Ship Wars Are Frustrating...
I was reading through Julie Plec’s twitter feed today and something odd happened. I felt the strong and unshakable desire to defend….
This could be one of the seven signs of the apocalypse but bear with me.
I’m a hardcore Stelena shipper. Goodness knows Delena isn’t my cup of tea. But the idea that Delena shippers are only voting for Olicity because they hate Bamon is preposterous.
News flash. You can love MORE THAN ONE couple. And those couples can be on DIFFERENT television shows. Does this shock you? It really shouldn’t.
From my limited point of view there are two HUGE cross ships in the Olicity fandom - Captain Swan/Olicity and Delena/Olicity. I know so many Delena fans who were always Olicity fans. They are voting for Olicity because they love Olicity. Do they love Delena? Absolutely. But their vote doesn’t have anything to do with Bamon or, for that matter, Delena.
Guess what? You know who’s a Bamon shipper? ME. I love Bamon. Adore them. I wish they would marry and have many, many babies. Bamon, however, is NOT my OTP. Where Olicity goes so goes my nation. If Olicity wasn’t in this race, Bamon would have my full fledged support.
Are there Delena fans voting AGAINST Bamon by voting FOR Olicity? You bet. I’m sure there are also many Lauriver, Raylicity, Barricity, Sariver shippers voting AGAINST Olicity by voting FOR Bamon.
If Lauriver was nominated and another one of my ships wasn’t - I would probably abstain from voting. I wouldn’t vote against Arrow, but that’s me. You do you. No judgement. AT. ALL.
Shipping is emotional and I can understand why Lauriver fans are pissed. I can understand why Delena fans are pissed. It’s not a whole lot of fun when the ship you adore doesn’t get the ending/attention you hope for. Remember, I’m a STELENA SHIPPER. Season 4 anyone? I had my angry phase. I’ve moved on to acceptance. But in my angry phase is it possible I may have voted against Delena in a virtual middle finger to the Powers that Be? Perhaps. I wasn’t active on Tumblr during those years, so it shall remain a “what if” mystery. However, I certainly identify with the emotion that motivates such an action.
If Lauriver was nominated and another one of my ships like Bamon or Stelena or Steroline was nominated against them, I can’t say I wouldn’t vote for Bamon or Steroline or Stelena. Why wouldn’t I? I enjoy those couples. I do not enjoy Lauriver. Is that a vote against Arrow? Well, yes and that sucks. But I’m also a TVD fan. This isn’t Sophie’s Choice here people. You can enjoy both shows and vote for one without being a traitor. Furthermore, you can vote for that couple/show without the intention of punishing the other show you enjoy.
This competition is about SHIPPING. This is specific to a ROMANTIC COUPLING on a show. It’s not about the show in its entirety. If you are a Lauriver fan, I can understand why Olicity is an aspect of the show you do not enjoy. This does not mean you are not an Arrow fan.
I disliked Delena with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. I don’t mean that in any disrespect to the Delena fandom. I’m sure you feel the same way about Stelena. However, I still watched TVD during the Delena years. Did I enjoy the show as much? No, but nobody was putting a gun to my head to watch. I wouldn’t have continued watching TVD if there wasn’t something I enjoyed about it. I’m not a Delena fan. That doesn’t mean I’m not a TVD fan. The same applies for the Delena fandom. They are not Bamon fans. This does not mean they are not TVD fans. And goodness knows Bamon fans are TVD fans. They have watched TVD for SIX YEARS with only an occasional nod to their ship of choice. That’s hardcore dedication and patience y’all. Bravo.
I am quite appreciative of any fandom - be it Delena, Stelena, Steroline, Captain Swan, Bellarke, Westallen, Snowbarry, Merlance, Stydia, Darvey, “insert infinite ship possibilities here”, who voted for Olicity in MTV’s Ship of the Year. Whatever your reasons are for voting Olicity, your support is wonderful and the Olicity fandom is grateful.
Just as I am sure the Bamon fandom is appreciate of any fandom - be it Lauriver, Raylicity, Barricity, Sariver, Stelena, Steroline, Captain Swan, Bellarke, Westallen, Snowbarry, Scallison, “insert infinite ship possibilities here”, who voted for Bamon in MTV’s Ship of the Year.
Here’s the key. Both fandoms have anti ships (Anti Olicity/Anti Bamon) voting against them. Both fandoms have OTP shippers voting for them. Both fandoms have shippers voting for them. Both fandoms have casual viewers voting for them. Both fandoms have people who accidentally clicked on the wrong link and really just wanted to vote for Fandom of the Year but decided to cast a vote in Ship of the Year anyways, voting for them.
What’s my point? The reblog total is the reblog total. That’s what counts. The Olicity fandom earned their 10 million+ reblogs. The Bamon fandom earned their 8 million+ reblogs (Seriously, they do NOT sleep from 2 am - 4 am. It’s impressive.) But only one of those numbers is bigger.
It’s not over until it’s over. Only one fandom can secure Ship of the Year.
This is the part of ship wars I find frustrating. Accusations, name calling, complaining and general bitterness. Your reasons for your vote are yours and, quite frankly, nobody’s damn business. Reblog the shit out of your choice for Ship of the Year and HAVE FUN!!!! That’s the entire point and may the fandom with the most reblogs win!
Alright. Did you make it to the end of this? Impressive. I said my peace. I’m stepping off my soap box now. Time for me to zip it.
Back to promoting and reblogging Olicity for MTV Ship of the Year!!!!
Onward and upward fandom!!! The battle rages on!!! Keep on being your awesome and dedicated selves. I am so proud to be part of this amazing fandom.