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.