I guess this is an interesting topic for my first “real” post. Considering the sh*tstorm that has ensued today.
I don’t consider myself a shipper, but I definitely don’t EVER want to be associated with the anti-shippers.
This is the first fandom I’ve ever seen. I don’t say “involved in” because I haven’t really had any interaction with others. I fell in love with Outlander when I bought the book last August based on the buzz about the show. I didn’t have Starz at the time, but my amazing husband saw how much I liked the book (I read it in 3 days), and he surprised me with a subscription so I could watch the show. He’s not a “reader” but he’s as hooked on the show as I am! I saw some links to Tumblr from other SM and decided to create an account so I would have the direct feed rather than having to try and search. I followed the blogs that had things that interested me or I liked the comments when they reblogged. Apparently, I liked what the “shippers” had to say because I follow a lot of shipper accounts. lol I always intended to just “lurk” but I’ve gotten the itch to post.
So here we go…..
I don’t know if S&C are together. I just don’t. There are a select few who do know the truth at this point. Do I think they’re adorable together and would I be ecstatic if they actually are a romantic couple? Yes! I’m enough of a romantic to love the idea of two people being romantically involved with a back story like theirs, it would be a real-life RomCom. But, if they’re not *shrug* I still think they’re two incredible actors who are obviously great friends; and they have brought the characters of James and Claire Fraser to life in a way that I don’t think anyone else could.
There are arguments for both sides. And I say arguments at this point because there hasn’t been any undeniable confirmation from S&C themselves. Yes, there are print interviews quoting C as saying they aren’t dating and I don’t discount them. But there are NO voice interviews stating that, and it’s not like they haven’t been given the opportunity. As many people have pointed out, denying romantic relationships between actors seems to be as old as acting itself. Also, S has never, to my knowledge, been quoted stating that they weren’t dating. As a matter of fact, his quoted response to the rumor was “Oh, really? Hmmm. Huh. Interesting. Good.” My interpretation of that “Good.” is that he at least wants people to THINK they’re dating. On the other hand, their behavior DOES suggest a romantic relationship. Whether they’re playing that up for smoke and mirrors, again, I don’t know. But, based on what a lot of people see (and what people see is what S&C WANT them to see because it’s what they’re putting out there), it’s definitely not delusional to think they’re a romantic couple. Even my husband, who isn’t on any SM at all, after seeing the ‘prom’ picture on my screen as I was scrolling said “you didn’t tell me they were a couple in real life.” I responded that they’ve denied (well C has denied) that they’re a couple, but there’s still some question because of their behavior. That’s just how I see it. I don’t discount the denials because they exist. I also don’t discount their behavior because it definitely exists. They are VERY cozy with each other (understatement of the year).
On the topic of the shippers/anti-shippers. I don’t personally feel that the shippers are the problem. At least the shippers I see on Tumblr who are bearing the brunt of the attacks from the antis. They stick to their own corner and are only responding to what S&C are actually putting out there.The anti-shippers are the disease on the fandom in my opinion. Their constant attacks on the shippers are vile. And for what? The shippers aren’t hurting anyone by taking what is out there for the public to see and believing in something happy based on that information. If the anti-shippers are actually correct and S&C are not a couple and do have significant others, that just makes them despicable, repugnant, reprehensible creatures, since they’re making S&C’s private lives public WITHOUT their consent. They would be “correct” but how many people, S&C included, would they have hurt?
~ Be Happy