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"Telling someone they can't be sad because other people have it worse is like telling someone they can't be happy because someone has it better."
"When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me that I didn't understand the assignment; I told them they didn't understand life."
~I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.~
“There will be days when you'll look at your hands and you'll want to take something and smash every bone in them, because they'll be taunting you with what they could do, if you found a chance for them to do it, and you can't find that chance, and you can't bear your living body because it has failed those hands somewhere. " ~ Henry Cameron [The Fountainhead]
I am an opinionated TL;DR prick with rabid mood swings.
i have this inevitable tendency to over analyze, to say too much, or not enough. i say the wrong things at the wrong time. i am too honest at inappropriate times and keep my mouth shut at times when i should’ve said something. i am always clumsy, always tired, and always wanting more." ~ tumblr
Got (though have always gotten) a few inbox notes like, "Um, but Eugene is married :S" after displaying in the last journal. Some (not a lot) are from Sonic fans who are still trying to figure out why the heck I'm not drawing Sonic instead, but I'm tired of answering this for Disney crossover shippers who come on my mail box with vitriol, so I'm reposting half of this here on behalf of my own deviations (and people who get persecuted for this, like #TheNamelessDoll).
Internet crossovers take place in Alternate Universes. They are fake fan stories, therefore it's pretty irrelevant to argue about "canon." Them being internet crossovers IS the canon-breaker, because we are mashing different franchises into one (#lol_illegally), taking them out of context automatically. It's senseless when crossover fandoms start placing "canon" barriers like the canon fandoms that puppeteer characters who actually exist in one show or movie, because even those mix it up for What If's.
I'm more confused when people treat (fake) cross-ships they don't like (as well as ones they do) like canon ships that happened, are happening, or could happen outside of Fanfiction.net.If you are shipping characters from two different films, they are all illegitimately fan-made and breaking canon by default, so you can't hold "the ones you don't like" to different standards, bruh.
You especially can't throw cross-fires in your own temple if you not only ship characters who already have love interests, but ones from different animation companies (Merida x Hiccup | Jack x Elsa | Jack x Rapunzel).
And that's what you're supposed to do in the crossover fanbase, my brother.
Canon timelines, locations, events, and companies are completely thrown out of the window by ROTBTFD crossovers, but people focus on the couplings (the "most less" troublesome part) when they want to talk about "what breaks canon."
But let's pretend for a second that canon applies to AU crossovers:
This constant ROTBTFD complaint:
"Eugene is married."
Unlikelihood (subjective opinion) is different from impossibility, especially when you're talking about an AU platform (aka alternate possibilites). I feel like people are coming from such an emotional angle that they don't know how Level 1 this argument actually is.
"It was exciting to see her grow and both of us grow and change together. But that's also the hard part: growing without growing apart or changing without it scaring the other person."
Hans just so happened to conveniently turn out to be crazy, but Kristoff and Anna still would've had suppressed feelings for each other even if he didn't.
"The heart is not like a box that gets filled up; it expands in size the more you love."
Do you ever see him in his Prince Eugene getup when he's photo-manipulated, youtube-vidded, drawn, or written with another cross-ship?
No.So placing, "he's married to/cheating on Rapunzel!" under the comment of a picture of him where he's in thief gear is completely off-canon. He's a Don Juan rogue when he's a bandit, an unmarried citizen in Corona's court at the end of Tangled, and isn't titled Prince Eugene until a year later.
Prince Eugene is married. Flynn Rider is an unmarried, womanizing thief. ;; Kinda~ shows how irrelevant he is to most people other than just being Rapunzel's love interest since his storyline (and actual true self) is always secondary.
The past vs. present in crossover shippings doesn't matter. It is okay to ship past versions of characters in AU crossovers; other cross-ships like these neglect past and present all the time:
✭) Tadashi and Elsa are from two different generations, and he's dead.✭) Hiccup and Elsa are in different eras; he died before she was born.
✭) Jim Hawkins of Treasure Planet and Ariel of The Little Mermaid are on two different planets from two different universes.
✭) Elsa x Elsa-cest: do we need to point this one out? Popular anyway.
✭) Canonically, Jack Overland died in 1700s America and was not seen by anyone as Jack Frost before Jamie in the 2000s.
Elsa x Anna, Tadashi x Hiro (Big Hero 6), Hans x Elsa, (canon) Jack x (adult) Elsa, Jim Hawkins x Silver (Treasure Planet), can all fall under the categories of incest, hebehilia, and other controversial dynamics to the public eye, so moral-pushing (or moral-ignoring) pairings are active in Disney's fanbase.
But what do most people do to make the former pairings "less controversial?"
Create an Alternate Universe where Elsa is not Anna's sister, Jack, Jim, and Hiro are not pubescent boys, Hans is redeemed, etc, which is completely applicable in an AU even if you don't like it. If there are complaints that it's "disrespecting" the original stories and character creations, then it sure doesn't affect their popularity.
Why does everyone understand that with the 2D Disney characters but not the 3D ones?
It's always popularly okay to bash and ignore Prince Eric (and forget Melody) in Jim/Ariel or any other 2D pair (Pocahontas x Tarzan), but not Eugene or Rapunzel in Jackunzel (Jack x Rapunzel), Hiccunzel (Hiccup x Rapunzel), Eugelsa (Eugene x Elsa), EugTooth (Eugene x Toothiana), etc.
Reason? Favoritism, not logic.
You often see the 2D characters cross-shipped before they reached marital status in their timelines, and most people overlook it. Why? Because no one's seriously shipping them in canon context (but I swear the RoTBTFD fanbase does this).
If Astrid and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon get hitched ("there's my future daughter-in-law!"), no one's going to baw against Merricup (Merida x Hiccup) except for a tiny group. The majority of the ROTBTFD fanbase will still defend shipping it (oh, it's just a crossover!), just like they did Jackunzel (Jack x Rapunzel) until Jelsa (Jack x Elsa) came out. No one is trying to make them canon, so it doesn't change or threaten what's canon.
The crossover community (coupled with the Frozen one) has too many double standards when they know they use creative license 24.7. Fanon can alter everything within the realm of fanfiction and everyone does it to "make" cross-ships "work."
I like all my canon Disney pairings, but I also like their AU crossovers in equal measure; canon OTPs and crossover OTPs don't co-exist.