I was part of a discussion this past week that loosely touched upon a popular element of fandom: Shipping.
Shipping is when one has a fondness for a specific romantic pairing, either in regards to fictional characters or real life people.
Unfortunately sides are often taken where shipping is concerned- either in opposition to the pairing itself, or just the practice in general.
I was made aware of some negative murmurings that were the result of my conversation, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to clarify a few things:
In regards to Fan-Fiction:
It’s fiction, anything is possible.
We all have our preferences in ships, styles, etc. but just because some may not share our preferences, we should not automatically assume that they will then prevent us from enjoying them.
In regards to Real Life pairings:
I’m aware that there are those who feel that since a celebrity is far removed from our everyday realities, then that is akin to fiction and so the same sentiments apply. I do not agree with that, but again, my views do not automatically cancel out anyone’s preference for those Real Life pairings; whether they be fact or just hopeful suspicions.
Sometimes these two different areas of shipping merge into the form of
Real Person Fiction:
This is when a fan-fiction story is written involving Real Life people as characters in a fictional setting. I’ve read a few RPF in my time but didn’t care for them, for various reasons.
I realize that others enjoy these stories though, so I won’t try to prevent them from reading what they prefer.
If someone does not feel the same as I do in regards to shipping or fan-fiction, this does not mean that lines need to be automatically drawn.
We can chose to discuss our differing opinions in an exchange of ideas, or we can just agree to disagree. Our approach should not turn into a quest to bring others over to our side.
Geraldine: I quite like the Bible.
Harry: Oh, a bit far fetched for my tastes.
Geraldine: Right. Fair enough.
When I do share my personal opinions, I try to do so honestly but respectfully. Which is why I often resort to lighthearted comments, as a way to double-check myself.
If I offend anyone, or if someone would just like to discuss something in greater detail with me, feel free to use the contact form located on the “about” page of this blog. I enjoy conversing with others on a variety of subjects.
Fandoms are families. Differing views and disagreements will arise, it’s how we handle them that sets us apart from other fandoms.
When your need to be right overshadows the simple joy of sharing in the enjoyment, I would strongly urge you to reevaluate why you are here, in this particular fandom.
Our light will shine brighter together.