You know me, I never hid my persona as a hard-core shipper! And being one makes me all too protective of my ships, but that said I still set boundaries. But I still can’t help being a passionate shipper. I confessed how sometimes shipping & my OTPs clouded my judgment and take a huge part of my enjoyment over the stories I read and watch. And while I don’t participate on shipping war aggressively, in my little own secluded fangirl world I triumphed over my ships being canon! It feels great to know that the couple you invested tons of emotions ended up together!
I told you guys & gals before that I don’t like drama. I hate drama (well, in stories it’s OK but too much of it is still a huge turn-off, too). And shipping war elicited a big fuss! I’m your causal observer on the sides. I’m one of those fans that wave her little shippy flag on silent, rooting for mah bois to win mah girls’ hearts! But I love reading in-depth analysis some fans do with their OTPs (that happened to be mine as well). That way they cemented their observations and interpretations of such are fascinating thing to read. It always shows how single things can be mean a lot. Of course, because we happened to share the same ship, my acceptance of these observations is subjective. Still, I can’t help but applaud people who do these things, because it shows how passionate they are, and how invested they are in these characters!
Shipping war happens when there’s love triangles! And you should know by now that I enjoy a good ‘ol dramatic love debacle! Often than not, I tend to ship the female protagonist with the second male lead (look out for this new entry from me about it soonish!). The thing is these boys are always the caring ones, the shoulder-to-cry-on types, the I’ll-love-you-in-the-sidelines kind! And I do have penchant to root for the underdog! I always, always ended up shipping a couple like this! And even though sometime shipping an OTP like it is a prospectively losing battle, sometimes miracles happened that my ship ended up together! And oh boy, the delight is unfathomable!
Even if my ships don’t end up together I don’t blame anyone by it. Not the author. Not the fans. Not anyone! But of course I’ll be very sad about it. But same amount of emotions is bursting out of me if my pairing is the canon one! That can make me flipping happy, grinning ear to ear like a mad fangirl! So perhaps Ruka and Mikan (of Gakuen Alice) didn’t end up together but it was still OK (I knew they won’t end up together anyway, it hurts but I still shipped them! And the moments they shared together brought me undeniable happiness, still. But of course nothing beats that whirlwind emotions brought by my ships being canon. Take Mamura & Suzume (Hirunaka no Ryuusei) and Juliette & Warner (Shatter Me) as examples; the sheer bliss it brought to me when they finally become the final couple was just vast! These moments of triumphs always make me a proud shipper!
How is the OTP tally? More sunken ship than sailing ones? What did you feel when your favorite fictional couple didn’t end up together? Any coping mechanism to share! Leave your thoughts below! ~