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QOTD – Who Ya’ Shippin’?


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:

  • I ‘Ship Holden Caufield and Esther Greenwod – after wallowing in their own depression for so long, these two would have a who has it worst contest that would somehow buoy both spirits. Plus, let’s be honest, they’re both way too insightful and smart for their age. Half their depression is lack of a kindred spirit.
  • I ‘Ship Daisy Buchanan and Bella Swan – they are both just horrible females who deserve each other.
  • A very common ‘Ship is Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood because she’s quirky and Neville’s shy– but I would ‘Ship Luna with Hamlet to lighten him up a bit, and Neville with Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took into an unbreakable bromance cultivating the Longbottom leaf…
  • Lastly, I ship Dumbledore and Gandolf. No explanation needed.


QOTD – Who Are You Shipping? Which literary characters would you like to see in a relationship and why?


About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

4 comments on “QOTD – Who Ya’ Shippin’?

  1. The Running Son
    July 15, 2013

    I ship Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings, with Lucy Whitmore, Drew Barrymore’s character in the ’04 film “50 First Dates”, who suffered short-term memory loss every 24 hours.

    They are both sort of mesomorphic, and cheek-pinching adorable. They come from different worlds, with different histories, which guarantees them dopey small-talk for at least 2 or 3 hours…perfect.

    Plus, She clears memory every morning. All Hobbit insecurities can be lessened, knowing small judgements about height will not have days and months to mature into large judgements. On the flip, He’ll get that “once-over” look, the hairy foot to crown look,…e.v.e.r.y. friggin day.

    Plus, he has a magic ring, which depending on his girth, may have several uses. Also, that netherworld realm he pops in to when the ring is worn…sorta kinky. I mean, do you know what a hot romp in the depths of Mordor is like? OK then.

    If she has Victorian tendencies, a bit puritanical, maybe, in her values concerning the big “S” (sex, for all you trolls and dark foes)…

    All good. New day, blank slate. Groundhog Day…eat your heart out.

    (no short-term memory loss victims were abused during this imagining. Dont do drugs)


  2. Jeyna Grace
    July 15, 2013

    I don’t like ‘shipping’. I write fan fics for fun, but I usually just add an original character to keep it as close to the original series as possible.

    • J. Gabriel Allan
      July 17, 2013

      To each their own.
      What/which series do you write around?

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