Shipere: latin verb – to ship, the hardcore investment in and attachment to a particular fictional relationship. I ship. You ship.
The other day, my 13-year-old daughter asked me who I shipped. She had rattled off her list and wanted mine. Now, my kid consumes all kinds of stories, so her list ranged from Harry Potter to manga to Buffy (thanks to me introducing and watching all 7 seasons with her) and now (again, on me) Kurt and Blaine on Glee.
I really had to think about the question. I mean, sure, I have shipped hard over the course of my life, but I couldn’t name a single couple that I shipped at this moment. Not even couples in series that I’m so completely invested in and would go postal if their HEA was denied. I care about many characters but the active act of shipping? Not so much right now.
I started to wonder why? Was it my cold, dead heart? Surprisingly, no! I’m at various stages of three different manuscripts right now. And I’m focusing so hard on creating the shipness of their reality, that I’m incapable of shipping anyone not my own creation at this moment.
Not that all my characters have hit OTP status (one true pairing) – yet. But I’m getting there.
I know people who only like to read or watch certain types of stories depending on what is going on for them in their own life. That makes total sense to me. But what about shipping (for all you shippers?) Is it a ongoing constant for you? Or, like me, do you need to be in a specific space for the ship to flow?
I’m genuinely curious. Also, for you, what makes a couple worthy of shipping? Let me hear from you, darlings, on all swoony ships!
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