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1st Aug '17 6:11:20 AM Morgenthaler
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{{Canon}} and authorial intent do not dictate people's shipping preference. You'd be hard-pressed to find ''anything'' that honestly puts any sort of restraint on shipping preference. Characters may be shipped despite being [[ToyShip still in grade school]], [[HetIsEw of the wrong sexuality]], [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]] or [[{{Twincest}} twins]], JustFriends, [[FoeYay mortal enemies]] [[SlapSlapKiss or just generally the bane of each other's existence]], separated by an age gap of [[MayDecemberRomance decades]] or [[MayflyDecemberRomance centuries]], [[CrossoverShip not of the same narrative continuum]], [[NoHuggingNoKissing part of a story where romance just isn't an issue]], [[CargoShip inanimate objects]], [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight nigh total strangers]], [[PairTheSpares considered as a possible couple at all only because they're both left single after you're done pairing everybody else]], [[AngelDevilShipping polar opposites in terms of morality]], [[CrackPairing extremely implausible as a couple by design]] or even [[ShipSinking outright denied to ever possibly get together]] by WordOfGod. Even when the source material goes as far as to have an OfficialCouple, sometimes [[RelationshipWritingFumble fumbling]] [[StrangledByTheRedString execution]] or ValuesDissonance will drive fans towards emotional investments [[FanPreferredCouple diametric to those the author intended]]. TheILoveYouStigma, occasionally invoked by some productions, further complicates matters, even if the characters [[LoveConfession express the sentiment]] [[ActOfTrueLove in other ways]].

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{{Canon}} and authorial intent do not dictate people's shipping preference. You'd be hard-pressed to find ''anything'' that honestly puts any sort of restraint on shipping preference. Characters may be shipped despite being [[ToyShip still in grade school]], [[HetIsEw of the wrong sexuality]], [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]] or [[{{Twincest}} twins]], [[IncestYayShipping biologically related]], [[GhostShipping dead]], JustFriends, [[FoeYay [[FoeYayShipping mortal enemies]] [[SlapSlapKiss or just generally the bane of each other's existence]], separated by an age gap of [[MayDecemberRomance decades]] or [[MayflyDecemberRomance centuries]], [[CrossoverShip not of the same narrative continuum]], [[NoHuggingNoKissing part of a story where romance just isn't an issue]], [[CargoShip inanimate objects]], [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight nigh total strangers]], [[PairTheSpares considered as a possible couple at all only because they're both left single after you're done pairing everybody else]], [[AngelDevilShipping polar opposites in terms of morality]], [[CrackPairing extremely implausible as a couple by design]] or even [[ShipSinking outright denied to ever possibly get together]] by WordOfGod. Even when the source material goes as far as to have an OfficialCouple, sometimes [[RelationshipWritingFumble fumbling]] [[StrangledByTheRedString execution]] or ValuesDissonance will drive fans towards emotional investments [[FanPreferredCouple diametric to those the author intended]]. TheILoveYouStigma, occasionally invoked by some productions, further complicates matters, even if the characters [[LoveConfession express the sentiment]] [[ActOfTrueLove in other ways]].
10th Mar '17 9:32:31 AM skidoo23
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There's a whole nomenclature dedicated to Quick, Easy and IdiosyncraticShipNaming, often varying from fandom to fandom. The most basic tool of communication here is the slash -- if you wanted Alice and Bob to get together you could always say you shipped Alice/Bob. However, for most fandoms that's just not exotic enough. They will not be content with anything less than a short, sweet and catchy brand name -- the more Incredibly Lame the {{Pun}}, the better (''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom actually named ships the "HMS this-and-that"). Shipping culture has also imported the PortmanteauCoupleName from Japanese {{Anime}} fandom; apart from its infamous usage in the gossip industry ("[[Creator/BradPitt Bra]][[Creator/AngelinaJolie ngelina]]", "[[Creator/BenAffleck Ben]][[Creator/JenniferLopez nifer]]", "[[Creator/TomCruise Tom]][[Creator/KatieHolmes Kat]]") you can find people online declaring themselves fans of "[[ComicBook/IronMan Pepperony]]", "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Wuffara]]", "[[Manga/{{Naruto}} NaruHina]]", "[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Sheelos]]", "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Applepie]]", and "[[Series/TheOfficeUS Jam]]". Yes, Jam. Needless to say, if some series has ThemeNaming shippers ''will'' exploit it JustForPun -- In RealLife, 3/4 is just a rational number greater than one half and lesser than one. [[YouAreNumberSix Not so]] in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' fandom and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' fandom)[[note]] Though not everybody necessary likes 3/4 and may want to ship them with other numbers[[/note]].

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There's a whole nomenclature dedicated to Quick, Easy and IdiosyncraticShipNaming, often varying from fandom to fandom. The most basic tool of communication here is the slash -- if you wanted Alice and Bob to get together you could always say you shipped Alice/Bob.Alice/Bob[[note]]An x is also often used, so AlicexBob[[/note]]. However, for most fandoms that's just not exotic enough. They will not be content with anything less than a short, sweet and catchy brand name -- the more Incredibly Lame the {{Pun}}, the better (''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom actually named ships the "HMS this-and-that"). Shipping culture has also imported the PortmanteauCoupleName from Japanese {{Anime}} fandom; apart from its infamous usage in the gossip industry ("[[Creator/BradPitt Bra]][[Creator/AngelinaJolie ngelina]]", "[[Creator/BenAffleck Ben]][[Creator/JenniferLopez nifer]]", "[[Creator/TomCruise Tom]][[Creator/KatieHolmes Kat]]") you can find people online declaring themselves fans of "[[ComicBook/IronMan Pepperony]]", "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Wuffara]]", "[[Manga/{{Naruto}} NaruHina]]", "[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Sheelos]]", "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Applepie]]", and "[[Series/TheOfficeUS Jam]]". Yes, Jam. Needless to say, if some series has ThemeNaming shippers ''will'' exploit it JustForPun -- In RealLife, 3/4 is just a rational number greater than one half and lesser than one. [[YouAreNumberSix Not so]] in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' fandom and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' fandom)[[note]] Though not everybody necessary likes 3/4 and may want to ship them with other numbers[[/note]].
16th Feb '17 2:03:52 PM StFan
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There's a whole nomenclature dedicated to Quick, Easy and IdiosyncraticShipNaming, often varying from fandom to fandom. The most basic tool of communication here is the slash -- if you wanted Alice and Bob to get together you could always say you shipped Alice/Bob. However, for most fandoms that's just not exotic enough. They will not be content with anything less than a short, sweet and catchy brand name -- the more [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame]] the Pun, the better (''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom actually named ships the "HMS this-and-that"). Shipping culture has also imported the PortmanteauCoupleName from Japanese {{Anime}} fandom; apart from its infamous usage in the gossip industry ("[[BradPitt Bra]][[AngelinaJolie ngelina]]", "[[Creator/BenAffleck Ben]][[JenniferLopez nifer]]", "[[TomCruise Tom]][[KatieHolmes Kat]]") you can find people online declaring themselves fans of "[[IronMan Pepperony]]", "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Wuffara]]", "[[{{Naruto}} [=NaruHina=]]]", "[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Sheelos]]", "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Applepie]]", and "[[TheOffice Jam]]". Yes, Jam. Needless to say, if some series has ThemeNaming shippers ''will'' exploit it JustForPun -- In RealLife, 3/4 is just a rational number greater than one half and lesser than one. [[YouAreNumberSix Not so]] in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' fandom and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' fandom)[[note]] Though not everybody necessary likes 3/4 and may want to ship them with other numbers[[/note]].

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There's a whole nomenclature dedicated to Quick, Easy and IdiosyncraticShipNaming, often varying from fandom to fandom. The most basic tool of communication here is the slash -- if you wanted Alice and Bob to get together you could always say you shipped Alice/Bob. However, for most fandoms that's just not exotic enough. They will not be content with anything less than a short, sweet and catchy brand name -- the more [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame]] Lame the Pun, {{Pun}}, the better (''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom actually named ships the "HMS this-and-that"). Shipping culture has also imported the PortmanteauCoupleName from Japanese {{Anime}} fandom; apart from its infamous usage in the gossip industry ("[[BradPitt Bra]][[AngelinaJolie ("[[Creator/BradPitt Bra]][[Creator/AngelinaJolie ngelina]]", "[[Creator/BenAffleck Ben]][[JenniferLopez Ben]][[Creator/JenniferLopez nifer]]", "[[TomCruise Tom]][[KatieHolmes "[[Creator/TomCruise Tom]][[Creator/KatieHolmes Kat]]") you can find people online declaring themselves fans of "[[IronMan "[[ComicBook/IronMan Pepperony]]", "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Wuffara]]", "[[{{Naruto}} [=NaruHina=]]]", "[[Manga/{{Naruto}} NaruHina]]", "[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Sheelos]]", "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Applepie]]", and "[[TheOffice "[[Series/TheOfficeUS Jam]]". Yes, Jam. Needless to say, if some series has ThemeNaming shippers ''will'' exploit it JustForPun -- In RealLife, 3/4 is just a rational number greater than one half and lesser than one. [[YouAreNumberSix Not so]] in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' fandom and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' fandom)[[note]] Though not everybody necessary likes 3/4 and may want to ship them with other numbers[[/note]].
2nd Nov '16 6:48:00 PM NightShade96
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The term "Shipping" -- which ostensibly derives from "Relationship" (though it might as well be "Worship"; in some fandoms, it's SeriousBusiness) -- was originally coined by fans of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who were divided between "relationshippers" pushing for romance and "noromos" who would rather have [[NoHuggingNoKissing No Hugging and No Kissing]]. The phenomenon itself, however, was ubiquitous in practically every fandom long before. The source of the term's popularity is shrouded in myth, but Geek Mythology has it that you can blame people in the ''[[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' anime's fandom who rooted for Jessie and James (of Team Rocket) to get together and decided to call themselves "[[AWorldWidePunomenon Rocketshippers]]". This got the term to catch on in that fandom, then people brought it with them to other fandoms, and today [[{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] needs a tiny disambiguation note at the top of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipping its article on maritime delivery of goods]].

Of all the obsessions that universally afflict fandom, {{Shipping}} is by far the most persistent, widespread and prone to be SeriousBusiness. It knows no boundaries of age, demographic and gender [[note]]contrary to expectations one might reasonably have involving Yaoi/Yuri-worshipping, fan fiction writing, squealing teenage girls[[/note]]. This might raise an eyebrow or two on first inspection, but honestly, shipping is just a consequence of plain old human nature. [[ThePowerOfLove Love]], [[SevenDeadlySins Lust]], Romance, Hormones - call it what you will, it is a huge part of the human experience. Just glance at our long list of LoveTropes to see all the ways romance weaves into fiction. And even if a story is not "romantic" by genre, a well-done love story can become its emotional anchor.

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The term "Shipping" -- which ostensibly derives from "Relationship" (though it might as well be "Worship"; in some fandoms, it's SeriousBusiness) -- was originally coined by fans of ''Series/TheXFiles'', who were divided between "relationshippers" pushing for romance and "noromos" who would rather have [[NoHuggingNoKissing No Hugging and No Kissing]]. The phenomenon itself, however, was ubiquitous in practically every fandom long before. The source of the term's popularity is shrouded in myth, but Geek Mythology has it that you can blame people in the ''[[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' anime's fandom who rooted for Jessie and James (of Team Rocket) to get together and decided to call themselves "[[AWorldWidePunomenon Rocketshippers]]". This got the term to catch on in that fandom, then people brought it with them to other fandoms, and today [[{{Wikipedia}} [[Website/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] needs a tiny disambiguation note at the top of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipping its article on maritime delivery of goods]].

Of all the obsessions that universally afflict fandom, {{Shipping}} shipping is by far the most persistent, widespread and prone to be SeriousBusiness. It knows no boundaries of age, demographic and gender [[note]]contrary to expectations one might reasonably have involving Yaoi/Yuri-worshipping, fan fiction writing, squealing teenage girls[[/note]]. This might raise an eyebrow or two on first inspection, but honestly, shipping is just a consequence of plain old human nature. [[ThePowerOfLove Love]], [[SevenDeadlySins Lust]], Romance, Hormones - -- call it what you will, it is a huge part of the human experience. Just glance at our long list of LoveTropes to see all the ways romance weaves into fiction. And even if a story is not "romantic" by genre, a well-done love story can become its emotional anchor.



It's tempting to assume that shippers are so invested in romance because they are reading themselves into the place of one of the characters, and living the romance vicariously through them. This [[PossessionSue does]] [[AudienceSurrogate happen]] - not surprising, because most fiction relies on at least a little empathy. That said, beware of the old "pathetic nerd living out fantasies through fiction" stereotype. Why one prefers a given ship (that is, a fictional couple) can be based on any number of things, from liking the general "type" of relationship (such as BroodingBoyGentleGirl), to thinking they have [[UnresolvedSexualTension hot chemistry]], or [[TheyDo great long-term compatibility]] - or maybe they just look cute together!

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It's tempting to assume that shippers are so invested in romance because they are reading themselves into the place of one of the characters, and living the romance vicariously through them. This [[PossessionSue does]] [[AudienceSurrogate happen]] - not surprising, because most fiction relies on at least a little empathy. That said, beware of the old "pathetic nerd living out fantasies through fiction" stereotype. Why one prefers a given ship (that is, a fictional couple) can be based on any number of things, from liking the general "type" of relationship (such as BroodingBoyGentleGirl), to thinking they have [[UnresolvedSexualTension hot chemistry]], or [[TheyDo great long-term compatibility]] - -- or maybe they just look cute together!
30th Jul '16 9:58:16 AM valar55
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Shipping is all about the anticipation. Paragraphs and essays and counter-essays, weighing megabytes and spanning dozens of pages, will be written about who ''will'' get together, who ''should'' get together, and what the disciplines of political science and feminism and probability theory have to say about the issue (the above is NotHyperbole). No ecstatic shipper has ever written a gigantic dissertation titled "Hurray!! AliceAndBob! FINALLY!!" or any fandom equivalent. People will argue endlessly about the romantic future of nearly any given ensemble, but if that point should actually be resolved, the discussions will basically go through a round of ranting and gloating and then unceremoniously run out of steam.

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Shipping is all about the anticipation. Paragraphs and essays and counter-essays, weighing filling megabytes and spanning dozens of pages, will be written about who ''will'' get together, who ''should'' get together, and what the disciplines of political science and feminism and probability theory have to say about the issue (the above is NotHyperbole). No ecstatic shipper has ever written a gigantic dissertation titled "Hurray!! AliceAndBob! FINALLY!!" or any fandom equivalent. People will argue endlessly about the romantic future of nearly any given ensemble, but if that point should actually be resolved, the discussions will basically go through a round of ranting and gloating and then unceremoniously run out of steam.
29th Jul '16 9:00:53 PM Anddrix
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"Shippers" is the universally accepted name for those fans who invest themselves in romantic plotlines - both canonical and hypothetical. Shippers' level of investment can range from "[[CrackShip It's all jolly good fun]]" to "[[BaseBreaker This seriously impacts my enjoyment of the work]]" to "[[ShipToShipCombat Prepare for war.]]"

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"Shippers" is the universally accepted name for those fans who invest themselves in romantic plotlines - both canonical and hypothetical. Shippers' level of investment can range from "[[CrackShip It's all jolly good fun]]" to "[[BaseBreaker This "This seriously impacts my enjoyment of the work]]" work" to "[[ShipToShipCombat Prepare for war.]]"
6th May '16 11:36:39 PM vifetoile
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It's tempting to assume that shippers are so invested in romance because they are reading themselves into the place of one of the characters, and living the romance vicariously through them. This [[PossessionSue does]] [[AudienceSurrogate happen]], but beware of the old "pathetic nerd living out fantasies through fiction" stereotype. Beside, most shippers engage in fandom ''beyond'' just shipping - shipping is just one facet of fandom, alongside cosplay, fanfic, fanart, analysis, or collecting.

Furthermore, a lot of ships (that is, fictional couples) attract fans on account of [[DestructiveRomance the destructive or twisted]] dynamic between characters. The mature fan can distinguish between what they enjoy reading, and what makes a healthy relationship in real life. The immature fan... well, let's hope they grow up soon.

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It's tempting to assume that shippers are so invested in romance because they are reading themselves into the place of one of the characters, and living the romance vicariously through them. This [[PossessionSue does]] [[AudienceSurrogate happen]], but happen]] - not surprising, because most fiction relies on at least a little empathy. That said, beware of the old "pathetic nerd living out fantasies through fiction" stereotype. Beside, most shippers engage in fandom ''beyond'' Why one prefers a given ship (that is, a fictional couple) can be based on any number of things, from liking the general "type" of relationship (such as BroodingBoyGentleGirl), to thinking they have [[UnresolvedSexualTension hot chemistry]], or [[TheyDo great long-term compatibility]] - or maybe they just shipping - shipping is just one facet of fandom, alongside cosplay, fanfic, fanart, analysis, or collecting.

look cute together!

Furthermore, a lot of ships (that is, fictional couples) attract fans on account of [[DestructiveRomance the destructive or twisted]] dynamic between characters. The mature fan can distinguish between what they enjoy reading, and what makes a healthy relationship in real life. The immature fan... well, let's hope they grow up soon.
6th May '16 6:44:17 PM vifetoile
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Of all the obsessions that universally afflict fandom, {{Shipping}} is by far the most persistent, widespread and prone to be SeriousBusiness. It knows no boundaries of age, demographic and gender [[note]]contrary to expectations one might reasonably have involving Yaoi/Yuri-worshipping, fan fiction writing, squealing teenage girls[[/note]]. This might raise an eyebrow or two on first inspection, but honestly, shipping is just a consequence of plain old human nature: we are wired to seek a romantic partner in such a powerful, fundamental way that some of us even get a considerable kick out of doing it by proxy -- and fictional characters are plentiful, easy to relate to, often [[EverybodyIsSingle in want of someone to make out with]], usually [[HappilyEverAfter get their happy ending]], and hardly ever fall out of love. We wish we were them. We are drawn to reimagining ourselves in their place like moths to the flame.

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Of all the obsessions that universally afflict fandom, {{Shipping}} is by far the most persistent, widespread and prone to be SeriousBusiness. It knows no boundaries of age, demographic and gender [[note]]contrary to expectations one might reasonably have involving Yaoi/Yuri-worshipping, fan fiction writing, squealing teenage girls[[/note]]. This might raise an eyebrow or two on first inspection, but honestly, shipping is just a consequence of plain old human nature: we are wired nature. [[ThePowerOfLove Love]], [[SevenDeadlySins Lust]], Romance, Hormones - call it what you will, it is a huge part of the human experience. Just glance at our long list of LoveTropes to seek see all the ways romance weaves into fiction. And even if a story is not "romantic" by genre, a well-done love story can become its emotional anchor.

"Shippers" is the universally accepted name for those fans who invest themselves in
romantic partner in such a powerful, fundamental way plotlines - both canonical and hypothetical. Shippers' level of investment can range from "[[CrackShip It's all jolly good fun]]" to "[[BaseBreaker This seriously impacts my enjoyment of the work]]" to "[[ShipToShipCombat Prepare for war.]]"

It's tempting to assume
that some shippers are so invested in romance because they are reading themselves into the place of us even get a considerable kick one of the characters, and living the romance vicariously through them. This [[PossessionSue does]] [[AudienceSurrogate happen]], but beware of the old "pathetic nerd living out fantasies through fiction" stereotype. Beside, most shippers engage in fandom ''beyond'' just shipping - shipping is just one facet of doing it by proxy -- and fandom, alongside cosplay, fanfic, fanart, analysis, or collecting.

Furthermore, a lot of ships (that is,
fictional characters are plentiful, easy to relate to, often [[EverybodyIsSingle in want couples) attract fans on account of someone to make out with]], usually [[HappilyEverAfter get their happy ending]], [[DestructiveRomance the destructive or twisted]] dynamic between characters. The mature fan can distinguish between what they enjoy reading, and hardly ever fall out of love. We wish we were them. We are drawn to reimagining ourselves what makes a healthy relationship in their place like moths to the flame.
real life. The immature fan... well, let's hope they grow up soon.
20th Mar '16 7:32:28 AM skidoo23
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20th Mar '16 7:30:24 AM skidoo23
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{{Canon}} and authorial intent do not dictate people's shipping preference. You'd be hard-pressed to find ''anything'' that honestly puts any sort of restraint on shipping preference. Characters may be shipped despite being [[ToyShip still in grade school]], [[HetIsEw of the wrong sexuality]], [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]] or [[{{Twincest}} twins]], JustFriends, [[FoeYay mortal enemies]] [[SlapSlapKiss or just generally the bane of each other's existence]], separated by an age gap of [[MayDecemberRomance decades]] or [[MayflyDecemberRomance centuries]], [[CrossoverShip not of the same narrative continuum]], [[NoHuggingNoKissing part of a story where romance just isn't an issue]], [[CargoShip inanimate objects]], [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight nigh total strangers]], [[PairTheSpares considered as a possible couple at all only because they're both left single after you're done pairing everybody else]], [[AngelDevilShipping polar opposites in terms of morality]], [[CrackPairing extremely implausible as a couple by design]] or even [[ShipSinking outright denied to ever possibly get together]] by WordOfGod. Even when the source material goes as far as to have an OfficialCouple, sometimes [[RelationshipWritingFumble fumbling]] [[StrangledByTheRedString execution]] or ValuesDissonance will drive fans towards emotional investments [[FanPreferredCouple diametric to those the author intended]]. TheILoveYouStigma, occasionally invoked by some productions, further complicates matters, even if the characters [[LoveConfession express the sentiment]] [[ActOfTrueLove this in other ways]].

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{{Canon}} and authorial intent do not dictate people's shipping preference. You'd be hard-pressed to find ''anything'' that honestly puts any sort of restraint on shipping preference. Characters may be shipped despite being [[ToyShip still in grade school]], [[HetIsEw of the wrong sexuality]], [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]] or [[{{Twincest}} twins]], JustFriends, [[FoeYay mortal enemies]] [[SlapSlapKiss or just generally the bane of each other's existence]], separated by an age gap of [[MayDecemberRomance decades]] or [[MayflyDecemberRomance centuries]], [[CrossoverShip not of the same narrative continuum]], [[NoHuggingNoKissing part of a story where romance just isn't an issue]], [[CargoShip inanimate objects]], [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight nigh total strangers]], [[PairTheSpares considered as a possible couple at all only because they're both left single after you're done pairing everybody else]], [[AngelDevilShipping polar opposites in terms of morality]], [[CrackPairing extremely implausible as a couple by design]] or even [[ShipSinking outright denied to ever possibly get together]] by WordOfGod. Even when the source material goes as far as to have an OfficialCouple, sometimes [[RelationshipWritingFumble fumbling]] [[StrangledByTheRedString execution]] or ValuesDissonance will drive fans towards emotional investments [[FanPreferredCouple diametric to those the author intended]]. TheILoveYouStigma, occasionally invoked by some productions, further complicates matters, even if the characters [[LoveConfession express the sentiment]] [[ActOfTrueLove this in other ways]].
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