I’ve commented most of this already, but I’m gonna make sure it sinks in this time.
Ships are what got got me into most fandoms. I would see fan art while scrolling on Instagram, I would read a fanfic on wattpad without realising because I was bored, and then I would be curious. I would watch/ read the cannon. And then the community has a new member.
I don’t mind who you ship, allurance IS cannon, but remember the ending? For those that don’t, Allura DIED. She and Lance can’t date as of right now. So I don’t see why people can’t ship others. Some people just like the rivals to lovers trope, and klance fits it.
So maybe we should all just agree to disagree. What I mean, is we keep negatives to ourselves. You want so bad for people to talk about other things than ships, but have you for one second thought that you couldn’t find a conversation because people weren’t interested? Why not start a conversation?
Its more productive than attacking people for their ships. I haven’t seen people attacking people for not shipping (personally) but I have seen people being attacked for shipping.
It takes less time to ignore a shipping post than it does to attack people over it.
This is platform is for the FANS. The shippers, the fanfic authors, the fan artists AND the people who prefer the classics.
But know this, you can only get so far without altering the originals, I mean imagine pizza. If it was all cheese, plain cheese. It gets boring doesn’t it? People lose interest. But now add some pepperoni, it’s new, it’s got more variety and it’s got fans. So you add new combinations - yes eventually you get combinations that most people disagree with - but it still has few fans, or it would have slowly disappeared.
This can happen with ships as well, and as displayed in a poll I may later do, some ships do better than others, but would still get a small following.
My point is, unless you want this fandom to die out, just as the “80’s” one almost has, you need to let people add their own spin on things.