. Becket (Charlie Hunnam) faces similar distress but he remains calm.

Another point of concern is Mako’s relationship with Pentecost (Idris Elba). Until his death, he controlled her completely, and she submitted to him easily.  Just because he was her father figure does not excuse their concerning relationship. Even daughters rebel against  controlling fathers. I do not believe Pacific Rim intended to express sexist ideologies, but  sometimes the intent does not match the reality.

People can argue it is an Asian culture thing. However, I will prove those stereotypes incorrect.

2. I’ll Take That Without All The Cheese

As a robot film, I expected robot film dialogue. Therefore, I did not expect Shakespeare in the park. Nevertheless, sometimes the writing became so cheesy that I cringed. Other times, the film felt so formulaic that I could predict the lines and storylines.

One moment that almost made me want to turn away, because it was too painful (in a laughable way) to watch, is the tearful goodbyes between Chuck (Robert Kazinsky) and Herc (Max Martini). That scene’s writing ranks  on the same level as soap opera cheesy.  Aside: No offense is intended to soap opera fans or writers. Soap operas, despite their bad reputation, can have very captivating storylines and scenes. However, when soap opera writers fail to write something believable, they really fail.   End Aside.

Like soap operas, when Pacific Rim‘s writing lacks believability, it really does.

3. Know The Rules of Textbook Characters, Then Break Them

Despite the talent of the cast, at times the characters are one-dimensional and unrealistic. Pentecost’s angry screaming almost discredited Elba as an actor.   It just didn’t feel natural. Both Kazinsky and Hunnam fall into character stereotypes. Kazinsky embodies the jerk, with a daddy issues,  cliche, just as much as Hunnam represents the All-American hero one.

Their acting was fine, but neither actor attempted to take these characters to another level. A textbook character can still have dimensions to make it more than that(See: Joss Whedon characters as reference).

Dr. Geiszler (Charlie Day)  and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) are the most fascinating characters in Pacific Rim. Both of them are reinterpretations of very classic character stereotypes. They took weird scientists characters to new levels.  Dr. Geiszler’s quest storyline is so interesting that it easily could have been its own film.

Pacific Rim definitely has a lot of inspiring qualities: the homage to monster films, the perfect casting and the subtle usage of colors. However, there is a lot of room for improvements.  So if there is a sequel someday, work on the problems. Therefore, it can truly become a monster of a film.

Grade: 6.9/10

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Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus (Covered by James Arthur)

After hearing Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus, I immediately loved it. I’ll admit that the main reason I listened to the song was because of the controversy surrounding it and the video. However,  the controversy does not overshadow the beauty of the song. Yes, it’s beautiful in a simple, pop way. But for a pop song, it’s very well done.

I kept my love for the song a secret. Well, because I didn’t feel justified in loving it. That is until I heard the cover by James Arthur. I have been a James Arthur fan, basically from the beginning. I loathe the American version of X Factor but I love the UK version of it. I know they’re basically the same thing, but the UK one just works better for me. The same applies for The Voice. I love the American version of The Voice, but something about the UK version just doesn’t work as well as it does here.

I watched James Arthur become the champ of X Factor last year, and I have been following his career since. When he posted a link to this cover on Twitter, I finally felt like someone interrupted Miley’s beautiful song correctly. It’s not my favorite James Arthur cover, but it’s raw emotions give the lyrics a life that Cyrus never did.

Listen to James Arthur’s Wrecking Ball cover below. Better than the original? I think so.

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The Pilots Are Coming, The Pilots Are Coming!

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Today a lot of networks began releasing pilot episodes of their shows online, through  sites like Hulu. A few returning shows even put their season premiere episodes today. And a couple of, unfortunate, shows got their premiere episodes leaked online. Plus, I’ve been getting all kinds of invites to attend public screenings in my area of the new fall shows.

So what does this all mean? It means I’ll be writing reviews of some of the premiere and pilot episodes of this fall season.  I’ll probably start tomorrow by doing a review of The Mindy Project’s season premiere (which I’m watching now).

Let the fall show season begin!

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Music Monday: A Lover I Don’t Have To Love by Bright Eyes

Often, a part of a lyric will intoxicate our minds. Then the fever sets in, and our obsession grows. We must hear this song. Only then will our fever cease. That is how I feel about ‘A Lover I Don’t Have to Love’ by Bright Eyes today. It’s one of those songs where the lyrics are part tragic and part beautiful.  It’s not quite a pop song, but not entirely rock. Some happy medium. The lyrics, to me, represent the consequences of addiction. I see the song as telling a story about using addiction, whether substance or sex, to mask real emotions.  It’s such a beautiful and haunting song. So this Music Monday is dedicated to the mesmerizing and tragic, ‘Lover I Don’t Have to Love.’

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I Ship It: Once Upon a Time’s Neal & Emma-An Argument For Destiny

Recently I discovered that I am usually in the minority of television show couple shipping.  At least that’s how it appears based on vocalization.  For some odd reason, Once Upon a Time fans love the idea of Hook and Emma as a couple. I do not. For many reasons, I do not support this pairing. I do like both characters, just not together. However, I am fully aware that the writers are in the process of creating an Emma-Hook-Neal triangle. I’m team Neal all the way.

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Many  OUAT fans do not like Emma and Neal as a duo. They claim the couple has no chemistry, they shouldn’t just be together because they have a child, etc. I think we’re watching a different show, because Emma and Neal not only have great chemistry,  but they’re one of the most dynamic pairs on Once Upon a Time.  Personally, I believe television show fans just create silly reasons to make their couple seem better than the next.  We’re all stubborn about our ships. Therefore, it would take a miracle to change someone’s preference about their TV couples. Nevertheless, I am going to attempt to make non-believers see the beauty in the Neal-Emma pairing.

Here are the five main reasons I ship Neal and Emma (in no particular order):

1. They’re Destined 

One of the strongest themes in Once Upon a Time  is the idea that everyone has a destiny. And their destiny usually revolves around those who they choose to love.  Hence why Emma and Neal have a destined star-crossed lovers quality to their history.  No matter what, they always find their way back to one another. Not even dimensions can separate them. Their love story parallels Emma’s parents a lot. However, Neal and Emma’s love story is a little more grand, because it  should have never happened. One reason is because they weren’t even born in the same century, yet circumstances occurred to make their love possible.  One of the reason fairytales hypnotize people is because they help create this fantasy that true love is destined. Neal and Emma embody this belief.

2. Their Similar Past

Emma and Neal have a very similar past of abandonment. Therefore, they quickly bonded as teens. When they were younger, they did a lot of shady things. Nonetheless, just having each other made them more open and willing to love. Without each other, they both, in some ways, closed themselves off to true love.  One could argue that Emma shut herself off from love because Neal hurt her, but I’ll argue she did it because he is the only one she felt free to love.

Before Henry entered back into Emma’s life, she was basically a loner. But once she had her child (who is partly a representation of her love with Neal) she is able to let people in again. Neal has  been with Tamara but he is still very much shut off from her, by never fully telling her who he is. Only when united do both embrace who they are and their past.  A past that has scarred them both. However, it also bonds them. Because of their past, no one will understand them as much as they understand one another.

3. They have Chemistry 

TV couple chemistry is more complex than who looks good together, or who you think would have hot sex. It’s in the small things, like how the characters interact and play off one another. One of my favorite episodes of Once Upon a Time (so far) was ‘Tallahassee,’ because of the Emma and Neal flashbacks. From the first second they met in the car, I was sold on the pairing. The small things made them work, like their Bonnie and Clyde nature, the way they looked at each other when they said, ‘I Love You,’ and how small things had significance to them. Their chemistry didn’t feel forced or cheesy. It felt natural and endearing.

4. It’s Complicated

Every great television show pairing has to have some complications, but nothing too unforgivable(ex. abuse, rape, murder, etc), so that it won’t destroy the couples potential.  Neal and Emma have had a lot of couple complications throughout their relationship. Their current one is that she believes he’s dead.  Therefore, she’ll find herself falling for another man. Then, like all shows, she must choose between her past and present. This is the right amount of drama without over doing it.  If they overcome all of their obstacles, they will be a much more satisfying couple.

5. They’re Hilarious Together

Some of my favorite Once Upon a Time moments from season 2 are the Neal and Emma try to parent Henry fails. Everything from Neal not monitoring Henry while he sneaks out the window to Emma having Henry be  the lookout while she breaks into Neal’s place. If we can get great moments like  this from just a couple episodes, imagine the ones to come.

I  love Emma and Neal together. However, I am worried their romance will never fully workout with the Hook and Emma fans being so fanatic. So for now, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they’ll end up together when the series ends (or at least have a couple seasons of romantic development). Until then, I’ll just enjoy where the show takes each character.

If you’re not convinced yet about Neal and Emma (Swanfire), then watch this brilliant fan made video by EternalLove55 below: