It’s not much of a secret that I enjoy BL and will ship male/male pairings that aren’t actually canon if it strikes me to. However, I am also aware of the fact that this admission will not come without some ridicule, something I am starting to find more and more ridiculous myself. Just some personal thoughts I wanted to mention. Mainly applies to me, doesn’t have to apply to you, I’m not giving you orders on how you should act, etc. Just my two cents.
- Shipping is such a subjective thing whether you follow canon or headcanon that I don’t feel it’s really worth fighting over. It all comes down to personal preference, after all, whether it be a romance established within the story or a relationship elevated from interpretation of its initial canon form.
- Canon and headcanons are separate. Headcanons come from personal interpretation, while canon has been explicitly established within the original work. Headcanon versus canon is like opinion versus fact, I’d say. Simply put, I see no point in rejecting or arguing over fact, but I reserve my right to have an opinion as much as I acknowledge said fact.
- Shipping a male/male pairing really isn’t a necessity. The lack of canon relationships to turn into epic soaring romances won’t detract from my enjoyment of a series. Also, I think it goes without saying that two people who are close aren’t automatically involved romantically. But it is fun to ship. Really, shipping is just that, it’s fun! It’s entertaining! It’s also just expanding on a possibility, really.
- Just because you ship something doesn’t automatically mean that canon is suddenly invalid, a lie, etc. After all, ships are built on interactions from canon that feed one’s imagination. While it is a deviation from the original source, especially if one or more characters are already involved in other romances, it’s still a possibility.
Lengthy, lengthy post just to say something simple: shipping itself honestly isn’t that big of a deal.