I'm kind of surprised that a thread like this hadn't been started before, with all of the... stuff happening in the LP subforum recently. Everyone being crazy made me curious about peoples' thoughts on shipping in general. So, shipping! Most people in the LP subforum will probably know what it is: you enjoy the way two (or more) characters look/act together, so you want them to be in a relationship; you ship them. This can range from just passively shipping characters (you think they'd be good together, but you're not too invested) to actively shipping them (you really want them to get together). Personally, I'm not too invested in shipping--I only have one pairing I'd consider my "OTP*" and for (mostly) everything else I don't really care one way or another. I tend to prefer platonic interactions between characters for the most part, and since shipping mostly leads up to porn, it's hard for me to care about most of it. (Also, shipping wars are completely insane. Harry Potter was(/is?) one of the most notorious fandoms as far as shipping wars go; anime fandoms tend to be ridiculous if the series is popular enough.) But a lot of people here seem to enjoy it, so I thought a thread to talk about it might be interesting! If you need/want some questions to start with: do you tend to ship things? Are there common traits in the pairings you tend to like best? Why do you think there's such a big focus on shipping/pairings (jokingly or not) in fandom-dominated spaces? (Obviously you're free to completely ignore these; I figured this thread could be used for any kind of shipping/pairing talk.) * OTP = "one true pairing", which you'd assume means people only have one, but people tend to have one for each fandom they're in (at the least). Also, some people have "OT3s" and "OT4s" (etc.), which are for threesome/foursome/moresome pairings. It mostly just indicates a person's favoured pairings. Mine is a (poorly-kept, easily guessable) secret.