First off, nothing against the concept. You think two fictional characters should be together, fine, whatever, I’m not one to stand in the way, and I have more important things to argue over.
What I don’t get is “shipping” characters in a concluded story whose relationship was pretty much ruled out by the end of the story (one of the characters is dead or married or trapped in an alternate universe). To me, this is like videotaping a football game that your team loses, then watching it over and over again, each time hoping they will win this time, or just being sad that they didn’t win each time you watch it. I’ve just never really understood that, though, it’s hard for me to understand getting upset over something that can’t be changed.
Although one “ship” I can’t stand is Haymitch/Katniss. I actually find it kind of astonishing that people wanted those two together. I know Eli was getting some hate for this same opinion earlier, but honestly, it’s just wrong on like five different levels. Haymitch is a constantly drunk man in his 40s and Katniss is a psychologically disturbed 16-year-old girl. Neither one of them is capable of giving consent to the other. A lot of people look past the age thing (they shouldn’t, because it would be no different than those guys Chris Hansen busts on TV) because “they understand each other” and “they’re so alike.” Unfortunately, since they both hate themselves and each other, maybe someone who’s “just like them” wouldn’t make for a good relationship.
That brings me to another issue I have with “shipping.” Why is it that any two people who completely despise each other must secretly be in love? I hate to bring Haymitch into it again, but why can’t Effie think he’s disgusting and Haymitch think she’s obnoxious without them having some kind of projected sexual tension?
Same goes for “best friends.” I was so mad at Kim Possible (and every disney channel show from my childhood) when they made Kim and Ron get together. I am of the opinion that this should not have happened. As someone with many lady friends, and at least one lady friend who I’ve known since infancy, the fact that these types of character always seem to get together. The implication is that a dude and a lady can’t have a rich and fulfilling friendship without also being in love. The same goes for Lizzie and Gordo and Louis Stevens and Tawny. People can be friends without falling in love, and the archetype of the “male best friend who’s been in unrequited love with the female lead, just waiting to be noticed” just keeps that horrible myth of the “friend zone” alive.
I’m not attacking anyone who holds differing opinions, of course, just stating my own thoughts on the matter and why I have them. Don’t think that I’m attacking anyone who loves these types of “ship” for different reasons, only that my opinion differs from theirs.
Anyway, drabbles of thought over. Hope y’all, even if you disagree, at least enjoyed reading them.