chirag84 wrote:There is something I never understood, what exactly canon shippers like about canon ships??? Why they like Ron/Hermione or Harry/Ginny so much? Whats the appeal in these pairings? And what is their problem with Harmony?
Well, that's why ship debates happened and grew into ship wars. For those who are passionate about their ship and/or totally turned off by the other ship, no other reading is possible.
I can understand why some people might be attracted to the Harry and Ginny thing if for whatever reason they identified with Ginny and the idea of growing up and eventually landing the person they'd been crushing on forever and ever. I understand that the bickering couple is a thing and has been since at least Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew". I get that these ship concepts exist and somewhere I'm sure there are more good examples in the world besides the first season or two of "Moonlighting".
But in my opinion, Rowling wrote them horribly. Ginny's development is essentially zero to 60 in ten seconds and totally unbelievable, THEN Rowling shoves her back offstage for most of the last book. Even the Harry and Ginny shipper over on Fiction Alley admits she likes the idea of the ship and the fanfic better than what Rowling did.
Ron and Hermione as written on the page are not believable. There is no steady evidence of underlying respect or affection to balance the arguing. Again, it takes fanfic (and fanfic that is pretty out of character for one or both of them) to create anything resembling a lasting relationship between them.
And I think that's a huge reason a lot of canon shippers hate Harmony so much. H/Hr in canon is the best example of friends and dips numerous times into the territory of becoming more. People who are interested in Harry or Hermione get jealous of the other, not Ron or Ginny - the assumption by other characters in canon is that Harry and Hermione are a given. And as it turns out, Rowling wasn't even trying to write romance for them - the characters led her in that direction until it was almost too late and she had to try and wrench things back to her wish-fulfillment goals.
Harry and Hermione are such a potentially strong ship that the opposition has to come up with things like "brother and sister" or "boring - arguments that are at best opinions and easy to pull apart. And that upsets the canon shippers more than anything, because they can't give truly strong, sustainable arguments against Harmony.
Rowling may seem to have reinforced the idea of canon pairings mainly because if she shows a time stream where Harry and Hermione are together, then it shows that she was wrong to call Harmonians delusional. And her ego will never allow that. Besides she doesnt the want any backlash from canon shippers.
Possibly, but it seems like she missed a golden opportunity to sort of please both sides: show an alternate timeline with Harry and Hermione together, but end the play with the Giant Reset Button (TM). But with the presence of two other authors, who knows how much of it was her influence?