So the scenario is you read a book. Fortunately or unfortunately it has romance and there were two characters that were giving you all these kinda of romantic feels. You have that strong desire; that colossal wish that they’ll end up together. So much that you can’t get it out of your head & you start searching the web for more information. And then you stumbled across sites where people talking about it and realized there’s a fandom that exist and they also feel exactly the way you do. Ah, now you get it: you’re shipping these character and you’re what they called shipper!
I’m self-confessed and proud shipper. I ship lots of OTPs even for stories that have minimal romance to it; if I deemed it shippable then I’ll ship it. That’s the way I roll! But I think I’m the tamed one (there are all sorts of shippers out there be warned). And for me one of the ways to express my devotion is to write them down. But what is it really like to be one? What are the things I feel/do when I ship a couple? Ah, you come at the right place ‘cos I’m disclosing some from my own experiences. And perhaps, we share the same feels?
I become uncharacteristically verbose.
I usually talk a lot if my shipping is concern, even for reviews. Have you seen my review of Boundless? I almost talked non-stop about my poor sinking ship and how defensive I was of it. I also loved discussing stuff with other co-shippers. I also try to analyze every minuscule detail about it. Elaborate sweet moments or just events that may affect my ship.
I see every moment precious.
Every little sweet moment is a joy to my soul. Whether they’re holding hands, talking heart to heart or just leaning on his shoulders: those are golden moments forever treasured in my heart. I admit sometimes I wear rose-colored glasses and see things between them more than what it is. But that’s how the shipper grooves. Especially if you’re shipping a couple in a non-romantic/minimal romantic story.
I treat their history in academic sense.
Have you heard of fan shrining? Or writing manifesto. Oh my, I did both for my OTPs. I write crap loads of stuff akin to essays, analysis, and rebuttal (if we have rival ship but I keep it minimum since I hate drama that ship wars bring; tip always not bash the other pair). I even sometimes took it further and researched stuff and tried to connect them to my OTP that may sound like a thesis. Yup, my dedication is fierce!
I reread, reread, and reread some more about them.
Nothing beats rereading, basking that glorious moments and reliving it all over again. It gives me enough endorphins that I can achieve through exercise. Yes, it is unbeatable!
I stalk tumblr or forums for more OTP stuff!
I love reblogging on tumblr! I usually check tumblr because I believe that is where the fangirls/fanboys are. I also check forums to see what’s going on or if any major development happens. And I as you already know I have total indifference to spoilers, so yeah I check spoilers if there’s something new happening to my ship. Every tiny bit of news is important to me!
And there you have it that’s Mitchii the Shipper! I may sound crazy shipper but I’m usually grounded. In fact I wrote a post debunking shipper stereotypes. You might want to check that one too!
So fellas, are you a shipper like me? What stuff do you do your ship? Is it outrageous as mine! Do share! No judging, promise~!
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