Is it okay to ship fictional characters?
I've felt a bit of shame in me since the very beginning for wanting to ship fictional characters.
For almost every fandom I've joined (though there are several exceptions) I've found characters that I wanted to ship together. Sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it doesn't, but in the end I always do it.
I always look up fanart and fanfiction, but a little voice in my head tells me this isn't right. That its unnatural to makes these kind of ideas about fictional characters.
"You should just take the character as they are presented in the book/movie/show and stop putting your headcannons out there. They aren't supposed to be like this."
Usually the creator of those characters expresses discomfort for what we are doing and it makes me feel even worse. Are we allowed to do these things to someone's characters? Should we be allowed to do these things?
I feel like I'm disrespecting them every time I look up fanart or thing about pairings that aren't cannon. I think I am making the creator angry when I do that.
Should I stop doing this alltogether?