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I've always believed in the idea of "friends over fandom."  But I suppose when all people have in common is a small section of fandom, then "friends" is a word loosely applied here.  I've noticed, that since I've become a diehard Chlollier, some Chlarkers, who have been on my f-list since I first joined LJ have de-friended me. That's cool, I get that.  No harm, no foul.  I have a wide variety of fandom friends, and a wide variety of shippers on my list, most of whom are respectful and accepting of others' fandom preferences.  But, when I start to see negativity toward something I happen to enjoy, from people on my f-list, I think it's time to make some cuts.  While I respect your views, and understand why you feel the way you do, (I was there too, remember?) I don't necessarily want to read your negativity and hatred on my friends' page. It's your journal, and you have every right to voice your thoughts, rants, negativity, or hatred. We've probably all done it at one time or another. But I am a part of fandom as enjoyment.  If it's no longer enjoyable, or no longer a bit of escapism for me or a stress reliever, I'll leave it.  Life's too short to stress over TV shows, or lose friends over, or worry about who ships which couple.  I just can't deal with that crap.

So, here's the deal. Obviously, there's more to each of us than our fandoms, or who we ship, but  as far as my fandom life goes, I LOVE CHLOE AND OLIVER OF SMALLVILLE.  I've shipped them years before they were ever a couple on the show. They are my OTP forever, no matter what the show does to them.  I ALSO LOVE ARTHUR AND GWEN OF MERLIN.  I squee about both couples in the appropriate times and places, usually in their respective communities.  If you don't care about that stuff, cool.  If that bothers you in any way, shape or form, I won't be offended if you de-friend me.  Let me clarify.  I have no problem if people ship other couples, or are multi-shippers.  Many on my f-list do.  It's the hatred and fandom drama that turns me off.
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