TV ships

The word “ship” means a vessel that floats in the water to many, but to us, TV fanatics, “ship” means war! How many “shipping wars” have taken place on the internet, resulting in banters, slut shamming, condescending remarks on countless of tumblr pages, fan forums, Youtube comment sections, Twitter, fanpop, etc. Shipping is something that’s very close to my heart. I vow to one day take this seemingly school-girl topic to the academic level when I get my PhD.

Ships intensify tension and create die-hard followings for TV shows or movies (think Team Edward and Team Jacob). I, for one, was/am a huge shipper of Stelena (Stefan+Elena) on The Vampire Diaries. Recently, I’ve come to realize that almost all my TV ships have something in common. See if you can spot the common denominator:

  • The Vampire Diaries: Stefan/Elena
  • Gossip Girl: Blair/Louis
  • Gossip Girl: Serena/Dan
  • Hart of Dixie: Zoe/George
  • Dexter: Dexter/Rita or Dexter/Deb
  • The Big Bang Theory: Leonard/Penny
  • Game of Thrones: Dany/Jorah
  • Game of Thrones: Sansa/Tyrion
  • The Office: Pan/Jim
  • Arrow: Laurel/Tommy

The only exception

  • Emily Owens, MD: Emily/Will

Now, if you’ve watched all these show, you’d see a pattern here. These ships that I like all involved either a “good guy” or a “reformed good guy”. After some examination and dissecting my internal thoughts, I think I like these ships because those are the rational choices of an informed person. If I really were those characters making the choice, I probably could get sucked in to the charm of Damon, Oliver, Daarios, Hannah or Wade. Like Marianne Dashwood did with Willoughby In Sense and Sensibility before coming to appreciate Colonel Brandon.

And why I picked Will not Micha? Because of this. Enough said.

EMILY OWENS, M.D.

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About Nicky

Nicky English is a journalist, an educator, a podcaster, a couch potato, a dreamer, and a child at heart. Learning is her passion, so is the English language, which she believes is the tool to unlock the door of knowledge. Born in Hong Kong, she received intensive writing training at The University of Iowa, where she double-majored in journalism and political science. Apart from the Hawkeye State, she’s lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. When she was a guest student at Georgetown University, she fell in love with Washington, D.C. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication. A little side note—she cannot imagine a world without her Mac and iDevices. Like many crazy ones, she hopes to change the world one day at a time.
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