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01:50:46 PM Jul 10th 2013
Someone should set up a massive list of fandoms and all their ships in like order of popularity or something. I can never find out exactly who's shipping what I'm shipping.
04:58:00 PM Jul 20th 2013
Good idea in theory, would be a disaster in practice. People would abuse it in every which way.
03:40:24 AM Oct 9th 2012
So here's some rather bold claims I found in the article:

Shipping is a consequence of human nature.

Shipping is and obsession that universally afflict fandom.

Shipping is (this is my favorite) "an omnipresent force of nature".

On a personal note, I think shipping is stupid and makes no sense. But apparently I'm an inhuman and unnatural freak, so what do I know?
11:48:09 AM Dec 1st 2012
Dude, it's a possible consequence of human nature. Also, it does end up being a big deal on nearly every fandom, and the last bit is obviously hyperbole. You should really just relax.
07:01:35 PM Jul 23rd 2012
I've heard of what seems to be a subtopic of this called "friendshipping", but I can't get any exact info on what it is, and I'm curious. I've noticed some stories are labelled as having friendshipping when they aren't really romantic at all, so I'm really confused as to what it is. Anyone know for certain?
10:12:22 AM Sep 14th 2012
There are two types of Shipping known as "friendshipping,"

  • Shipping two (usually) platonic friends romantically.

  • Platonic shipping.
02:27:25 AM May 25th 2012
I just want to ask here. Does any Fan Shipping related page acknowledges the Spike/Dawn (Spawn) shipping among some Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans?

I've looked on the first Shipping related pages I thought to try (Fan Preffered Couple to start with) and nothing.

Perhaps it's a more infamous a Ship in my mind then it ever really was cause it happened to be my introduction to the world of shipping. But still, this did begin as a specifically Buffy site.

It was controversial because of the age differences, but in universe it was no different then either Spike or Angel with Buffy, Dawn was just cast closer to her real age (Her exact real age originally, Joss's only continuity foul up was having Dawn go through 3 Freshmen years of High School). The contemporary equivalent probably being San San of Game of Thrones, which I also support.

It's still probably the Ship I support most of any in any Fandom, though Jeremy/Anna from The Vampire Diaries is up there now.
05:20:48 AM Oct 2nd 2011
I just wanted to say that this is one of the best articles I've ever read of the phenomenon of Shipping. It's described concisely, it addresses the fundamental reasons of why it exists, the most common manifestations of it, and the most common behaviours and quirks of the fandom that engages in this activity. And it does so in a way that people outside of fandom can at least get it, which is no small task.

If TV Tropes has some sort of Featured Tropes for showing the best written articles on this wiki, I'm nominating this one. Please don't change or add to it too much. It's pretty much perfect the way it is, in my humble opinion.

06:02:57 AM Oct 22nd 2011
Wow. Thanks! I put a lot of work into that article, so it's very nice to hear that. =)
02:57:24 PM Sep 10th 2011
Why isn't there a Troper Tales section?
06:06:43 AM Oct 22nd 2011
We don't host Troper Tales any more.
01:55:45 PM Aug 12th 2011
Uh... hi. I don't understand the appeal of shipping.



09:34:41 PM Sep 17th 2011
Me neither
07:40:01 PM Nov 15th 2011
Thirded. There's a fourth over in Headscratchers. I think the deletion of a certain line may be in order. The article clearly explains what people feel when they ship and what motivates them to do so, but I just don't get why they bother. I understand that perspectives and opinions differ, but since that's true, I don't want to be lumped into a category which I don't belong in.

And I've read this article several times to try and see if maybe I can get shipping. I don't want to not get it, if that makes any sense. But to assume that shipping is so fundamental to human nature that nobody doesn't get it implies that those of us who really don't aren't really human in nature. So, either the article is wrong, or there's something fundamentally wrong with me. (I'm willing to accept the latter if it turns out to be true, so don't be afraid to tell me ;) )
09:54:33 AM Nov 16th 2011
edited by Tropulastic
Well, from my experience, most people don't choose to feel, voluntarily. This largely depends on empathy, but either you get attached to the characters, or you don't. And when people do, if they're into the fandom mentality of going online and sharing their experiences with the show, shipping feels like the natural extension for them.

Perharps this part should be clarified in the article?
02:03:11 AM Jul 30th 2011
Just a suggestion but there should be a shipping sheet. Like a character sheet but with lists of tropes that would describe how compatible the relationships work out.
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