blog-of-some-guy asked: Do you ever feel sometimes that fans of a series (*coughs*Kill la Kill*coughs*) care and speculate more about (often non-existent) shippings rather than the actual themes and characters of a show? Can you come up with a reason for this?
Yes. Yeeeeeeeeees. Yes. The answer to this is yes copied-and-pasted a thousand times.
The reason for this is probably twofold.
A) People obsessed with shipping are sexually frustrated. A large portion of them are in their teens and early twenties, and hey, they like anime and video games and stuff: they’re probably not social butterflies. They may not be getting that itch scratched, (“single player” only accomplishes so much,) and here’s this entire community based around parading their favorite characters’ sexualities as “media criticism” whether it matters or not. Talking about fictional characters’ naughty bits makes them feel smart and adult and turns them on all at the same time! Win-win!
B) People obsessed with shipping have found a place to belong in the above, established group of people obsessed with shipping. They have friends who talk about shipping all day, so they talk about shipping all day, and they belong! This forms a large portion of pretty much every fandom, it’s a universal sort of thing.
But as much as it’s bound to piss off the ~shipping community~ or whatever, I think we can all agree that you’d care less about the frankly boring conceit of which fictional character is mashing their privates against those of another fictional character if you were actualizing that fascination against some actual privates and releasing that tension.
It’d be funny if it didn’t get in the way of actual media discussion so damn hard. And sometimes even media *creation!* It absolutely ruined Avatar: The Last Airbender. Killed it. The romance in that show near the end is garbage, and 90% of Korra’s content on the whole is garbage, largely because of the creators feeding on their community’s obsession with shipping. Not speculation on my part, this is stuff they actually said in the interviews on the special features of Avatar. And that sucks.