So, let me get this straight.
Drew and Bianca get ENGAGED, and there’s no uproar.
But Eli and Clare sharing a kiss at the end of Showdown? IT’S THE ECLARE SHOW!
I think what people forget is - it’s not “The Eclare Show” - yes, they get their fair share of screen time, but it’s not at the expense of anyone else - it’s not like they get the A plot in every single episode (they’re not even in every single episode.)
If there’s an “The Eclare” anything, it’s an “The Eclare Fandom.”And that’s because they’re popular. That’s what happens with well-liked things.
And with anything that’s gets a popular reaction, there’s an equal and opposite reaction - it’s fan physics.
Yeah, some of the fans (mostly by virtue of being very young) say really dumb things sometimes (i.e. “oh no, Clare got sexually harassed - poor Eli :( ” …huh?) but the backlash to their popularity comes across much stronger than their popularity at times. There’s more than one meme that makes fun of eclare shippers, but most shippers aren’t like that. I like eclare (admittedly, I prefer understated, quiet support eclare to cheesy, hammock spooning eclare - I find that it bit forced at times - but that’s just me…) they’re not my favourite couple on the show, but I do like them - they have a great chemistry together.
Yeah, if you’re not an eclare shipper, I can see how it might be annoying that they get so much attention outside of the show. I always feel a bit bad when another cast member is getting interviewed and they get asked “what about elcare” - but that’s the interviewer’s fault - not the show’s. You can’t blame the show for the couple’s popularity among fans.
That’s why nobody is saying “It’s just The Drianca Show now, isn’t it?” Because drianca just aren’t as popular in the fandom as eclare (not to say they aren’t liked - just not at eclare levels) so when they had lots of story lines this year (the break-up, (Katie version), the break-up (Bianca version) the concussed reunion, Bianca doing Drew’s homework, Bianca worried about Drew’s future, all ending with their engagement) it didn’t get a huge backlash. Because, again, fan physics.
In conclusion (damn, this got long!) the show and the show’s fandom aren’t the same thing. It can be easy to mix the two up since fandom is so integrated with tv shows now (hey, you could never tweet the characters in Buffy!) we hashtag our feels, we live blog, we gif. But the things that we hashtag and live blog and gif aren’t always equal to the content we get on the actual show. There’s always going to be more of what’s popular. Majority rules. That’s democracy, not Degrassi.
I guess what I’m trying to say is: I just wish we could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles and we’d all eat it!