Okay, kids—and I can say that at my age (I’m 51, thanks for asking, and if that’s your grandmother’s age, shut up)—we have all been SPOILED ROTTEN by the Sherlock fandom and Johnlock, in that the actors know about it and kinda dig it, the producers and writers know about it and kinda dig it, and they all play with it and we kinda dig that. That’s way beyond cool and we have some great actors, writers, and showrunners to thank for that (despite the occasional fist-shaking “MOFFAAAAAT!” moments).
However. I started in Star Trek fandom in 1975, before what’s considered the real first ship ever began, and when that particular fanzine hit mailboxes in 1976 (no internet—ask your grandmo….wait, no, never mind), THE FANDOM EXPLODED. There is absolutely NO WAY that Kirk/Spock will ever ever be canon, EVER ZERO NONE.
Didn’t sink the ship.
George Lucas sent out attorney-written Cease & Desist notices in 1981 to Star Wars fanzine publishers for daring to ship anyone with anyone or anything and hint that there might be sex involved. Hell, I got one of the C&Ds and I wish I’d kept it. There were lots of lawyers involved. THE FANDOM EXPLODED. There is absolutely NO WAY that any of those ships (except Han/Leia, borrrrrinnng..) will ever ever be canon, EVER ZERO NONE
Didn’t sink the ships.
Blake’s 7 fandom had a helluva trip in the 80s, too—from Wikipedia:
As Langley describes: “In 1988-89, the Blake’s 7 fandom was seriously damaged when some of the actors in the show, who had become friends with a good number of the fans, were shown samples of slash stories. Taking offense to the portrayal of their characters as homosexual, and seeing this type of writing as a betrayal of their friendship with the fans, the actors sought to ban the slash authors they knew from fandom and to rid the fandom of slash. As with all of the other forms of “official” sanctions against slash, the furor eventually eased, and slash fiction continued to be written (Langley, June 17th, 1999).“  THE FANDOM EXPLODED. There is absolutely NO WAY that any of those ships will ever ever be canon, EVER ZERO NONE
Didn’t sink the ships.
This crazy wonderful Johnlock ship is NOT sinking—if anything, it’s ramping UP. Think about it—what truly great grand romance doesn’t have one huge mofo of a cockblock in it? My apologies to Amanda Abbington and Mary Morstan, both of whom are delightful, but seriously:
It’s going to be okay. Believe in Sherlock, and believe in John, and believe in Johnlock, catch your breath, and imagine the angst!fic possibilities.
The ship is not sinking—it’s gaining speed. FULL STEAM AHEAD.