If you are familiar with Teen Wolf but you don’t know about Sterek then surely you must be living under a rock. When it comes to Teen Wolf and shipping, then Sterek is a massive ship that you just can’t ignore. It doesn’t matter if you ship it yourself or not, what matters is that it exists, sailing in the shipping sea.
I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite some time now. We all know about the shipping wars that seem to go on endlessly on various media platforms likes Tumblr and Twitter, etc. and I thought that it was time for me to add my own two cents into the mix as well. I read a post about two days ago in which the writer was looking at both sides of the coin and giving opinions on how Sterek can and can’t happen in the show. I think a lot of you might have read it. It was the one where Derek was described as being a ‘Lady’s man’. I don’t remember the title etc, feel free to leave a link so others can read it as well.
Here you will be able to read about what I think of this whole, Sterek being canon or not situation. My thoughts as well as the ones I got to know from various sources are mentioned in the article. So, if I fail to mention some of you, then I apologize.
Sterek Becoming Canon
In order for us to understand if this ship will ever become canon or why people ship it, let’s look at the characters involved.
One of the characters is Stiles Stilinski. Let’s go over what we know about Stiles, played by the talented Dylan O’Brien, focusing more on his sexuality which has been shown in the show.
1. He’s the best friend of the protagonist, Scott McCall (Tyler Posey)
2. His mother died when he was young and he lives with his father who’s also the town’s Sheriff.
3. He’s quite curious and helped Scott when it came to dealing with the werewolf transformation back in Season 1.
4. He has a crush on Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) and it has been assumed that it’s because she reminds him of her mother and that’s why he made those ‘specific’ references regarding death in Season 2 and Season 3.
5. He was quite interested to know whether or not he was attractive to gays and he even asked Danny (Keahu Kahuanui) in class. He also wasn’t pleased when Scott got a free drink in the Jungle and he also didn’t like that Danny was joking about having sex with him in Season 3.
6. He was able to befriend the drag queens in the club and even invited them over to Lydia’s party.
7. It has been stated that Dylan was serious when playing such scenes in which a hint of Stiles being bisexual can be found. Jeff is also not against the idea of deeming the character as bisexual.
8. He was ready to have sex with a childhood friend when she offered, in Season 3.
Now, let’s see what Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) has to offer when it comes to his sexuality on the show.
1. We know that he came back to Beacon Hills to look for his elder sister, years after the Hale fire. It hasn’t been mentioned whether or not he had a relationship with anyone during the time he was away.
2. He had a sexual relationship with Kate Argent, aunt of Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) and that she used him and he still feels guilty about it.
3. Erica (Gage Golightly) kissed him during a training session and he didn’t take kindly to it.
4. He also charmed or glamoured Erica to be a part of his pack as well as a woman in the Sheriff department.
4. He seems to have taken a liking to a new character named Jennifer Blake after saving her from Cora (Adelaide Kane) and Boyd (Sinqua Walls) in Season 3.
So, with Stiles we know that he can possibly be bisexual. Even when there were no comments made on the topic, a lot of viewers looked at him as being bisexual. As far as Derek is concerned, we only know of one relationship which he had with Kate and now we are seeing another one happen with Ms. Blake. As far as Sterek shippers go, these two relationships mean nothing and Derek can be bisexual and thus, fall for Stiles. However, people who are anti-Sterek or maybe those who are okay with the ship but aren’t ready for it to be canon consider him as being straight.
Now, there are a lot of reasons for that. For some people, any character that acts too ‘manly’ etc., is instantly thought of as straight. He might share some light moments with other male characters but at the end of the day he’s still straight. This is where Derek comes in. He has a manly air around him. Girls fantasize being with him and boys want to be like him. There is no option of thinking him as gay or bisexual because he has been introduced in a manner that sits well with the hetero normative character representation we see on other shows.
Due to the fact that Derek has taken a liking to Ms. Blake and is a potential (read confirmed) love interest for him in Season 3, many people have taken this as a huge bitch slap meant for the Sterek shippers. For them, it’s Jeff’s way of saying that Derek likes the ladies and there’s nothing you can do about it. There can be many reasons for Jeff Davis to introduce a new female love interest and the true reason, only he knows.
According to Jeff, he came to know about Sterek after the writing for the first two seasons was complete. Which means that the famous ‘push towards the wall’ and ‘staying in the pool for two hours’, along with ‘falling on one another’ and other scenes were in Jeff’s mind way before he knew about the ship. Now, he could have put these scenes for only comedy purposes or there was another ‘agenda’ in place because we all could see those ‘glances’ in Season 1 and 2.
During the hiatus we knew that Jeff was familiar with the ship and he described Stiles and Derek’s relationship for Season 3 as ‘allies’, which caused a stir in the fandom. We also came to know that there weren’t any Sterek related scenes at least in the first half of the season. However, we aren’t sure what the creators and actors mean by such scenes because when Season 3 started we got a lot of ‘Sterek’ scenes in the episodes we got to see. The relationship has definitely changed. Stiles can grab Derek’s wrist without him looking surprised and Derek can touch him as well. There are also a lot of glances shared between those two. So, yes, everything is fine with Jeff knowing about ship. But then, where did this ‘Jennifer’ come from. Who is she? And why has Derek taken a liking to her which many fans are saying is out of character for him.
Let’s look at why Jennifer was introduced and what she will do for the show and the characters. Is she really a threat to Sterek?
As far as we know, Jennifer Blake character was publicized as a potential love interest for Derek. Other than that we know nothing about her, except that she’s a new teacher and likes to stay at school late and arrive early. She must be up for the ‘Teacher of the Year Award’. In episode 4 of Season 3 we got to see some similarity between her and Stiles. When Derek asked about how she was, a lot of fans noticed that the answer she gave was quite similar to what Stiles would have said.
What’s Jeff’s angle? We all knew that he would be playing around with some ships and that he likes conflict. So, of course, a female love interest for Derek was going to cause a stir and create conflict, especially for the Sterek shippers. Ask yourselves. Do you really think that a character that has been defined as a love interest is going to last? Aren’t lasting love interests supposed to be main characters or even secondary ones? For example Scott and Allison or Jackson and Lydia in the previous season.
If you think that Ms. Blake is just an innocent teacher who Derek takes a liking to while the Alpha Pack incident is happening, then you have another thing coming. We know that Jeff likes to put in a lot of twists and no character comes and goes without adding something to the story. As far as Sterek shippers are concerned, Jennifer will play a very important role in Derek’s life. She can help him come to terms with the loss or anger he feels because of Kate. Both Stiles and Derek have a lot emotional baggage right now and they need to mature in order to be ready for each other. A lot of fans think that she will either die or break Derek’s heart. Whatever may be the case, I believe that Jennifer Blake is a character that won’t stay long.
But then what? Will Sterek happen after her? Or will the loop start again and Derek will find some other female?
Only time will tell. The bottom line is that currently the way Derek and Jennifer relationship has been portrayed is very cliche. Just because it’s a man and woman, the show wants to tell us that there is something between them and the ship is meant to be.
Yes, I know that it when it comes to shipping, there are a lot of instances of the ship never becoming canon. A TV show, when it comes down to it, is all about getting a bigger viewership. If a few shipping teases are thrown into the show and they lead to more views, then of course you will get to see more of them. That’s why a lot of people, even some that ship Sterek, are saying that we will see nods towards the ship in an episode or two. We will get to see some funny scenes, etc. but making it ‘canon’ will not happen because no matter how much we want it not to be, the current face of TV is still geared towards the straight viewers. They can be happy with a side character being homosexual, like Danny and Ethan this season, but not a main character.
Jeff has said that he likes to go against stereotypes and that’s why a lot of Sterek shippers feel that this ship will actually be able to make television history. Showing an actual love blossoming between two male characters, that haven’t been depicted as gay, will have more of an impact and show that love is love and that sexuality is something that’s fluid. You don’t decide who you fall in love with and that’s what Sterek will tell the viewers if it ever happens. We will get to see a relationship between two characters who just happen to love each other and their sexuality is something that comes afterwards.
I need to get one thing straight with you all. As far as I am concerned, the term Sterek originated because of the amazing chemistry the characters, Stiles and Derek have with each other, played by Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Hoechlin, . Yes, the scenes were in the script, but the way the actors delivered the scenes is what caused the ship to sail in the first place. So, for me, Sterek is canon because in a sense the ship represents the chemistry that these two characters have. It’s up to Jeff Davis if he wants to mold this relationship into something romantic or not, because let’s face it, we know that the ground-work is already there.
I would like to say thanks to the wonderful Sterek shippers and the posts they write and reblog on their Tumblr: Cole The Wolf and the Alpha Princess Qhuinn. Their insight regarding anything Teen Wolf is always a joy to read.
And yes, the whole ‘Stiles and Derek is canon’ debate has been done time and time again. Saying that you want something canon right now isn’t the way to go. Trust me when i say that Sterek shippers want development and I think Jeff knows that as well. The pairing needs to make sense and only then will it have an impact that it has the potential to have.
In the end, I would like to say that I’m not into ‘Deniffer’. For me, the ship should be ‘Jenerek’ which rhymes with generic which means too generalized, too hetero normative and too fake. However, you are free to ship anyone you want or even anything (all of us remember Ashard!).
The point is that you can ship whatever boat, canoe or piece of plank, you want. What’s important is that you respect each other because in the end, the call of making Sterek or any ship canon is totally Jeff’s and we should respect that as well.
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