OK, sorry for the half-insane rant, and this may seem out of the blue, but I'm fed up with people who are fanatical about just ONE pairing, and I'm seriously pissed off at the moment. Not to mention I'm up at an ungodly hour writing this, and therefore have very little control over what I say, which means I'm more likely to just say exactly what I think, rather than sitting idly by and fuming inwardly. So, here goes.
I've noticed that a lot of fans of certain pairings in certain fandoms are excluisive to that ship, and are adamantly against any other ship that includes those characters. The worst are ones that aren't even willing to look at any other pairings. It really irritates me when those uber-shippers insult other ships.
I can respect that people are loyal to a single ship, but at least have enough respect for other ships and your own to not insult.
I will freely admit that I prefer certain pairings when I read fics, and I don't usually stray from those pairings, but when I find a well written fic that's not one of those pairings, I take the time to read it, and sometimes comment. When I started reading fanfics I was focused mainly on a few pairings in just a few fandoms, but over time I spread my interests, and read more fics of different pairings that are further from my original norm. Now when I read a fic, I'm not really looking for a ship. I'm looking for a story that keeps the characters true to form, or a snapshot that captures the relationship without corrupting the essence of the character.
I don't really care about whether the fic is a slash or a het pairing, or even if it's a threesome. I don't care if there is some BDSM or the relationship is more vanilla, what I do care about is how well the story is written. I don't mind those things, but I don't read a lot of angst, or character death, or similarly morbid stories. BDSM and other kinks and fetishes, while I don't really fully understand the whole BDSM thing, do make sense to me on some level, and I can respect writers who write these things well.
What I cannot respect are people who decide that, unilaterally, any fic that does not feature their ship is a bad fic, and therefore worth putting down, and insulting, and generally ridiculing.
Have some respect for yourself and others.
There. Ranting done. I'm feeling quite a bit better.