Don’t we all have that one couple on TV shows that we love so much, that we cry when they do, laugh when they do, feel happy the entire day when they first kiss, feel upset for them and feel betrayed when one of them does. And then of course, there is that moment when one of them dies – the world falls apart!
Dubbed as OTP, One True Pairing, is one aspect of a TV show that consumes the audience. It is actually a great feeling and a great amount of fun too. The verb form of OTP would be “shipping”, I suppose, (although I don’t see as to why it is called shipping) and a synonym would be “ship” (once again, I do not understand the relevance). Coming up with ship names is loads of fun as well; basically a compound word made of the two people that the audience ships, and oh the delight when the ship-name is an actual word! (Gossip Girl’s Chuck + Blair = Chair)
The best thing about OTPs is that they do not have to be canon (depicted in the show, hence making it official and legitimate). The OTP could be the audience’s wishful thinking or it could be a potential relationship. There are many gay and lesbian ships that exist too! One of the most popular gay-ships is Supernatural’s Dean + Castiel, a.k.a, Destiel and also SwanQueen from Once Upon a Time – Emma and Regina.
My first OTP, so to speak, was Jisbon (Patrick Jane + Teresa Lisbon). Now, I have so many that I can’t even keep track! ( Most recently, Supernatural’s Dean Winchester + Jo Harvelle = Chestervelle and Once Upon a Time’s Captain Swan, Emma + Captain Hook, Arrow’s Olicity – Oliver+Felicity).
Lately, I have been thinking as to why people (and I) obsess over a relationship that we know is not real (of course, deducing the reason would not really make the obsession any less). I think it is largely because most people are romantic at heart, and watching all these love stories unfold and develop from scratch right in front of their eyes gives them what they know life may or may not provide them with!
There was a time when I used to think up these little scenarios or ways that I would meet The One, but now I have come to realize that life simply does not work that way, and watching these little fantasies come to life on the screen makes me feel warm, to be honest.
Frankly, I do not really indulge in these fanciful thoughts of being able to find The One and will always think a million times before entering a relationship. I would hate it if people talked cheesy to me or even if I realized that I “liked” somebody, but when my OTP does it, I feel inexplicably happy for the entire day!
All the drama that we see on TV is dramatic enough on TV and at some point in the TV, the conflict or whatever it it that triggered it, is resolved. In fact, I am sure that if similar drama happened in our lives, we may not even be able to withstand it because resolution happens on the TV show because it is a TV show! It does not always happen that way in real life, and I think TV show OTPs lives become a vicarious experience of sorts.
It is vicariousness for me, because although I feel bad/good when something bad/good happens to my OTP and I feel really sad/ecstatic as per their situation, these feelings only go down my mind to a certain level only, and will eventually fade (I think), but the same thing happening to me has a lasting impact.
Of course, not everything about all OTPs is about vicariousness, because no, I don’t want the person I love to die and no I definitely don’t want him to be a Christian Grey! Sometimes, it is simply because they just seem so perfect for each other (canon, or not) that not being together just feels wrong, and when they are, so right that I feel pained and happy accordingly.
OTP is my favourite thing in TV shows because lately I have come to the realization that if there is not some form of OTP or the other on a TV show, I don’t really watch it with a passion, a.k.a, crazed obsession. OTP TV shows motivate me to watch because “DO THEY MAKE IT! WILL THEY BE HAPPY!”