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Editorial: The Shipping Wars

The Fowl fandom’s shippers are divided into two: the A/M (Artemis and Minerva) shippers against the A/H (Artemis and Holly) shippers. FanGathering’s BlackOpal gives us a primer on the two most popular shipping preferences by examining the arguments for each fictitious relationship.

Artemis Fowl: Bachelor extraordinaire. Any avid Artemis Fowl fan knows about ships, short for relationships. In this fandom there are two dominating forces, Artemis/Minerva, and Artemis/Holly.

Minerva and Artemis

In shipping, there is one clear choice for Artemis to woo. Minerva Paradizo is the only way to go: she’s smart, suave, rich, pretty, and so much more. She has a deep connection with Artemis, they have a lot in common, and they are a sensible match with plenty of chemistry.

Minerva and Artemis share a lot of hobbies and interests. They both love technology, science, literature, music and almost anything intellectual. This would provide endless conversation and no normal awkwardness that one often finds in a budding relationship. They’d interest each other, and never get bored. Anybody with a lower intelligence would instantly annoy Artemis–he wouldn’t be able to stand her, let alone survive a relationship with the girl.

Minerva and Artemis have a deep connection. The minute he saw her, he couldn’t take his eyes off of her. They think along the same lines, and further down the road, even have a phone conversation together. She gets past his cool persona and distracts him–a truly remarkable feat for anyone. One could guess that Artemis sees himself in Minerva and he wants to unearth the kindness that he acquired throughout the series in her. He wants to learn from her, and she wants to learn from him.

Many people complain that there is no chemistry between Artemis and Minerva, but that is not true. The minute they came together they engaged in a competition, both eager to prove the other wrong. They also had something much deeper than that: a connection that sprouted from their similar situations and feelings. They understand each other in ways that nobody else possibly could. They both know what it is like to live with only one parent, to have to live in the normal world while being a genius, and to live with a guilty conscience due to the consequences of their ruthless actions.

Artemis and Minerva is a relationship that actually could happen. Most other ‘ships are ridiculous; the pairings have nothing in common, completely insensible and illogical. Juliet and Holly are both athletic, pretty girls, but they know almost nothing about science, psychology or literature–not as much as Minerva, at least. The two older women would bore Artemis to death. There is nothing but friendship between Artemis and the other two. Also, unlike Holly, Minerva is a homosapien. She is the same species as Artemis, therefore their relationship could happen in their society.

Minerva is Artemis’ soul mate. They are perfect for each other in every way. They have plenty in common and like each other a lot. They get a long and have plenty of chemistry. Artemis should date Minerva; it would be the perfect relationship.

Holly and Artemis

The obvious and most perfect choice for the rich Irishman is Holly Short. Holly and Artemis have a bond that can only be formed by love and friendship. They complete each other, and because of Holly, Artemis changed into a much better person. Psychologically, they should be together, as Holly is everything Artemis wants to be, and this attractive elf could help him be so much more than a cold businessman.

Holly and Artemis have a bond that runs so deep that it could only mean more. They’ve been through everything together, and have saved each other’s lives on countless occasions. They know each other’s personalities, inside and out. The way they’ve affected each others’ lives is remarkable, and the couple are both the main person in all of their adventures. Artemis Fowl has become such a big part of Holly’s life that she can’t deny her feelings–ones that aren’t of hate.

Their meeting was fiery, with plenty of chemistry. Artemis feels sorry for Holly, something he rarely experiences. She feels intensely about him “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed” (Carl Gustav Jung).

Because of Holly, Artemis is a better person. When they first crossed paths he was heartless and cold. Throughout the first book, buds of guilt manage to worm their way into his conscience. By the second book, he already regrets the kidnapping. Not just anybody can invoke such a rapid change in personality; it takes a deeper, more meaningful relationship, one of more than just platonic friendship. A change so extraordinary would have to be brought on by extraordinary feelings.

According to Carl Gustav Jung there are two types of unconscious personality in a human being, the anima and the animus. The anima is the female, unconscious part of the male mind. The animus is the male, unconscious part of the female mind. The way that the anima and animus work is that if you are courageous, then they are the cowardly voices in the back of your mind; if you are harsh, then they are the kind voices in the back of your mind. The anima and animus are not the opposites of you, per se, but they are sort of like your conscience–quite ironic, actually, considering that they are the unconscious part of you. Jung believed that you would fall in love with someone you saw your anima or animus “projected” onto. Artemis’ anima would be very much like Holly. She is not his opposite, but merely the type of person that would remind him to be good, and keep him in his place. Artemis’ anima would be his brave, kind heart, which remained quite hidden in the first, and part of the fourth book. Holly is his anima. She’s kind when he is mean; she is brave when he is scared. He is psychologically drawn to her, and he can not help it. “Love at first sight is an example of anima and animus projection” (Wikipedia).

Minerva is said to be a better candidate for Artemis. She is a lot like him, smart, cold, everything that he has begun to strive NOT to be in the last book. There is no chemistry between them, and a relationship would be boring. Minerva would not fight with him, but simply agree with him while admiring him through wide-eyed innocence. Her intelligence would provide good conversation, but sometimes they may want to talk about other things aside from the usual gadgetry. When Artemis does want to talk about anything scientific-based, Holly will still have a decent understanding. She is a fairy and therefore still more technologically-advanced than the average human, and still much smarter. She could keep up with Artemis while still providing him with the other key parts of a relationship that he requires.

There’s plenty of scrutiny over an Artemis and Holly relationship because it would be difficult. Holly’s too short, they come from different worlds, different species–it would never work. Just because fangirls and boys can’t think of a way their relationship will work doesn’t mean Artemis can’t. He’s a genius! He could manage. True love should not be blocked by small details that someone as smart as Artemis Fowl could easily overcome. As for Holly being too short, should appearances matter? So they don’t look good together, but if they feel good together, then that should overcome all. Though they are considered different species, they still may be able to mate. Different species of dogs can mate, and they are both humanoid, almost hairless mammals. They are two odd people, and an odd relationship would suit them well.

Artemis and Holly are meant to be together. Their deep, sentimental bond, their psychological connection, the lack of other applicants, and their ability to make the relationship work could give them a very long lasting, nearly perfect life together.

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  1. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 11th, 2007 at 8:56 am 1

    WICKED!!! LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!

    p.s I am now using a chain for my Bobby

  2. I think I am certainly not the first and definitely not the last to say…The Haven Herald ROCKS! The comparison between Artemis/Minerva and Artemis/Holly ‘ships’ was really interesting. I’m not exactly sure which one I agree with more, but I think I prefer A/H. They would be a sweet couple in being so odd…even mismatched. Really good work to everyone who helped with the newsletter. Excellent job!

  3. I think Artemis should end up with Holly because since he and Minerva are genii, and this is just in my opinion, they would just compete with each other and try to see who is the superior to who. But aside from this, The Haven Herald rocks!!! And I think the name is awesome! I hope more of these with be posted in the future. Once again, awesome job to whoever came up with the idea and to everyone who helped.

  4. Insightful Newsletter, got some very good points in there, enjoyed the shipping article very much so. Do more things like that. The members of the month, and the fanart and fan fiction of the month and things like that were also great ideas.

    Downsides: What was with the “Articles?” Preaching to your users about web safety and forum conduct is a bit of a, well, naff idea. I mean, littering it with AF themes and calling it “Mulch’s guide to a forum” doesn’t really do it for me. Focus on what the site is about, not stuffing it full of meaningless crap that, to be honest, we don’t want to hear. The reason we visit these sites is to have fun and to save fro sifting through mountains of information to find a line that tells us what we need, not to read stuff that gets forced down our throats at every occasion!

    Keep up the good work… and make it better next time!

  5. I think this rocks!!! =D Great job. What does the example 2 of netspeak say? I don’t speak netspeak… It’s confusing… Well, this rocks!! And like c said, don’t just add names to the articles if there is no real mention of them. The Foaly one was a good idea because it sounded like something Foaly would say. But Mulch’s posting forum? I didn’t think that went as smoothly. If it sounded like Mulch was actually explaining it, I would give a thumbs up. but it was helpful for the form changed. (like me) Well good job and I hope to see another one in a month!!
    bones out>>>>>

  6. Fowlgirl – We will be publishing this once a month, every second Saturday. 🙂

    C – I’m sorry you felt that way, but those 2 articles were actually extremely important to us. The newsletter is supposed to foster a good community here. (That’s why we have all the awards. 🙂 ). Those two articles may appear obvious, and pointless, to an experienced internet user, but they aren’t obvious to everyone. We have actually had a few cases here where people would have benefitted from this advice, e.g. They wouldn’t report problems because they didn’t want to bother us, or they worried that someone was stalking them.

    Don’t worry – The advice has been written now. We won’t be repeating them in future letters, but we will definitely be referencing them on the forum. They will be very useful. 🙂

    flamingbones – lol – Fair enough. The Mulch part was just an attempt to give it a little bit of an AF theme. 🙂

    Glad everyone liked the shipping article though! 😀

  7. MaeveCrowArtemis August 13th, 2007 at 7:55 pm 7

    First of all I need to say that I’m very glad you all liked it.Your opinion is very important to us so thanks.
    I must agree with MichaelM about our two articles.They are very important for new ppl and new members.And theý are realy describing our community.
    This is our first issue and we’ll try to make it better next time.

  8. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 23rd, 2007 at 12:56 am 8

    hi again, i know that this has nothing to do with the haven herald but whos read ‘the supernaturalist’ because on this site http://www.thesupernaturalist.co.uk they have it wrong. it says that the parasites (un-spec4) suck the life force of people but they don’t. So i just thought that someone might be interested. ta ta

  9. I love it. Why Foaly may have a point is clever and funny.
    Long live the Haven Herald.

  10. what do you mean,hELLO ouT tHerE? I thought they did. Please explain…
    bones out>>>>>

  11. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 27th, 2007 at 3:46 am 11

    flaming bones the parasites never took life force they took pain. Lyk Ditto he lays his hands on them and takes their pain. An example of it is when Cosmo falls off the roof the parasite sucks up his pain, later on he says that as soon as it touched him his headache disappeared.

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  13. omg i cant wait for the next fowl book number six:-]

  14. ArTeMiS FoWl April 2nd, 2008 at 12:03 am 14

    lol matt

  15. artemislover18 July 17th, 2008 at 9:58 pm 15

    loved time paradox. read it in less than 3 hours. =]]especially artemis/holly. in my mind, it was perfect, even though i agree, min has a chance. ever since the beginning though, i have said they need to get together, cept my friends thought that would be weird. well here you go! i love it!the only thing about min is…. she’s a bit childish. she’s like a step down from artemis. she’s plenty smart, but i don’t think that she and artemis really have a bond together like holly and artemis do. and she doesn’t seem to really belong in the series, you know?

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