Jan. 18th, 2010

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Heh, had myself a bit of a shock.

I recently purchased The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, an anthology of the best (and mostly supernatural-inspired) Holmes pastiches from past years. There are stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Anthony Burgess, Anne Perry, etc. etc. and, yes, I highly recommend it.

However, I was very surprised to read a story from Naomi Novik (author of the Temeraire series, which I've never read) that was very familiar. In fact, it was already familiar because it's one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes fan fics. My first thought was that the impeccable reputation of Yuletide had been tainted by some old fashioned plagiarism, but even that idea was confusing because the story really read like a fic. Much as it is experimented with by any number of authors, fanfiction very much has its own recognizable writing style.

Anyway, I did a little sleuth investigating Google and discovered that author Naomi Novik is none other than the fabulous fanfic author [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]/shalott! Chica had her Yuletide fic published in a famous anthology! Wowzers. I really don't think I'll ever be completely comfortable with the erosion between fandom and real life, and I'm still kind of dazed by the fact that Cassandra Clare and Maya have become famous "real life" authors whose work I can find prominently displayed in a Barnes and Noble. I usually find myself standing in front of Clare's books while surreptitiously eyeing the people around me to see if anyone displays visible signs of some awareness of her fanfic origins. I'm weird, yes. Nonetheless, authors like Novik/astolat deserve to have their work recognized on both scales, and it's what we all wish and strive for, yes? On that note, here is the fic that became the published pastiche:

Title: Commonplaces.
Author: Naomi Novik/[Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com].
Rating: R.
Pairings: Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson.
Summary: Only to be adored was, in the end, nothing; to be adored by someone worthy, everything.


Also from the same anthology, here is Neil Gaiman's pastiche, A Study in Emerald. I won't spoil the big twist ending (which is brilliant), but I will tell you that it's a crossover between Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu universe, which you don't need to be familiar with at all. A reworking of the famous Holmes/Watson meeting in A Study in Scarlet. It's Neil Gaiman, so you know it's going to be worth your time.

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