I agree with this. Like any kind of taste or preference, it's automatic. You either like something or you don't. Sometimes as your views change, different things may speak more to you.I don't think people choose their ship preference, their ship preference chooses them. If that didn't happen then there wouldn't be ship wars because people would be sheep. Also I think ship preferences rarely change, people might be able to get behind various pairings but it'll normally be one ship per character. Occasionally a character might be shipped in multiple ships but there will always be that one ship that stands above all the others. Also you can get fanon ships vs canon ships which leads back to the fact that shipping preferences can't be predicted or chosen, there's a lot of factors involved that make a ship speak to someone.
Do you mean someone who can enjoy other ships but has one ship they like the most (and prefers that ship for one particular character), or someone who doesn't like any other ships at all (even if they don't contain a particular character) except that one ship?I look down upon the lack of imagination of anyone who stick to only one ship.
Similar to the question above, do you mean shipping multiple ships for one character eg Bangel/Briley/Spuffy or shipping ships that don't contain one particular character eg Bangel, Sprusilla, Tillow, Xanya etc?In an ideal world all fans would be "shipper changers" or shippers of multiple relationships.
Intent is meaningless. The writers probably intended people to like Kennedy and look how that turned out. The writers can't tell the audience how to feel. They also probably never intended for it to be questioned whether or not Spike was actually the Doctor or whether Xander actually summoned Sweet or if he was just covering for Dawn, or even whether Joyce's brain tumour was a result of Dawn's creation. "Show, don't tell" is an important part of story writing, yet in the later seasons the writers seemed to rely more on telling he audience something and expecting them to just believe it rather than showing evidence to back it up eg Xander summoning Sweet and Spike being the Doctor. I think @katmobile even posted something that someone wrote that set out why Spike wasn't the Doctor and had backed it up with evidence from the episode.After all, the writers very much intended for you to enjoy Bangel, then Ruffy, then Spuffy, as keeping viewers engaged and enthusiastic was kind of their job and key to keeping the series on the air.
When you say say "on principle", I'm assuming you mean hating a ship just because it's not your preferred ship eg hating Spuffy just because it's not Bangel?I don't think it was ever intended you'd be a Bangel who hates Ruffy and Spuffy on principle etc. Likewise, I'd imagine most writers would hope that fans are as invested in all characters and ships and that, for instance, they can feel love for both Bangel and Spuffy simultaneously, like in "Chosen".
You get different levels of shippers. Some are "do or die" whilst the majority have their preferences and will defend them but generally go with the flow.I'm personally not a shipper. Unless being a Core Four shipper counts? I'm pretty zen about all of Buffy's relationships and find them all interesting and intriguing. It's not say I like them all equally, if I had to pick I could, but I'm not a shipper and I don't get the team mentality.
Yes, because a shipper would obviously be too stupid to realize that their PhD depends on developing a good methodology and analyzing data objectively... oh and their director would totally let that happen...I'm just waiting for someone to do their thesis on ship psychology, which I hope helps me understand myself more as well as shippers. But when it comes out (and it will), it wouldn't surprise me if it's actually more on the promotion of their own ship and the derangement of others who prefer rival ships instead of sincere, objective academic work.
If someone vehemently defends one ship, then turns and equally vehemently attacks that ship to defend their new chosen ship, I would find it strange. To move on from one taste to another in time, on the other hand, is just how people roll.As an example, the people who first liked Bangel and then went to Spuffy and Cangel. Or want Woz and then went with Tillow and so on? What is your opinion about this? Are you angry about it, or are you simply do not care?
Both.Similar to the question above, do you mean shipping multiple ships for one character eg Bangel/Briley/Spuffy or shipping ships that don't contain one particular character eg Bangel, Sprusilla, Tillow, Xanya etc?
... I never said they could. Honestly, I don't get your entire response to me? You don't need to lecture me on the fact that most fans don't love every BtVS ship or character. Being in fandom for close to 20 years now has made that pretty apparent. I was merely stating that obviously a writer hopes for that to be the case.Intent is meaningless. The writers probably intended people to like Kennedy and look how that turned out. The writers can't tell the audience how to feel.
I wasn't lecturing you. I was merely pointing out that a writer's intent is irrelevant because how something is viewed is subjective. Two people can watch the same scene and get two different interpretations, the same is true of ships.I never said they could. Honestly, I don't get your entire response to me? You don't need to lecture me on the fact that most fans don't love every BtVS ship or character. Being in fandom for close to 20 years now has made that pretty apparent. I was merely stating that obviously a writer hopes for that to be the case.
My point was there's nothing strange about a fan who can love or at least appreciate most of the ships on the show. What I would find incredibly strange is other fans who'd be bothered by that.