Published On: Thu, Oct 20th, 2022

A Look Into The Most Popular Ships of 2022 on Archive of Our Own

Taika Waititi as Blackbeard takes of Rhys Darby as Stede Bonnet's blindfold on 'Our Flag Means Death'

An old Italian commercial—which was so overplayed it turned into a meme before we even knew what memes were—proudly declared that “optimism is the flavour of life!” I think that sentence could be applied to being surrounded by transformative fanwork ever since your very early formative years, but with one small edit: “shipping is the flavour of fandom!”

I think I’ve been shipping even before I had really grasped what shipping even was, and I very much credit my English skills with all the fandoms I’ve been in and all the fan fiction I’ve ever read about my fictional fools du jour. If only I could have answered “it was Drarry fan fiction, actually” when my high school professor asked me what I was reading to be so fluent.

The Mary Sue

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