i ship it

Hello, class, and welcome back to Shipping 101! I decided to do this in lieu of our typical Fanfic Wednesday because sometimes a ship just comes at you like a battering ram and all you can do is let yourself be swept away. Today, we’ll be talking about my newest obsession—Bellarke.

by octaviiia
by octaviiia

As some of you know, I recently started watching and recapping The 100, and found myself waylaid by one of the biggest ships in the fandom. For anyone yet unfamiliar with the post-apocalyptic CW show, here’s the shipping need-to-know: Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake were born in space 97 years after radioactive bombs destroyed the remainder of humanity on earth. When the Ark can no longer sustain its population, 100 underage delinquents are sent down in a dropship to see if the earth is survivable again. Clarke and Bellamy become the de facto leaders of the group, making difficult decisions in the face of moral and ethical questions right out of Lord of the Flies or Lost. Clarke grew up as the privileged daughter of the Ark’s doctor and Senior Environmental Engineer, while Bellamy was raised by a single mother who had a second (illegal) child she was forced to hide under the floorboards of their apartment. Although they were both raised on the Ark, Bellamy and Clarke come from vastly different worlds. But hey, opposites attract, right? The two didn’t agree on anything during the first several episodes of season one, and at one point it seemed as though Bellamy wanted Clarke out of the way. But after saving each other’s lives a few times, they learned to rely on one another and became fast friends. It isn’t hard to see that they trust each other, love each other, and would die for each other. Hell, they’re more than friends. I would call it a profound bond on the brink of a slow-burn romance.

I could wax eloquently on why they are my new OTP…or I could let them say it for me. 

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).


So, if you hadn’t noticed, it’s Supernatural week here at the Collective. Mostly because we wanted to fill the void in our hearts as we countdown to season 9, but also because we’re going to the Burbank Convention and we’re really f**king excited about it (yes, my Cas cosplay is currently in the works, but more on that in another post). So, instead of just one fanfic, you’ll get more than a dozen of my favorites. And because I’m the blogger, I’m shameless promo-ing my OTP: Destiel.

So warning, darling, if slash and a profound bond that ascends into the realm of the metaphysical isn’t for you, I suggest looking for recs someplace else, because obviously you took a wrong turn on the Internet.

A couple of these are stories that I’ve recced before, but I love them so much that they had to be included in my “Greatest Hits” list. There is now a part two to this list. 🙂 And now a part three

i ship itFirst of all, let’s get this straight. I totally ship River Song and The Eleventh Doctor. If you follow The Collective on Pinterest or on Tumblr you know this to be true.

This is what I do with my Saturday nights.
This is what I do with my Saturday nights.

When I first acknowledged my Wholigan tendencies, it was after two very special episodes of Who. Silence in the Library and The Forest of the Dead. I couldn’t get into the first season, didn’t understand the hype with the second season, so I began jumping around to watch episodes that other Whovians suggested (like a Timelord). I enjoyed the hell out of Blink and Tooth and Claw, everything Donna and in the middle of season four, we meet River. I loved her feisty, comfortable banter with the Doctor and then, all of a sudden, this brave, smart woman sacrifices herself for Ten, who cares, of course, but doesn’t seem to understand; Donna doesn’t understand; viewers don’t understand either. Before, I had watched seasons three and four out of sequence, not focusing on the larger story arc because I didn’t watch season one or two and therefore had no idea about Rose and the Doctor or why he needed Donna and why everyone hated Martha (still don’t get that one). In the Library, I began to care about his story; the tale of the Doctor and the TARDIS. I wanted to know who this River Song was, and lucky for me, I was watching on Netflix and didn’t have to wait two years, like the rest of the world.