Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Pink Heart Shippers
Yes, we’re revisiting the Shippers… ‘Cos I’ve had a wee bit more time to think about this and it really is SO close to category romance…
We’ve already talked about what a ‘Shipper’ is and how it works. But what we can maybe go into a little more detail about is the number of subjects and therefore ‘categories’ that it falls into…
Shippers follow many different shows. They quite often take varying different characters as couples from those shows. Whichever couple they feel should ultimately be together in the end. But what I maybe didn’t mention is that the writers then split their stories down into categories somewhat like publishers do. There are adventure categories that take up on the shows plot lines, there are mysteries, paranormals, erotic, in fact for practically every genre of category romance there is on the marketplace there is a Shipper category to match! Which to me, means that they are indeed a strong validation that category/short contemporary romance is very much alive and kicking… ‘Cos imitation is one of the greatest forms of a compliment, right?
Now yes, it has to be said that there is Shipper work out there that isn’t all that good. We could stand and quite honestly say that there is the very occasional piece of work out there that we, as readers, may think the same thing of in book form. But that’s all personal opinion. And what we must keep in mind is that the majority of Shippers are amateurs, writing something because they enjoy it and because they enjoy the show they write about. I happen to think that the main thing is that they DO write, and that people READ what they write. And that’s what really matters at the end of the day. So I for one am grateful for their existence and for their dedication.
So, if you find yourself with nothing to do for a little while, spend some time and Google a few of your favorite TV Shows and see if any of the fan sites have FANFIC categories on their sites. Then see if you can find any Shippers… You’ll see what I mean. They like a good romance as much as the rest of us!!!
Posted by Trish Wylie