Let's be clear here. Shipping is an Audience Reaction
— it's fans making up relationships based on their feelings and/or personal preferences. If they write it in a fanfic, it's still shipping with respect to the parent work, although it is not shipping within the fic itself.
Boy Meets Ghoul
, as written, is a relationship trope. It's objective. If, in a work, a character has a romantic relationship with someone who's dead or undead, it's this trope. If the relationship exists only in fans' minds, it's not
A trope cannot be about both things. It has to make up its mind. That's why Ho Yay
, Les Yay
, etc., were such a mess for so long.
edited 16th May '14 1:10:02 PM by Fighteer