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Smallville: Death of a Shipper
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jeannev From: jeannev Date: January 20th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not a shipper either. I can see merit in certain ships, but I can do that without actually supporting any of them. Like you, I believe that the best course for Clark right now is NOT to be in a romantic relationship, but rather focused more on his journey. That should be the most important thing. I also believe that Clark being single makes the most sense right now. The thing with Lana should be ending. Its time. And Clark needs time after that end to detox. The thing with Lois makes no sense in this current time. The characters are way too far apart. And the thing with Chloe seems deeply, firmly rooted in friendship, with her romantic affections focused elsewhere, and I don't see a logical shift from that. I think its way past time for Clark's primary focus to be on things other then his love life.

Also, my reasons for not shipping are rooted in another issue. Clark, in far too many instances (but not all), is more or less irrelevant in the pairing for shippers. It seems to be this big contest for someones fav girl to get the big prize, Clark. While, at the same time, he is constantly bashed and disparaged for not being with someones fav girl, or just being generally unworthy. And I am not talking about every shipper here, of course. But it sure does seem to happen a lot. I see Clana shippers who couldn't care less about Clark being a hero, as long as he worships Lana. I see Chlark shippers who rail on Clark for treating Chloe badly, and seem to think Clark owes Chloe romantic love, and want him to have to beg for Chloe's affections. And I see Clois shippers who are dazzled by the idea that Clark should fall for Lois, while she continues to treat him as insignificant, since thats what happens in the mythos. The fact that it makes no sense in the SV continuity seems to be irrelevant. And lest I forget, I see some of the same things in the Clex shippers, where I've read dozens of Clex fanfic where Clark is the one that must beg for forgiveness, for hurting poor Lex.

Well, needless to say, as a big Clark fan, all of this type of shipping has turned me off SV shipping in regards to Clark. Bigtime! I wish I could say its the exception, and not the rule, but I don't believe thats true. Though I do believe there are lots of exceptions.

I also believe the reality of SV is that as long as Lana remains on the show, she will be the big romantic prize. No matter if he makes no sense. No matter if that time should've passed. That is how TPTB see her, and that is what she will be. And if she's around for a S8, I expect more of the same.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 20th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think there's this fear TPTB have that without Clark in some romantic entanglement, the audience will go away, and I've already told you in the past I think that's crazy. Of course he needs to move on from Lana, and contemplate his future alone, and without distractions. Only after he figures out how to become Superman can he consider finding a way to have love in his life as well. However, like you, I'm rather cynical about the potential for Lana's departure from Clark's arms before her departure from the show itself.

One of the things I liked best about Lara (the episode) was how Clark acted on his own to track down and rescue Kara, and to retrieve her crystal. Those were some very heroic moments, I thought.

You make an excellent point about how some shippers see Clark. And in all honesty, every potential love interest on the show has treated him badly at some point, which is another reason why my shipper loyalties have been so fickle over the years. I've always thought Superman to be an awe-inspiring figure, and certainly Tom can deliver that presence, but the women of Smallville seem to have scant respect for him as a potential hero, and are more likely to nag him, dismiss him, or mock him.

I think I told you this already, but watching Gemini without any expectations for the relationships on the show made all the difference in the world to me. I was able to focus on Clark, and TW's performance, and appreciate everything I loved about the show, and it was wonderful!
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: January 21st, 2008 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not a shipper either. I can see merit in certain ships, but I can do that without actually supporting any of them. Like you, I believe that the best course for Clark right now is NOT to be in a romantic relationship, but rather focused more on his journey. That should be the most important thing. I also believe that Clark being single makes the most sense right now. The thing with Lana should be ending. Its time. And Clark needs time after that end to detox. The thing with Lois makes no sense in this current time. The characters are way too far apart. And the thing with Chloe seems deeply, firmly rooted in friendship, with her romantic affections focused elsewhere, and I don't see a logical shift from that. I think its way past time for Clark's primary focus to be on things other then his love life.

Also, my reasons for not shipping are rooted in another issue. Clark, in far too many instances (but not all), is more or less irrelevant in the pairing for shippers. It seems to be this big contest for someones fav girl to get the big prize, Clark. While, at the same time, he is constantly bashed and disparaged for not being with someones fav girl, or just being generally unworthy. And I am not talking about every shipper here, of course. But it sure does seem to happen a lot. I see Clana shippers who couldn't care less about Clark being a hero, as long as he worships Lana. I see Chlark shippers who rail on Clark for treating Chloe badly, and seem to think Clark owes Chloe romantic love, and want him to have to beg for Chloe's affections. And I see Clois shippers who are dazzled by the idea that Clark should fall for Lois, while she continues to treat him as insignificant, since thats what happens in the mythos. The fact that it makes no sense in the SV continuity seems to be irrelevant. And lest I forget, I see some of the same things in the Clex shippers, where I've read dozens of Clex fanfic where Clark is the one that must beg for forgiveness, for hurting poor Lex.

Well, needless to say, as a big Clark fan, all of this type of shipping has turned me off SV shipping in regards to Clark. Bigtime! I wish I could say its the exception, and not the rule, but I don't believe thats true. Though I do believe there are lots of exceptions.

I also believe the reality of SV is that as long as Lana remains on the show, she will be the big romantic prize. No matter if he makes no sense. No matter if that time should've passed. That is how TPTB see her, and that is what she will be. And if she's around for a S8, I expect more of the same.


Couldn't have said it better.

Edited at 2008-01-21 12:03 am (UTC)
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