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Row, row, row your boat

Well, today my dears I am here to talk about shipping. One of the major aspects of fandom-ism, which consist of pairing one person from the series with another in a romantic view.

There are many arguments that may take place when you "ship" a pairing. There is always compatibility, sexuality, prefences, convenience (like how often they get to talk, interact, etc), and, well, physical appeal I suppose.

To me, any pairing can be shipped successfully if: a) they have a good dynamic that is presented in canon or b) they WOULD have a good dynamic, even if it is not shown in canon and c) a believable (according to canon) event occurs that would bring to light their romantic dynamic or possible interest. It all starts with one action, really. Take two characters, put them in a situation that would make sense according to their universe, and play it out. It isn't that hard. All it takes is one conversation between the two or one action to take place that would spark the beginnings of a romantic relationship.

And that's if it's not crack. If it's crack, then, well, anything goes, amirite?

My recipe for a good shipfic or whatever ignores two aspects of shipping that I have named: convenience and sexuality. Most of the time, a character's sexuality is not released in canon, though vaguely hinted at by the writers to annoy and appease the fans. Even if a person is married, they can still find a person of the same gender attractive, as they could either be lying to themselves or bisexual, unless it is stated clearly in the canon. You can never know for certain unless it is officially stated because you don't know how they could react to certain events in canon because it never happened.

Now when I refer to convenience, I mostly mean how much the character has interacted in canon. Most people tend to ship the main hero with the main heroine, right? Just because you see their relationship the most and thus would think of it as logical to pair them up together.

But I am sure that there are other characters that intearct well, or would if they had the chance. this is the main reason behind fics, people, get with the program! lol. With a fic, you can do whatever you want, but what makes it good is whether or not it is believable.

Now for something a little more personal, while I am at it, I might as well state my own ships, huh? (btw, the first name mentioned is not the "top" or the "seme"; I'm too lazy for things like that. Italics for Fandom's OTP)

Phoenix Wright/Miles Edgeworth (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney), Maya Fey/Larry Butz (Ace Attorney), Maya Fey/Franziska von Karma (Ace Attorney), Pearl Fey/Trucy Wright (Apollo Justice Ace Attorney), Apollo Justice/Klavier Gavin (AJ: Ace Attorney), Dick Gumshoe/Maggey Birde (Ace Attorney), Franziska von Karma/Adrian Andrews (Ace Attorney), Matt Engarde/Juan Corrida (Ace Attorney), Mia Fey/Diego Armando or Godot (Ace Attorney)
Gregory House/James Wilson (House, MD), Eric Foreman/Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (House), Chris Taub/Lawrence Kutner (House), Amber Volakis/James Wilson/Gregory House (House)
W. Axl Rose/Duff McKagan (Gunners), Izzy Stradlin/Slash (Gunners)
Gill/Jack (Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility), Louis/Jack (Save the Homeland), Jack/Elli (Friends of Mineral Town), Maya/Candace (ToT)
Jack Spicer/Raimundo Pedrosa (Xiaolin Showdown), Kimiko Tohomiko/Clay Bailey (Xiaolin Showdown), Wuya/Chase Young? (Xiaoling Showdown)
Jack Russell/Ridley Silverlake (Radiata Stories), Nara Shikamaru/Temari IDon'tKnowHerLastName (Naruto), Uzumaki Naruto/Uchiha Sasuke (Naruto), Rukia/Ichigo (Bleach), Yuna/Tidus (FFX), Sora/Riku (Kingdom Hearts), Sora/Riku/Kairi (Kingdom Hearts), Axel/Roxas (Kindom Hearts), Ash/Misty (Pokemon), AIDS/Angel (Rent)

And that's all I can really think of.
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Jul. 17th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Oh, shipping. <3 Gotta love it.

And I think I love you. xD Here I thought we only had House fandom in common. (Which is totally still cool, to have someone writing such delightful AU to keep Taub/Kutner alive. x3) Now I learn that you're into Xiaolin Showdown too? And more bonus points, even, since you ship KimiClay. 8D Though with your other XS ship, I wonmder if I haven't read that fic before and just never reviewed. xD Hm, may have to hit that once I get my laptop back~
Jul. 17th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
To tell the truth, one of the reasons I ship KimiClay is 'cause I needed a ship with Kimiko and Clay was the next best candidate after Rai ('cause shipping Omi with anyone gives me sad feelings D8. especially the idea of him with Chase). And also I think his calmness and stability and all that would counteract Kim's fiery attitude.
And I've had a thing for XS for a while... I was just didn't want to admit that yet x] Excuse my pride, it's this gigantic thing...
As for my XS fic (I actually have another one in tow, just need to smooth out all the canon details and an OC that is there for mere plot use), it's under some major tweaking right now lol, so it's a good thing that you might have to wait to read that x]
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