Hello, class and welcome back to Shipping 101! Today we are exploring a controversial topic–RPF or, “real person/people fiction”. Shipping real people and not characters can be tricky, because these people are often in real life relationships and therefore it can feel a little squicky to think about the REAL people participating in fanfiction-esque activities. But, once you get past the trepidation, it can actually be a lot of fun. Many fandoms, especially “bandoms” (band fandoms), do the RPF thing, because the people are close in real life and because, well, fandoms are weird, and we like to imagine our faves together. For many years I have stayed away from RPF, but recent events have turned a page in my shipping textbook, and I come to you today with a very real need to carefully share my newest OTP, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins, AKA Cockles (insert heart eyes here).
First of all, let me say, I do not truly believe these two are “together” in real life. I don’t think their wives are beards, nor do I want them to dump their families and be boyfriends. I am an intelligent woman and know they are friends who love their families and do not have a secret romance going on.
That’s not what this is about at all.
That being said, shipping isn’t a rational thing, as I’ve come to realize, and so, I ship Cockles because I am a glutton for punishment AND because these two boys have some amazing chemistry that can’t be denied. I’ve inserted a gallery because, well, I have about a zillion Cockles pics in my phone and, because of SPN cons, these boys are together a lot.
Still with me? Okay, then. I’ve also got a few Cockles fics that pretty much kicked me over the cliff edge. Delve if you dare.
xoxo The Collectiva Diva