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QaF Shipping Crisis: Reflection and Mini Self-psychoanalysis [Apr. 21st, 2011|03:47 am]
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So…I’m pretty sure that the prom scene in QaF is just about one of the most romantic scenes ever. I actually went to re-watch it looking for some inspiration for a certain   something. But then, I ended up re-watching parts of that episode as well as well as the scene when Michael finds Brian scarfing and yells at him and says how Brian still hasn’t lost his “superpowers” and will always be young, etc. And I must note that Brian seems to accept this and after THIS he makes his decision to go to Justin’s prom. So I realized that…I really am more a Brian/Michael than a Brian/Justin shipper at heart, no matter how much I would like to be a BJ shipper primarily, seeing as how that’s both canon and a fandom favorite. I’m not sure what the problem is, since I most certainly think B/J is romantic enough and I like it surely and I WAS rooting for them when I was watching the show first time around…. I think it’s because I associate myself with Michael a lot more. At least the Michael that was before Ben came into the picture (gah). I guess I like the best-friends-turned-lovers thing. Maybe because I can relate to that better? I’m also not Justin’s biggest fan. I don’t hate him or anything like that but I can’t relate to him very much and the fact that he is so loved by fandom doesn’t seem to help. I also feel like Brian and Michael have this…is not simple chemistry, than at least this…bond. See, I guess it’s because I view the best relationship as being close friends + an element of attraction. Justin and Brian have all the attraction in the world, perhaps, but I don’t see the friendship. Even as their relationship develops…that connection is not there the way Michael and Brian’s is. Ben kinda fucks with Michael’s mind and sorta changes him in bad ways, I think, but even then…I think I would be so much more a B/J shipper is just the Michael element wasn’t there or if it wasn’t there in SUCH A WAY. Again, I relate to Michael. We don’t have the same personality or anything but I still relate to him, and especially his relationship with Brian. Maybe that’s the problem or should I rather say reason? Gah…IDEK.

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[User Picture]From: highd
2011-04-21 06:42 pm (UTC)
I think what you need to consider is that Michael is Brian's family. It's the reason Michael and Brian are able to overcome some very serious issues between them. You can't not forgive your family especially if they are all the family you have. Brian and Michael could never be lovers or partners the way that Brian and Justin are. Michael isn't even in the ball park when it comes to what Brian needs as a partner. I also don't think that Brian is in the ball park for what Michael needed either.

Ben is perfect for Michael, he is the loving superhero with the heart of gold that Michael has always wanted, the father figure that he needed too. Ben is so perfect for Michael that it kills me. Even at their worst times, Ben is just great and the fact that Ben is so understanding about Michael's feelings for Brian makes him even better. Michael finally let himself be himself. Ben didn't change Michael at all and if you think that I don't know what show you are watching. Michael became David when he was with David, He became Brian when he broke up with David, and then Ben came along and suddenly the real Michael shows up. I think Ben being HIV positive actually made Michael man up and see life from a whole new prospective, one that wasn't all about him and his lusting for his best friend.

Also you need to consider Brian, and what Brian needed and wanted in a relationship. He was never ever going to want what Michael did, and I can't for the life of me see Michael on Brian's arm at a business dinner or an event at Kinnetik. OMG did you see that dinner Michael had with Dr. Dave? That was a horror show. Brian needs someone that will compliment where he is going in life, and Michael doesn't fill that need at all.

Justin has breeding and intelligence that make him a great match for Brian, he is a risk taker and a leader, and he challenged Brian's ever notion about about life, Brian needed that in order to let himself be loved and to give romantic love to someone else. Michael would have never been enough to create that type of change in Brian. Also Brian and Justin did have a more complex relationship, not only were they lovers and partners, they had a wonderful Mentor/ Protege relationship that matured nicely on the show. And even at the beginning Brian was a bit of a guardian to Justin. So it wasn't all about the sex and romance with them it was a tightrope walk of crazy proportions.

So you might relate to Michael and his plight over his best friend, but you need to really think about Brian too and what would make him the happiest.

Sorry to totally highjack your LJ I just found this when searching for some ancient shipper war stuff from back in the day, and thought I would add my 2 cents. If you want to be friends that would be super.

Edited at 2011-04-21 06:55 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2011-04-21 11:06 pm (UTC)
Umm hi, nice to meet you. Lol. Well I’m not really in the QaF fandom enough to do shipping wars and, honestly, after the Star Wars fangirl wars and the POTC shipping wars I don’t wanna get involved with it. In the end, everyone’s entitled tot heir opinion anyways and it IS just a fandom/show. And this one is also one where I am neither fandom active nor have a strong OTP or anything that would force me into such a thing. As for friending me, I’m all up for meeting new people and friending and stuff. Generally, I would say I’m a nice person :) But, I do think it’s fare to say that I don’t have a lot of QaF related fanfic/art/stuff and as you’ve probably guessed, I’m much more of a Brian/Michael shipper. Umm, I’d answer your post/arguments with some of my opinions but idk if you’re interested in that at all so…
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