... That is the question! Are you unsure if your chosen pairing is really considered a crack ship or not? I know there are so many exceptions, what with all the subtext in canon. (Or was that fanon? Oh my.) So I've decided to try and ease your uncertainties. Note that the definition for "crack ship" in this community may be a bit different from the general definition, but the purpose of all this is to get everyone, including myself, in order.Okay, so for crackship_bb, what is considered a crack ship?
In the FAQ
, we have defined a "crack ship" as a pairing which consists of characters who have barely interacted or who have not shown any interest in each other in canon. Interest beyond friendship or merely coexisting with each other, we mean. They may have not met or may not even be from the same fandom, in fact. But there are so many loopholes for this! So let's talk about what a crack ship is NOT for this challenge:
1. A crack ship is often not a main ship in a fandom; it's not a fandom favorite, both in a good way and bad way. I say "often" because there are also really popular crack ships. You know, the ones which stem from epic relationships (i.e. epic bromance, epic friendship, epic rivalry, epic stalking, etc.)? Yes, I'm sure you ship one or two of those, too.
2. A crack ship often does not make sense. Well, to you, it might - but it'll take a while to convince the rest of them. It's that pairing you talk about with your friends and they react by saying, "Really? Why them?" And sometimes, there are worse reactions than that. Anyway, some fans block that whole concept out in favor of more fanservicey ships, or because of the last point.
3. A crack ship is not likely to happen in canon. Probably because the two characters are siblings or have totally different mindsets or have completely different love interests and/or, in relation to that, plot lines. Or they just haven't had enough screen time together. (That last bit irks me to no end.)What do I have to look out for?
Saying YES to any of these questions: Is my pairing a fandom favorite? Is my pairing likely to happen in canon? Beyond my own reasoning, does this pairing actually make sense?
If you did, then it's probably not considered a crack pairing for this challenge. The point of this big bang is to challenge its participants to create something away from their comfort zone or their fandom's comfort zone. I personally grew to love one of my OTPs because of roleplaying, which was a bit different from what I normally enjoyed doing in fandom. Maybe it's time for you to try something new as well. Explore new relationships which weren't given chances to happen in canon. Or challenge yourself to make something happen between characters who seemingly have nothing in common.I'm still not sure about my pairing. Help?
Send me the miles and I'll be happy to! If you're still confused and/or didn't get some of that, leave a comment, send me a PM, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I'm sure we can work something out. And for the rest of you trying to figure out what pairing to use, happy hunting. :)