Today we’re announcing the next BattleShips tournament that will put literature’s most iconic relationships against each other. It’ll be a gory online battle to find out which book or book series has the best relationship ever! Will it be Harry Potter or Twilight? The Fault In Our Stars or Divergent? You decide!

It’s no secret that we at Hypable love books and all they have to offer us: action, drama, mystery, and much more.

One thing that almost every book has in common is romance, and that stirs our little shipper hearts. We wanted to bring you a competition that would not only revive the shipper communities in older fandoms like Harry Potter or Twilight, but also give you a chance to express your love for your newest OTPs from books like Divergent or the Percy Jackson series.

What is this BattleShips thing?

Well, anonymous reader, we’re glad you asked! If you don’t know what BattleShips is, it’s a tournament that rallies the greatest couples from a certain genre (books, movies, etc.) and puts them against each other in an online poll to the metaphorical death. If you’d like to see how these competitions played out in the past you can check out our BattleShips page that contains all our past battles from our BattleShips – Classic TV tournament.

Still confused about BattleShips and this whole shipping thing in general? Take a look at our first ever BattleShips post, which explains the idea of shipping and OTPS and all that other nonsense you’ve already read about so far. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments below!

How will this BattleShips work?

First come the nominations! In this post, you’ll nominate your favorite book or book series using the comments section below. You can only nominate one book per comment. If you see that one of your fellow readers has already suggested a book you wanted to nominate, use the up vote button on the existing comment. We will use the seven books that receive the most up votes. If you nominate more than one book in your comment, we’ll be confused as to which book or series is actually being up voted.

In addition to the seven visitor-nominated books, we’ve already selected the biggest book fandoms on Hypable to be a part of this tournament. They include:

  • Harry Potter
  • Twilight
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Heroes of Olympus
  • Divergent
  • Hunger Games
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Mortal Instruments
  • The Host
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Sookie Stackhouse
  • Fifty Shades of Grey

You cannot nominate one of the books or series already mentioned above because they’re already in the tournament.

Once we have completed our list of books, the time for ship choosing is here. Each book will have a poll to determine which relationship deserves to represent it in the book vs book battles.

After ship nominations, the battles finally begin. A seeded bracket style tournament will randomly pair these books up against each other and it’s up to you to decide who wins. Vote for the book or couple you like most, until they get named Best Book Ship of All Time!

But Harry Potter and Twilight are movies…

Incorrect! Although both book series have been turned into major motion pictures the characters started off on paper, and that is what we want to focus on. This particular tournament is about the book characters, not the movie characters. If you hated Edward and rooted for Jacob in the movies, but wanted Edward to win Bella’s heart in the novels, then vote for Edward and Bella!

When you vote, it’s important to take into consideration the authors’ work, not the movie industry’s! Let’s recognize the hard work the authors put into creating and developing these characters and relationships, and try to ignore the theatrics of Hollywood.

Which book or series do you nominate?

Remember, if you see the book you were going to nominate already in the comments below, please up vote it rather than leaving a second comment.

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.