Shipping Meme Answer Part 1
Talk about the first ship you ever had.
My first ship was Star Trek: The Original Series Spock/Kirk! Small Mithen caught maybe two episodes on TV and was hooked. Then I discovered that our library had novelizations of all the episodes, and I checked them out and read them over and over and over, so really my knowledge of the show comes more from those novelizations than the TV show itself. My library also had “Star Trek: The New Voyages,” which was a collection of profic, and some of the earliest profic novels. Nowadays many of the stories in them would be recognized for what they were, which was slash that stopped just short of a clinch, with tons of hurt/comfort and pining and emotional intensity. I found them absolutely thrilling, for reasons I couldn’t quite explain–it was a long time ago and a very rural area, so my knowledge of same-sex relations (okay, let’s be honest, my knowledge of sex at all) was very limited. I never would have said I thought Spock and Kirk were actually a romantic couple, I just knew that something about the way they were written was so intense and wonderful, and it felt really right.
Talk about three of the most important ships throughout your life.
The first ship I ever wrote any fic for was Blake/Avon from Blakes 7, which are basically (and deliberately) a grittier, darker version of Spock and Kirk. I love Spock and Kirk but the canon form of them seems pretty…complete. Like, I don’t need to DO anything, really, they’re already in their best life together. Blake and Avon need a lot more help figuring themselves and each other out (you know, what with the fact that Avon canonically murders Blake and all that), so that was what gave me the itch to write fic for the first time, I think.
Superman/Batman will always be my most important ship–it’s going to take, uh, decades until any other ship has any chance of equaling the impact they’ve had on my life. It was the first pairing that I’ve felt a continuing itch to write–most pairings I have maybe three or four stories in me, but Clark and Bruce are so complex and still-evolving and have so many different versions that there’s always something more to want to write, even if my energy for it has flagged in recent years. (It has been literally a decade since I started writing them!)
Kevin/Sami in the WWE is probably my third most important ship at this point. I wrote a lot more words for Thorin/Bilbo, but really I only had two stories in me for them: one that stayed canon-compliant and explored the sadness in the canon, and one that was my big sprawling fixit fic (though that one’s maybe my favorite thing I’ve ever written, honestly). In part because Sami and Kevin have some of that same complexity Superman and Batman do (constantly open and unfolding canon plus a weird multiplicity of backstories and possibilities), they’re only the second pairing to really truly grab me and give me just piles and piles of ideas I want to make real in fic.