So, I was just sitting here and whatever, and I suddenly realized that I’m very curious about something. I’ve decided to see how many answers I can get to this within a few weeks, and I will make some sort of chart out of the results. Here we go:
As far as you’re concerned, is it Tidina, Tadina, Taydina, Tayedina, or some other spelling I haven’t seen before?
The Day I Almost Had to Risk My Physical Well-Being for Taydina: A Certified-Hyperbole-Free True Story
Scene:First week of summer program at university. Sitting with acquaintance (for privacy purposes and whatever we'll just call her 'S') in my dorm room, bonding over YouTube/OTPs/etc. I have just shown her a bootleg of "No Good Deed".
S:This Wicked thing seems pretty cool. Is there, like, a love song in it or anything?
Me:*initiate shipping goggles* Why, yes...
Me:*quickly locates video of Taydina performing "As Long As You're Mine"*
Me:Okay, this is literally the cutest thing ever because the people that are performing it are actually in love and married in real life. It's so perfect!
S:(after about a minute of the video) So they're married in real life?
Me:(eagerly, in fangirl voice) Yes!!
S:(after somewhat long pause for deliberation) Okay, so he's black?
My brain:Good... observation?
S:(after short pause) And she's a white chick?
My brain:WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THAT? HOW DARE YOU INSULT ME WITH SUCH FOOLISH INQUIRIES?!
Me:*suddenly realizes S has never seen Idina without the Elphaba makeup on.
My brain:Okay, never mind, that's actually a fair question.
Me:*SUDDENLY REALIZES THAT S IS THE MOST RACIST PERSON I HAVE EVER MET*
Me:*SUDDENLY REALIZES WHY SHE IS ASKING THESE QUESTIONS*
My brain:OH MY GOSH NO THIS ISN'T HAPPENING SHE'S GOING TO START GIVING ME SOME BIG RACIST SHPIEL THING AND I'M GOING TO HAVE TO THROW DOWN ON HER NOT JUST FOR THE SAKE OF MY OTP BUT FOR THE SAKE OF MY MORALS AND HONOR AND ALL THAT STUFF OMG NO SHE'S BIGGER THAN ME I CAN'T TAKE HER OH NO THIS IS THE END I'M GONNA DIE WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN I KNEW THIS DAY MIGHT COME BUT IT'S TOO SOON I'M NOT PREPARED FOR THIS
My brain:You know what, at least if I die, I will die defending my ship and my morals at the same time. There really is no better way to go. I am ready.
My brain:BUT OH MY GOSH I'M GONNA GET CRUSHED I'M TOO YOUNG TO DIE
My brain:Okay, just don't be awkward about this, and it won't become awkward. It's only awkward if you make it awkward. What you lack in sheer mass of muscle, you will make up for in the zealousness of your feels.
Me:(during the longest conversational pause I have ever experienced) *breathes deeply and prepares for the epic battle to come*
S:Oh............. That's cool.