1. Talk about the first ship you ever had.
I think my first real ship was Brenda and Dylan in Beverly Hills 90210. I was really into their relationship and so angry when Kelly got in the middle of it and that Dylan chose her. I was a teenager myself then and it felt almost traumatic to me. Even years after Shannon Doherty left the show, I would be offended whenever Dylan and Kelly took another turn at getting back together (though I was fine with him being with other people) and got excited at any brief mention of her character having sent someone a letter or whatever. You could say I was a little bit obsessed.
20. Talk about a ship you feel alone in shipping.
Willow and Kennedy from Buffy. I ship Willow much stronger with Tara, and even Oz, but I really did like Willow and Kennedy together and thought their relationship was sweet and just what Willow needed at the time. I don’t think I’ve talked to a single person who feels the same yet. Anyone???
26. Have you noticed a pattern in your shipping? Is there a romantic dynamic you’re more drawn to?
Well, I have the tags: “love hate relationships ftw”, “inappropriate relationship love”, and “bad boy lust” for a reason.
I am especially drawn to the love/hate style relationships where at least one of the members of the ship is very troubled and they kinda fight/sex their way through working out their issues together. Usually that ends up being a “bad boy”/“good girl” dynamic, but that isn’t the important part to me. It could be the woman who is the troubled one, they could both be troubled, it could be a queer relationship between same-sex partners, it could be a poly ship where several of them are the troubled ones, etc.
My absolute fave in this department, for example, is spuffy - and that’s both of them sort of violently and sexually working through their various deep issues together. [Some day I’ll write more about why season 6 spuffy means so much to me. Some day.]
That said, there are other types of ships I’m drawn to: more fluffy love/hate ships where they just kinda banter a lot; ships based on solid friendships that slowly build into more; childhood sweethearts who grow together, apart, and back together again; and occasionally even the fluffy oh gosh they are just so perfect together they’re totally an old married couple the minute the meet type - though those are rare and have to be done really well to get me.
37. Do you have a favorite trope and/or AU for your OTP?
I adore the heck out of the trope of “we have to pretend to be in a relationship” while they slowly realize they’re really in love.
I get a kick out of the “we think this is forbidden because we might be related but it turns out we’re not thank gods we can finally hook up” trope.
Partner do-si-do can be fun - where two couples split up and the respective partners end up together. Even more fun if the two that cheated together end up not working out and the two that ended up together out of revenge and/or empathy end up falling in love for realises.
There’s the sort of irresponsible ex trying to woo their partner back by being a better person trope that can be cute if done right.
But mostly, as I said above, any variation of love/hate tropiness will draw me in. Every single damned time.