|More Meme Questions, Mostly About Shipping
||[Mar. 17th, 2018|10:03 pm]
See, I have different sorts of otps.
There are flash-in-the-pan otps, like how I am currently totally obsessed with Sara/Ava (and fandom missed a trick when we decided that we were going to call that pairing avalance and not sharpe lance, just sayin') but expect to be fully over it by the time that it turns out that Ava is a robot or whatever.
Then there are not-really-an-otp otps, like Donna Noble/her memories, or Morgana Pendragon/getting the hell out of Camelot, doing some pet therapy with her baby dragon, and meeting a nice girl.
And all-the-dudes-in-canon-are-awful otps. All the dudes fandom wants to ship Sansa with are a) terrible, and b) usually fifteen to thirty years older than her. Dany's taste in men is inexcusably dreadful, being entirely rapists, Jack Sparrow cosplayers, and nephews. A good 90% of my asoiaf femslashing is rooted in one or both of these things.
The closest thing I have to a traditional otp is Root/Shaw, where I'm interested in the canon and characters outside of the ship, but I'm not interested in either character being shipped with anyone else.
It's mostly bitterness, tbh, because I don't like it and it was 80% (when the fandom first took off) to 99.8% (now) of everything there was. At the time I could have given you what I thought were quite sensible reasons why Merlin (the character) was the worst and his relationship with Arthur was toxic and awful, but thankfully I never went too far down the rabbit hole of hating things for great justice.
See also how the fandom managed to ruin Supergirl for me with that nonsense.
After all, sometimes you just hate someone's stupid face and it doesn't have to be any more complicated than that.
I kind of really like that the post series Team Machine is Shaw and Fusco (and Bear!) S5 was pushed for time, I know, but I did wish we'd got to see Fusco's reaction to Shaw being back, because as much as he'd grumble Fusco was All In for her after she saved his son, and I like to imagine Shaw's horrified realisation, after they've been working the numbers together for a while, that not only has she become the sort of person who has a best friend, but that it's Lionel Fusco.
Is there an obscure ship which you love?
Back in my Buffy days I didn't like Willow/Tara and overlooked Buffy/Faith and instead glommed on to the largely non-existent Tara/Anya.
Gwen/Morgana was kind of fine, but during Merlin I shipped Morgana with basically every other female character more, even though they were exclusively one episode nonentities or her sister.
Everything would have been better if Elia and Lyanna had just run off together. I mean, Jon Snow might not have been born, but that would have been...fine.
Are there any popular ships in your fandom which you dislike?
Buffy/Spike, Willow/Tara, Arthur/Merlin, Jack/Ianto, Ten/Rose, Sansa/Sandor, Jon/Dany, Rhaegar/Lyanna.
My history in fandom is a long and distinguished one of going: but why isn't fandom catering to my exact tastes?
Who was your first OTP and are they still your favourite?
I'm pretty sure it was Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres from Star Trek: Voyager, so no.
What ship have you written the most about?
According to AO3 it's Gwen/Morgana, which is funny because I didn't actually ship them after the first season or so. It's not that I wasn't into Morgana being redeemed by the love of a good woman, I just wanted it to be a woman whose face she had been less irredeemably awful and murder-y to.
Fannish momentum was the reason I wrote so much for them, I guess.
Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
During the recent run of Star Trek: Discovery I wished that I could have gotten into Burnham/Georgiou, for which there was at least some fic, rather than Burnham/Tilly, for which there was not.
Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
It's never more than a passing that would be cute, but boyslash pairings. Before I gave up on Supergirl I had soft, fuzzy feelings for both Winn/Mon-El and Winn/James.
How did you get involved in your latest fandom?
It's Legends of Tomorrow, and it was a gif of Caity Lotz's abs.
What are the best things about your current fandom?
It feels pretty free of a lot of the negativity that even from a distance seems to swirl around the other Arrowverse shows. For the moment, at least, There's still that Ava maybe being a robot thing coming up.
Is there a fandom you read fic from but don’t write in?
Ooh, loads. Most recently The Good Place and Legends of Tomorrow. There's already a plethora of Version 218 fics, and Legends of Tomorrow gives me most of what I usually look for in fanfic in canon.
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