Presented in as rational an essay that I can manage.
I would like to begin by saying that I am honestly bothered by this pairing enough that for the last two and a half hours at work I have been mentally preparing this essay. I’m morose, I feel lethargic, I’m sulking. But the worst part of the whole situation is that I know I’m getting too emotionally involved with these characters. Am I putting these fictional characters on pedestals that they will never actually live up to?
I’ll call it for what it is: as a person who ships Sterek I feel honestly threatened by this pairing. You don’t have to think Stiles and Derek will get together in the show. Personally I’m up in the air about the possibility of the relationship becoming cannon. I know I hope for it to be real. I know that this is the first time in possibly forever that a pairing I would like to be together could be together and maybe what really angers me is the fact that I always have to disappointed in this desire. I almost wish television series worked like competition shows where whoever is voted the best pairing gets to be made cannon. But this is besides the point. I’m threatened by this pairing because even if Derek and Ms. Blake become romantically involved and Sterek was never going to happen, the fact that this relationship has even occurred changes the future dynamic of Sterek in fanfiction.
Yes characters grow, people change, life goes on, but look at the pairing from this angle. If Ms. Blake becomes romantically involved with Derek then writers have to figure out a way around her. I’ve heard that people are already trying to make her out to be a villain to get back to our regularly scheduled pairing but there are some who are not pleased with this turn of events.
We know nothing about Ms. Blake and therefore I can not justify any anger against her. In the two episodes that we have seen her in, she has done nothing to inspire any hatred. As of this second, she is a completely innocent person who for some reason felt the need to spend the entire night in a school doing something. What is that something?? Is she that far behind in grading papers? Does she live in the school? I don’t know, but that does not mean she is a bad character.
But what else can writers do about her character in order to have a Sterek storyline? Do any of us honestly believe that Derek Hale would ever cheat on someone he was romantically involved with??? Derek Hale who has lost almost everyone he has ever loved. Who is emotionally exhausted and need someone to hold him and make him feel safe. I mean how many fanfics have been written with the whole wolves mate for life trope. Does this mean we can’t have those stories anymore if Derek and Ms. Blake end up together for the long haul?
What if she actually is up to something shady or if you make her character a villain in a story. With where we see Derek right now do you think he would be able to handle yet another betrayal from the person he cares about? I think by that point, the poor man would have to swear off love forever.
With more time I do feel like I will be able to get over my depression over this possible relationship. They may be together for a season or two and then split amicably. Just because a character dates someone doesn’t mean they’re meant to be, forever and ever. Stiles and Derek are getting to a point where they are bonding but they aren’t feeling true romantic feelings for one another at the moment. With the way this season is going it looks like Dylan was telling us the truth that Stiles is going to be caught up doing some serious detective work.
Whatever may come to be, these thoughts were eating me up inside and I just really needed to write them out to allow myself to get over my initial heartbreak. Obviously I’m going to continue watching the show to see how everything develops and I won’t be abandoning ship so easily. Sterek is still a possibility until the show is over but I will not hate Ms. Blake or those who like to see her with Derek. I just don’t have to be happy about it either.