A visit to tvtropes.org bore the following fruit:
Of all the obsessions that universally afflict fandom, Shipping is by far the most persistent, widespread and prone to be Serious Business. It knows no boundaries of age, demographic and gender.* This might raise an eyebrow or two on first inspection, but honestly, shipping is just a consequence of plain old human nature: we are wired to seek a romantic partner in such a powerful, fundamental way that we even get a considerable kick out of doing it by proxy — and fictional characters are plenty, easy to relate to, often in want of someone to make out with, usually get their happy ending and hardly ever fall out of love. We wish we were them. We are drawn to reimagining ourselves in their place like moths to the flame.
Shipping is all about the anticipation. Paragraphs and essays and counter-essays weighing megabytes at dozens of pages will be written about who will get together, who should get together, and what the disciplines of political science and feminism and probability theory have to say about the issue (the above is Not Hyperbole). No ecstatic shipper has ever written a gigantic dissertation titled “Hurray!! Alice and Bob! FINALLY!!” or any fandom equivalent. People will argue endlessly about the romantic future of nearly any given ensemble, but if that point should actually be resolved, the discussions will basically go through a round of ranting and gloating and then unceremoniously run out of steam.
That’s probably because anticipation is something that’s easy to feel you’re a part of, even if the anticipation is for something fictional. Real life romance, for all its shortcomings, actually happens for us Real Life people: We move on from looking forward to something great to experiencing something great (or at least we can hope). Fictional romance, not so. Actually being in a romantic relationship and getting to watch a fictional romantic relationship are very different things, much more different than looking forward to each of those, respectively. The contrast is jarring — you were a part of this great love story, and now, suddenly, you’re not. Cue disillusionment. Of course, the near-universal reaction is to move on to the next fandom, making shipping suspiciously similar to an addiction.
The above is insightful, Yes. But not exactly positive. Like Satsui No Hadou, they call shipping an affliction and potentially an addiction. You know, minus all the cool powers.
Maybe they’re right.
We must admit there is a certain amount of relief we feel now that we have finally written the script our Ryu X Chun-li story. We feel like a burden has been partially taken from us or a condition that threatened to torture us forever has been partially cured. (Producing our graphic novel and getting it officially published or releasing it for free on the internet is the final treatment.) Let’s face it, shipping, and not having having it validated somehow can be painful even tortuous, because, until it is validated, it can be impossible for some people (like us) to move on.
So, if we begrudgingly accept the fact that shipping is an affliction, there is one really good thing that will come from our work here at the Ryu X Chun-li Project. For those Ryu X Chun-li shippers out there who really connect with our story, we will provide them with a means of release, a way to set themselves free and move on with their lives to bigger and better things.
Like a fan produced Ryu X Chun-li animated series or movie.
Yeah….that’d be cool.
More next time.