Fandom terminology can be hard to fathom and tricky to explain. I sometimes blurt out things while watching TV/movies, only to receive strange looks from the uninitiated. Like… “I ship them so hard!” Or… “Well, that’s awkward. Did their OTP just go OT3?” As a veteran alt shipper and ficcer, I’m sometimes asked by newbies what OTP means… or if I have one. So let’s go there.
“Ship” is short for relationship, and it’s used as a verb.
“I ship InuKag.”
“I will ship MirSan forever!”
“Inucest is shipping Sesshoumaru with Inuyasha.”
“No one ships Jaken. Unless he’s a taiyoukai.”
“Why do you make me ship Kagome with Hisoka!?”
One who ships is a shipper. “I’m a MirKag shipper.” In fandom, you have canon shippers (those who want true love for the story’s main pairing) and alt shippers (those who enjoy playing mix-and-match with the story’s cast). In the IY fandom, the canon ships are well-established: IxK (Inuyasha and Kagome) and MxS (Miroku and Sango).
I ship everyone… or no one. Take your pick.” —forthright
OTP stands for One True Pairing. So if you lived for the moments when Inuyasha’s gruff affections made Kagome’s cheeks go pink, then IxK is your OTP. But if your heart went pitty-pat whenever Naraku’s tried to claim Kagome for his own, you might be a NxK shipper with a much rarer and darker OTP.
What’s my OTP? My first multi-chapter fanfic was Miroku x Kagome, Unsought. And for the sake of nostalgia, I still call the monk & miko my OTP. The watercolor header for this blog is for a MxK oneshot called The Monk in the Cherry Tree. (There’s a small pile of other oneshots, plus the Incorrigible collection.) I even went back to MirKag for a second full story, The Cursed Monk. But I’ve explored the possibilities of several other pairings:
- Inuyasha x Kagome – Unexpected, Inevitable
- Kouga x Kagome – Miracle on 34th Street, Savvy
- Shippo x Kagome – Reckless
- Kohaku x Kagome – Faint Heart
- Jaken x Kagome – When You Wish Upon a Shard
- Sesshoumaru x Kagome – Impeccable, Imperceptible, Pale Shadows, Troved, Unspoiled, Lord Charming
Why so much SessKag in my life? Practical necessity. I was the founder and moderator at Dokuga_Contest on LiveJournal for a few years, and I participated in all the contests. That’s also why so many of my stories are drabble based. I used the weekly prompts and deadlines to add to a larger storyline… and boy, did it add up! ::twinkle::
Fandom’s all about exploring possibilities. What about you? What’s your OTP?