Exploring The Last Taboo & The Ultimate Forbidden Love
Attraction & Incest is Relative
Perhaps you are seeing the theme of incest or incestuous pairings showing up in more and more mainstream films, TV shows, and books. Well it happens more than you think, and this blog will showcase that.
This blog and its companion tumblr will contain posts and analyses of specific canon and non-canon relationships from various movies, TV shows, books, etc. They may or may not contain incest themes and for the most part be dedicated to brother/sister relationships. Other types of family relationships may also be explored for good measure and comparison. You can check out the pairings and ships page for these specific family pairings and some of the fandoms I can’t get enough of.
Enjoy and happy shipping “incest shippers.” If you are looking for a community of like-minded individuals interested in these taboo pairings from various fandoms, this blog is also for you!!
Canon & Non – Canon
What is the difference between canon and non canon you might ask? Canon typically refers to a pairing that are actually in a romantic relationship or are obviously headed that way based on what is depicted. An example of a canon pairing are Jaime and Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones.
Non-canon is a pairing that I or the fandom would like to happen. It might be just a fun loving relationship or there might be something heavily suggestive in the subtext. You might be watching a show and find two actors chemistry who are playing siblings are off the charts and just be routing for them the whole time. An example of a non canon pairing are Oliver and Thea Queen from Arrow. Non canon ships are sometimes more popular and fun. Usually canon incest couples are exemplified with a certain self-destructiveness and darkness that can be doomed or ill fated. Both canon a nd non canon relationships will be depicted on the site.
Academic “Incest” Review
This site will look at the psychological and sociological aspect of the last taboo (incest) as applied to works of fiction (film, television, literature, etc). It is important to look at this subject as it relates to and questions social norms, societal rules and structures.
Throughout history humans have been fascinated with incest. Stories, fables, literature, philosophers, and scientists have explored this mysterious topic. As the nuclear family emerged in hominid and human evolution, sociocultural selection led to the development of the incest taboo. It is looked at as critical to human survival, as incest threatens the species and patterns of human social organization.
Incest is a Popular Theme Among Filmmakers & Writers
As I was looking into this concept, I was mildly surprised to find that it is not at all an uncommon theme in myth, literature, the big screen and small screen. Incest between siblings is also a fairly common concept in Japanese animation (manga & anime).
The most well-known implication of an incestuous pairing is probably in Star Wars, where twins Luke and Leia develop a romantic attraction to each other prior to realizing that they are related. While there is definite sexual tension between them and even a kiss, it is replaced with filial affection once they both know the truth, and Leia herself becomes attracted to Han Solo before this fact is revealed, thereby conveniently avoiding tragedy.
The plethora of films, TV and books is what this blog will be focused on.
Familiar Attraction: “Home”
Of course, all these examples invite the question—why? While incest implies a breakdown of normal, human relations at the most primal level, at the same time, it is primal in and of itself, and falls comfortably into Freud’s concept of the uncanny—“that class of the frightening which leads back to what is known and long familiar.” (“The Uncanny”, p. 200). We are all attracted towards the familiar. Daphne du Maurier’s use of incest in her writing is related to the concept of “home” or the attraction towards that which is familiar, unconscious or not.
Who Am I? That’s A Secret I’ll Never Tell.. (LOL, Gossip Girl reference)
Now a little about me. I am a female (you can call me Paris), I am in my twenties from Canada. I have a lot of interests and passions, but I am an avid film, TV, and music buff. I have seen tons of films and TV shows (probably too many to count) so whenever I find something of interest, it will posted here. I am always pleasantly surprised when I see incest has somehow made its way into something somehow, or I see a shippable couple. That is where this blog comes in, so I can give my reviews, recommendations and hear from you.
Why is this interest so fascinating to me? Well first I am very open minded. I find this an interesting topic to investigate and magnify, especially since it is becoming more and more common in a lot of popular shows, books and video games. I am also always fascinated by the psychology behind shipping. In general I think it might be that the doomed nature of such relationship appeals to my inner romantic side. I also find it scholarly important because incest is really one of the last frontiers in that respect where our society is concerned.
I think that taboo is quickly breaking with hit shows like The Borgias and Game of Thrones where it is a major part of the series and they don’t apologize for it. (Read my article on Game of Thrones incest here). These popular and magnetic brother/sister pairings; Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia fromThe Borgias, Jaime and Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones and now Thea and Oliver Queen from Arrow open the incest shipping closet if you will. Come out of the closet all you incest shippers, its ok! These types of gateway ships make it feel like it is not off limits anymore. Once you realize you like these pairings, there’s no going back!
The first gateway incest ship for me was Bill and Tom Kaulitz from Tokio Hotel. That is where the search for incest in other forms really started. Bill and Tom are twin brothers in one of the biggest bands out of Germany. With them, the lines are blurred a little because they are not fictional characters, but real human beings. However, they are portrayed as characters and it is just fictional that people ship them this way. They are not living as a real couple out in the world – although they do live together. They also sometimes play on that image because some of their photo shoots and how they interact at concerts are very provocative and suggestive. I liked the music and the band first and was quite literally shocked when back in 2008 someone told me that I should read fanfiction about them. It soon became an obsession reading these fanfictions, and I even tried my hand at it. The fans call it twincest, or kaulitzcest and there are countless websites, fiction sites, and fanart devoted to them. It was the first time I realized that people could really ship this taboo kind of thing, and with others as a community.
Prior to them, I always liked movies like Cruel Intentions and remembered loving episodes when Boon and his sister from Lost were together, or an episode from Close to Home. But soon after Tokio Hotel I really started looking into it more and more. After I shipped these two, the floodgates were open and my mind was corrupted.
It was brought to life once more just recently when I watched the pilot of a new TV show called Arrow. I thought the electricity and dialogue between Oliver Queen and his sister Thea Queen was through the roof and knew other people must have saw it too. So I hit the net and with a few searches I was relieved to find that I was not alone, we even called it Queencest! That’s the thing about the internet, there is always at least one other person that might share the same interest as you.
I don’t have any siblings so perhaps I am fascinated with sibling dynamics and wonder what it might be like to have one. I am always happy to see siblings getting along and being there for one another. I guess I am also allured because family is blood and it is forever. It is upsetting when you are emotionally distant from your family and have poor relationships with them.
I like it when family members are devoted and loving to each other and the sex is just another way of expressing that, almost as if combining the best and most intimate parts of familial relationships and romantic and sexual relationships.
It is important to point out that these TV shows, films, books, and music are expressive art forms. The keyword is ART, since works of art can be depictions of people & situations that may not be real but are important ways to express and understand ourselves and the human condition.
Question Your Beliefs
We’re all guilty of making assumptions about how the world works, about what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s hard to catch ourselves at it though. We don’t know what we don’t know. But try this: Next time you find your worldview challenged, take a step back and question whether your beliefs are a reflection of reality, or simply the result of the time and environment you live in. Promise I’ll try do the same.
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