There always comes a point in a fangirl's life when her loyalty is tested. Other than the death of a fictional character, another factor that can make or break a fangirl's support is finding out that her OTP (One True Pairing) or ship did not make canon. This sort of thing may not faze other fans, but to a fangirl who has dedicated her life in supporting her favorite franchise, it’s totally a big deal.
Fangirl 101: OTP (One True Pairing) Is Life
Person: Ever wonder what it's like to love something more than your own life? Me: Yes. *thinks of my OTP*
When you fall in love with a story, you fall in love with its characters. Sooner or later, you find yourself "fangirling" and making your own version of the franchise you love so much. For fangirls, a huge part of that is pairing characters they think are best suited for each other (admit it, good stories are a lot more enjoyable with a little romance).
Take it from a fangirl like me when I say: once you start shipping, you can't stop. You'll love your OTP more than your own life — as if they were your precious children (hence, the popular fangirl expression "my babies"). The slightest tension or interaction between your OTP will make you squeal and jump around with glee. You'll interpret every tiny little detail you notice into something totally deep, like how literature teachers dig out deep psychological analysis from literary pieces (we understand it now, teachers).
In other words, your OTP will make you happy. When life gives us fangirls lemons, we don't make lemonade, we think of our OTP and just like that, our life is great again. The only lemons fangirls would fancy are the ones from their OTP (see "fanfiction").
You'll look forward to the next chapters of your favorite franchise, hoping that your OTP will have more of their special moments other than seeing how the main story unfolds, of course (another sign that you're slowly turning into a fangirl: looking forward to your OTP's love story more than the main story of the franchise).
Anyone who says that your OTP is not real or questions your reasoning for such claim will surely get an earful from you (how dare they speak such nonsense!). If your OTP was a frequent debate topic, pretty sure you'd be your school's debate team captain.
Nothing Can Be More Painful Than Finding Out Your OTP Did Not Make Canon
Nothing except the death of a fictional character. If things don't turn out the way you hoped they would, you get heartbroken and feel betrayed thinking that all your efforts had gone to waste. Regardless of your all-out support, you still don't get to control the story.
As a fangirl who's never had one of her ships sail, I can affirm that the pain to go through is indeed depressing. The only comfort that'll help ease the pain is the empathy of fellow fans who feel the same. It's a bit ridiculous if you think about it — literally crying over people that don't exist, but don't worry, you're not losing your sanity. They might not be real, but all your feelings are; it just goes to show that you are a human capable of understanding emotions, and that's a good thing! Technically, you are crying over another human who has wronged you through their extraordinary talent in literature and the arts, so you're good.
Above All The Disappointments And Heartaches, You Still Love Them No Matter What
It's hard to accept, but you can never bring yourself to hate your favorite franchise. Besides, your OTP isn't just the reason why you fell in love with it in the first place. You've come this far, is it really worth giving it all up? No matter what happens, you'll stick with them until the very end and you'll be OK.
A true fan isn't just defined as someone who knows every single fact about a franchise, but also as someone who accepts the way things are in the story. It's bittersweet, but you'd be thankful that the heavens have given you such a majestic work of art, and that you're lucky to have lived in the same time period as it did. Plus, thanks to your OTP, you have more or less an idea on what your own love story would be like. You may not have controlled your OTP's fate, but on the bright side, you get to make yours better.
Let's all take a moment to remember one of the last great Hollywood couples who split up: Brangelina
Do you have an OTP that never made canon? Share them in the comments below!