The Reasons Behind Shipping

Why do fans pair characters together? With shows like "Once Upon A Time", where a multitude of fairy tale characters interact with one another, fans have developed a term called shipping. Shipping is the act of fans pairing two characters together in a romantic relationship, regardless of it happening in the show or not. Shipping can even reach past genres, with some fans pairing characters from two different shows. With so many ships that fans support, sometimes aggressively, it brings up the question as to why. What is the psychological reasoning behind wanting to pair characters together?

  • This is a fascinating phenomenon and a really curious question. Nice topic! – PMGH 6 years ago
  • We recently published a relevant article: https://the-artifice.com/phantom-of-the-opera-shipping-fandom/ – Misagh 6 years ago

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