Ok, I confess I’m an avid shipper. Like if I saw great couple or potential couple, I ship them fanatically. Sometimes I go way beyond the call of an average shipper by building a fansite or writing a manifesto. That’s how I groove. Yes, maybe I’m way too invested on the love lives of these fictional characters than my own (or the lack of thereof) but there’s something about shipping that really adds my enjoyment to the story. But there’s bad reputation among shippers because sometimes they can be a little bit…nasty passionate. But I’m certainly not one of those (on most cases…ok, not really…I mean, am I?) and so, I’m debunking some of them. And this post is brought to you by the canonization of my OTPs with two of my favorite series recently concluded #mazume & #naruhina. Btw, this all me!
You always need romance!
GAAAAH, that’s totally false. I’m enjoying Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida and I don’t ship anyone! I’m also enjoying Haruichi Furudate’s volleyball series called Haikyuu! for its positive message about camaraderie, rivalry and sportsmanship. I do enjoy series without romance. Not because it has romance it guarantees my enjoyment; sometimes this aspect is a bit overrated, especially if it isn’t played well!
You only care about the romance and not the story.
FALSE! Most of the time, I loved the story first before I invested on a couple. I loved Naruto even before I considered shipping him with Hinata. I love the bean sidhe mythology before I realized that I preferred Tod for Kaylee in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series (trivia: it only happened in book three). I read/watch because the plot intrigues me, particularly if it doesn’t imply romance. Most of my OTPs belong to series that are not really romance centric. The shipping adds flavor but the food itself is already delicious as it is. So no, I’m not only after the romance. I’m in it for the whole nine yards!
You didn’t need the development, as long as they end up together it’s fine.
FALSE AGAIN! Relationship development is important to me. Very important. I don’t fall for crack ship. The reason why I ship these couples in the first place is because I see something in their relationship/interaction that I think is romantically plausible. I also favor a type of relationship where the couples showcase their individual growth and at the same time boost each other as well, which also leads me to this point—
You don’t care about the individual growth of the characters you ship.
That’s one big FALSE! I super care on the individuality and maturity of the characters. In fact, I love them as a character as much as I love them as a couple. I loved Allen Walker (from Katsura Hoshino’s D Gray Man) mysterious background, it really intrigues me. I also loved Lenalee Li’s effort to continue better herself. These devices are standalone factors for me but it happened to be that they were also connected. So I loved how the two of them have this some sort of enigmatic relationship that ties them together, hence the shipping. And even if they didn’t end up together, I still could say: “Man, they are awesome characters!” (Shame, they didn’t end up together *my afterthought, what? I ship them so of course I’m hopeful. I’m not completely indifferent.*)
Give some” physical” evidences between her ship and she’ll be happily contended.
Pardon the language, but fuck that! Know what, I love subtlety. Those little things makes me swoon more than a kiss/hug/sex because those latter things, they are already known for gestures! But to create a moment between the two characters one that is simultaneously profound and romantic? It takes effort! It takes good writing/story telling! Maybe I’ll swoon with a kiss but the best thing about shipping for me is waiting for those ‘moments.’
You lash out to those who oppose your ship!
It’s simply counterproductive, disrespectful and overall stupid to start a ship war. I’m not one to rain on someone’s parade. I’m not going convince you to ship my pairing and I’m not going to threaten the author/creator/official for not making my ship canon. That’s plain absurd! Sure I’ll be disappointed but at the end of the day and as I said before: I enjoy the story regardless; I like the maturity of characters individually and will treasure those good moments between them. Shipping withstanding, I also enjoyed other aspects!
Are you also a shipper? Have any of you ship sunk? What did you do? Are you also been labeled in such way? Care to share it with me?