I like a few lesbian ships especially FlutterDash, Rarijack, and ScootaDash, but I'm generally not big on shipping out of those. I think the only straight ship I really kind of support is Rarity x Spike although that's more a one sided thing with Rarity kinda leading poor Spike on.
I like to ship, but not as much anymore as I used to tbh... So my shipping behaviour actually sunk to a point where I only occasionally ship (like in drawing or making up fiction), but I guess either THIS might be just a phase or the whole shipping thing was a phase...
Hardcore Shipper: Yeah I'd say so | Thinks My OTP is Better Than Yours?: Nah bruh all OTPs are valid, mine ain't any better than yours. | MLP versus Other Fandoms: For some reason I'm not quite as much of a hardcore shipper for MLP as opposed to other fandoms I'm absolutely NOT Klaine trash what are you talking about what??? despite it being my main big fandom, but I do have ships, some of which are definitely OTPs while others are like "Ya know I rather like this pairing but I wouldn't be opposed to an alternate pairing either tbh." I dunno if it's because this is a current show that changes fairly frequently by adding characters in or making new interactions, or whether it's the fact that all the relationships in the show are shown as basically platonic/very lightly romantic, but I just... haven't really found any really strong shipping feelings in MLP pairings??? I dunno it's weird.
Weird path of evolution for me. I started off moderately opposed to shipping and R34 but that didn't last. I figured why not? Can't two willing adult characters have different categories of affection for each other, physical or not?
I'm a NextGen artist so most of my art revolves around shipping in one way or another XD I do try to choose my ships based on personality, potential/already existing dynamics, and plausibility so they make sense. However, a few of them I chose simply because there was nobody else to ship that specific pony with, but I don't hate those ships either. I also ship my OCs with each other; that's my favorite kind of shipping because I can develop it myself without risk of being criticized for "writing them wrong" or something like that.
I just realized the question could depend on fandom.
For me I ship MLP heavilly, espeically certain ships (FLUTTERDASH). As for other shows I'll take a ship when it's nice but I don't go out of my way to ship characters. But then again I only ship when it feels right, and there's always something special about MLP characters that makes them feel right.
It's a good question. My personal druthers with regard to 'shipping' per se is that involving OCs, rather than between established characters. Obviously, if it's something that's been established on the programme (like Cranky & Mathilda or Spike & Rarity), it's a whole 'nother matter; but as for fan 'shipping,' I think I'd prefer only between or involving OCs because there's more room for imagination & invention (so long as one doesn't go overboard into dreaded "Mary Sue" type territory), without fear of violating the canon (which I'd hate to do.) For example, my OC ("Nightscrawler", who hasn't appeared anywhere yet), has a bit of a one-sided crush on the Princess of the Night herself, Luna. (She in turn only thinks of him as a friend & sometimes confidant, but no more than that, obviously.)
I am all about shipping. When I get into a fandom, it usually has more to do with shipping than anything. Not always but the majority of the time. xD I don't fight with people over pairings though. For me, it's important to understand that everyone has different preferences and view points. c:
Umm... how is Rainbow asexual? Just because she's shown no interest in stallions does not automatically make her lesbian. Honestly FlutterDash seems plausible because the two seem to do a lot more together ever since May the best pet win. Rainbow Dash has a picture of their "date" at the butterfly migration while Fluttershy seems to be pretty timid about talking about it, implying there might be some romantic feelings. A lot of people also like Rainbow Dash x Soarin for the fact they're both Wonderbolts now, they both like speed, and seem to be the most empathetic Wonderbolts out of the group. Personally I like RD x Fluttershy and RD x Scootaloo mainly because they're extremely close for characters that aren't related by blood and Scootaloo seems to see Rainbow as the perfect sister even though the other CMC don't have that kind of admiration for their sisters. In short, Rainbow isn't asexual even if she likes herself a lot.
No unless the ships make sense i don't see Rainbow as a lesbian and more of an asexual since she's more self-centred and Starlight and Trixie are just friends and show no romantic interest but i like the Lyra and Bon-Bon ship since they live together and actually show commitment to each other.
Um... Actually, they were never shown to be living together. So it's again, just your headcanon.
If anyone was shown as living together it was Octavia and Vinyl.
Although, that whole episode is a questionable canon-wise, since it was just a result of Hasbro and M.A. Larson to make shout-outs to what fandom liked over years. It was a very entertaining epsiode, yes. But it was over-the-top at the same time.
Starlight with Sunburst, and Derpy with Doctor Whooves, didn't even get much interaction on screen, especially no indication of them being close enough for a theoretical love to start. So they are just friends and never showed any romantic interest. Unless you're looking at them through "shipping goggles".
In that regard, Starlight and Trixie, and especially the Main 6 got a lot more screen time, and interactions which could show that they are very close friends. Just like Lyra and Bon bon, Fluttershy and Rarity (or Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash).
Shipping is always just a fun thing and it's canon to the show, anyways.
There are a lot of cases in real life, when two close friends develop romantic love for each other. Especially it works if they are comfortable around each other enough. And of course, there's nothing bad or too unusual about lesbian couples.
And your arguments about some ponies not being able to be lesbian, aren't objective. Those aren't the ways you can predict someone's sexuality at all.
I don't mind shipping in some cases if it's set up nicely. But I feel like why can't the ponies in 80% of the shipping simply be friends. And I mean this about most TV shows now a days were everyone has got to ship everyone instead of letting them be friends.
I like shipping when it's written well and when it makes sense. Sure it's good to have a surprise, but if it's written to where it comes out of nowhere, it ruins it for me. I like good build up in a fanfiction or show anyway when it comes to atmosphere or romantic feelings.
The trouble I have with modern TV programs is that they feel that every character needs to be in hard core love relationship vs them being friends. Such as one of the reasons why I like watching original 1960's and 1970's TV programming is that lot of the characters in the shows during those early years were not pressured to have to be in a relationship. Such as the characters would be good friends with one another and deal with what was thrown at them. But it wasn't like ok this guy is with this woman or so and so is going with who.
I notice that a lot of TV shows get filled to the gills with all kind of emotional relationship junk that to me I stopped watching a lot of them due to the shipping getting out of control.
I also personally think it's good to have characters that don't have a love interest or who are interested with shipping with anyone.
That´s what I think too (and that´s one of the reasons I prefer classic who episodes tbh...but that´s another story,hehe) But either way, I thought that for my story, there are also only few couples and/or characters with love interests ,which means that not everyone is in a relationship and/or has any interests in them, which makes the whole story seem a WHOLE LOT more interesting and realistically(which I feel is often ignored, for whatever reason there might be) I also feel like the story is going to be ruined if it´s focus mainly goes into shipping (excepts it´s a love story...then it would be fine...it still should have been kept realisticly) then again, that´s just what I feel about it.
The trouble that I'm having is that I have a hundred page fan fiction about my OC Lotto who gets a job at Canterlot Castle as a repair pony who for some strange reason starts courting Princess Celestia in secret. At the same time a few new OC villains trash Equestria.
The trouble is a lot of ships don't even make any sense or the characters don't piratically like one another in the show. A example is I don't like the Celestia shipping with Discord considering how Discord has betrayed Celestia in one case and even tried to destroy her kingdom on several other areas. Also they seem to set up more motivations behind Discord liking Fluttershy more.
The hardest part of this fan fic is at what point is Lotto more then some pony that Celstia knows. The next thing which is hard to set up is what causes Princess Celestia to start taking a personal interest in him. www.deviantart.com/art/Celesti… The hard part in this scene is Celestia comprehending what is Lotto to her. Is he her favorite castle worker or best friend or a love interest.
On Lotto's side one of the running gags which is a slap at pony OC's is that Lotto expects some big Alicorn Dude to show up at Canterlot Castle to court Celestia. Lotto would also hear Celestia mention Discord several times. The hardest part is that Lotto never officially says were a couple or love interest in that he isn't to sure what he is dealing with Celestia.
The things that I had to work on to address the first thing is how would Lotto Princess Celestia interact with one another to at least cross paths with one another. The idea is Lotto is Celstia's personal repair pony meaning Princess Celestia personally tells Lotto what things she wants worked on in her personal part of the castle. This in turn means of all the stallions in Canterlot Castle he's the only one she talks to on a daily basis. As for the other stallions I kind of picture Celestia not liking stallions like fancy pants or Prince Blood blood with them being kind of snooty and unloving with them constantly calling her in for favors around the kingdom and Celestia kind of hates it when they ask for favors or help. Also though out the story line Lotto never pressures or asks Celestia into a relationship.
Such as Lotto and Princess Celestia don't get all kissy faced or over emotional or turn the fan fic into something out of something out of Fiffty Shades of Grey.
As Celestia and Discord I picture Celestia will make a lot of personal comments to Lotto about the Canterlot Nobles and even Discord. Such as I picture Celestia truly wouldn't trust Discord.
It´s really hard indeed, and I think focussing too much on those "romantic moments" is going to ruin the story overall (which happens way too often in many movies and TV-shows) Btw: Your story sounds interesting so far and I also admire that you actually avoid to write about something out of Fifty SHades of Grey(unlike many other fans who´ll ship OC/Canon,or just generally ship...I don´t mind if there are a few drawing who go into the said kind of direction, as long as it is kept in moderation (quantitative as well as qualitative)