Kayla. 23 years old. JMU Graduate with a B.A. in History.
MLIS student at the University of South Carolina; future librarian and/or archivist!
Loves: Tau Beta Σigma, music, quotes, chocolate, coffee, Harry Potter, Glee, laughter, Starkid, Darren Criss, Disney, the Avengers, Once Upon a Time, HIMYM, Bones, Downton Abbey.
you know what would be cool? a show about, like, vigilante Victorian prostitutes hunting down Jack the Ripper.
They never did figure out why he stopped killing. And most serial killers don’t stop unless they are stopped. I’m just saying.
brb writing the script
Anonymous said: As a fan with a garden variety of ships in various fandoms, slash, het, canon, non-canon, in my opinion no one is entitled to their ship becoming canon, that may be an assholish opinion, but that's how I see it. Basically I am agreeing with you.
That’s generally how I feel. I ship my ships because the chemistry between two characters—potential or actual—really grabs me. Sure, it would be great if the screenwriters actually shared the same preference with me, making it possible for me to see the actors play out the romance in my head. But it’s no skin off my nose if they don’t. I ship cross-fandom pairings. There’s no way in hell I’ll ever see those made canon. Not going to stop me from loving those ships, though.
I think the problem lies in a word you used: entitled. That’s the kind of thinking that has fans chasing down actors and then bad-mouthing them (sometimes to their faces or on twitter) when they don’t want to be at everyone’s beck and call—because god forbid they actually have a life outside of meeting fans and taking selfies with them. That’s the kind of thinking that has fans sending actor’s spouses hate for daring to marry their beloved icons. That’s the kind of thinking that has fans sending scathing messages to actors who have no control over the direction and writing of a television series or film.
Entitlement is what has some fans believing their opinions about a franchise, film, or series (including, but not limited to, ships) are superior to other fans and therefore should be listened to—and implemented—by the writers and creators of said franchise/film/series.
It’s one thing to vent your disappointments and frustrations with your buddies. It’s another to attack other fans, to attack the actors, producers, writers, and creators over your preferences. And I’ll add that I have nothing against petitioning Hollywood for better representation for certain types of pairings—but again, social justice is still not an excuse for bad behavior. Trolling other fans who ship ships you feel interfere with the cause? Nope, not excused. Trolling actors who choose to remain neutral about how their characters are written (i.e.—protecting their livelihood)? Still not excused. And while inundating the creators with messages is actually more in line with the idea of an attempt to make change, being an asshole to said creators is not excused.
The same goes for the other side of the fandom debacles: for the people who are shipping the canonized ships. Nothing—nothing—is an excuse for bad behavior. I don’t care if you’re being attacked, that’s not a valid reason to troll back. Delete flaming anon messages. Use the “ignore” feature when you come across hate in the tags. DO NOT ENGAGE IN KIND. And for the few who actually go into the other ship tags to gloat: bad form. And those who send hate to actors who happen to play a character who is currently impeding a canon ship: NO. NO, NO, NO, NO.
I sometimes wonder if social media has given so many of us a false sense of access to those who make the things we purport to love. We get to send messages now in real time—rather than sticking a stamp on a letter and hoping it’ll make it to our target. (Yes, there were days when the only way to send fanmail to an actor was through the studio, and there was never a guarantee that they would actually receive it.) Now, we mention actors, writers, et al in tweets which we know in theory they could see in real time. And some even respond back on occasion—which creates this idea that they’ve opened a dialogue with the entire fandom and have the time and inclination to hear everyone’s thoughts and opinions of how things should be done. And that gets misconstrued from us providing feedback in a forum to this entitled idea that we, the fans, actually have a vital part in the direction of the series outside of viewership ratings. We don’t. I’m sorry, but WE DON’T.
Anyway, I didn’t mean to get all verbose and ranty. I usually ignore the bad behavior (often literally with the ignore function)—mainly because no matter what I say or how reasonable I am in my arguments, people are going to do what they’re going to do. But it felt good to get this off my chest anyway.
Ming D. Liu, What is “better?”