Mentally dating fictional character
And it is far, far from the 'main consideration' of shipping.I take issue with that because to say shippers have no appreciation of the media they interact with beyond their ship is really missing the point of fandom.Shippers have no patience for anything else–whatever does not move the two characters towards each other is time and energy wasted.And once they are together, happily engaged, everything else is seen as a distraction from showing the two of them holding hands being happy.I had no idea there was this huge underworld seething beneath me." series is somewhat atypical inasmuch as shipping had no visible effect on the books themselves (at least according to the author).But most serial narratives are radically transformed by the phenomenon of shipping. Two characters in the sitcom , Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatsky, seemed to have good on-screen chemistry and this got the shippers going.
The overwhelming majority of shippers love the pieces of media they interact with outside of the couple they ship.
You are shipping a couple if you really, really want two fictional characters of a TV show or film franchise (or any other serialized narrative) to have a romantic relationship.