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.

‘Galavant’ cast thank fans for #MoreGalavant campaign

"So just dance, dance, dance."

4:30 pm EDT, May 25, 2016

Galavant may have been axed over on ABC, but the fans refuse to stop the beat — and the cast are getting down to it!

There’s nothing worse than seeing your favorite show cut off in its prime, but if there’s one thing that fans do best in moments of crushing adversity, that’s come together and use their voices in a cacophony. And Galavant fans? They want a third season of their little show that could and are campaigning for it to return.

That campaign has not escaped the notice of the cast, who came together to thank the fans in a video that you can’t help but move your feet to — and the rest of your body.

“It warms the cockles of my heart to see everything you’re doing to save our beautiful little show,” Timothy Odmunson says, at the top of the video — right before it launches into Justin Timberlake’s newest hit, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and we’re treated to a montage of familiar and brand-new footage from Galavant’s stars.

#MoreGalavant "Can't Stop The Feeling" from #MoreGalavant on Vimeo.

Karen David (Princess Isabella), who has also been vocal on social media about the #MoreGalavant campaign, leads the charge — and has printed out everyone’s contributions so far. But don’t worry, she planted a tree to make up for all the paper that was used. Also shaking their tush is Genevieve Allenbury, who played the Queen of Valencia throughout Galavant’s two season run.

Other familiar faces from the cast include Robert Lindsay, Ben Presley, Mallory Jansen, Vinnie Jones, and Muzz Khan. Not to mention the titular hero, Joshua Sasse.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Galavant without some cameos — and this thank you video is no exception to that. Making their debut are Billy Boyd (of Lord of the Rings fame), holding a sign that proclaims, “You can’t eat this Hobbit!” and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, with his own “Galavanterrific” sign.

And, what better way to close out the video than with an appearance from Weird Al. “Well, that should definitely do it,” he proclaims. “I can’t imagine any network not picking up this show now that it’s a hashtag campaign. Feel the power of the hashtag!”

So, Galavant fans, get signing and start dancing. And here’s hoping Tad Cooper breathes fire again — be it on the stage, or screen.

This week’s twist on Game of Thrones was one for the show’s history books, and now the fans and creators are acting on their emotions.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones found Hodor dying (dammit Bran) as he held back the army of wights by holding the door. A significant death like this one naturally became a big topic of conversation online, with fans coming up with adorable yet depressing tributes to Hodor.

For example, viewers have been creating Hodor doorstoppers:

http://dingoutback.tumblr.com/post/144816075382/in-loving-memory

http://blamethejunglr.tumblr.com/post/144886498478/i-got-a-new-doorstop-i-use-humor-to-hide-how

http://goldbloodedbabe.tumblr.com/post/144872654401

http://2ndperiod.tumblr.com/post/144838798471/brb-crying

Interestingly, we couldn’t find any Hodor doorstoppers for sale on Etsy. Get on that, people!

Others have added Hodor to the ‘hold door’ button in their local elevator

http://elvenanomaly.tumblr.com/post/144878433573/too-soon-man-too-soon

http://evilregal1203.tumblr.com/post/144864651270/this-just-happened-on-the-elevator-at-work-no

http://bbcmuggle.tumblr.com/post/144871947631/someone-put-this-on-the-elevator-at-work-today

https://deadpools-girlfriend.tumblr.com/post/144865560259

On last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff ‘apologized’ for killing Hodor — but not for the reason you think:

Related: After Hodor, who will die next on ‘Thrones’?

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.