Shipping Sterek: A ‘Teen Wolf’ Love Story

1:15 pm EDT, January 13, 2014

It’s been really quiet around Sterek lately when it comes to official support or entertainment and media coverage, but the romance of Derek and Stiles is about to achieve the milestone of twenty thousand individual stories on the Archive Of Our Own.

While everyone else may have moved on from the phenomenon, Sterek shippers are busy creating more stories, more art, and more Tumblr gif sets than ever before.

I’m proud to be a Sterek shipper. I met my pack – so many new friends – because of these two characters and the potential they have; to be something bright and amazing, or something dark and awful. To be hot or funny but never, ever boring.

All we want as shippers is to enjoy our boys and their awkward, tension-filled possibilities, but there is always someone asking us why. “How can you ship it?” and “It’s not real” are constant refrains that a Sterek shipper needs to be able to answer. We’re supposed to enter any conversation with “I know it’s never going to happen, but” and to be sure not to offend. Criticism of Sterek is more often than not criticism aimed squarely at shippers and their mental faculties.

So here’s a tale of shipping Sterek.

You can ship it because they’re cute together. You can ship it because they are an example of your favorite tropes. You can ship it because you identify with them. You can ship it because you want to see these rather attractive men make out with each other on screen. You can ship it because you think it’s going to happen. You can ship it for any reason you want and it’s always, always going to be enough. There’s no barrier of entry for a ship to be valid; they’re all valid.

There are people who say they don’t understand Sterek and I want to believe that they are genuine. So maybe we can help. There have been many amazing words said about the whys and hows of our favorite pairing, many of them collected on specialized tumblrs for Teen Wolf meta, pairing specific tumblrs like fuckyeahstilesderek, or individual Sterek shippers’ accounts.

They have undeniable chemistry. Even Jeff Davis has admitted to this much and called Sterek one of the writers’ favorite pairings, although it was presumably in the context of writing engaging dialogue.

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Stiles and Derek follow a long history of pairing tropes that date at least as far back as Benedick and Beatrice, appearing in a similar push-and-pull, banter heavy, slightly damaged and world-weary romance in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Theirs is such a powerful trope that only the best actors are capable of playing opposite that whirlwind. Conventionally romantic pairings, or the typical fairytale romance, often pale in comparison with this romantic archetype.

There are a lot of people who enjoy pairings with a bit of bite, when there’s snarky banter or even initial dislike. They love the kind of stories that put two opposing forces together and watch them collide to create something new. That’s drama and tension and people having to work for romance instead of love at first sight. I think it’s for those of us who want to believe that first impressions aren’t always right and that we can come to love even our rivals, enemies, or the pain in our ass.

Shipping Sterek is very rarely about pretending that they are already having a secret love affair and all their relationship needs is a reveal. It’s largely about the incredible potential they have, the fascinating and multi-faceted story they can tell. Stiles and Derek have the potential to understand each other and comfort each other, but they can also draw blood easily. Derek is already wounded and Stiles has the potential to twist the knife; just look at their argument in season 3, episode 10 when Stiles brings up Kate Argent.

Together, these characters have already come so far, their relationship has been growing steadily from the beginning. In season one, Stiles frequently tried to convince people that he wanted Derek dead, only to turn around and save Derek’s life again and again. He’s now in a place where he is the only source of comfort during one of the worst moments of Derek’s life. Derek goes from wanting to rip Stiles’ throat out with his teeth to being more than happy to indulge Stiles in his antics. He trusts Stiles with important research and believes him over the word of Jennifer Blake. He even lets Stiles get away with the Kate Argent comment because he understands a fundamental part of Stiles – clinging to your only remaining family. They have three years of little moments and long hours stuck in places together, growing to like each other.

Love won’t remove the teeth from this relationship. There is more than enough potential for angst and drama with Scott’s ambivalent dealings with Derek and the werewolf shenanigans and everything else that makes for a great young adult urban fantasy love story.

The show doesn’t have to change to sell them as a romance – it wouldn’t have to be easy for the characters, but from a story-telling point of view, all the necessary pieces are already there. It just needs a spark.

The most beautiful thing about Sterek, though, is that we’ll make our own spark. We will light the fireworks and celebrate like mad and make a thousand worlds where Stiles and Derek find each other, forever, for a lifetime or just for a little while. We’ve already told their stories a hundredfold – we’ve told how they meet, how they fall in love, how they live and how they die.

We ship it because we want, for as long as we want, and that’s the only reason we need.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

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Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.


Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


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They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.