Before I begin, I would like to apologize in advance if I have mistakenly misplaced this topic in the wrong section.
To me this is a serious topic of discussion and I couldn't find any other section to categorize it under.
We now live in a era that social media and entertainment are one of the most dominant subjects (If not the most dominant)
on the internet.
As a result, we can find things much easier and connect to like minded people than ever before.
Now I admit I do enjoy novels and shows like anybody else and I actively search for say spoilers and release dates and such for my
favorite stories across the vast net ocean of forums, posts and blogs. However what gets to me most (apart from the misleading links and searches, oh and the trolls) are the vast amount of shipping wars or couple pairings spamming unholy amounts of posts and eating up my net usage...
When I am only trying to find that one source of information wedge between two or more individuals arguing and wailing at one another
over who will be or should be "The official" couple or main/true romance to the series even if it has already concluded or yet to be written.
Now there is nothing wrong with having a favorite character(s) to any given median, but is there really a need to pair off individuals
This seems to be the undeniable trend to any popular and/or long running series in any given format regardless of country of origin, language,
whether it is still in production or has been concluded...
As long as it makes it to a social site, it becomes an active topic of "debate"
HECK, The closest thing to a shipping war in the earlier 90's were what if doujins that hardly ever left the buyers home
or small discussions with close friends.
But this begins to make you wonder...
Why do only the most popular or most stand out titles are targeted by these long drawn out discussions?
Take the most recent shows, novels, games that came out in last 10 or so years
- Avatar: Last Airbender and its successor Legend of Korra
- The Persona series particularly P3 and P4
- To Aru Majutsu no Index and its spin offs
Any of the recent popular manga really,..
The list could go on but I wanna finish this up quick for posting
Each of these examples have long lasting and heated shipping topics pasted all over the net....
However are these titles only popular by people actually wanting to know the story behind them, or the battle for pairings
that spring up from the characters within??
While Avatar was known to capitalize on the it's fan's shipping wars, but was it popular only for that?
Did it only receive such ratings due to the fan base making the show head towards such an move to keep interest??
While I do believe Avatar did market itself towards what the fan's desired to an extent,... I'll say it was just excuse for
people to go red vs blue and go ballistic with forcing romance onto everything and what should've been a kid show turned into
something else entirely.
I know out there, there are shows/stories that exist to make themselves into shipping war targets for marketing...
But that isn't always the case. Manga titles like One Piece, Fairy Tail and Bleach also receive this as well even when romance isn't of any
focus or contributor to plot at all.
Alas Shipping Wars are a solid cornerstone in our anime/manga net community as well, the evidence in clear with the founding and existence
of site's like FanFiction and DeviantArt showcasing tributes to any particular character pairing possible or impossible to any given title
with one search and a click.
This raises the question for me as I look onto all these hits and topics while looking bleak onto the screen taping my finger in question
Are any of these titles only popular for the story itself or the shipping battle that takes place for them?