What has the Fandom come to?
Okay, i have spent some time in the Dramione tag (not the anti-Dramione, because i would probably give myself a haemorrhage reading through that) and i have noticed people bashing the ship, which i always find hilarious because seriously? They are fictional characters from a very successful franchise and are in no way ever going to be possible (no matter how many convincing graphics you make) and are open to all kinds of creative interpretation.
and honestly fan pairings don’t matter, like this isn’t a battle over who is better suited to run your country or something…
jesus the series is more than a decade old and people are still arguing over silly little details.
Really? I thought we were more mature than that.
I put too much faith in society i guess…
I have no problem with people who don’t like the ship purely because it is not their cup of tea, everyone has a right to ship whatever they want whether it be canon or not, just remember that and extend that same courtesy to everyone around you.
Just because YOU don’t like something, it doesn’t mean you have to directly insult or harshly question why someone else likes it and make them feel ashamed.
Unless it’s child porn
I may not ship Ronmione even though it is (obviously) canon, i would never dare to insult the pairing or in any way degrade another person for liking it. I have no right to. However, many individuals who do ship Romione, or any other Hermione-based ship have taken it upon themselves to hate on those who ship Draco with her, for these following reasons:
before i list them i would also like to clarify that not all Harry Potter shippers behave in this manner, nor do I excuse any Dramione shippers from being guilty of similar behaviour, because i am sure there have been a few, i just want to possibly change the perspective of those who hate on this ship and insult its shippers on the grounds of baseless assumptions.
- The Dramione ship isn’t canon
like i said before, ALL the characters in the magical world of Harry Potter do not exist in reality, only as fiction from the brilliant mind of J.K Rowling, and people like you and i express our fondness for such beautiful characters by creating our own interpretations through fan fictions with alternate universes with endless possibilities and “what ifs” that have formed several international communities, all praising the works of fans and their take on character romance and development. Just take a look at Isolation by bex-chan, it is truly a fantastic piece of literature that not only stays true to the characters, but is so expertly written that you sometimes forget that this pairing will never be canon. It has over 11,000 reviews! like holy Morgana! that’s an achievement! And it would never have been possible had the author thought that she couldn’t write about this pairing because it wasn’t canon. This argument i have no sympathy for because it blocks creative expression and is simply too unimaginative to make any sense. Writers need the freedom to write whatever they feel like, and if you are insulting their work on the basis that the pairing isn’t real and not the actual work itself (which is also dick-ish don’t do that) then you need to seriously re-evaluate your life as a whole.
2. Dramione is an abusive relationship and promotes racism
…What? Do any of you even know what abuse is? I don’t know what fanfiction you’ve been reading, but the ones i read, Draco has never laid a finger on Hermione with the intent to abuse her. and i don’t even know where this assumption comes from since there is never a part in the books that i remember or the movies where Draco physically harms Hermione in any way, or even implies he wants to, if anything it is Hermione who hurts Draco once, which isn’t abuse its just a well-deserved slap/punch to the face. And if you start sprouting off about that one comment he makes in Chamber of Secrets about hoping the basilisk kills Hermione…really? He’s like 12, and he never does anything about it. if you really want to dig deep into this, it could be looked at him trying to shroud his true feelings of fondness for Hermione from Crabbe and Goyle that J.K Rowling may or may not have revealed in an interview. I am not sure if it is true, but it does make alot of sense, i mean who talks that much about a girl to their father during the summer? Blood status be damned apparently. But that’s not the point, he never displays a moment of physical abuse to Hermione, and after third year, he doesn’t emotionally abuse her past teasing, and his comments never seem to affect her anyway. That isn’t abuse, that’s just because Draco is an insufferable prick and he has to make a comment on everyone and everything. That doesn’t mean he is undeserving of love or incapable of receiving it or reciprocating it.
As for the Dramione relationship being ‘racist’…isn’t it promoting anti-racism?
think about it for a moment.
Here we have the son of an elitist Pureblood family that is widely known for their blood supremacy, falling in love with a muggleborn because of her personality, wit and well…intelligence. Had he been racist, he would have never fallen in love with her in the first place because she wasn’t a pureblood. He instead looks past that minor detail completely, acting on the emotions of his heart. This is the appeal to many Dramione shippers, because it demonstrates that we can add more facets to a seemingly 2-dimensional character. J.K Rowling decided to go her own route with Draco which i can’t complain about, but Draco could have been written in so many other ways that would have redeemed him as a character. The fact that he marries a pureblood in the canon epilogue kind of irks me, because it shows that he still believes in blood supremacy and shows very little character change. Perhaps J.K is more of a realist than i am, but i always believed that people could change in drastic ways for the good. In many Dramione fanfics you see this change, whether it happens earlier or later in Draco’s life he learns to see Hermione as she is…a person and one that he happens to fall in love with. You may say, well why should Hermione accept this? He did call her Mudblood! well…Hermione has often shown that she is a kind and caring person who believes that even those who are evil are capable of good. Time and time again she has demonstrated her empathy, (fighting for them house elf rights!) so why wouldn’t she do the same for Draco? and remember that this isn’t the same Draco from the canon books and movies. I can’t accept these as valid arguments because they are not the appeal of Dramione, nor is there any evidence of abuse in the canon fiction, plus how a relationship between these two characters is actually, believe it or not… anti-racism. Moving on.
3. Fifty Shades of Grey.
unless you are talking about the shades Draco’s eyes come in, then this argument is just Stupid.
Really? we are gonna go there? ok…
I can only imagine that the reason why people compare these two is because of the arguments that i have already nullified above. Romanticizing abusive relationships does not help with the already poisoned society we live in, and books like fifty shades of grey have caused this craze among middle-aged woman to fantasize about relationships where a man has complete control over a woman’s life. No. That is not the path we Dramione shippers have chosen. If you know anything about Hermione than you know that she would never tolerate a man walking all over her like a welcome mat.
You can’t just compare two completely dissimilar works for the sake of an argument because that just proves you are reaching for anything to prove your point.
If you make arguments like this stay within the frigging series at least. Like i said, I have never read a dramione fanfic or even a head-canon where an abusive relationship was a ‘hell yeah’ on the “why i ship it checklist” there is probably fics out there, but i can’t imagine them being pleasurable to read or in any way a positive for Dramione.
besides, who in their right mind would argue that this was a good thing? I have read comments about people bashing Dramione shippers because they are trying to justify abuse when i have never read a comment about anyone outright arguing that as a reason to ship it.
like i said, reaching.
Another common point people state is “The Dramione fanfiction writing is as bad as fifty shades of grey.”
Wow that’s low. I skimmed through 5 pages of the book and wanted to boil my eyes at just how bad the sentence structure and quality of writing was. It gave me a headache, if I was a publisher that alone would have been reason enough to not publish the book.
But again this isn’t a valid argument because EVERY ship is going to have really well written fanfiction and really bad written fanfiction. That just comes down to the skill and talent of the writer, and not everyone is adept when it comes to formulating award-winning quality stories. It takes a lot of courage for a person to share their work (I know, I’ve been there) and the last thing they want to hear is a person degrading their work because it isn’t particularly good. Constructive criticism is always welcome, since you are giving tips to a person on how to improve their writing, but if you are just downright ripping it apart, that’s just mean and makes you a dick.
And have any of you actually read Dramione fanfiction? Because most of the time it sounds like you haven’t.
4. All the Dramione shippers bash Ron just to make their ship better.
Also not true. I will admit that Ron is not my favorite character, like at all, and believe it or not, neither is canon Draco. Both of them are super self-absorbed, close-minded and Ron always seems to find an excuse to turn on Harry and Hermione, who are supposed to be his friends. That’s what bothered me about the Ron x Hermione ship, was the fact that he treated her horribly and she still was in love with him despite his inexcusable behavior as her friend. Does that mean she should fall in love with Draco in the canon story? ABSOLUTELY NOT. If anything, both of those characters don’t deserve her and the only one who seemed to trust her and support her no matter what was Harry. But people don’t ship that because it’s too predictable right? Well why do you think it’s predictable? Because he actually treated her like an equal and was always looking out for her, which is usually qualities people look for in a real life relationship. It is expected because it is normal, and healthier. Even J.K Rowling admitted that perhaps Harry would have been better suited for her, and not because he was the main hero, but because of the level of care he showed for her.
But humans are not normal, and they often do the unexpected which is what makes us human. Hermione falling in love with Ron was unlikely, but it is also an incredibly human thing to do which is why I can accept it in the canon. So, what I am trying to say is that it doesn’t really matter who Hermione falls in love with because it’s strictly her decision, even if it may not seem to be the best one. If Ron was capable of changing his nasty personality traits for Hermione in the canon, then who can say that Draco can’t do the same within fanfiction?
Once again, people seem to be getting Canon confused with fanfiction. When you read any story, whether it is canon or fanfiction, most of the time if it is longer than fifty thousand words, it’s going to have a protagonist, antagonist, a conflict, a rising action, a climax, and a falling action that will ultimately lead to a resolution.
Unless its PwP.
For the Dramione pairing, you need someone to be a foil for Draco, someone he needs to compete against and most of the time, its Ron. Does that mean Ron sometimes goes down a dark path? Well yes. Why? Because it makes for a more compelling story. Imagine if we all wrote a fanfiction where everyone was nice to each other and there was no plot-driven or character-driven story lines because “God Forbid we make Ron Evil in a fanfiction!” Like get over yourselves, do you know how BORING that would be to read? I’m pretty sure all the Romione fanfics have some crazy, over the top version of Draco as a villain which is only easier for you to justify because he is a “bad guy” within the canon universe. Are we saying that Ron is evil and deserves to be punished? No we are not, it’s just that he is the most convenient character to vilify when you are trying to convert Draco into a hero within an AU. I don’t know how many times I must stress Dramione shippers write about Alternate Universes in which these relationships are possible.
As for us being Ron haters, I have to strongly disagree. I know many people within our fandom who love Ron but ship Dramione, and though I may dislike the character I would never go as far as to say he was an unnecessary addition to the story or deserved to die…I’m not that extreme, so you can’t blame that as being the only reason why I ship Dramione.
To clarify: Dramione isn’t a ship for those who hate Ron, it is a ship because people like the Idea of Hermione and Draco ending up together and they imagine what could have been if events turned out differently.
Merlin, you guys have made us so insecure about including Ron-hate within fanfiction that we have to actually add it in as a warning now so people don’t self-destruct if they read it without knowing, exploding our Inboxes with hate mail.
5. Dramione shippers ship Feltson and don’t know how to distinguish reality from fiction.
Aren’t both of them technically fiction? Seriously…
While these two make an extremely good-looking couple, what you have to understand is that Tom Felton and Emma Watson are not Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger in real life.
No matter how good Tom is at playing assholes in every film.
Feltson is its own ship for a reason; I don’t understand why you would think the two would crossover.
The character traits of Draco and Hermione are the real attraction here, and though there are people who probably ship both, I am pretty sure they understand that Tom Felton didn’t actually go to Hogwarts and isn’t a colossal douche. Emma is very similar to Hermione, so I would rather compare Draco and Tom. Tom is actually very kind in real life, gets nervous during interviews and is a well-versed outdoorsman who also happens to write music and sing.
…Does that sound like Draco Malfoy to you?
You can’t just assume because there is a ship with the two actors that it is the sole reason why people ship ‘Dramione’. You know, it is possible for people to actually like the idea of the characters being together.
This brings us to: My final thoughts
The internet is a double-edged sword, while it has brought millions of people from all around the world closer together, and able to share in their love for things, it has also allowed them to openly display their hatred as well. Are we so intolerant that when a person doesn’t agree with our own opinion that we must blindly lash out at them, inducing both hurt and anger within that person for simply liking something different? The saying goes “If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all” right? Why do we forget that easy rule? Does it feel good to utterly degrade someone just so that you can justify your opinion? If you think that this behavior is excusable then you are no better than Lord Voldemort himself. And this goes for Dramione shippers as well, since if you use similar tactics to justify your pairing than you are stooping to the same level.
Do Dramione shippers justify Draco’s actions within the canon? No, and if they do, they shouldn’t
Do we view Hermione as a submissive, objectified, totally love struck bimbo?
You mean how Ron views her? No, and if we do that’s OOC .
Do we completely disregard all canon because of our hatred for Ron? No, since not all of us hate Ron, nor is it any reason to justify shipping this pairing.
Do we purposely write bad fanfiction? No, I don’t even understand this argument.
Do we confuse reality with fiction (Feltson/ Dramione)? No, because in both cases those ships are fictions and are about completely different individuals.
Are we completely delusional for not shipping what is canon and believing that this pairing could work? No, we are just more creative than you are, and believe in the power of forgiveness and love.
The next time you decide to make a harsh judgment against someone’s pairing, you might want to actually understand why this person ships it…thoroughly, and perhaps read the fanfiction before making assumptions about the content, quality and character development.
Thank you for your consideration.