Project Runway Junior concluded its first season by naming fourteen-year-old Maya as the winner last Thursday. Although she may be tiny and young, her fashion aesthetic is distinct and interesting. Her collection was inspired by a "female warrior in a field of flowers," which is a bit odd, but her vision created amazing looks. Let's take a look at this young fashion genius. Happy kommenting :)
10. Although I usually argue against Disney's princes because let's be honest, they are extremely unrealistic. However, 2015's remake of Cinderella was really flattering for the age-old character. In this rendition, he has much more of a personality than simply being charming, and he and Ella had an actual romance, not just an affair involving a glass slipper. Plus, the actor was a very good casting choice.
9. In John Green's now infamous The Fault In Our Stars, Augustus Waters, a cancer patient who falls for a fellow sick teenager, stole basically everyone's heart. A quirky, unconventional type of attractive Gus redefined what we think of when the word "dreamboat" pops up, and of course, his death rocked our world.
8. The Hunger Games' Peeta Mellark seems like the most unlikely of dreamboats, but by the end of the trilogy, we were absolutely in love. Although he wasn't quite the "man's man" that Gale was, his heart was too big to handle, and he and Katniss went through a ridiculous amount of danger and violence together. Despite it all, we wish we were Katniss when she's in Peeta's arms.
7. Cassandra Clare may have created one of the most perfect men ever in her series The Mortal Instruments. Jace Wayland (later Lightwood) is stubborn, rude, and guarded, yet he immediately has a weak spot for Clary Fray. Although this is super unrealistic, we girls seem to want a bad boy who is sweet just for us... how unrealistic is that? Anyway, I was in love with Jace way before he was ever even assigned an actor (aka a face).
6. Once Upon A Time's complete remodel of the infamous villain Captain Hook has us all thrown for a loop. Instead of a gross beard and obnoxious red coat, Hook is barely scruffy and an edgy sort of hot in this TV show. Plus, he has a serious romantic streak when it comes to Emma Swan. He's absolutely dreamy.
5. Maxon Schreave from The Selection, a series of books without a movie or TV to speak of, seems like your basic prince, but I definitely fell for him when reading Kiera Cass's fabulous series. He and America fall in love despite all odds, and it gets even better when we get to see him interact with his daughter in the last two novels of the series, which were published much later than the original trilogy.
4. Divergent's Four aka Tobias Eaton is the absolute definition of dreamboat. He's really masculine and intelligent, yet he and Tris fall crazily in love throughout the series. I especially love that his thoughts end the trilogy... for reasons I won't disclose right now. As well, Theo James was the perfect actor to personify this character, who, by the way, I had already loved before there were films depicting Veronica Roth's novels. That's when you know the fictional love affair is real.
3. High School Musical's Troy Bolton is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. Of course, he's so unrealistic if we're talking about high school boy, but Zac Efron basically created my dream man when he first played the character over ten years ago. I basically assumed that someday I would be the Gabriella to someone's Troy, and I'm sure girls my age understand what I'm saying.
Mr. Chuck Bass is one of the most famous dreamboats for people my age, and even though we tend to ignore how rough his relationship was with Blair, he's still very dreamy. Maybe it's because he's so well-dressed and extremely rich, but after his awkward first season, actor Ed Westwick made this character one of the best television personas of all time... in my humble opinion.
1. Finally, Dr. Derek Shepherd wins the dreamboat contest. His love for Meredith Grey was absolutely undying, and throughout his eleven seasons on Grey's Anatomy, he stole everyone's heart. If you didn't love Derek, you were watching the show incorrectly. He only got better with time, and as we saw him interacting with both his adopted and biological children, our hearts melted out of our chests. I. Love. Derek. Shepherd.
The author of The Selection, Kiera Cass, finally published the first novel she ever wrote entitled The Siren, a love story riddled with supernatural complications.
“It’s funny what you hold on to, the things you remember when everything ends.”
Kahlen lost her family in a shipwreck, which was caused by the Ocean’s mythical sirens, and when she called out for help, the Ocean took sympathy and took her in. Eighty years later, Kahlen is twenty years from being free and restarting her life with no residual memories of the shipwrecks she helps to case yearly. The Ocean’s hunger can only be fed by these events, and the sirens are her servants to do her bidding. Kahlen is joined by Miaka, Elizabeth, and Aisling as her fellow sirens before Padma was added later in the novel. Kahlen, however, has always been a bit different from the others, and while she, Miaka, and Elizabeth were staying in Florida, she fell for a college student named Akinli. The problem: sirens cannot speak to humans, and they definitely can’t have serious boyfriends because they must keep the fact they are sirens secret. The situation is further complicated when Kahlen revisits Akinli in his Maine home, but when she leaves, both Kahlen and her love fall gravely ill.
“I didn’t know how to tell Her that simply being alive was not enough to be called living.”
Put simply, I couldn’t put this book down. Even though it is over 300 pages, I finished it in only two days, entranced by Cass’s writing style and her twisting plot. I can’t believe that The Siren was the first novel Cass ever penned because its pages were filled with artistic genius. Her character and plot development was simply flawless. I knew I loved her style from The Selection, but her new characters are now just as close to my heart as America and Maxon.
“And who was I? No one, really. Just a girl. But seeing myself through his eyes… I felt like so much more.”
I’ve always enjoyed twists on mythology, which I believe Cass performed masterfully in this novel. She made her own rules for her siren characters, and I loved the character development that she applied to the Ocean (which she capitalized all throughout the novel). The Ocean was sort of like a mother figure to Kahlen and the others, which I found really interesting and intriguing. It was definitely something different from other siren fiction (such as The Watersong series by Amanda Hocking) that I’ve read in the past.
“We were stars. We were music. We were time.”
What I think I loved most about this novel was the fact that it was a love story, but it was more than that. Sure, Kahlen’s life started to change when she met Akinli, but she worked to change the status quo because she wasn’t happy with her life as it was. She had to fight without a man to save her; in fact, she definitely was the hero of the story, not her man. Cass has mastered creating love stories that aren’t grossly corny. She makes stories, not just little romantic tales, which I appreciate.
“There’s always room for love… Even if it’s as small as a crack in the door.”
Honestly, I would recommend any of Cass’s work. She’s a quirky author who knows how to appeal to readers in the most perfect way. Happy kommenting :)
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