October252013

So it’s asexual awareness week, and in honor of that, we are going to talk about my dislike of Johnlock

pointsevenpercentofasoul:

As many of my followers know, I do not like Johnlock. Now, you can ship whatever you want to ship and all. I mean, that’s your choice. I won’t hold it against you if you do ship Johnlock, I just want people to be aware of the fact that it is, generally, out of character. 

It bothers me. And I think this is because of the way it characterizes Sherlock Holmes. Let me say something about Sherlock Holmes. Growing up, he was one of my favorite characters. He was someone I related to. I can be cold and emotionless at times, and I sometimes think of things too scientifically, and lose focus because of that. I’ve always loved mysteries. And for a good portion of my life, I was very often shallow in my romantic relationships. And more so in my sexual relationships. One of the things I like best about Sherlock Holmes is that he is portrayed as someone who is highly intelligent, not only that, but he is the best of the best  and he knows it.

He is someone that would be, in any other context, be considered a deviant. Canonically, Sherlock Holmes does not have sexual attractions, and he does not understand romantic feelings. Which does not mean he is emotionless. He cares about people quite a big deal, you can see it in the way he acts. He cares about John quite a big deal. I would say that he cares about John more than he cares about anyone else. But that does not change the fact that Sherlock Holmes could canonically be considered asexual and aromantic. 

There are not that many asexual, or aromantic, characters portrayed in the media, whether they are in books or in movies or whatever it is. It’s just not a thing. I can understand why there isn’t. Romance plotlines are huge in the media, and asexual/aromantic character don’t work very well for that. And that’s okay.

But Sherlock Holmes is not only a character who is portrayed as asexual, he is one of the most famous characters of all time. He is the most portrayed character in the history of film, being portrayed by over 80 people. The Sherlock Holmes fandom is the first organized fandom, and there are literally Sherlock Holmes groups in every country in the world. There is so much Sherlock Holmes fanfiction that I wrote a ten page paper about it that didn’t even scratch the surface. There is a 500 page book that just lists all the published Sherlock Holmes fanfiction, and it is 20 years outdated. I mean, this is one of the largest fandoms in the world. It’s been around for over 100 years and is still going strong enough that the map of “Believe in Sherlock” signs are everywhere in the world, including islands in the middle of nowhere.

Do you realize how important it is that Sherlock Holmes is portrayed the way he was, cannonically? He is so hugely famous and important and he is portrayed as asexual and successful. That’s huge. It’s so fucking huge.

And then people (not just the fans, but hell, even the published fanfiction, starting way back in the 1800’s) take that and they take Sherlock and they make him into something he’s not. They turn him into a repressed coldhearted monster. They say he’s not really asexual, he’s just hiding his gay feels for John. No. No. He cares about John. More than he cares about anyone else. But why does it have to be something more than that? It’s not who he is. 

I think that’s why the BBC version annoys me in general. Because that man that they are calling Sherlock Holmes is not the one that I grew admiring. They are turning him into someone else. He is angry, and he is childish and immature, and honestly, he’s stupid. Which is a rant for another time. But the Sherlock I used to read about, he understands human emotions. He knows how they work. He wouldn’t be a good detective if he didn’t understand motivation. He understands that romantic feelings and sexual feelings are things that the rest of the world has. He just doesn’t have them himself. He isn’t cold. He cares deeply enough about his clients that he has been known to chase an abusive and manipulating step-father away with a riding crop. He enjoys things, that are not about logic. He has been known to lose himself in music, and even fanboy over musicians. He has been known to admire others, that he feels deserve it.

He is a fully developed character who is successful and asexual and aromantic, and it really bothers me that a lot of people reduce BBC’s Sherlock down to Johnlock. Because in making Sherlock engage in romantic and sexual acts with his best friend isn’t about promoting the fact that it is okay to be asexual and aromantic. It’s about repressing that, and taking the most famous and most successful asexual character and making him…not.

(This isn’t just a tumblr/shipper/fangirling issue. It generally bothers me when people take Sherlock completely out of the character I grew up admiring, and just brush away the reasons I did admire him.)

June112013

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#theshescott and I want to write a love letter to Sherlockians the only way we know how… through incredibly expensive technical lighting and obscenely emotive acting technique.

We want to make a play about fandom! About OUR fandom! AND WE HAVE 24 HOURS LEFT TO RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE. 

We are two young theatre artists who have done this (kickstarted a theatrical production) before AND WE WANT TO DO IT AGAIN. BUT WITH YOU GUYS. BECAUSE WE LIKE YOU. Yes, you. Yes, even you

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May172013

Top Ten Sherlock Holmes “villains”

tookmyskull:

magic-samwitch:

thenorwoodbuilder:

tookmyskull:

everythingissherlockholmes:

tookmyskull:

everythingissherlockholmes:

1. Jephro Rucastle (The Adventure of The Copper Beeches)- This guy was a total ass. Keeping his daughter locked up in a room to get her money. 

2. Mr. Woodley (The Adventure of Solitary Cyclist) This guy gets under my nails. I’m pretty tolerant of others, but I’m not a huge fan of this guy. Another bastard that thinks he’s entitled to money, so he basically acts like a drunk frat boy and when that doesn’t work, he tries to kidnap her and have a forced wedding. 

3. Irene Adler. (A Scandal in Bohemia) I don’t really consider her a villain  However, she did blackmail a king so I think that does technically qualify her. I like her as a character though. 

4. Jonas Oldacre (The Adventure of the Norwood Builder) Well, he faked his own death to frame a boy he’d never met mostly to get back at the boy’s mom for saying no when she realized how creepy he was years earlier. If he isn’t an entitled bastard, I don’t know who is.

5. James Windibank (A Case of Identity) Another piece of scum trying to get money from a young girl by preventing her from marrying. Actually has the nerve to pretend to be a guy and then leaves her at the alter, as he can’t marry her because he’s her fuckingstep dad. Scum. He is scum.  I don’t like these kind of people, but luckily Holmes doesn’t either. 

6. Dr. Grimsby Roylott (The Adventure of The Speckled Band) Again, scum trying to get money from a young girl. He killed one, and then tried to kill another. He, of course, is an asshole. However, I like the manner in which he went about this. I mean, it’s fucking unique. And he’s got a Cheetah. Because he can. 

7. James Moriarty (The Final Problem)- Yeah, yeah. Most people would put him higher on this list. But nope. I think he’s important, but very overrated. Yeah, yeah, tried to kill Sherlock. Kind of an evil math professor (which far too many people overlook), but hey. 

8. John Clay (The Redheaded League)- I dunno. He got a job for practically no money, so he could tunnel under a bank. Creative dude. Probably would have succeeded and came away with a lot of money if he’d waited like three days to dissolve his league. Once he’d already gotten the money. And you know, I’m impressed by the creativity of his scheme.

9. Sebastian Moran (The Adventure of The Empty House)- again. tried to kill Holmes. Assassin. You know, all that. 

10. Baron Adelburt Gruner (The Illustrious Client)- Well. He’s a charming con-man who’s kind of a douche. Although, I like his name. Adelburt. 

I agree with most of these! The two exceptions are Irene Adler, because I wonder whether she really intended to send that photo to the King’s bride. I think she threatened to in order to get back at him for ditching her because she wasn’t “on his level.” If anyone deserves a spot on the over-entitlement list, it’s the King of Bohemia!

I also wouldn’t put John Clay there because I’ve always been rather partial to clever bank robbers and jewel thieves. And he really didn’t hurt anyone…he just wanted to splendidly rip off the Bank of England. o_O

I do agree that I quite like John Clay. However, he’s on the list because of how clever he is. He’s smart, and because of that he had the potential to do harm if he had not been stopped. Since he was robbing a bank, and planning on taking money from lots of people. I like his character though. 

Clay technically wasn’t robbing from people; he was robbing the nation, because he was stealing French gold borrowed by the Bank of England to shore up its reserves. It would be similar, in ‘Merica, to someone robbing a Brinks truck of newly minted money. Some theorists argue that the heist was actually planned by Moriarty. Some day I’ll write a fic that Clay broke out of prison to mastermind another caper, since Doyle never did it! O_o :D

Can we add Murillo, the Tiger of San Pedro, please?
I’d place him rather on the top of the list: after all, he was a dictator and mass murderer, a sort of Pinochet ante litteram… Forgive me if I tend to consider him a worse bastard and more dangerous, more evil criminal than all the more handcrafted ones (Moriarty included, by comparison…) which actually appear in the list.

Why is Charles Augustus Milverton not on this list? Complete bastard. Blackmailed people for their money. Milverton is a slimy rat who would ruin one woman’s life so that the others he had dirt on would be more likely to pay what he asked. It’s not like he wasn’t poor or anything. He wasn’t really clever or anything, he just bribed maids and butlers and crap.

Milverton absolutely belongs here! There were so many fabulously diabolical evil masterminds in Canon!

Milverton absolutely belongs on here. The only reason he wasn’t was because I was doing this off the top of my head and I haven’t read that one in awhile. 

9PM

I apologize for the fact that this blog has been kind of dead. I’ve finished my paper on it, and kind of got entirely caught up in the real world. Life has been a bit hectic lately, and will probably just get more so.

So don’t expect too much from this blog in the near future. 

May92013

Top Ten Sherlock Holmes “villains”

tookmyskull:

everythingissherlockholmes:

1. Jephro Rucastle (The Adventure of The Copper Beeches)- This guy was a total ass. Keeping his daughter locked up in a room to get her money. 

2. Mr. Woodley (The Adventure of Solitary Cyclist) This guy gets under my nails. I’m pretty tolerant of others, but I’m not a huge fan of this guy. Another bastard that thinks he’s entitled to money, so he basically acts like a drunk frat boy and when that doesn’t work, he tries to kidnap her and have a forced wedding. 

3. Irene Adler. (A Scandal in Bohemia) I don’t really consider her a villain  However, she did blackmail a king so I think that does technically qualify her. I like her as a character though. 

4. Jonas Oldacre (The Adventure of the Norwood Builder) Well, he faked his own death to frame a boy he’d never met mostly to get back at the boy’s mom for saying no when she realized how creepy he was years earlier. If he isn’t an entitled bastard, I don’t know who is.

5. James Windibank (A Case of Identity) Another piece of scum trying to get money from a young girl by preventing her from marrying. Actually has the nerve to pretend to be a guy and then leaves her at the alter, as he can’t marry her because he’s her fuckingstep dad. Scum. He is scum.  I don’t like these kind of people, but luckily Holmes doesn’t either. 

6. Dr. Grimsby Roylott (The Adventure of The Speckled Band) Again, scum trying to get money from a young girl. He killed one, and then tried to kill another. He, of course, is an asshole. However, I like the manner in which he went about this. I mean, it’s fucking unique. And he’s got a Cheetah. Because he can. 

7. James Moriarty (The Final Problem)- Yeah, yeah. Most people would put him higher on this list. But nope. I think he’s important, but very overrated. Yeah, yeah, tried to kill Sherlock. Kind of an evil math professor (which far too many people overlook), but hey. 

8. John Clay (The Redheaded League)- I dunno. He got a job for practically no money, so he could tunnel under a bank. Creative dude. Probably would have succeeded and came away with a lot of money if he’d waited like three days to dissolve his league. Once he’d already gotten the money. And you know, I’m impressed by the creativity of his scheme.

9. Sebastian Moran (The Adventure of The Empty House)- again. tried to kill Holmes. Assassin. You know, all that. 

10. Baron Adelburt Gruner (The Illustrious Client)- Well. He’s a charming con-man who’s kind of a douche. Although, I like his name. Adelburt. 

I agree with most of these! The two exceptions are Irene Adler, because I wonder whether she really intended to send that photo to the King’s bride. I think she threatened to in order to get back at him for ditching her because she wasn’t “on his level.” If anyone deserves a spot on the over-entitlement list, it’s the King of Bohemia!

I also wouldn’t put John Clay there because I’ve always been rather partial to clever bank robbers and jewel thieves. And he really didn’t hurt anyone…he just wanted to splendidly rip off the Bank of England. o_O

I do agree that I quite like John Clay. However, he’s on the list because of how clever he is. He’s smart, and because of that he had the potential to do harm if he had not been stopped. Since he was robbing a bank, and planning on taking money from lots of people. I like his character though. 

10AM

tookmyskull:

Sherlock BBC: weareinfinite-inthismoment: Is it just me or is the fact that Molly…

weareinfinite-inthismoment:

Is it just me or is the fact that Molly asked Sherlock if he was okay in the Reichenbach Fall even more touching once you realise no one has really ever asked him this? (I might be wrong with this, but I can’t recall any situation beforehand)

When you look at it, in each episode Sherlock asked at least one person if they were alright/okay (S01E01 John after the shooting, S01E02 Sarah after the whole dilemma, S01E03 John after Moriarty is gone, S02E03 Mrs. Hudson after she was hurt, S02E02 John after the “experiment”) but no one ever bothered to ask him. Except Molly.

I don’t know, excuse my rambling, but Sherlock asking others if they were alright seems to be some kind of thread.

But then again, maybe this is something that has been pointed out several times already - I’m rather new to the fandom. Sorry.

No need to apologize, but John asks Sherlock if he is okay constantly. Some examples are in this post. [x]

Conversely, Sherlock asking John (and Mrs. Hudson and a few others) if they are all right suggests he is not the “high-functioning sociopath” he claims to be. A true sociopath couldn’t care less. Unless by “high-functioning” he means that he cares about what happens to certain select persons in his world while not really caring about people in general. In the commentary for PINK, Mark Gatiss remarks that there “is nothing wrong with him, as long as he likes you.”

I’m not a psychologist, but Sherlock’s formidable anger and his concern when anyone dares to harm “his people,” or dares to come between him and one of “his people” (example, John’s girlfriends), suggests that he “cathects” people.

Psychologists define cathexis as “to invest emotional energy in a person, object or idea.” And Sherlock does this consistently. It seems to be that, once he decides to exert the energy to care about someone, he will tenaciously hold onto them at all costs. 

May22013
astuller:

A little doodle of Otterlock and Bluebell

astuller:

A little doodle of Otterlock and Bluebell

April292013

bakerstreetbabes:

granadabrettishholmes:

The Red Headed League


“Oh, sorry Holmes.”

“No, no, you couldn’t have come at a better time.”

“I was afraid you were engaged.”

“I am, very much so. Dr. Watson shares my love of all that is bizarre, but outside the routine of everyday existence.”


Holmes, did you just jump over the fu*** couch? And now Lady’s and Gentleman notice for whom he did this…

WATSON! COME BACK, WATSON!

1PM
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April282013

bakerstreetbabes:

canonholmes:

if you ever feel like everything in your life just went the wrong way, imagine Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Sherlock Holmes museum 

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