Discovering the Relevance of Words
Walking into my classroom after rehearsal several months ago I overheard bits of a conversation that had me wondering if I’d accidentally wandered into a FedEx office.
“I would totally Ship that.”
“I do NOT approve of Shipping those two.”
“Why not, that’s a good Ship…”
Turns out Ship should have been ‘ship and there was a slight slang gap.
N: Short for romantic relationship, popularized in fanfiction circles.
V: To endorse a romantic relationship.
N: I see a ‘ship developing between Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
V: I ship Ron/Hermione
As someone who feels fanfic is a horrific form of art, at first I was annoyed, then a little amused, then realized that this concept of ‘Shipping is brilliant. What a great new way for readers to engage with text.
After overhearing several more, and participating in a few, ‘Shipping convos I found the fun in taking characters who never become romantically involved (apparently, that Ron/Hermione example from Urban Dictionary would be no good after book 6/7) and putting them together. Particularly fun is making people explain why the characters would make a good couple. You can even cross-novel or cross-genre ‘Ship.
Here are a few examples:
QOTD – Who Are You Shipping? Which literary characters would you like to see in a relationship and why?