Gah, Rava! Using your LOGIC. Clearly that’s not the issue here! Psha!
…Sorry Rava. It’s not you. Kali’s just not really interested in listening at the moment. Or staying on topic.
Speaking of not staying on topic, I’ve been thinking about shipping lately. I talked a bit about this on my tumblr site a while back, but I’ve always been baffled when people apologize to me about shipping my characters.
(“Shipping,” for those of you unfamiliar with the term, is Internet slang for “envisioning two characters as romantically involved, even when they may not be interested in each other within the context of the original story.” If, for example, Pakku and Warren were somehow romantically interested in each other, that would be non-canon shipping. I might identify my fondness for a certain ship by mashing their names together and declaring “I’m a Wakku shipper.”)
I think shipping gets a bad name for two reasons. One is that sometimes people see the need to defend their ship by ripping apart someone else’s. That, however, is simple bullying. That can happen with anything, and shipping need not be assigned blame. The other is when a creator gets bent out of shape that the fans aren’t adhering to the relationships as written.
It’s that last part I just don’t get. I take shipping as a sign of a strong fan-base. Like frogs being in swamps. It shows you the environment is healthy. I also think it’s a huge compliment, as it means that people are thinking of these characters beyond reading them here AND care about the characters enough to want them to have passion and love in their lives. I mean, that’s pretty fantastic right there!
Plus, the naming thing is just so delightfully silly that I get a kick out of it every time. Like these, courtesy of Phantom, one of the LeyLines color-blockers:
Lu Pai + Una = luna, Milan + Una = Mulan, Tama + Kali = tamale, Pakku + Zhiro = pyro, Lu Pai + Tama = llama, Pakku + Mizha = pizza, Tama + Una = tuna, Warren + Kali = Wall-E …[the list goes on on their Tumblr…]
Perhaps I just haven’t seen the ugly side of shipping? What do you think? How do you feel about shipping?