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Couldn't help myself, y'all.

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Having now read several of the Holmes stories, I have to say that A Scandal in Bohemia is my favorite. I laughed aloud several times and just had a general good time reading it. All the characters are kind of on crack, particularly Holmes, who is just generally hysterical as he does ridiculous things to capture Irene. You can also feel Doyle having fun while writing it, as opposed to when he's clearly phoning the work in because his damn editor and public won't let him move on from Holmes already.

Irene Adler rocks my socks. Huzzah for devious, cross-dressing opera singers! She's an entirely different bird from the Irene of the Guy Ritchie movie, and I'm not really sure how I feel about the changes that were made now that I'm aware of them. Hmn.

Also? I fell unexpectedly in love with Godfrey Norton. He's essentially the Watson to Irene's female!Holmes. A better comparison than, say, the Moran to her Moriarty since Irene is the least villainous villain possible to the point of not really being one at all. Irene and Godfrey deserve fic love like whoa. But alas, no one whose name is anything other than Holmes or Watson gets any fandom love. Yes, I'm bitter.
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Well, whine and you shall receive! Ladies and gents, there is one, count 'em ONE, Watson/Moriarty fic out there! And thank the divine-- it's actually good!

And here it is:

Title: Losing Light.
Author: Lago Lindari.
Pairing: Moriarty/Watson, Holmes/Watson.
Rating: PG-13 for minor violence.
Prompt: from sherlockkink: Moriarty/Watson; while Holmes and Irene and Blackwood are up on the bridge, Moriarty gets in some hasty molestation.

Summary: "The gun was now snugly lodged in the soft flesh between his neck and jaw, pressing with accuracy against his jugular."
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I am noticing a significant lack of Moriarty love, y'all.

How can this be? He's Sherlock Holmes but evil. They're brilliant archenemies bent on mutual destruction yet also each other's biggest fan/admirer, more similar than not, both too big to share the world with anyone else, obsessed with each other, etc. etc. I'm fairly certain it's in the rules that there must be rival!shipping and fic. Yes, it's in the rules. And yet, I can find NO Moriarty fic. ANYWHERE. Why, that's just not on. How can this be???

It's because he only played a part in two (well, okay, one, technically) of the books, isn't it? Or is it because he hasn't been forgiven for Reichenbach Falls? But he's still Professor Moriarty! Everyone knows Holmes's antithesis is Moriarty! He was in a bunch of the movies and pastiches! So why no fandom love? Especially in a fandom that's decades old? That means decades to write fic, people! I feel as if there must be some supersekrit hidden archive that's being kept from me.

The funny thing is that I don't even really want Holmes/Moriarty fic. I want Watson/Moriarty fic, which clearly does not exist if I can't even find what should be at least the second most popular ship from the series after Holmes/Watson. Key words: should be. Okay, I really do want Holmes/Moriarty fic, but only because I can't have it!

I'm almost to the point where I WANT Brad Pitt to play Moriarty in the Guy Ritchie sequel if only because there's no way the salivating fangirls would be able to resist that. And, yes, that is a depressing thought.
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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: @]/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: @].
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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Well, look who's back! And with a witty rejoinder!

From the New York Times article, What Scandal in Bohemia? An Endorsement for ‘Sherlock Holmes’:

"Ms. Plunket denied a report that appeared on the Web site, which said that she might stand in the way of a 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel because of the movie’s characterization of the relationship between Holmes (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law), and Mr. Downey’s remarks in an interview with David Letterman that Holmes might be a 'very butch homosexual.'

'It didn’t strike me as being a gay relationship,' Ms. Plunket said of the characters’ portrayal in Mr. Ritchie’s film. She added, “As a good friend was fond of saying, ‘A dirty mind is a perpetual feast.’”

Oh, Andrea. First, RDJ had a "black sense of humor" to imply that Holmes and Watson might be gay. Now, the idea that they might be gay equals a "dirty mind." Ma'am, please insert foot into mouth. Honestly. None of which is to say, of course, that I don't have a dirty mind...

I'm still not clear on exactly how much control she actually has over the state (or how much Doyle's daughter Jean has or even how much public domain has), but at least she isn't going to create problems for the sequel. That's something.
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Oh, Holmes fans, do I have a book recommendation for you or what?

Rohase Piercy's My Dearest Holmes is a Holmes pastiche with a gay, lovelorn Watson and a closeted Holmes. I suspected I would be reading porny bad!fic, but I was so very, very wrong. The book is gorgeous and tragic and epic and perfect...

A Tiny Bit Spoilery Review... )
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I'm sorry if you're feeling spammed by my Sherlock Holmes posts, but you're just going to have to wait me out until I burn out on this obsession as I've burned through the rest. I predict a month at most. But for the time being...

Have a snippet from Billy Wilder's 1970 film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Wilder thankfully did not have to contend with Andrea Plunket over this one, because there's no way in hell Plunket would have allowed it. Robert Stephens, also known as the former Mr. Maggie Smith, plays a very effeminate and sexually ambiguous Holmes. In other words, he plays a fantastic Holmes! And he makes Robert Downey Jr.'s Holmes look very butch by comparison.

Cut for a very detailed, spoilery account of the very slashy Holmes/Watson bits... )
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From Ritchie's Holmes Sequel Under Threat From Writer's Estate:

"The executors of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary estate have threatened to withdraw Guy Ritchie's rights to the Sherlock Holmes story if the director hints at a homosexual relationship between the lead characters in his sequel...

... Downey, Jr.'s comments have infuriated Andrea Plunket, who controls the remaining U.S. copyrights to the Holmes story, and she's threatened to withdraw permission for a follow-up if Ritchie suggests the detective is more than just friends with his sidekick.

She says, 'I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books.'"

Not "drastic," m'dear, so much as immature, homophobic, foolish, and smacking of undeserved entitlement and control issues. *Sigh* Oh, Andrea. You are my least favorite person right now. Way to harsh on my squee, bitch.

I feel compelled to quote [Bad username or site: @] from this thread: "But by focusing on possible homosexual subtext like this, Ms. Plunket is ignoring a far more important issue! There was absolutely no racist, pro-Imperialist, or anti-Mormon rhetoric in the movie at all! Clearly it was an unfaithful adaption, made with no respect to the author's original intentions, and should be pulled from the theaters immediately."

Oh, and as for the supposedly heterosexual "spirit of the books"? HA! I'm almost finished with A Study in Scarlet, and I think Andrea and I are reading a completely different series. And from what I've read about The Sign of Four... yeah, a completely different series. Can't wait to read that one, by the way.
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"I think the word 'bromance' is so passé. We are two men who happen to be roommates who wrestle a lot and share a bed." --Robert Downey, Jr.

I haven't checked my f-list yet, so I don't know if y'all are already squeeing over Sherlock Holmes-- and yes, it feels weird to type that. But if you aren't already, then you must! You simply must! If you're wondering if the appeal of this film to me has to do with the blatant homoeroticism of Holmes/Watson, then you are-- of course-- correct!

Cut for spoilery non-meta on the movie. )
Some thoughts (and a comic) on Jude Law's Watson... )
Wherein I discuss Misses Irene Adler and Mary... )

And now here are some goodies to intrigue you into the fandom or to the film!

*If I didn't already love Robert Downey, Jr., then I would have begun due to the fact that he apparently ships Holmes/Watson himself. RDJ's 'Holmes' Too Gay for Studio Execs. Quote:

"Publicists for the upcoming 'Sherlock Holmes' movie are very concerned that its star, Robert Downey Jr., can't stop hinting that the great dapper detective's relationship with Dr. Watson may involve more than just solving crime." There was an article in The Advocate about this as well, but it's been taken down for some reason. :/

*Here is an Alternate Script that was one of the early drafts before the final script that was used for the film. This script has some additional slashy bits that didn't make it into the film-- not that the film needed any more slashy bits to feed even the hungriest fangirl.

*Also, here's an article, entitled Sherlock's Dear Watson?, that discusses the various approaches to Holmes and Watson's sexualities over time.

Lastly, have two fic recs:

Title: A Little Vanilla is Good for the Soul.
Pairing: Holmes/Watson.
Rating: NC-17.
Word Count: 1580.
Summary: With anyone other than Watson, Holmes would have long since grown bored of such conventional activities.
Recced because: Put simply, I've never read a hotter fluffy, vanilla!porn fic in my life. All porn aside, this is a beautiful exploration of Holmes/Watson.

Title: A Wise Wager.
Pairing: Holmes/Watson.
Rating: PG-13.
Word Count: 3800.
Summary: A further exploration into Watson's gambling addiction.
Recced because: After the movie, I was desperately intrigued by Watson's gambling addiction, and this is a lovely look into how that might affect his relationship with Holmes.


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