This turned out way longer than I intended but I couldn't help it 😅😭
Just to clarify: I love this ship, I will probably ship them forever even if they don't end up together. I did this because I like them, because I've read a lot about Elain being too boring for Az or "being unable to take him" and... Well, a lot of things not worth mentioning here. And I don't think those things are true (at all).
If you don't like the ship, keep scrolling! That way everyone wins 😊.
Azriel is literally saying he’s going to watch Elain’s every movement all the time like damn CCTV cameras. And promising he won’t let her harm never again and some people think he just wants to fuck her🤷🏻♀️
"We always have an eye on him." You can't convince me that “we” is mostly Azriel himself and this isn't Azriel's favorite task.
I can’t stop thinking about Elriel brushing hands and exchanging looks and going still when see each other and Elain making him laugh like Feyre never saw him do before and Elain looking at him shyly and Azriel softly smiling at Elain during dinner and them exchanging presents and I just love them so much
So I read acosf twice and I still don’t see any romance between Az and Gwyn. There’s no attraction between them which is needed in an adult fantasy series. The pov showed she was a lightsinger and the Elriel part of the pov was enough to say they are endgame. I just don’t see how Gwynriel is romantic because he laughed and snorted at her .
I'll tell you a funny story actually😅
So I pre-ordered ACOSF but unfortunately my copy didn't come before or even on the release date (As you might have seen on social media, many people received their pre-ordered copies way later after the release date) so before I got to read the book, I already saw some spoilers flying around on social media and the main thing I got from them was that Elriel was clearly "destroyed" and that Gwynriel is the new ship, Azriel is in love with Gwyn, etc.
Obviously, I was a bit upset as I liked Elriel from the start but I decided to see what would be my personal opinion on Gwynriel after reading ACOSF and the bonus chapters, and let me tell you, I was never more confused.
There's been no hints that either Gwyn or Azriel are attracted to eachother, no chemistry, no signs of a hidden mating bond. Nothing. So for me it's obvious that most of the fandom simply romanticised every little thing they could just to make a new ship and try to invalidate Elriel. (It's no secret that Elain is a widely hated character in the fandom so obviously many don't want her with Azriel who's a popular favourite)
I mean, do you guys remember how Emerie made a small appearance in ACOFAS and readers started shipping her with Cassian (due to their hatred for Nesta) or with Azriel (due to their hatred for Elain) when she didn't have any sort of romantic moments with either of them? It's the exact same.
The difference between all Elriel and Gwynriel interactions, is that most Elriel moments are romantically coded, meanwhile not a single Gwynriel moment was romantic.
They've blushed in eachother's presence which has romantic connotations
From the beginning, Elain was most comfortable in his presence
He's given her something he never let anyone else touch (Keep in mind that he's lived for 500yrs)
He literally put rocks in his snowballs out of fury for how Rhys basically ordered him to leave Elain alone
He knew he could've died going to Hybern's Camp but he didn't care, he just wanted Elain safe with them
He was the only person to realise that there was nothing wrong with Elain and that she was a seer. (Remember that Madja said that only a mate can sense if something is amiss👀)
When Elain gave him the powder for headaches, Feyre never heard him laugh so joyously before.
He then spent all his nights looking at said powder since then.
He's been confirmed to be an extremely private person, yet he himself initiates contact with Elain (volunteering to show her the garden, etc)
He was uncomfortable at the prospect of giving gifts for the Archeron sisters at the start but then we have him giving Elain a rose necklace (Not just any necklace, but a rose one, clearly showing that he thought about her likes)
Azriel has been shown to be self conscious about his hands, yet we have Elain who calls his hands beautiful. (Yes, Feyre wasn't sure if it was his siphons or hands but considering the context, I believe Elain meant his hands)
Azriel is known as this deadly fae male and we had a scene where Elain "did not balk from him". (Basically disputes the argument that she couldn’t handle his "darkness")
That's obviously not all of them as if I was to write every romantically coded Elriel scene, I'd probably write an essay😅
He doesn't even consider her more than a friend.
No hints that either of them have a romantic attraction towards the other.
When she was about to ask more questions, he interrupted her cause he didn't want to get into details, but with Elain he went onto talking about his wings. (He could've easily just given her a blunt, short answer but he didn't)
"You're the new ribbon" - Just as Gwyn was determined to cut the ribbon first, so too she wanted to wipe the smirk off Azriel's face due to her competitive side, so nothing romantic.
He's known her for 2yrs and never felt any weird sense of longing, etc. that mates have which disputes the "Gwynriel mate theory"
He literally gave her a necklace that he bought when he thought about Elain. It has a rose because it represents her. It's not "Gwyn's necklace"
His shadows danced around her breath, not her. This could hint at her being a lightsinger.
It's pretty obvious to me what SJM wrote as romantic and what she didn't, but people can ship what they want. At the end, one side of the "ship war" will be extremely disappointed and it's clear what one it'll be. (Hint, hint: The ship starts with a G😉)
Elriel prompt: Elaine accidentally sends her friend Azriel a nude 🌚
"Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit."
Elain Archeron was not one to curse, but she couldn't stop the improper words from flowing out of her mouth.
How to unsend a text message.
How to make sure other person does not see text message.
How to keep a text message from reaching receiver.
She asked Siri all three questions within a minute's time, and came up short. No answers.
Elain believed she was having a panic attack.
The picture was not her on full display, but it was pretty damn close. Her breasts were bare, her floral panties hardly more than a mere scrap covering her sex. She gave the camera her most seductive look before snapping a picture in the mirror that morning before she had gotten dressed.
She was having a good morning. Feeling confident. Feeling sexy.
Now, she had meant to send Azriel, her best friend, a picture of the apple pie she had baked and just pulled out of the oven. Instead, she had sent the wrong picture, with a caption that read, Hey, Az. Doesn't this look delicious? Want to come over for a slice tomorrow?
She looked at the message.
It went from message delivered to read at 9:58 pm right before her eyes.
The dots appeared.
Then appeared again.
And disappeared once more.
She was in the middle of typing, OH MY GOD THAT WAS NOT THE PICTURE I MEANT TO SENT I MEANT FOR YOU TO SEE MY PIE- when a message came through.
It was one emoji, the one where the little emoji's eyes are wide and its brows are raised.
Elain groaned and sent the picture of her apple pie with a long explanation, along with describing how completely mortified she was. The text conversation turned into a phone call, where Azriel picked on her until nearly midnight.
Elain was lying in her bed when she said, "Seriously, Az. Just...don't you ever tell anyone about this. This, by far, goes down as my most embarrassing moment of all time."
Azriel laughed, quietly. "I promise I won't tell a soul. I'm never going to let you live this down, but I won't tell anyone." Elain called him a jerk, and he laughed, once again. "There's nothing to be embarrassed about, though. Trust me. There is...absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about."
Elain's cheeks heated at his underlying meaning, but she cleared her throat before saying, every so quietly, "Okay, good."
There was a moment of silence before Azriel teased, "So, how about that apple pie?"