Disclaimer: This is just a reflective and conversational post. This is also not a debate on whether people should write fanfic or not. Also, this isn't meant to solicit encouragement or anything. I just like to talk :P
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I've been thinking about shipping*.
I'm starting to think I'm not your typical shipper, or if I am, I belong to a group that isn't very vocal. Though, to be honest, I don't really like to be labeled that either. Maybe it's that I don't like labels.
I won't deny that I like romance. I do. I love romance. However, I'm the type of person that doesn't like romance as the lead story. I like romance as a subplot. Most of the time, anyway. There are always exceptions. Also, if it doesn't fit into the overall story, I don't want it at all. So I'm gen for some shows. I ship on others but don't want to see it realized, and I'm fine with other stories.( I'll be talking about Smallville, X-Files, SG-1, Pirates of the Caribbean, Farscape, Lost, and Supernatural in this post )
This is what it boils down to for me: character and plot first, romance second. But really, it's all about context. Some stories are meant to have romance as the lead story. I'm not talking about those. However, I do believe that no matter what story you're trying to tell that everything will fall into place if you're true to the characters and the plot.
But that's my writing philosophy so who is to say it is right ;)
So I don't know what I am. What are you?
*Shipping in this case can be defined as het or slash because either one works in this context as far as I'm concerned despite that my examples are mainly het. I also was lazy and wanted to use a broad term instead of ship/slash or het/slash all the time.