The title makes this sound much more dramatic than it really is. Today’s Uncomfortable Topic is: shipping real life people as couples.
Because when ‘canon’ is ‘real life’, you can’t really argue with it. (I mean, you can. But it makes you a crazy person.)
On the other hand? There are totally classy versions of real-person-fiction. For example, The Persian Boy. Hello Alexander The Great’s gay romance. (If I say ‘historical fiction’, that implies that it wasn’t based off real events and people, which it was. But obviously the details are very, very embellished. Also, Mary Renault is my hero, even if all her books end in tragedy — not like I didn’t know that Alexander the Great died, but — yeah.)
And then there’s picturing celebrities as couples when they aren’t, and suddenly we have made the leap from historical fiction to knocking elbows with the likes of tabloids, which is both disturbing and tragic. I feel weird about the whole thing, because the media seems to show celebrities as characters to begin with, which seems strange. (I didn’t watch enough television growing up — or now, actually — for it not to be weird).
So, I’m not even sure what bandwagon I should be on. I will read most things if they’re well written, which tends to put me in some very weird mental spaces where I end up shipping real-life people and trying to pretend that’s not what’s going on because denial is the new black and I will wear it until it falls apart.
So, questions for whatever tumblr people stumble upon this, (because tumblr seems to be a place of varied and strong opinions):
RPF/RPS: Awesome/Unawesome? Shamefull/Blameless? Where do you fall on the spectrum?
If you were famous (actor/actress, in a band, comedian, whatever) what would you feel about people ‘pairing’ you with your contemporaries?