A very long time ago, I joined a fandom. It was called Avatar, and it was good.
I began to wite fanfic. It contained Mary Sues, and it was not as good.
I did not share it.
Over a year ago now, I joined another fandom. It was called Star Wars, and it, too, was good.
I began to read fanfiction. Most of it was good.
Some of it was great. Really great. Some of it was time travel- and lo, did come the plot bunnies.
And I began to write. And it became a hundred pages long, and it took over my mind and my life, and I wondered whether or not to do it again.
And lo, did the plot bunnies stampede, until the ground was darkened as in Night of the Lepus.
And in both of these fandoms, I had a 'ship, and they were good, though I could not write them.
Alright, pretentious prose aside, I've mentioned earlier that I am beginning to be drawn into DC Comics fandom. Like most of my fandoms, this was not my idea. It just sort of happened.
And, well... And lo, did come the plot bunnies.
And the ships. Good heavens, and lo, did come the ships. It started with BatCat, which I could deal with only by completely ignoring everything besides fanfictions because you do not get attached to relationships in comics. This was quite easy, as comics cost quite a bit anyway and the store is located across the Intersection of Doom.
Now, one thing I try to do to preserve my sanity is ship canon. It started with Han/Leia, a very safe ship in which all the loose ends were cleared up ten years or so before my birth and which has the added benefit of very few people disliking it. These people are clearly insane and are very easy to ignore.
Then came Tokka. This is Toph/Sokka, for those not familiar with Avatar (Aunt Mary, stop reading this, or you will get spoilers and you do not want those, do you?)
Is Aunt Mary gone?
Alright, then, Toph has a fairly blatant crush on Sokka, but Sokka is fairly clearly involved with, well, most other females in the show it seems like. He finally ends up with one, and it is not Toph. But I could easily convince myself that I just liked the canon crush, and so spare myself from useless heartache.
BatCat is kept strictly to fanfiction in order to save on money and sanity.
Now, the thing about these ships is they all either are canon, were canon, are partially canon, or are canon about 50% of the time depending on the writer.
But now I have stepped into dangerous waters.
I have become attached to a noncanon pairing. I have become attached to a noncanon pairing that is slash and will never, ever, happen.
Why do I keep doing this to myself?