Seeing a lot of kvetching and whingeing lately about people who ship non-canon non-heteronormative pairings.
“Why does everything have to be gay with you people?”
“Why all the emphasis on shipping?”
Here’s the thing: if you’re a person who enjoys heteronormative and/or canon ships, you have literally thousands at your disposal. Every show, every movie, every animated series, every comic and novel and radio program has at least one het ship that is, if not canon itself, at least understandable and likely within the context of the canon.
Those of us who like non-heteronormative romantic relationships? The number of options available to us in general media is pitifully small. We have a handful compared to your cornucopia. And then we have fandom.
Fandom is the only place where non-heteronormative romance is given almost equal representation. I’m not just talking gay, here; I’m talking kink, polyamorous relationships, non-binary gender expression and associated roles within relationships, trans* people in romantic relationships, interracial relationships, floppy power dynamics. I’m talking about everything that doesn’t fit the “boy meets girl, boy and girl are happy in their predefined romantic roles, they get married and have babies and live happily ever after” narrative that is so pervasive.
If you like that narrative, that’s awesome. I’m not trying to single anyone out for what they enjoy. Just please, stop bitching about people in fandom being a little overzealous with their non-canon, non-heteronormative ships. We can’t get it anywhere else.