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Battle ‘Ships Never-Lose-Hope Edition: Delena vs. Klaroline!

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Most of the time, I like to root for couples that I know stand a chance at Happily Ever After. Sometimes, I’m bitterly disappointed (don’t even get me started on How I Met Your Mother’s Barney & Robin), but I can usually spot a life-long love a mile away. It’s why I stuck around for the Blair & Chuck drama on Gossip Girl. It’s why I knew that Veronica & Logan would eventually make it work on Veronica Mars – even if it took 10 years and a Kickstarter movie. I’m just a true fan of true love. So when my favorite couples get torn apart by outside circumstances, I have a hard time adjusting. Especially when it’s out of…

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Battle ‘Ships: Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Bangel vs. Spuffy

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There are really no words for how much Buffy the Vampire Slayer meant to me as a teenager. Or how much it means to me even now, as a full-blown adult. On the surface, Buffy is a campy paranormal fantasy about a blonde vampire slayer who moves to Sunnydale, California, home of a Hellmouth. In reality, the show is an allegory for growing up, using monsters to represent the demons that we face at different points in our adolescence. It’s also quick, smart, heart wrenching, deeply moving, and just plain fun. The day it went off the air was a dark one all around that many fans can attest to. And while creator Joss Whedon has continued the story in…

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Battle ‘Ships: The Flash’s WestAllen vs. SnowBarry

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When The Flash first premiered last year as a spinoff of superhero show Arrow, I thought it would be a nice antidote to its predecessor’s often dark and depressing storylines. Everything about it felt simpler: a less complicated superhero, more humor and an established love story from the very beginning. This show had none of the Laurel/Felicity/Oliver angst of Arrow. Though it might take a while to get there, it was clear that Barry Allen and Iris West were endgame. Fast-forward to a year and a half later, and I’m forced to eat my words. The Flash might actually be more complicated than Arrow at this point, with time travel, alternate dimensions and two pretty solid ‘ships to choose from. Some…

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Battle ‘Ships: The Originals’ Klayley vs. Klamille

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Can we please talk about how awesome Klaus Mikaelson is as a character? When we first met him on The Vampire Diaries, viewers were immediately intrigued by the sexy bad boy with a long history of questionable deeds (he is an immortal vampire, after all) and a hidden soft side he only shows to a select few. Now that he’s on his own show, The Originals, he’s even better – that soft side is a little more pronounced without losing the evil-vampire edge we’ve come to know and love. He’s the kind of guy who might make out with you, compel you to forget it, snap your neck in a fit of rage, and then feel bad about it later.…

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Olicity Watch: The Trouble with Siblings

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Warning: Spoilers Ahead! After the “Olicity”-fest of last week, this episode was understandably lighter on the kisses and the makeup sex. But there were still a few ‘shipper moments thrown in, and it was David Ramsey’s night to shine as John Diggle dealt with the realization that his brother is still alive. Here’s our complete Olicity Watch for 4×07, Brotherhood: Recap/Review: Brotherhood is the theme in general this week, as Diggle openly struggles with the knowledge that his brother Andy is alive, probably evil, and has kept his existence a secret from his family for the past eight years. Oliver takes the whole thing to heart, and not just because he decides to team up with Darhk to help Dig…

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Shipping fuels love and war in the fandom universe

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“What are your thoughts on Arrow?” a friend of mine recently asked. Being an all-around geek and TV fanatic, I, of course, have a lot of thoughts on Arrow. But I told her the most important one: “I ship Olicity so hard it’s not even funny.” “Um, what was that?” my friend asked, and I realized that I had just used Internet speak in everyday conversation. She was looking at me like I was crazy—and maybe she should have. From shipping to cute pet-names for fandoms, the Internet is a strange and singular place. I first heard of shipping when I was in high school and developing a slightly unhealthy obsession with Liz and Max from the alien teen show,…

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