portraitoftheoddity replied to your post: honestly I’m the last person who is ever going to…
I’m cool with “fluffy AU” but I get more weirded out when people *insist* that a pairing be fluffy as the default state of the ship in fandom; like any dark interpretation is perverse, despite being a more probable result of canon. That tends to make me…. uneasy.
yeah, this is actually…a better way of putting it, and the kind of thing that makes me not just “confused” but actually “nervous” because…yeah, it ends up feeling like it’s just downright ignoring the elephant in the room.
and then you end up with people acting like darkfic writers are just pulling it out of their asses because of course it should be fluffy and they/we are the ones “making it weird” or whatever
I mean, like. this is an extreme example but I would and do hella side-eye people who ship Jessica Jones/Purple Man like it’s a romantic pairing without setting it in some kind of AU that totally removes the original context of their interactions? and often it’s not that clear cut, yeah, but there is a desire to sort of…efface the bad stuff in order to smooth the shipping way.
ehhh idk what I’m saying, I’m always going to end up coming down on the “ship and let ship” side of all of this but I’ve had a few too many encounters with people telling me, a person who tends to err on the side of “fucked up” when it comes to shipping, that I am a perverse demon sullying their faves, sooooo