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This is a page to discuss whether we ship people in real life and/or fiction, how often, why, etc. and how our (a)romantic orientations affect that.

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I don't in either real life or fiction. In fact, I tend to get super super annoyed how fans seem to think every single character MUST end up with someone. Every single character MUST have a romantic partner. Or they NEED to be interested in someone at the very least. Even in the most un-romantic genres!!!

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I have honestly never understood shipping, at all. Why do people care? Seriously, I don't understand and probably never will.

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Now that I'm more aware of attractions other than romantic and sexual, I can happily ship beyond the seas of romantic love. There are many characters I ship together as passionate friends/queerplatonic partners.

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I find it annoying, especially since romantics don't know how to ship properly:

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...is anyone here into homestuck?

The reason I ask this is that I'm heavily jaded to traditional romantic shipping but I love shipping people in different relationships, and homestuck provides a neat system for that (kismeses/auspices/moirails) that I use to ship people in basically every fandom I'm in.

I do some ~romantic~ shipping too but not much, and even when I do, it usually has an element of dysfunction for me to explore.

Traditional romantic shipping (these characters love each other romantically so much, they get together/have sex/are happy) is incredibly boring to me most of the time, although there are one or two characters who I ship that way, but "the relationship between these characters is so interesting" is something I enjoy a lot :D

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Romantic Shipping:

     Real life - only if canon, and only if they obviously have chemistry, etc. and it doesn't seem forced

     Fictional - some well developed couples, again only canon

 

Sexual Shipping:

     Real life - ew no never

     Fictional - why would you just no

 

Queerplatonic/sensual/etc.:

     All..the..bloody..time

     real life is yes

     fictional is yes

     if they get along and look really happy together then i probably ship them qp

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Yeah, I ship characters! Never sexually, though (because I'm a sex-repulsed ace). Romantically... yeah! Especially queer (slash) shipping, because there are so few canonically queer characters in fiction. I just want people like me to be represented in media! I also ship characters queerplatonically a lot, especially characters who I headcanon as arospec (there are a lot of these).

 

In real life, however... sometimes I jokingly ship my friends (either romantically or platonically), but not very often.

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I only ship characters into "bromances". Otherwise, romance is a concept which is too unfamiliar to me for ships... especially for fictional character since it is either VERY obvious that those character have something going on (in which case shipping is kinda useless), or it is totally out of nowhere that some fan fiction was written and nobody really knows why...

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I don't ship anything. I like looking at and reading the content made by shippers, but that's more dependent on the quality and style of the fan content than the ship itself.

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In general, as a romance-repulsed aro, shipping is just all the nope. I would be a lot more active in a lot of fandoms of it wasn't for how shippy they all are. I do occasionally ship characters queerplatonically, or even in a best-friends-but-not-queerplatonic way, but even that's kind of rare--I tend to focus a lot more on the actual plot and universe of something than which characters could be in some sort of relationship. 

 

Real life shipping? That's a thing people do? NOPE NOPE NOPE. 

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I ship Destiel (Supernatural), but more in a queerplatonic way, I guess. I also headcanon Dean as aro (or at least greyro) and Castiel as ace. 

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I read fanfics, but I don't ship stuff like people would usually do.

I don't have OTPs, everything is fine as long as the characters are realistic together, and there is enough connection in the canon or created in the fic. I like fluff, smut, pwp, depending on my mood, but I usually end up with the former two as fluff gets way more lovey dovey than sensual. I tend to interpret romantic content as deep friendship or if its heavily shippy, as bad writing. (It's not necessarily actually bad, but because the emotional part feels so alien, in my head it gets filed under 'exaggeration')...

 

I'd go for fandoms that are either poly af like Sense8, or where the romance is kept very subtle like in Star Trek. I don't like reading about jealousy, s/D dynamics, cheating dramas, the out of the blue demonisation on exes (or the canon love interest) in order to solidify the main pair. Those are not just alien but also creepy.

The fetishised grey romanticism is also a cringe worthy thing writers like to use to emphasise the intensity and importance of romantic feelings. (I have nothing against grey romantic people, I just don't like when it's implied that aros should be fixed and one will turn into a whole different person once Their True Love walks through the door. It's the same nonsense as when bi/pan people are suddenly 100% gay or 100% straight cos They Found Love. Dafaq?!)

And then there are the damn soulmate AUs with the connecting red strings, count down tattoos, colour blindness, and the rest. I'm not sure if these were meant for lovesick teenagers or adult alloromantics like them as well. Anyway, not really my cup of tea, I never really understood it, its just eww or meh depending on how it's done.

 

Yeah, it's a mine field. I quite often tend to look for the smut or poly themes. Half of the aromantic and QPR tag is written by alloromantic aces, so it usually gives me the exact opposite of what I'm looking for. 

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I'm big into shipping. If I had to pick a few main ships I love, I'd probably say Spirk (Kirk x Spock, Star Trek), Stony (Tony Stark x Steve Rogers), and Squall x Seifer (Final Fantasy VIII), although there are many, many others. As far as reading stories about it, however, there has to be more than just romance and sex. It must have a good, well-rounded main plot, with the romance being secondary. I also start to get annoyed when after they get together, it's just endless sex scene after sex scene. When that happens I usually either drop it, or skip those scenes. It's like, okay, awesome, they're together now, can they not have sex every time they enter a room together?

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I relate autochoris identity (I think I want but I really don't) to my shipping. Like, finding a good ship is like how people describe falling in love to me. Maybe could be described as living vicariously, but I don't really think of it that way. And like, I'll totally do the whole self insert shipping (I'm trash I know), but don't tend to have those desires/attractions in real life.

I find shipping real people to be vaguely non-consent (even people who masturbate to real people I'm like WTF invasion of privacy and not consentual but that's a complex discussion not meant for here). Especially when it gets creepy where people say they don't want people to ship them and they still do and send people art/porn and stuff about the ship. Like, boundaries.

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Shipping people sounds dangerous.  How do you make sure they'll get enough air in their box 

 

As for shipping in general, well. None of those 'spend $X get $Y off shipping' deals seem to apply to Canada which means I usually end up with ridiculous prices, so unless I'm buying in large quantities I prefer to buy local.

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On 06/07/2016 at 4:13 PM, Swablu said:

Shipping people sounds dangerous.  How do you make sure they'll get enough air in their box 

 

As for shipping in general, well. None of those 'spend $X get $Y off shipping' deals seem to apply to Canada which means I usually end up with ridiculous prices, so unless I'm buying in large quantities I prefer to buy local.

 

It's quite enjoyable as a sophisticated way to torture people you don't like. (Edited as the gif doesn't want to show)

 

http://giant.gfycat.com/UnhealthyPlasticHarborseal.gif

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Ehh I like lowkey ship stuff? But not really romantically... like, on occasion, I'll be like, "yeah, I can get behind that!" but not in the way that fandoms are like really aggressive about it?

Mostly I just look at characters and I'm like "their friendship/story/etc. is really interesting and I want to see more of that" you know?

Though I feel like even when I ship stuff "romantically" it's still pretty platonic by most people's standards...

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Yes! For fiction. When I ship, I ship HARD. Not necessarily romantically tho, but usually. Sometimes bromances, sometimes sexually. But I have to find chemistry between the characters, or else it just seem wrong. 

 RL romantic/sexual shipping, not so much..... 

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Steven universe ships of mine:

Peridot and lapis as QueerPlatonic Partners

Amethyst x Pearl as romantic partners

Amethyst x Peridot as QueerPlatonic Partners

Jasper with no one. :D

Leggy x Navy as QueerPlatonic partners

Army x Leggy= romantic partners

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16 hours ago, Garnet+Amethyst=Sugilite said:

Steven universe ships of mine:

Peridot and lapis as Queer Platonic Partners

Amethyst x Pearl as romantic partners

Amethyst x Peridot as Queer Platonic Partners

Jasper with no one. :D

Leggy x Navy as Queer Platonic partners

Army x Leggy= romantic partners

Stop spoiling meeeee. This is a joke, by the way. :P

 

I`m okay with shipping in other series, but I really don`t like it in the Pokemon fanbase.

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A bit of random useless information about ships:

 

The Endeavour, the ship James cook used to scout out and discovered the east coast of Australia for the British was later renamed the Lord Sandwich.

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@Sentient Android Same here about queer shipping people to get some more queer representation. I want them to be sexual too though, as long as its not gratuitous because that just gets boring.

 

Other than that I don't really care about characters getting together. In Game of thrones I've shipped some people to get married because they'd make good political teams. 

 

 

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I don't ship anyone because I'm not really into any fandoms, but I find shipping interesting.

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