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How do you feel about shipper changer?

Ethan Reigns

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Sineya
I think shipping follows what we experience in real life. I went around with another girl before I was married who seemed to be a reasonable choice at the time. Looking back on it now, the only question I have about whether I should have continued with it is, "How do you want my no, fast or slow?" I have no problem with characters changing their minds because I have no problem with people in real life changing their minds. My parents were upset - they liked B----- and my mother hated my wife who came along later but my father understood that I had the right to choose. What was the alarm bell about B----- ? She was an X-ray technician at a local hospital who refused to answer the phone because although she had signed up to be on call, she just let the phone ring until whoever it was hung up. Signing up to a commitment then not honouring it does not bode well for a future together. She never picked up for me either, so I had enough trouble getting in touch with her that I simply stopped.

When viewers recognize that a ship has passed its "best before" date or we see previously unseen problems such as with Riley insisting that Buffy has to need him, I see no problem with shippers moving on any more than I see problems with the characters in the story moving on.
 

famicommander

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I think anybody that uses portmanteaus of two character names to indicate a relationship should be quarantined from civil society.
 

NileQT87

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Without portmanteaux, have fun trying to do any search that involves a character named Angel (worst example). Google, YouTube, Tumblr... It's worse than useless. The 'ship names eliminate a ton of crap if your character has a name that returns a lot of horrible search results. I have so many negative "-search" terms (the negative deletes them) included in most of my searches to weed out as much of the crap as it is. The amount of "Bengal" and "bangle" in the "Bangel" search on YouTube is hilarious as it is (even Tumblr tagging occasionally fails with kitties and tigers). Type in "Angel" or "Angelus" and be prepared for an onslaught of religion. Type in "AtS" or "Angel AtS" and you're going to get American Truck Simulator, belly dancing and videos in Catalan. Word of advice: add "-busty" to your "Buffy" searches if you want to avoid the pornstar.

You should see the amount of "doctor who..." did something medical in search results that definitely were not about a medical doctor.

Say what you will about portmanteaux, but they're a lifesaver for the Internet. Anything that eliminates bad results is helpful in fandoms.
 

Taake

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Black Thorn
I kind of love it when shippers change their minds.

It's always interesting to see, or read, how perceptions change when you've watched and re-watched a show at a later date. Especially for a show like Buffy that's been around for a while. I've remained pretty constant in my shipping, but not entirely. I mean I first watched the show as a teenager and now I'm not a teenager (except for at heart :p), some perceptions are bound to change. You see things in a new light, or notice things you didn't before... that's what makes re-watching a fun experience.
 

Puppet

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I'm with Taake (and a few others) on this one; I changed my mind only slightly in that, while I ship the same pairings, the amount has shifted - i.e. I still ship Spuffy and Weslah, but they've pretty much switched places on my list :D

I would honestly be surprised if someone shipped all of the exact same fictional couples throughout their lives. Maybe a few stay the same, but all of them? Unlikely. We all change as we grow and mature and experience things differently. It's the same reason we can have Bangel and Spuffy shippers within the same fandom, after all. I've known plenty of fans that changed 'alliance' from Spuffy to Bangel or the other way around, don't see a problem with it at all.
 

famicommander

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Without portmanteaux, have fun trying to do any search that involves a character named Angel (worst example). Google, YouTube, Tumblr... It's worse than useless. The 'ship names eliminate a ton of crap if your character has a name that returns a lot of horrible search results. I have so many negative "-search" terms (the negative deletes them) included in most of my searches to weed out as much of the crap as it is. The amount of "Bengal" and "bangle" in the "Bangel" search on YouTube is hilarious as it is (even Tumblr tagging occasionally fails with kitties and tigers). Type in "Angel" or "Angelus" and be prepared for an onslaught of religion. Type in "AtS" or "Angel AtS" and you're going to get American Truck Simulator, belly dancing and videos in Catalan. Word of advice: add "-busty" to your "Buffy" searches if you want to avoid the pornstar.

You should see the amount of "doctor who..." did something medical in search results that definitely were not about a medical doctor.

Say what you will about portmanteaux, but they're a lifesaver for the Internet. Anything that eliminates bad results is helpful in fandoms.
I can't imagine any possible context where it would be worth my time or anyone else's to Google search these terms.
 
Myheadsgonenumb
Myheadsgonenumb
To find a fan video or fanfiction? To find an essay or blogpost? If you're committed enough to Buffy to be here, it's not unlikely that you're going to want to find some of those things.
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