i shipped so hard
and got so far
but in the end
it wasn’t even canon
remember when we shipped things because we loved them and we didn’t necessarily want them to become part of a canon that was flawed and problematic anyway, even if we were lucky enough to be shipping a series that was still ongoing and not a standalone book or ten-year-old story or two-hour film?
remember when shipping something was not about getting to an end goal inside of a restrictive narrative that would probably only sacrifice the relationship to ratings anyway, but about taking characters and exploring the possibilities of what they could be?
remember when whether or not you let yourself love a ship didn’t seem to hinge upon the probability that the ship would “become canon,” as if that would be the only way you could ever receive validation from it, or make it worth shipping?
does ANYONE REMEMBER THIS? because i swear it’s like Tumblr has evolved a memory-wiping machine that has erased all knowledge of pre-Tumblr fandom, and the perpetual deafening thrum underlying the clamor of fans on the Internet these days is canon, canon, canon, like spectators cheering on their favorite teams towards an end-goal that keeps moving farther and farther away.
#i’m just so puzzled when a ship becoming canon was a thing #didn’t we ship because we ship #whether it was canon or not usually didn’t matter #because fandom took from what the show created and made it our own #i mean i would and did love ships becoming canon #but… #in the end #its about what we take from canon #and enriching it
healthy shipping ftw ;)Yeah, I remember it. I remember it well. We shipped things knowing they’d never become canon because they were slash ships and we thought they’d never have good, well-written gay and lesbian relationships on TV. We shipped things that we thought would never become canon because we felt like we had no choice and no chance. I for one am happy to have moved on.
I agree with Em (highway-to-purgatory). The idea that slash ships, in particular, could become canon is so exciting. Back in the day when we thought it could never happen it was depressing and frustrating. They weren’t the good old days, they were the days when same-sex relationships hadn’t a hope of being represented on TV and I can’t see how anyone could look back on that and consider it better.