Showrunners and Fandom communicate at cross purposes sometimes.
TPTB: Oh, look. They’re paying attention to our thing.
Fandom: Yes we like this and we don’t like that and also here is fanart and fic and meta, meta, meta.
TPTB: Wow, you guys are invested in this, that’s awesome! We totally love that you like us.
Fandom: Yes and we especially like (pairing X) and (meta theory Y)
TPTB: Hahaha ok, that’s weird but you love us so we love you. It’s a mutual love fest.
Fandom: Yay! Omg we love (pairing) and (meta) SO MUCH omfg. We spend a lot of time and energy directed at it. Some of us love (other pairing) and some of us love (other meta), too.
TPTB: Sure. Great. How do you like everything else?
Fandom: It’s…fine? Except the shit parts. We don’t really all agree on which parts are shit and which aren’t. But we’d love to tell you the parts we love? Like (pairing) and (meta)
TPTB: Uh, great, ok. That’s not what the show exactly…whatever. So, how about…. THIS (new character, plot twist, etc)
Half of fandom: OMG GENIUS
Other half: OMG HATE
Still another half: HAVE WE TOLD YOU HOW MUCH WE LOVE (pairing) and (meta)?
TPTB: You guys, come on. Tell us about the good the things we did!
Fandom: Well… some of us liked the one thing? But there are problems A, B, and C. We’d love to offer suggestions about those. Also, we still LOVE (pairing) and (meta). So good job there!
TPTB: But those things aren’t even stuff in the show. What do you like about the show we’re giving you?
Fandom: Um. It’s… there’s a lot of potential? Many of us love it to bits! Especially (pairing) and (meta)!
TPTB: THAT’S NOT PART OF THE SHOW STOP TRYING TO MAKE FETCH HAPPEN
Fandom: But you want to know what we love? I thought this was a mutual love thing where we talk about what we love and you love us for supporting you
TPTB: YOU LOVE SOME WEIRD THING. IT’S WEIRD AND NOT PART OF WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON. WHY WON’T YOU LOVE WHAT WE ARE DOING?
Fandom: But we do! We love it SO MUCH. Especially (pairing) and (meta)!
Fandom: WE ARE JUST TRYING TO LOVE YOU.
TPTB: WE ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE A TV SHOW. WHY AREN’T YOU WATCHING THE SHOW WE ARE MAKING?
And, cue mutual frustration.
Look y’all, I’m not in Teen Wolf fandom anymore, I cop to that. BUT THIS is a total shit show.
Fandom belongs to FANS and should not EVER be on a website that the powers that be create for their own purposes or in the control of a corporate sponsor (.mtv is not cute). Placing work on the website, ADMITTING to the desire to move fandom into an area where they have more control and removing the interaction fans have with each other to a space in which 1. you don’t hold the rights to your work and standards are set not by the community but the powers that be and 2. you’re removed from the traditions of fanspace is totally gross and inappropriate on their part. They aren’t the first ones to try this bullshit either, they’re just cloaking it in different words.
Please don’t fall for this and if you DO and are curious about it please carefully read the TOS for the site you are signing up for and learn about how they can and will use your content for profit in the future. Protect yourself, protect your community. Ultimately, it’s your choice but it should always be YOUR choice and YOUR experience and YOUR fandom. Bringing it out of the realm of fans, where you didn’t create the website, you didn’t make the rules, you can’t do whatever the fuck you want, is not okay. It’s not what fandom is about. Teen Wolf PTB aren’t PART of fandom. You are.
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Anthony Mackie as Captain America, Sam Wilson
FUCKING LOOK AT THOR
I DON’T NEED A SHIELD
MY ELBOW WILL REPEL THE BLAST
AND IT FUCKING DOES
HOW BRIGHT IT HAS BECOME
Agent Carter & AOS Comic-Con poster (x)
Looks good, doesn’t it? They’re trapped in here. Terrified. Meat for the beast. And there’s nothin’ they can do but wait. That’s all they’ve been doing for days, waiting to be picked off, having nightmares about monsters that can’t be killed. But I don’t believe in that. I always find a way. I’m the thing that monsters have nightmares about. And right now you and me are gonna show ‘em why. It’s time. Welcome to Thunderdome.
The thing is, wanting characters (or people) to “get” together isn’t the point of shipping, and shouldn’t really be considered part of it. The whole idea of shipping is summed up in the idea of liking how two characters (or people) would interplay in a circumstance were they “were” together, but having no bearing on canon (or non-canon) because, generally, by the sheer fact of being together in that ship, it’s kind of an AU.
It’s sort of like viewing all media like it’s Schrodinger’s cat in a box: when you watch a TV show or read a book or go see a concert, the people in your pairing are both together and not together at the same time in two concurrent but separate universes.
And if you open the box, you’re an asshole because you’ve changed the outcome.