Oh wow, the dreaded #19 of the RA Challenge has totally crept up on me. This is a really tricky question.
Really, who the F came *up* with these questions??? What, me??? I must have been temporarily out of my mind!!! Tricky, because ships are the sort of things that fandoms can split over. And the last thing I want to do with my series of RA questions, is cause uproar. I do want discussion and arguments, but I don’t want a trench war over a topic that is essentially meant to be fun and feel good. So I could just answer it like this:
A ship that I cannot stand
But that’s a total cop-out. We are not talking maritime vessels here, we are talking about
worshipping a particular pairing, whether it is two characters in the canon (like Guy and Allan a-Dale), or non-canon characters (like Guy and OC Genevieve in Zeesmuse’s Manna), or RP like RA with another actor. The thing with character canons is that I find all of them valid. There is no reason why fans shouldn’t enjoy the fantasy of two characters as a pairing, even when it is completely non-canon or goes cross-universe. I find that imaginative and fun, and even though I am not a huge fan of the Bagginshield or Thorinduil ships, I have often included fan art on that topic in my weekly round-ups because I really enjoy the creativity that such ships produce: Since there is no original material to swoon over, shippers have to produce their own content, and they do so with great art and enthusiasm. However there is one ship which I am not fond of at all, and it concerns an RP pairing.
This is where it gets really tricky because the intention behind disclosing my least favourite is NOT to shame or criticise the respective shippers, or make a judgment on the implications of the ship. Shippers are free to ship who they want, and in whichever way they want. I have never felt the need to police them or to tell them off publicly even though I do not always agree with their way of expressing their ‘shipment’. Don’t like – don’t read – don’t engage. So let me say that my stance on RP shipping is actually quite liberal and tolerant. I think of it as a creative approach to a possible RL pairing. I also have no problem with RPF, for instance, and I like the idea of a creative RP ship between RA and director Yael Farber, for instance, as in ‘shipping the creative partnership between director and performer’.
So, the elephant in the room aka ‘least fond of RP ship’ is Richlee. Purely because I personally believe it hits too close to the bone.
Not my bone, but *their* bone. And personally, with all the speculation surrounding RA’s private life, I’m not comfortable discussing that publicly.
But don’t mind me. I am a prude and a coward. Everything goes, and no one needs my permission to engage in their own ships. Disliked by me or not, it is part of the Rich tapestry
see what I did there? of fandom lore and love, and if it creates bonds and friendships, that’s good. I just am wary of ships or theories which have the potential to create divisions that cannot be breached by the underlying, shared interest in/appreciation of the guy we are in this for.
Otherwise, when it comes to good looking two-somes, I really like the rear pair of twin peaches on a certain bod. I totally ship *them*.