Don’t Give Up the Ship? Conscious Coupling Whether They Like it Or Not!

Written by: Anne Gavin



I’ve never heard of the term “Shipping” – Like. Never. Ever. – until very recently. And, when I heard it, it was in the context of our beloved Outlander characters – Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe. What is this Fandom obsession called “Shipping?” Why do passions ignite around this phenomenon? What is the basis for “Shipping Wars” that take place between fans? Here’s a NO JUDGMENT look at this from a Shipping neophyte just curious to understand what it’s all about...

I consider myself fairly knowledgeable when it comes to popular culture, entertainment, celebrity happenings, etc. But, I realized several months ago, I wasn’t as savvy as I thought when I started hearing the term “Shipping” as relates to Outlander and the actors that portray our dashing hero, Jamie Fraser, Sam Heughan, and plucky heroine, Claire Randall Fraser, Caitriona Balfe – because I had NO IDEA what this term meant or what was involved. How could I have missed what is, apparently, a well-known phenomenon amongst the fervent Fandoms that sprout up around popular (primarily) television series???

So, I set off to discover for myself what it was all about and quickly learned that passions run deep around this issue. There are Facebook and Tumblr pages devoted to Shipping various characters. There are videos and blogs and articles devoted to this topic. There are even psychoanalysts who have delved deeply into the motivations and psychological reasons for Shipping. I won’t go that far here as my only goal is to share what I have learned and maybe provide some understanding of what and why Shipping occurs within fandoms.

Much to my surprise – especially after the William Shatner-Diana Gabaldon (and others) Twitter exchanges that recently occurred – that one of the earliest references to Shipping characters came from Star Trek and fans who shipped Kirk/Spock in the mid-1960s. That revelation threw me for a loop! Then the term really took off during the early 90s with the X-Files and those fans that believed that Scully/Mulder should be a couple on and off screen. Perhaps the most famous “Shipping” to date has been with the Harry Potter book series and subsequent movies. I was curious to discover that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was surprised to learn of the passionate wars at play over her characters Harry/Hermione/Ron. She was quoted saying,

“Well, you see, I'm a relative newcomer to the world of shipping, because for a long time, I didn't go on the net and look up Harry Potter. A long time. Occasionally I had to, because there were weird news stories or something that I would have to go and check, because I was supposed to have said something I hadn’t said. I had never gone and looked at fan sites, and then one day I did and oh – my – god. Five hours later or something, I get up from the computer shaking slightly [all laugh]. ‘What is going on?’ And it was during that first mammoth session that I met the shippers, and it was a most extraordinary thing. I had no idea there was this huge underworld seething beneath me.” – San Francisco Chronicle, 8/3/2005

You and me both, J.K.!

Shipping, initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two people, either real-life celebrities or fictional characters, to be in a relationship, romantic or otherwise. It is considered a general term for fans' emotional involvement with the ongoing development of a relationship. There are a wide number of terms used among fans who practice Shipping. In addition to popular terms used among shippers in general, there are other terms that only specific fandoms use, such as giving special names to the ships in question. For example, a "Sailed Ship" is a pairing that has been established as canonically true. Another common term is an "OTP", an abbreviation of "One True Pairing". To deem a ship OTP, one is declaring their deep emotional investment in it.

Who knew? Fascinating.


So, now this brings us to Outlander -- Diana Gabaldon’s Tour-de-Force series of novels chronicling the epic love story of an 20th century woman thrust back in time and into the arms of an incredibly handsome and masculine 18th century Scottish Highlander. Enter STARZ/Sony and Ronald D. Moore and the story comes to life on the small screen. Add two amazing and other-worldly gorgeous actors with combustible chemistry, throw in some hot sex scenes and poof – you get not only an avid Shipping culture but passionate Shipping Wars to boot.

So, why a war and why the controversy?

Well, it appears that Shippers come in various flavors. Hardcore Super-Shippers are absolutely convinced that Sam and Cait are together in real-life based on “behind-the-scenes” photos and/or video footage of their off-set/off-camera behavior. Super Shippers interpret these photos of Sam/Cait embracing, looking at each other in such a way, etc. that they think logically would lead one to believe that Sam/Cait are a real life couple and won’t believe any “sources” or “proof” that may lead to another conclusion. Super-Shippers are VERY resentful of these so-called sources and/or proof denying a real life relationship.



Then there are the Anti-Shippers. The sole goal of the Anti-Shippers is to prove that a real-life relationship is NOT happening and is NOT real. Anti-Shippers purport that they have “sources” confirming or proving that Sam/Cait are NOT a couple in real life. Anti-Shippers aggressively pursue social media properties of both the actors being shipped and/or their friends, families and significant others (if such others exist or purport to exist) and by this pursuit try to determine whether the couple being shipped are, in fact, with others in a romantic relationship. For example, they say they have a “source” who saw Sam Heughan with a woman who is NOT Cait on vacation, in a hotel room, on a beach, embracing, etc. In fact, some Super-Shippers, in an effort to refute the Anti-Shippers claims, will also go so far as to scour social media properties of friends, families of Sam/Cait to “prove” that Sam/Cait are together in the same city, same hotel, or whatever and that the Anti-Shippers are wrong. Hence where the “Wars” break out and can get quite intense oftentimes causing actors to shut down or limit engagement on social media properties and/or block certain followers identified as “trolling” for personal information about them.

Next, there are Non-Shippers – they just don’t care one way or the other but are not the same as Anti-Shippers. And, then finally, the Casual Shippers. Casual Shippers wish or pine or fantasize about two characters being together in real life or just WANT them to be together for various reasons. For example, “Sam and Cait are just so darn CUTE together.” Or, “Sam and Cait would make beautiful babies.” 


So, here’s the thing. I make no judgment about the Super-Shippers, the Anti-Shippers, and the Casual Shippers. It’s an interesting phenomenon and like so much about fiction and people’s passion for books, television, movies, perhaps Shipping in all its flavors reflects the needs or even the voids that people feel as part of the human condition. We want to lose ourselves in books, TV shows or fictional characters because we might feel our own life is lacking in passion or romance or excitement and we want to live vicariously. Or, we invest so heavily in a fictional couple and so believe their portrayal on screen that we just can’t imagine (or don’t want to imagine) that this couple can’t possibly not be in love in real life. Because, doesn’t everyone want a happy ending?

But, most importantly, and the conclusion I have drawn from my brief research, is that we shouldn’t discourage people from expressing themselves – in whatever way they choose to express themselves. People should be able to partake and engage in a particular Fandom in many ways and in any way they personally choose. Everyone has a right to their opinion. I may not personally agree with the more extreme means by which some Shippers will go to prove their point but they have a right to do it.

Now, just for fun – and because this is my Blog Post (!) – what do I believe about Sam/Cait and their relationship off-screen?? Well, purely speculative on my part and MY OPINION lacking any sort of “proof”, but I do believe in the early days of filming Outlander Season 1, Mr. Heughan was pretty taken with our gorgeous Caitriona. Sam Heughan is a naturally flirtatious and touchy-feely kind of person. I’ve known a few Scots and many are like this. In early public promotional appearances, it was clear to me that Sam had some real feelings for Cait beyond just platonic. And, as for Cait, well, she is a very confident, mature woman, who has expressed on numerous occasions that she “doesn’t date actors.” That said, Cait is a Celt herself.

The Irish are usually also very demonstrative people – flirty, touchy and let’s be real – if you had Sam Heughan giving you longing looks, caresses and frequent bear hugs plus playing hot sex scenes with nothing between you and him except an occasional modesty patch, then you’d be swooning right back, too! There may have been something there at one point – that went beyond friendship, but it fizzled after Season 1 completed filming partially because Sam realized Caitriona was “just not that into him.” Silly girl!

So, instead, they developed a very strong, trusting relationship with some serious flirting thrown in. Both Sam and Caitriona have moved on – dating others -- but they remain touchy-feely and frankly, in great admiration of each other. And, thank goodness for die-hard Outlander fans and the portrayal of Jamie-Claire on-screen, there remains a very deep, primordial attraction between the two of them. I think we continue to see this play out in behind-the-scenes views we occasionally see, promotional appearances and even staged appearances/videos they do for STARZ/Sony to promote the show. 

So, I for one, remain a Casual Shipper. Never say never, though. If we are lucky, Outlander on STARZ will have a long run. People change over time, go through things, mature, get influenced by other relationships and affairs of the heart and sometimes they come back to each other. So, for me, I won’t be giving up the Ship just yet! What about you?

What do you think of the Outlander Shipping phenomenon? What kind of Shipper do you consider yourself? What do you make of Shippers that take things to the extreme when it comes to social media properties of the actors involved in the Ship?






67 comments

  1. liked your article ..not really a shipper but do get a kick out of reading shipper news and posts.

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    1. Thank you, Unknown. I appreciate your comment. It's a crazy Shipping kind of world out there but I agree, can be entertaining.

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  2. Great post! I lean toward "casual" too. I do like the idea of them together, if only for their amazing chemistry. However, not everyone can be Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward. I think it's great fun to watch the flare ups between groups, at least until it gets personal. I've actually stepped away saying, "These are adults behaving like this?" So I'm a lurker... I love this post!

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    1. Unknown -- yes, some Shippers are quite serious about their POV but I guess it's what makes the world go around -- different opinions. Appreciate you reading and your comment.

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  3. Great article, Anne! I became familiar with "shipping" via X-Files, waaaay back in the day. I was a "shipper", simply because with the character arch, it started to become unreasonable to think they would not be in a relationship. I wasn't aware they were shipped in real life. Back then, there was open animosity between them off-screen. Those had to have been some preternaturally optimistic shippers!

    In regards to Sam and Cait, I'm in the "I don't really care" camp, but I find the Shipper Wars both hilarious and a bit terrifying on a psychological level. When I see the lengths to which some people have gone (calling hotels, stalking a significant other's place of business, talking to co-workers) I thank my lucky stars that I am not famous!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Kendra. As we have seen in the aftermath of this post, the Shippers take all talk of Sam and Cait quite seriously. I don't judge them but it sure is interesting to observe. Appreciate you weighing in.

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  5. This piece is unnecessary and I wish Mary and Blake would take control of their brand back. They are losing their integrity in my eyes by entertaining this topic (again) on a blog that is trying to be legitimate.

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    1. I think this comment is unnecessary to be honest. Shipping, whether you like it or not, is a phenomenon hat exists within tv, film, and celebrity culture. It has been this way for decades.

      As such, this idea is worthy of discussion.

      There are multiple facets to Outlander that are worthy of discussion - especially the authors introduction to the premise of shipping.

      To that end, who are you to deem what is and what is not "legitimate?" So by engaging in a popular subject that has been discussed by literally tens of thousands of people, this somehow makes our blog (written by fans for fans) illegitimate. By extension, you're referring to the Anne's legitimacy in her choice as not only the author, but a rabid fandom of Outlander.

      The natural conclusion to this "legitimate" claim would suggest that fans can only talk about what you deem appropriate. Which, taken even further, would assume that fans are only fans if they follow exactly strict guidelines that you and other like you have laid out.

      Perhaps you think this somehow gives you power or domain over outlander. It certainly does not. Are you the emperor of Outlander's canon? Do you oversee the boundaries in which Outlander must exist?

      The simple answer is no. In fact, it's a resounding and the most emphatic no I think I could ever give.

      Conversations are good. They are what we are here for. The idea behind this blog is to house every conversation about Outlander that ANY fan can think of. But for you to wholly dismiss a fans perspective and thereby take pot shots at Mary and I is not only short sighted and ignorant, but it's not welcome here.

      We are in full control of our brand - a brand that has never mis-lead any of our consumers. We have been, and always will be, about giving fans and the normal person a voice. This idea can be found directly in the first episode of our podcast, through all our listener feedback each cast, all the way through the creation of this blog and the questions asked of Ron Moore in our latest interview.

      Speaking of articles by the way, at what point in this blog have we ever mentioned the idea of shipping beforehand? We haven't.

      Do yourself a favor, read or don't read. I want you to engage or not engage. Either way, I don't care. But before you make a decision, pay attention and use your brain.

      If your idea of legitimacy is to conform to a strict set of guidelines set forth by a small, ridiculous, vocal, and banal minority - then I would gladly stand on the side and let the "legitimate" folks talk about every homogenized, fan girl, ivory tower pointing, pre packaged crap that already exists. I will have none of that on my blog.

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    2. Who Am I -- I am sorry you didn't appreciate the Post. It really was just my attempt to share what I learned about something I knew very little about. Perhaps next time -- just click on by to another Post that is more interesting to you. And, as for Mary and Blake's brand, I think Blake answered best in his Reply above so will leave it to him.

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  6. Is this blog post and the last blog post about shipping the opinion of Mary and Blake? As it stands right now I see no disclaimer that the OutlanderCast brand is not of the same opinion. There is no proof or sources to prove they are not a couple. As far as what the Super Shippers know, I will never agree to share the proof I have been shown or the knowledge we have been given with anyone. Casual, Anti, Non...we are obviously not on the same ship so why share the goodies with people who would ridicule us.

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    1. agirlwithspirit (love your handle, BTW!) -- The Outlander Cast Blog is written by fans, for fans. It is my opinion -- which I clearly state in the post -- and the results of some research I did on the Shipping phenomenon. I was not ridiculing anyone and made it clear that I respect all Shippers alike. Thanks for reading, however.

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  7. Is this blog post and the last blog post about shipping the opinion of Mary and Blake? As it stands right now I see no disclaimer that the OutlanderCast brand is not of the same opinion. There is no proof or sources to prove they are not a couple. As far as what the Super Shippers know, I will never agree to share the proof I have been shown or the knowledge we have been given with anyone. Casual, Anti, Non...we are obviously not on the same ship so why share the goodies with people who would ridicule us.

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  8. Very good article - I was a shipping ignoramus until I read it. I guess I'm a non-shipper.

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    1. Thanks, Carol -- yep -- interesting phenom that apparently has been around for awhile. :)

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  9. great article Anne. I really like your perspective. I am not really a shipper either but I would say with regards to your classification that I too am a casual shpper.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Caroline. I think anyone who is a fan of the STARZ series casually hopes that Sam and Cait enjoy each other as much in real life as they do on the show. But, who knows...just as long as that chemistry continues on screen, I am good!

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  10. Beware. The s-shippers have been informed and are not amused.

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    1. Thanks for the heads-up, Unknown. Strange goings on...

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  11. Not a 'shipper' and if it did happen I would be concerned as I want this series to go the distance and if Sam and Catriona were in a relationship and then they split..not good. I think shipping is due (somewhat) to the fact that a lot of people find it difficult to differenciate between fact and fiction or reality and the fantasy world of TV/Movies.

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    1. HELP me survive school -- I agree. I think people really get lost in things they love and sometimes the line between fact and fiction can be blurred. Excellent observation.

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  12. The super-shippers are on the attack. They can't stand it when there is the slightest whiff of a hint of something that veers away from their point of view. They are extremely self-righteous about criticism about what they write since, as they like to say, it's their blog and they can say anything they like. However, when something runs counter to their beliefs, they are filled with criticism of every syllable, every word, every sentence. Their blogs are currently busy spewing hate, but that's how the shippers roll.

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    1. Roseanne,
      Talk about "on the attack" and spewing hate? Your comment epitomizes it - look inward before you cast aspersions on others - unless that's just how YOU roll. Super-shipper criticism is directed at people who leave rude, unwarranted, uncalled for, and condescending Comments and Asks on shipper blogs. Everyone can have an opinion - just don't try to force yours on someone that you know does not share it. Put it on your own post and have a field day. If shippers disagree, they'll do the same on their own posts. Stay away from accounts you find objectionable. That is what "stay in your own lane" means.

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    2. Roseanne -- thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment. It's been an interesting few days since this post was published. I learned a lot more about Shipping and a lot of what I said in my post was validated.

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  13. I don't think casually shipping actors together is a bad thing, but I do do think the Super-Shippers and Anti-Shippers go too far. These are real people, not characters, delving that far into their personal lives is very intrusive. I think we should respect their right to privacy, especially given that, in this situation, both actors seem uncomfortable about going into detail about their private lives. Why can't we respect that and not go beyond casual speculation?

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    1. Unknown -- thanks for your comments. I do not judge the various forms of Shipping. As I said in my post, people have a write to partake in the fandom any way they choose. That said, I do hope that at times, folks can sit back and remember that the actors are people and deserve a small expectation of privacy. Regardless, it's an interesting phenomenon for sure!

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  14. These two actors seem to share very few interests. Miss Balfe eschews actors and the published pictures of Mr Heughan with women seem to indicate a preference for much younger women. If the do have an off-screen sexual relationship, then they are much more exhibitionists than actors and then we must be voyeurs , yes?

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    1. AnnAnonymous - Interesting observation. I'll have to think about that :) Thanks for reading.

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    2. AnnAnonymus, I find your comments confusing. regarding Sam and Cait having no common interests. They are involved with their charity work, love theater,films and listening to music. they both are world travelers and enjoy watching sports and exercising. That seems like a lot more than most folks. I have heard many people in show business say they don't want to have a relationship with another actor. But you can't help who you fall in love with. Not sure what much younger women you are talking about, What does MUCH younger mean? To me it would mean he would only date women in their early 20'I haven't seen any pictures of him with anyone except with Cait since Outlander came out. Most of the pictures I've seen show him exercising, with Outlander cast mates, or publicity shots. If they have an off screen relationship would you say they were exhibitionists? Not trying t o be snarky just really dont understand what you are saying.

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  15. While I agree that there is nothing wrong with discussing shipping, shouldn't the author be a bit more "non-judgemental" and "un-biased?"
    She seems to take a few digs at so-called super-shippers, and twice she talks about "the extreme means shippers will go to to prove [ship]." Yet, she doesn't single out the Antis at all.
    I have been a part of the shipping community since last August (maybe July), and I'm unaware of any "extreme" means done by shippers. As far as I know we have more than enough evidence to sail our ship coming from , yes, bts pictures, sm interaction, interview quotes, comments by writers/directors/other cast members, etc. etc. We don't NEED to resort to harassing friends/family, calling/stalking hotels, etc. etc.
    So, I'm just confused how the writer of this article got that idea?
    Perhaps, for a more accurate look into the workings of a segment of the fandom, you should interview people who KNOW about the said content, instead of making ill informed assertions on a well respected public blog.
    I kind of do expect a bit more professionalism and un-biased commentary from OutlanderCast. And that is because I respect your brand.

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    1. Chatty -- thanks for your comments. I don't believe I was judgmental about any forms of Shipping in the post -- just sharing what I had learned from some research. Perhaps if I do another Blog Post on Shipping, however, I can interview you. You seem to have a lot of knowledge on the subject! Do appreciate our comments.

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  16. While I agree that there is nothing wrong with discussing shipping, shouldn't the author be a bit more "non-judgemental" and "un-biased?"
    She seems to take a few digs at so-called super-shippers, and twice she talks about "the extreme means shippers will go to to prove [ship]." Yet, she doesn't single out the Antis at all.
    I have been a part of the shipping community since last August (maybe July), and I'm unaware of any "extreme" means done by shippers. As far as I know we have more than enough evidence to sail our ship coming from , yes, bts pictures, sm interaction, interview quotes, comments by writers/directors/other cast members, etc. etc. We don't NEED to resort to harassing friends/family, calling/stalking hotels, etc. etc.
    So, I'm just confused how the writer of this article got that idea?
    Perhaps, for a more accurate look into the workings of a segment of the fandom, you should interview people who KNOW about the said content, instead of making ill informed assertions on a well respected public blog.
    I kind of do expect a bit more professionalism and un-biased commentary from OutlanderCast. And that is because I respect your brand.

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  17. Weird, I thought I replied several hours ago and it didn't take I guess, shows me I shouldn't respond to blogspot blogs on my iPad...

    Anyway, I like this article and I'm sorry the shippers came out in such droves to bash the blogger... this sorta proves the point she was trying to make.

    I find real life shipping troubling, mostly because it seems intrusive, but I must admit I don't understand it. Why does it matter so much that folks get so wrapped up in it? Even going so far as bashing complete strangers online for not towing the 'party' line when it comes to the OTP?

    Trolling through the Social Media accounts of friends and family members of Sam and Cait to try to figure out when they're together off set intrudes on their privacy to an uncomfortable degree.

    This close scrutiny of two folks who've said they value their privacy, and who have in fact gone some lengths to try and protect that privacy, is troubling to me. These fans care about the actors, so why is intruding on their privacy somehow an okay way to show that? I just don't get it.

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    1. cm houghton -- thanks for your comments. No worries. I didn't feel bashed -- not at all. As I said in my Post -- all Shippers -- no matter the type -- feel passionately about their position. I believe they have a right to partake of the Fandom however they choose. I personally wouldn't do some of the things some Shippers do, however, but that's just me. Love your comments, though, and thanks for sticking up for the Post.

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    2. 😎 You're welcome. What you said needed saying, so thank you!

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  18. The first time I heard of "shipping" it was in the context of another show... Actually there is a whole world of "shipping" going out there in various fandoms. BTW it was last year that the term was made official. Oxford dictionary added it: http://goo.gl/ZXp2OG

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    1. Cate --- interesting Oxford Dictionary fact. I did not know that! Thanks for sharing. Yes -- it's a big, big world of Shipping as I came to find out. Appreciate your comments and taking the time to read the Post.

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  19. Wow..... the things you learn! Enjoyed the post, Anne!

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    1. Thanks, leighcard. Yes, who knew? Appreciate you reading and leaving a comment.

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  20. Really well written piece. I learned of shipping from one of my uni colleagues who writes about the shiperverse and fan fiction. I believe there are many academic discussions and papers on the shiperverse. The actors should not be hounded for prurient interests. In Glasgow, Mr Heughan is just another one of we million Scots. Americans , I think , are much more star struck. No offense to the cousins- love all of you , but I cannot imagine approaching an actor in public. It does seem very intrusive. Love the blog and the cast. Very intelligent discussion.

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    1. AnnAnonymous -- "shiperverse" -- another new term I learn from our fantastic Blog readers! Thank YOU! Yes -- lucky for Sam that he is not all that well known in Scotland. he seemingly can bop around Glasgow rather anonymously. I am happy for him for that small bit of freedom he still enjoys. Thanks for your comment and for reading the Blog. Please come back again!

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  21. Shipping as in relationship(ping)....Well all I can say is I'm human and of course it would cross my mind that Sam and Cait might be in a romantic relationship. And having thought it through I have to agree with you that I believe there is (or at least was) some true attraction going on between them. But I don't have to know the details. And that's as far as it should probably go (come on super shippers...give it a rest). I want many more Outlander shows (and to be honest I really really really want all of the books done by Starz with Sam and Cait) and I don't want to jeopardize that in any way. So if curbing my natural curiosity gives me the opportunity to see them make all the books into shows then so be it. It's worth it to me.

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    1. Susanna22 K -- thanks for your comment. Yes, I think it's only natural if you are a fan of the STARZ series that some part of you hopes that Sam/Cait are a real life item. But, whether they are or they are not, I love them anyway. And, yes, I do hope the series continues for many years through all of Diana's books. Thanks again for your comment and for reading!

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  22. I ship Mary & Blake! As to Sam & Caitriona, I'm a NON-shipper.

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    1. Connie -- we all Ship Mary and Blake - they are quite the pair! Thanks for your comment and for reading the Blog Post!

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  23. Anne, thanks for the information. You stated this was your opinion. Last I knew, this is America and you have every right. I didn't feel you were bashing anyone. Write On!

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    1. denise stewart -- thanks for your comment. Yes, I clearly stated that my opinion on Sam/Cait status was MY OPINION -- but apparently, that wasn't sufficient for some. Regardless, I enjoyed writing about this subject and getting a first hand look (in the aftermath of the Post being published) of the Shipping culture. Appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment.

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  25. (If this comment shows up twice,,it is because half way through the comment disappeared and left me right where i started. Please check your site. This has happened at least 5 other times to me and others as well)

    I had no idea what shipping meant. Very interesting. I have no evidence to support my next few statements......it is just my opinion. I believe whether you are a shipper (regardless what degree) or not, the only ones harmful to both the show, and Sam and Cait, are the overboard fanatical fans. They make the show look like a Harlequin romance. The contests where you can vote over and over until blisters appear, look pretty silly to those in charge of serious awards, such as the Emmys.......at least to me. I would hate to see Sam ad Cait (esp. Sam) not taken seriously for the great talent they possess.
    I am a serious fan of the books and while I STRONGLY dislike Ron's version of OL, I want the series to continue. The visual of the characters (again esp Sam) is enough for me to hope this happens.
    I just wish these fans could see how they appear to others. Not the faithful and loyal fans, who respect the actors lives outside the show. But those I am embarrassed by and being clumped with as representing all OL fans.

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    1. Jamie Fan in Disguise --I agree with you about the fans who take things to the extreme. It makes me uncomfortable, also -- b/c I'd like to see Sam and Cait have a life and not be sucked dry by their fame. That said -- fandoms are vast and varied and, as in life, you will always get those that take things to the extreme. I don't care for it myself, but I won't condemn it. Folks have a right to their passions. One hopes that it all balances itself out in the end. But, I really do appreciate where you are coming from and that you took the time to comment. Thanks for reading. Please come back!

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  26. It's kind if sad, the amount of privacy Sam and Cait are expected to give up !!! I absolutely don't understand why the fanatical fans (shippers and antis) think they have some God-given right to know what Sam and Cait are doing in their private lives. NOBODY has the RIGHT to know. We only have the right to know what Sam and Cait are willing to tell us. They are human beings, and this rabid speculation by fans must distressing to them (or their partners if they are dating other people). I think we as fans are incredibly lucky to have 2 such insanely gorgeous and incredibly talented, sexy people starring in Outlander. We are also so lucky that they are very interactive on social media, giving us glimpses into their lives. I hope the fanatic fans don't become so aggressive as to put Sam & Cait off, make them leave social media or even the show.

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    1. Unknown -- Thanks for reading and commenting. It's definitely an interesting phenomenon -- this rabid interest in these two characters' personal lives. I am not entirely comfortable with it, but, part of it comes with the territory in terms of fame. However, as my piece suggests, I think some go a bit too far. That said, I do hope S & C continue on social media despite the intrusions. It's fun to hear from them when they allow glimpses into their off-set life. Again, thanks for adding your thoughts. Come back again to the Blog again soon for more Outlander news and original content!

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    2. Hi Anne,
      Thanks for your reply... excellent article by the way. I just feel we fans are soooo lucky to have Sam &Cait as Jamie & Claire, that I'm afraid the extreme fan intrusion/speculation may put them off. But off the record (I'm not a shipper nor an anti, just a casual observer), I do agree with your assessment. I think maybe they had a romantic relationship at the outset of the show, and that they are no longer together. All body language and indicators seem to point to Sam being very keen, and Cait not being keen. Kind of a shame as they do seem incredibly well matched. But that's not for us to say, and I even feel a little guilty speculating about it. It's possible for them to love each other as friends, and in the end, that's probably the best thing for the show...

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  27. I completely agree with your article on this. I feel exactly the same way.

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    1. Unknown -- thanks for reading and commenting. Appreciate. Come back to the Blog again soon for more Outlander news and original content. You might find something you don't agree with and if so, we want to hear from you then, too!!!!

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  28. First of all, thanks for explaining Shipping. I had never heard of it before the Outlander Fan pages. Secondly, I totally agree with you regarding Sam & Cait's relationship. I also thought they were together until the Holiday break. Then something different seemed to be going on. They didn't spend their free time together this year and then, of course, made the announcement on the eve of the Golden Globes that they aren't a couple. I also read the article when Cait stated she would NEVER date an actor or marry a man who made a living off his looks. I guess I'm a casual shipper too. They do make a beautiful couple and again I agree with you that Sam's feelings were stronger. Maybe that ship hasn't sailed yet, but let's give them some space and stop bugging them.

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    1. Nancy Gottsagen -- first off, thanks for reading and commenting. Who really knows with regard Sam and Cait's feelings, except well...Sam and Cait! This is just my opinion in the piece as to how it went down. But, as I told someone else, as long as Sam and Cait continue to act the crap out of Jamie and Claire and maintain that sizzling onscreen chemistry, I don't really care if they are together in real life. But, that said, they would make beautiful babies :) Casual Ship on!!! Again, thanks for your thoughts. Come back to the Blog again soon for more Outlander news and original content!

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  30. I really enjoyed your post. I'm a big tv fan and never heard of the term "shipping" until Outlander. I agree with you 100% about Sam and Cait =)

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  31. Nice article! I agree with you. It seemed early on that they were really excited to be with each other (or maybe just excited about the job). They did give off that vibe even though I also believe that a lot of the press was staged to give the impression of a relationship between them to fuel the romance of the onscreen story. When they got together again in January at the Burberry event (after the shooting of season one was complete), Sam said on SM that he was so excited to see her again but she didn't look so excited in photos. The mood had changed. So perhaps the first blush of whatever had passed and there needed to be an understanding if they were going to keep working together. That's ALL speculation as a 65 year old experienced mother and wife. Caitriona has vehemently denied it to the point of exasperation while Sam likes to tease "Well, we could try." I suppose that it's an inevitable consequence of celebrity that your life is up for inspection as it goes with the territory of being attractive and well-known. I expect that as time goes on and Sam and Cait become huge stars that they will be even more guarded in their remarks and less accessible to their fans. Their interviews sound more and more scripted and less spontaneous as they are more experienced in the PR tours- not a criticism, mind you, just what probably happens in the evolution of a rising star. Eventually, people will tire of it all. In the end, it's their business and you can't blame them for wanting to create healthy boundaries around their private lives. Shippers are just providing grist for the PR mill and Starz is probably loving it.

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  32. Nice article! I agree with you. It seemed early on that they were really excited to be with each other (or maybe just excited about the job). They did give off that vibe even though I also believe that a lot of the press was staged to give the impression of a relationship between them to fuel the romance of the onscreen story. When they got together again in January at the Burberry event (after the shooting of season one was complete), Sam said on SM that he was so excited to see her again but she didn't look so excited in photos. The mood had changed. So perhaps the first blush of whatever had passed and there needed to be an understanding if they were going to keep working together. That's ALL speculation as a 65 year old experienced mother and wife. Caitriona has vehemently denied it to the point of exasperation while Sam likes to tease "Well, we could try." I suppose that it's an inevitable consequence of celebrity that your life is up for inspection as it goes with the territory of being attractive and well-known. I expect that as time goes on and Sam and Cait become huge stars that they will be even more guarded in their remarks and less accessible to their fans. Their interviews sound more and more scripted and less spontaneous as they are more experienced in the PR tours- not a criticism, mind you, just what probably happens in the evolution of a rising star. Eventually, people will tire of it all. In the end, it's their business and you can't blame them for wanting to create healthy boundaries around their private lives. Shippers are just providing grist for the PR mill and Starz is probably loving it.

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  33. Good article! It definitely cleared up this whole shipper business for me. I'm definitely a casual shipper. I'd love it if it was true that they were together, but if not, C'est la vie! If they do have significant others, life would kinda suck for them especially Sam's GF. But if I was Sam Heughan, I would tell William Shatner to keep his mouth shut. He just seems to stir up the bees' nest!

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