What happens when a book or TV series has well-developed, relatable characters and a solid fan base? “Shipping.”
As human beings we value connection, so it’s almost inevitable that we do it. Some of us become emotionally invested in relationships written into the plot or strongly suggested by character interactions—Everlark or FitzSimmons, anyone?—but others may root for less popular or unlikely, but hypothetically possible pairings. Whether you write or read fanfiction about your favorite “ships,” or simply wait with bated breath for each next book or episode to see if things between your favorite characters turn out the way you hope they will, chances are you’ve found yourself playing matchmaker (at least a bit).
Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun to acknowledge and celebrate the meaning and enjoyment so many of us derive from fictional relationships.