Excellent premise for a Johnlock AU fic.
Excellent premise for a Johnlock AU fic.
Ahhh, I don’t really have any that I know of where Sherlock is primarily a violinist instead of a detective; The closest I have is this one, but it’s for-a-case:
No Good Without You by textsandscones (T, 4,021 w. || Case Fic, Sherlock’s Violin, Dancing / Busking, Soppy Fluff) – A diverting new case surrounding musicians and stolen instruments captures Sherlock’s attention, the consequences of which lead both detective and doctor to see one another in a different light. Part 1 of Prompt Fills
Do any of my lovelies know of any fics? I’d LOVE to read a musician AU!! <3
Do you have one fic that you’ve read and reread and never seem to get tired of? Doesn’t necessarily have to be your favorite fic, just the one that you keep coming back to again and again like the ultimate comfort food.
Mine is The Bang and the Clatter. I’ve read it more times than I can count, and I revisit it every single year when spring training starts. I love Sherlock and baseball and this fic is romantic and funny and exciting and it always puts me in the best of moods.
Compiling all of the great recs I’ve received so far into one post with links!
@thetimemoves says: I’m a big rereader, so it’s hard to pick just one but what stands out right now is The Love Song of Dr. John H. Watson by Kate_Lear written way back during the S1 hiatus. John taking an unsuspecting Sherlock out for a perfectly-tailored Valentine’s Day adventure? Yes please! There’s murder and snark and touching and sweetness. They explore London, and later each other, and I will never ever tire of it.
@mercurialkitty says: Two Coffees One Black One with Sugar Please series – essentially, To Sleep, Perchance to Smother Your Flatmate with a Pillow and the two sequels and Earlgreytea’s Nature and Nurture series. I love Oliver.
@peageetibbs says: I am relatively new to the fandom, and though there are already quite a few fics in my “Favourites” folder, I rarely found time to reread them, especially the long ones, because there are so many more awesome fics still to discover. But I have read “If You Can´t Move Heaven, Raise Hell” and “Staricase Wit” by splix and “Ridiculous” by KateAtTheClose a few times
@cyn2k says: Anything by BeautifulFiction, though Electric Pink Hand Grenade is dear to me because migraines are a bane. The Art of Seduction series by flawedamythyst. This Doesn’t Feel Like Falling by Dark3Star.
@bakersttardis says: I have a couple. Love in Idleness by perkynerples, Observations on Sentinels and Guides in Victorian London by RyuuzaKochou and despite it being a Christmas fic I read John Watson’s Twelve Days of Christmas by earlgreytea68 every time I’m down.
can’t stop loving
who could forget such classics as
Fish with Human Feet, Disgruntled that Life on Land sucks Just as much as it did In Water
Nuns Enjoying Their Yearly Harvest
A moknkey doing That Thing whilst Hedgehog looks on
Forlorn Cat with Vulva plays Mandolin
Queen Cheats on Husband with Weird Serpent Man
and my favorite
Derrick You Leave your Sister Alone she is Your Family Now
It’s Just a Flesh Wound
Man Is Weirdly Unimpressed by Thirteen-Armed Woman
Dude, Put Some Fucking Hose On!!!
Number 4 in a series.
Sherlock paper dolls - many thanks to those who offered advice when I couldn’t decide who to draw next - and with all the lovely news about Sherlock that has come out recently, this seemed an obvious choice.
Previous dolls may be viewed here:
Next will be Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler
These are awesome!
I just spent 2 hours debating and testing and arguing in circles and bitching about library catalogs with two colleagues and I just want to say
AO3’s website is really, really, really impressive, functional and ergonomic and cohesive. the tag system is INCREDIBLE and AMAZINGLY maintained. this is my professional librarian appraisal.
I’ve found 1 library catalog that meets my standards. even the national library of France’s catalog is shitty in comparison to ao3.
It’s awesome! As a total ignorant, can I ask what AO3 does and library catalogs don’t?
i might actually type out a longer answer but what it really boils down to is: YOU ACTUALLY FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR
ok so here’s the long unreadable (and probs uninteresting to anyone else than me) version:
- the site design and overall look. it’s easy to read, easy to navigate, and easy to notice what you can click on. Makes good use of fonts and text sizes and styles to make important things stand out and be easily found at a glance, and is just overall very readable. The icons with hovertext! The tags! the amount of info that’s readable at a single glance and actually fits on the same page!
this is BASIC STUFF and it is not a given on a LOT of professional library websites i run into regularly and that drives me INSANE. (Mostly bc one of the very popular, cheap, and easy French-language library catalog softwares has a default online catalog design that sucks and which librarians generally don’t tinker with much.)
- again this seems obvious, but the filters when you’re inside a fandom/tag are SO VISIBLE and SO EXPLICIT. The filters menu makes it instantly clear what it’s for, is easy to navigate and understand and use, intelligently suggests the most popular tags first (which also immediately gives you a lot of information).
My library’s online catalog (which uses the default website set-up I mentioned above) has exactly the same thing, but stupidly executed, unreadable and incomprehensible, and somehow completely unnoticeable despite being exactly in the same place on the page. The site design makes very bad use of the space on the page and basically you just don’t even look over there because it’s so far away from where the rest of the information is and it simply never catches your eye, and even when it does, the vocabulary used is so obtuse you don’t realize what it’s for.
IT’S SO… STUPID AND EASILY FIXABLE… but apparently no public library in the french language can afford a website designer, or they’re all horrifyingly bad
- and finally: THE TAGS. One of the biggest issues we have in catalogs is that people use different words for the same thing. In order for you to find books relevant to your search, we have to apply topic keywords to them (basically: tags), but of course there are Norms so that all libraries, or at least all employees in the same library, use the same keywords. Except despite the norm that still doesn’t happen. I don’t know how it goes in the English-language world but for French language it’s all horribly complicated and surprisingly non-functional, despite how easy it seems in theory, and leads me to complain about the Bibliothèque Nationale de France about once a week at least.
Easy example that I’ve complained about today (for the 6th time this year): ADHD. The term used by the BNF, that we are supposed to use, is “Trouble de l’hyperactivité avec déficit de l’attention” (“hyperactivity disorder with attention deficit”). That’s… not only outdated but flat-out inaccurate (according to French’s current stance on it) — the term people actually use nowadays is the opposite way around, “trouble de l’attention avec ou sans hyperactivité” ( “ADD with or without hyperactivity”), commonly abbreviated to “TDA/H”. The BNF’s system does accommodate for various synonyms, but it appears unaware of this one, so if you search “TDA/H” in the keywords, you won’t find anything. You’d have to look in the title, and if none of our books have it in their title, you’ll find nothing at all, and won’t even be redirected anywhere if we strictly follow the BNF system. (WHAT IS THE POINT OF KEYWORDS THEN, one might ask.)
Tl;dr: you look for the word you and most people actually informed about a topic use, and find nothing at all because some rando has decided that’s not the word you should be using. (Unsurprisingly, this problem pops up a looot for keywords related to minorities, mental illnesses and LGBT+ topics.)
It’s like if you tried to search a site for “fluff” and didn’t find anything because the site has decided to continue using “WAFF” instead. Also, the site has decided that hurt-comfort and guro fic are the same thing, makes no distinction between levels of romance and eroticism so there’s no way to tell cute handholding from smut, and believes that the word “furry” means they get a dog.
=> The system of letting people use their words and linking them — making them synonyms — with what other people have used for the same meaning completely blows my mind. I am in awe of the fact that it works, and that it’s still happening, even though iirc tag-wranglers are unpaid volunteers. I couldn’t imagine doing something like that in just our catalog, and AO3 is massive.
The result is: not only do you find what you’re looking for, but if your search accidentally picks up other things too, you know what it’s actually about because you get it in the author’s words.
AO3′s tag system is an incredibly clever and simple solution to a very real and thorny problem that I run into almost every day.
tl;dr AO3 is just generally a perfectly functional and user-friendly site, instantly easy to use in order to tailor your search to exactly what you want (and even more so with the addition of the exclusion operator to the filters sidebar), and on a technical library-science viewpoint, it’s fascinating.
This is taking me back to when AO3 was first born, and I was having a conversation with someone (@icarusancalion, I think?) about how I didn’t think the tagging system was ever really gonna be useful.
I knew the kind of top-down tagging system that libraries use was often useless for the same reasons you’re describing here: academics like the idea of a priori systems and exclusive classification schemata, but AO3 tagging is useful precisely because tags can be messy and overlapping rather than strict hierarchies. You’ll never get all fandoms everywhere to agree on a common tag family, I said c. 2008. It’ll be outdated before it’s even implemented. But relying entirely on user-generated tags will be a logistical nightmare, past!Maud also argued, because there would be no way to manage synonyms and near-synonyms and typos that would rapidly bloat the system to uselessness.
Well, 2008!me was right about top-down schemata but wrong about user-submitted tags, thanks almost entirely to the work of the tag wranglers: human curators who take the time to link and nest related tags as they come up, without relying on a pristine (and utterly dysfunctional) a priori system to do so.
Would real-world academic libraries benefit from tag wranglers? Absofuckinglutely, but I really don’t think most of them would ever implement them for the same reason past!me was skeptical of them. Maybe if they were shown how well it works on AO3 (where the wranglers are all volunteers!) they might be persuaded to hire some workstudies or under-employed PhDs to wrangle for them. And then the world would be a better place.
Hey sweet, I’m going to through out a few ideas here & hope something works . .
Scars by SilentAuror, 60 k, explicit. Gaslighting. “You loved him.” Her voice was gentle as John turned startled eyes to her face. Her gaze hadn’t wavered. “Didn’t you.” It was not a question. “Of course you loved him. It’s all right to tell me.”
Shallow Grave by SilentAuror, 31 k, explicit. Post series 3 fix-it fic that speculates on what happens next. John and Sherlock work their way together, Mary gets pushed out, and some time with Moriarty wraps things up nicely.
Vena Cava by SilentAuror, 27 k, explicit. This is a fix-it, behind the scenes for series 3. Just brilliant. Told from John’s point of view. He discovers Mary’s lies, and while nursing Sherlock back to health, choses Sherlock and the next step of their relationship.
Silhouettes by allonsys_girl, 28 k, explicit. Wow. This runs alongside canon coming up with a behind the scenes tender love story that is a great fix-it fic for series 3. From platonic sleeping together for comfort, the two fall into a searingly-hot sexual relationship when Sherlock reappears after the fall. Lots of angst and cheating on Mary, and a happy wrap up with a bit of parentlock.
Relative Distance by quesarasara, 44 k, explicit.
This is how love ends, by small increments, and how love begins, one small step
at a time. John and Mary come unglued as John finally realized what Sherlock is
to him. Bit of parentlock here, and one of the kinder, gentler storylines for Mary
and John breaking up.
Points by lifeonmars, 53 k, explicit, this fic pics up after John and Mary’s wedding in an AU where Magnussen didn’t happen. Mary is still pregnant, but life continues in a different direction. Slow burn as John finally comes to terms with his feelings for Sherlock. A kinder look at Mary.
A study in Auto-Signature, Sniper Dolphins, and Sex Holidays by cwb. 32 k, explicit. Awesome series 3 fix-it fic. Sherlock has to rush off to see John on his sex-holiday at the beach after things with Mary take a turn for the James Bond. Love the version of Sherlock’s Grand-mere who lives in his mind palace, the bed that is a breeding ground for pillows, and Sherlock making friends with John’s aggressive penis.
The Progress of Sherlock Holmes by ivyblossom, 62 k, explicit. Sherlock POV well done. Sherlock and John fumble, and John leaves to marry Mary though Sherlock knows she will cheat. John and Mary settle on a rocky, open relationship, and slowly John and Sherlock find their way back together.
The Cornish Cottage by flawedamythyst, 32 k, teen. John has moved back into 221b but is very depressed following his divorce from Mary. Sherlock decides a holiday away is just the thing to perk John up. An unexpected case, and some long-overdue revelations make for a trip worth remembering.
If I ever see any of you in public, the code is “I like your shoelaces”
that way we know we’re from tumblr without revealing anything
I’m just going to say this to strangers until i find a tumblr person
must keep reblogering!! Im going to be so suspicious if any one tells me this now!
Remember the answer is: I stole them from the president.
always reblog tumblr identification
This is an absolute tumblr relic. I feel like an archaeologist right now. This is incredible that this is on my dash.
this is from an era long passed
It has 3 million notes
Oh my god
This is so old
How did I find it
AND if you’ll look to your right you’ll see one of the oldest and goldest Tumblr posts known to man. The man like “gif” at the top of the post puts it around the superwholock period
can we still do this tho
I Can and will
Gaud said the new response is “thank’s I’m going to use them to strangle the president”
oh my god
Some things change, some things remain the same.
Particularly if you live in Texas, please vote, just for the schadenfreude. Can you even imagine if Texas goes blue. Can you even imagine Ted Cruz losing. I’m getting giddy just thinking about the conservative meltdown. There is literally zero path to the Presidency for Republicans that doesn’t include Texas. If they have to sweat bullets for the next forever thinking that Texas might be a left-leaning state… guys, this just sounds like a fun time.
Vote for Beto for the schadenfreude.
Beto is fucking BEHIND!!! Get out there and VOTE!!!
Last I checked, Beto is behind by like 4%. That is already huge for a Democrat in Texas by my understanding, and that is only polling “likely” voters, which literally never includes young people. If people our age turn up to vote, it would definitely swing the election massively towards Beto.
Texans, please do it. For me.
update as of this morning nov 1: gap is closing, he holds only a 3 point lead 🎊
Actual human Ted Cruz is sweating actual human sweat over this!
I’m telling you, if young adult turnout in Texas is really high, Beto will win. It’s literally up to the twenty somethings whether or not we get to see Ted Cruz cry.
Do it for the tears, Texans!
I’ll do my best for you Nonny
“When did I get so old,” John whispers, because anything else seems too much.
“When I left you, I imagine.” Sherlock murmurs, presses John’s hand between his. “When I destroyed everything good in your life.”
John shakes his head, and lifts his other hand to press atop Sherlock’s. “You had your reasons. I was angry for a long time, but I’m not anymore—not about that. I’m angry at your brother more than you. And as for—the rest, you know I don’t blame you for that. It wasn’t your fault, Sherlock. It wasn’t your fault.”
“As your feeling old and useless isn’t yours.”
John’s chest feels tight. These are the most real words they’ve said to one another in months. Usually it’s case related chat, or the weather, or light banter about something on the telly. They haven’t talked like this since Sherlock’s birthday. They don’t talk like this. They never talk like this.
John doesn’t want to talk anymore.
He wants to…
Oh dear god, how he wants.
For the first time in what feels like years he WANTS.
John Watson is what happens when a man can no longer see a reason to go on.
John Watson is what happens when a man starts to let go.
“It is what it is.”
John Watson is what happens when what “it is” becomes too much to bear.
This is a story of the life, death, and resurrection of John Hamish Watson.
Sherlock is pretty sure that John Watson is his boyfriend. He’s also pretty sure that John doesn’t know it. But with a little help from a magazine, some friends, three crepes, five dates, one awesome CD, and a stalker van, John is bound to realize just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“He wants to shake John by the shoulders, wants to open his mouth and swallow John whole. Wants to marry him.”Sherlock searches for the right words.
When Sherlock agrees to take on the owner of a porn site featuring male Omegas as a client, it only makes sense he click through the website for research. Sherlock was absolutely not expecting to find one of the porn stars so utterly riveting. Relationships, heats, bonding, meh - it’s just not his area.
After John is seriously injured, Sherlock struggles to figure out how to help him, keep himself sane, and maybe, just maybe, get their life back to the way it’s supposed to be. A minute later and John was asleep again. Sherlock wanted to wake him up and grab him by the shoulders and shake him and demand that he try to wiggle his toes, kick his legs, stand up and walk. He wanted to weave his hands into John’s hair and kiss him until they both couldn’t breathe. He wanted to crawl into bed next to him and cry himself to sleep. Instead he just settled back into the moulded plastic chair, leaving his fingers wrapped in John’s, waiting, waiting.
John doesn’t like the loss of control his heat brings him. Sherlock attempts to relieve him of his displeasure.
John’s nightmares are nothing new. Sherlock’s inability to ignore them, however, is.
John has a prostate exam and discovers something surprising about himself. Experimentation follows. Sherlock wants to help. They’re in love. You know the drill.
Post Series 3. Sherlock and John are devastated after Mary Morstan makes her final moves. Sherlock relapses at the crack house, John walks around the world …and a lot happens in between. Parentlock, in the good way.
John is a mess. Sherlock can’t fix him, but he tries. That’s good enough, John thinks.
Seven years ago, Captain John Watson of the Canadian
Forces Medical Service withdrew from society, seeking a simple, isolated
life in the distant northern wilderness of Canada. Though he survives
from one day to the next, he doesn’t truly live until someone from his
dark past calls in a favor and turns his world upside-down with the
introduction of Sherlock Holmes.“The essentials of their relationship distilled through solitude.”
–review by Alicat
Sherlock holding his head in his hands as if it was something fragile and important seemed to remove John a little from the rest of the pain. As if, he thought exhaustedly, Sherlock was able to hold his pain as well as his head, so that John didn’t have to carry it alone.
That was the surprising bit – the way his doctor said it, eyes shining with sympathy but breathing it out, shifting it off her shoulders and thrusting it onto his, making him take it like an unwanted gift.
Everything felt wrong. His hair was going the wrong way. His arms were bent in ways he wouldn’t choose to bend them. His neck hurt and he couldn’t really feel his toes. Something was dripping on his face – and rolling up.No, this definitely wasn’t right. “Sherlock? Sherlock!” a frantic and pained voice whispered next to his ear. Sherlock groaned and turned his head, hissing as the muscles at the juncture of his neck and shoulder flared with pain.“All right, it’s all right, it’s fine.” Sherlock couldn’t finish turning his head for fear of the muscle seizing completely, but the rest of his senses were kicking back in. Metallic creaks and groans, cracking glass, the distinct smell of petrol and burnt rubber.A car crash. He had been in a car crash.
“I had,” he said, “come to an entirely erroneous conclusion, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from insufficient data.”– Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band
In the latter part of the 19th century, a peculiar solitary man and an ex-army doctor disfigured at war live in a small village, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. When they first meet, they have no idea their lives are about to change forever and, over the months, they will form an unusual friendship, discover more about each other and themselves, and maybe fall a little in love along the way.
Of nightmares, family, and forgiveness.
Sherlock’s mind goes exceedingly, devastatingly quiet and gray-blank. When he speaks it’s through a thick haze, it’s through molasses, he’s so disconnected from the words that it may as well be the unconscious shooter speaking. “It was only a twenty-two,” he says, voice unfeeling and unwavering, as though that makes any sense at all.
Sherlock always had an influence on John, so when he “dies” and John
finds his secret stash of cocaine, one thing leads to another. And John
is far too proud to admit just how far he is falling or ask for help.
Afterall, who is there left that he can really ask?
So there’s a big discrepancy between the timelines of THOB and ASIB. I’ve always assumed all of episode 5 occurs after episode 4, but that is not the case. Sherlock arriving at Baker Street covered in blood, begging for cigarettes, begging for a case to distract him - all of this happens before Irene Adler comes into the picture. How can I prove that? Through Mrs. Hudson’s new dress:
Sherlock points out that it’s new while he’s deducing her love life.
But she’s worn that dress before…. in A Scandal in Belgravia
So if it’s new in THOB, then that scene where they meet Irene happens AFTER the deduction of her dress.
Not to mention John in THOB is reading a news article about Sherlock that’s the SAME article Irene Adler reads in ASIB, not merely the same photo.
So what does all this mean?
It means Sherlock was worked up, looking for cigarettes, yearning for something 7% stronger than tea because of what happened in episode 3. More specifically, the pool scene. He gave up smoking, tried hiding cigarettes in his shoe only to have them confiscated and unattainable. Sherlock told John there’s only two choices to end his torment: Find Bluebell or play Cluedo. John didn’t want to play Cluedo because Sherlock clearly didn’t understand the rules. But because this happened before Irene Adler’s case, seeing the Cluedo board stabbed into the wall above the mantle means because Sherlock didn’t immediately care to investigate a rabbit (obviously), they ended up playing Cluedo… and Sherlock stabbed the board. This time discrepancy also explains why John says - seemingly the same day in THOB - “Mrs Hudson FINALLY got to the wife in Doncaster” even though they found out about it earlier that morning. It’s because it’s not the same day at all. It’s completely different months for all we know.
So Henry Knight wasn’t the client who we heard ring the doorbell that afternoon in THOB. He appears months later on a random morning.
Funny, isn’t it?
(Tagging those who may be interested - sorry if everyone knows this and I just caught on)
@stillgosherlocked @monikakrasnorada @yorkiepug @mr-brightside24 @propergenius @waitingforgarridebs @heimish1881 @calliopecookiejar @sherlock-little-weed @laughing-at-the-darkness @beejohnlocked @weeesi @just-sort-of-happened @thebisonwitheadphones @vanetti
Years later, here we are wondering about whether the show cares about the subtle manipulation of time and keeping timeline secrets from their audience. After watching series 4, I’d say that’s a definite “yes”.
I thought I’d let you know what I’m reading/planning to read this month. I don’t actually get a lot of time to read new fics and I always choose fics by recommendation, these days and personal recommendations send fics to the top of the list! So, to kick off, I’m currently reading…
@indybaggins’ Masters of Ink 67.5k in 7 chapters. John has a triple-coiled tattoo machine in his hand and a row of inks at the ready. He has gloves on, a willing client in front of him, and a detailed stencil. He is ready to win this bloody competition. Except he’s competing against Sherlock Holmes…First-meeting-on-a-reality-show AU, Ink Master edition! There is expert tattooing, slightly less expert flirting, and two men falling hard. But John is married, and they can’t all win.
Thoroughly enjoying this one, as (at the point I’m up to) it is beginning to explore the ramifications of adultery and that’s unusual in the Sherlock fandom. Usually we give John a pass because we just want him with Sherlock, but this seems to delve a little deeper. The associated artwork, courtesy of JM Mee, is also a wonderful addition.
There are a couple of WIPs that I am aching to see finished - I’m generally horrid and don’t touch fics until they’re done and dusted but I was recommended these fics a thousand times, and I can pass those recommendations on with bells on!
whiskies neat by @ellipsical-elle 14k in 11/? chapters. Explicit. Home and hearth and whiskies neat, or, alternatively, Sherlock Holmes falls in love.
This is the most poetic porn you could wish to encounter. It is delicious. Read it as a WIP and experience the wonderful tension that is building!
Beauty from Ashes by BakerTumblings 179k in 21/23 chapters. Mature. John Watson, MD, is a freelance Medical Coordinator, who has been hired by British Government leader Mycroft Holmes to work miracles on behalf of his brother, who is suffering from terrible sequelae of addiction, failure to thrive, and unsuccessful rehab stints. Cue the headstrong encounters!
I am such a sucker for Dr John and he is especially competent here with our very, very sick Sherlock. There are a couple of scenes that had me on my proverbial knees, just blissed out by the awesomeness! Gah!
The Vapor Variant by @88thparallel 67.5k in 17/18 chapters. Teen and up. They stood face to face in the middle of a clearing. The dim light of the moon barely allowed Sherlock to see the glassy terror in John’s eyes and the sweat that glistened off his forehead. His nose was bleeding again, blood dripping in a slow stream from his right nostril.They were both gasping for air, John’s eyes locked on Sherlock’s. There was no recognition there, just wild animal fear.Time stood still for an eternal few seconds, and Sherlock took a shaky breath. “John—”Spell broken, John spun and bolted back into the woods.Still heaving for air, Sherlock took off after him.
This one is Dr John laid low, with Sherlock in the caring, supporting role. God, I love it! Excitement and angst, chase scenes, medical scenes (overseen by the wonderful @jbaillier, so we know they’re authentic!) and just all-round fandom goodness. Can’t wait to read the final chapter!
And on to fics I have yet to begin reading…
The Lost Special: Family Matters (As Do Relationships) by @shirleycarlton WIP 70k in 21/28 chapters. Mature. Sherrinford is not really the name of some high security prison. That was just a figment of John’s frantic coma dream. And Eurus is not actually Sherlock’s sister. That’s just something random she said to John before shooting him. Sherlock and John were never actually estranged. That was just their act to cover up what really happened to Mary – or Rosamund Moran, as her real name has turned out to be. Sherlock does have a secret sibling, though, and his name is Sherrinford. After finally eliminating Moran – though in a rather dramatically different way than they had envisioned – and exposing the truth about Eurus, John encourages Sherlock to delve into his past and to find out whether the reasons to keep Sherrinford away from Sherlock were the right ones, and to discover what really happened in 1981. Along the way, Sherlock and John gradually, finally, stop keeping each other at a distance, and eventually become a proper family of their own.
I understand that this is a fix-it fic that seeks to answer all the plot holes that were apparent in the last series and is a big nod of thanks to all the folk who spent so much time and energy on meta analysis in the wake of devastation that followed! I am so looking forward to this one!
Failing Upward by @elwinglyre 204k in 40 chapters. Explicit. When John Watson, a young med student who supports himself as a florist-by-day and musician-by-night, finds he is heir to supernatural powers that others would kill to possess, John’s life transforms into a mixture of comedy and terror. As he fights to understand what’s real and what’s imagined, he finds that the key was there all along: his brilliant best friend, Sherlock Holmes, the man who becomes the touchstone for all that John is and ever will be. Set in current day cities and countryside of Michigan, this story blends romance, magical realism and science fiction with humor. 1st POV John Watson.
I have been woo’d by the summary and the opening notes. (Never underestimate the power of introduction!)
Out There by @discordantwords 131k in 10 chapters. Teen and Up. FBI Special Agent John Watson, medical doctor and army veteran, is assigned to assist eccentric genius Sherlock Holmes with paranormal investigations on the X-Files project.
It’s by DiscordantWords. ‘Nuff said.
Writing and reading fanfic is a masterclass in characterisation.
Consider: in order to successfully write two different “versions” of the same character - let alone ten, or fifty, or a hundred - you have to make an informed judgement about their core personality traits, distinguishing between the results of nature and nurture, and decide how best to replicate those conditions in a new narrative context. The character you produce has to be recognisably congruent with the canonical version, yet distinct enough to fit within a different - perhaps wildly so - story. And you physically can’t accomplish this if the character in question is poorly understood, or viewed as a stereotype, or one-dimensional. Yes, you can still produce the fic, but chances are, if your interest in or knowledge of the character(s) is that shallow, you’re not going to bother in the first place.
Because ficwriters care about nuance, and they especially care about continuity - not just literal continuity, in the sense of corroborating established facts, but the far more important (and yet more frequently neglected) emotional continuity. Too often in film and TV canons in particular, emotional continuity is mistakenly viewed as a synonym for static characterisation, and therefore held anathema: if the character(s) don’t change, then where’s the story? But emotional continuity isn’t anti-change; it’s pro-context. It means showing how the character gets from Point A to Point B as an actual journey, not just dumping them in a new location and yelling Because Reasons! while moving on to the next development. Emotional continuity requires a close reading, not just of the letter of the canon, but its spirit - the beats between the dialogue; the implications never overtly stated, but which must logically occur off-screen. As such, emotional continuity is often the first casualty of canonical forward momentum: when each new TV season demands the creation of a new challenge for the protagonists, regardless of where and how we left them last, then dealing with the consequences of what’s already happened is automatically put on the backburner.
Fanfic does not do this.
Fanfic embraces the gaps in the narrative, the gracenotes in characterisation that the original story glosses, forgets or simply doesn’t find time for. That’s not all it does, of course, but in the context of learning how to write characters, it’s vital, because it teaches ficwriters - and fic readers - the difference between rich and cardboard characters. A rich character is one whose original incarnation is detailed enough that, in order to put them in fanfic, the writer has to consider which elements of their personality are integral to their existence, which clash irreparably with the new setting, and which can be modified to fit, to say nothing of how this adapted version works with other similarly adapted characters. A cardboard character, by contrast, boasts so few original or distinct attributes that the ficwriter has to invent them almost out of whole cloth. Note, please, that attributes are not necessarily synonymous with details in this context: we might know a character’s favourite song and their number of siblings, but if this information gives us no actual insight into them as a person, then it’s only window-dressing. By the same token, we might know very few concrete facts about a character, but still have an incredibly well-developed sense of their personhood on the basis of their actions.
The fact that ficwriters en masse - or even the same ficwriter in different AUs - can produce multiple contradictory yet still fundamentally believable incarnations of the same person is a testament to their understanding of characterisation, emotional continuity and narrative.
So I was reading this rumination on fanfic and I was thinking about something @involuntaryorange once talked to me about, about fanfic being its own genre, and something about this way of thinking really rocked my world? Because for a long time I have thought like a lawyer, and I have defined fanfiction as “fiction using characters that originated elsewhere,” or something like that. And now I feel like…fanfiction has nothing to do with using other people’s characters, it’s just a character-driven *genre* that is so character-driven that it can be more effective to use other people’s characters because then we can really get the impact of the storyteller’s message but I feel like it could also be not using other people’s characters, just a more character-driven story. Like, I feel like my original stuff–the novellas I have up on AO3, the draft I just finished–are probably really fanfiction, even though they’re original, because they’re hitting fanfic beats. And my frustration with getting original stuff published has been, all along, that I’m calling it a genre it really isn’t.
And this is why many people who discover fic stop reading other stuff. Once you find the genre you prefer, you tend to read a lot in that genre. Some people love mysteries, some people love high-fantasy. Saying you love “fic” really means you love this character-driven genre.
So when I hear people be dismissive of fic I used to think, Are they just not reading the good fic? Maybe I need to put the good fic in front of them? But I think it turns out that fanfiction is a genre that is so entirely character-focused that it actually feels weird and different, because most of our fiction is not that character-focused.
It turns out, when I think about it, I am simply a character-based consumer of pop culture. I will read and watch almost anything but the stuff that’s going to stick with me is because I fall for a particular character. This is why once a show falters and disagrees with my view of the character, I can’t just, like, push past it, because the show *was* the character for me.
Right now my big thing is the Juno Steel stories, and I know that they’re doing all this genre stuff and they have mysteries and there’s sci-fi and meanwhile I’m just like, “Okay, whatever, I don’t care about that, JUNO STEEL IS THE BEST AND I WANT TO JUST ROLL AROUND IN HIS SARCASTIC, HILARIOUS, EMOTIONALLY PINING HEAD.” That is the fanfiction-genre fan in me coming out. Someone looking for sci-fi might not care about that, but I’m the type of consumer (and I think most fic-people are) who will spend a week focusing on what one throwaway line might reveal about a character’s state of mind. That’s why so many fics *focus* on those one throwaway lines. That’s what we’re thinking about.
And this is what makes coffee shop AUs so amazing. Like, you take some characters and you stick them in a coffee shop. That’s it. And yet I love every single one of them. Because the focus is entirely on the characters. There is no plot. The plot is they get coffee every day and fall in love. That’s the entire plot. And that’s the perfect fanfic plot. Fanfic plots are almost always like that. Almost always references to other things that clue you in to where the story is going. Think of “friends to lovers” or “enemies to lovers” or “fake relationship,” and you’re like, “Yes. I love those. Give me those,” and you know it’s going to be the same plot, but that’s okay, you’re not reading for the plot. It’s like that Tumblr post that goes around that’s like, “Me starting a fake relationship fic: Ooooh, do you think they’ll fall in love for real????” But you’re not reading for the suspense. Fic frees you up from having to spend effort thinking about the plot. Fic gives your brain space to focus entirely on the characters. And, especially in an age of plot-twist-heavy pop culture, that almost feels like a luxury. “Come in. Spend a little time in this character’s head. SPEND HOURS OF YOUR LIFE READING SO MANY STORIES ABOUT THIS CHARACTER’S HEAD. Until you know them like a friend. Until you know them so well that you miss them when you’re not hanging out with them.”
When that is your story, when the characters become like your friends, it makes sense that you’re freed from plot. It’s like how many people don’t really have a “plot” to hanging out with their friends. There’s this huge obsession with plot, but lives don’t have plots. Lives just happen. We try to shape them into plots later, but that’s just this organizational fiction we’re imposing. Plot doesn’t have to be the raison d’etre of all story-telling, and fic reminds us of that.
Idk, this was a lot of random rambling but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.
“fanfiction has nothing to do with using other people’s characters, it’s just a character-driven *genre* that is so character-driven that it can be more effective to use other people’s characters”
yes!!!! I feel like I knew this on some level but I’ve never explicitly thought about it that way. this feels right, yep. Mainstream fiction often seems very dry to me and I think this is why - it tends to skip right over stuff that would be a huge plot arc in a fanfic, if not an entire fanfic in itself. And I’m like, “hey, wait, go back to that. Why are you skipping that? Where’s the story?” But now I think maybe people who don’t like fanfiction are going like, “why is there an entire fanfic about something that could have happened offscreen? Is anything interesting ever going to happen here? Where’s the story?”
Yes! Exactly! This!!!
This crystallized for me when I taught my first class of fanfiction to non-fic-readers and they just kept being like, “But nothing happens. What’s the plot?” and I was so confused, like, “What are you talking about? They fall in love. That’s the plot.” But we were, I think, talking past each other. They kept waiting for some big moment to happen, but for me the point was that the little moments were the big moments.
Great post in general but @earlgreytea68 put into words what happened to me I relation to a lot of media - I need more about the characters. I need to know how they recovered from that scene/incident, I need to know what was said. I WANT to know what their routine is like when there is no plot (no mistery to solve, no murderer to escape).
E.g. codas are probably my favourite type of fic for tv series because there’s never enough about the characters just LIVING.
Thank you! I think many fic people just want all that off-screen stuff! And I also adore coda fics, because I really, really need for the story to just go on, and on, and on, and on. Like, there is just never enough of that for me, I feel like I would happily read forever (and then it would be bad, because I would need to eat and sleep and stuff and I would just be reading).
This is a tangent, but I went on a “Sports Night” fic reading binge a few weeks ago and the fic was all lovely and thoughtful and wow, the banter was absolutely spot-on and I was super-impressed but almost all of it ended with them getting together. Just…they got together, and that was the end. And that was great, I was glad they were together, but I just kept thinking, “But no, you’ve ended the story, and this is why my story would start.”
There’s this great fic, Like Sailing and Home Runs, that is great, and intense, and narratively clever and complex, and Dan delivers this speech into the third-to-last section, right after he and Casey get together:
“So far, I’m cruising on the euphoria of a new relationship and really, really good sex. The working together thing… It hasn’t quite hit us. So far it’s just been, you know, trying not to make out at work. Wait until we get a bad interview, a few cancelled games, and a crappy day of writing. That’s when the reality will hit.” Dan breathed in deeply and stretched his arms across the back of the couch. “But right now, it’s Euphoria City.”
And I just found myself thinking: All of that, that Dan’s talking about, that’s the interesting part of the story to me. I want to read about the bad days. Not because I want them to break up, but because I want to see how they handle it. I want to get them past Euphoria City and know they’re still going to be okay. I know it’s not what’s interesting to everyone! I totally get that! But…yeah. That’s what I want to know about.
(A very brief list of other Sports Night recs: A Form in Wax, which was a lovely slow, gradual descent into their relationship, and the in-progress All Eyes Are On You Now, which has delighted me greatly by getting them together and not being over yet. :-))
yes! I think what @nianeyna said about mainstream media skipping over what fic concentrates on, and lots of what @earlgreytea68 also said, is part of why sherlock s3 felt so jarring. All during hiatus after s2, fic dealt with the emotional consequences of every element, not only between john & sherlock, but also sally, lestrade, and anderson, etc, yet s3 glossed over most of what we felt “must be addressed”. It also glossed over the hanging threads of plot, but the hanging threads of emotional/character stuff were what made it *feel* discontinuous.
ADFASKDLFHKALSDFHSLAKDFH THANK YOU NONNY. Awwwwwwwwwww you’re too kind!
I try to love everyone, but some days, man. Some days.
<3 Cheers! <3
Sherlock Holmes, undercover lover (51201 words) by fellshish
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Greg Lestrade, Jonathan Wilson (OMC), Mary Morstan, Charles Augustus Magnussen, Stephen Bainbridge, Janine (Sherlock), Bill Wiggins, Jonathan Smalls - Character
Additional Tags: Angst with a Happy Ending, Reality TV, Post-Reichenbach, Johnlock - Freeform, Friends to Lovers, Pining, POV John Watson, Jealous John, john ‘captain of denial’ watson, It’s For a Case, Eventual Smut, Virgin Sherlock, Angst and Humor, switchlock, angsty sex, Face Slapping, Tipsy sexual acts, Mentions of the word ‘penis’, Sharing a Bed, Coming In Pants, Fave character: the perineum, pavlov’s boner
When the celebrity bachelor on a dating show begins receiving death threats, Sherlock goes undercover as a contestant to try and solve the puzzle before it’s too late. Problem: he doesn’t know how to seduce people. Who better than John ‘three continents’ Watson to provide seduction tips? It’s not gay if you’re helping out a friend.
If you haven’t yet read this fic, read it now.
Hey friend here ya go …
The Baker Street
Nativity by swissmiss, 99 k, explicit. Adorable AU crossover with the
movie “Nativity” starring Martin Freeman. Sherlock is a teacher at Baker Street
school, and John is assigned as his assistant to help put on the annual
Nativity play. Of course a romance brews between them as they work on the
I Just Want You for My Own by cwb, 166 k, explicit. Teenlock, American AU. Unilock. Sherlock and John head home from their respective schools for the winter break.
Nature and Nurture by earlgreytea68, 203 k, mature. Very cute parentlock. For some reason Sherlock was accidentally cloned in an experiment. Mycroft drops off a 3 month old baby for Sherlock and John to care for. Somewhere amidst taking care of little Oliver, the two admit their feelings and fall into a real relationship as they raise their son. Super sweet.
Kryptaria, 95 k, explicit. AU – John is retired from the Canadian army living
in an isolated homestead. An old
military connection, Mycroft Holmes, calls in a favor. He must house his
younger brother Sherlock while he detoxes from drugs.
in a Leading Role by
Mad_Lori, 156 k, explicit. AU, John and Sherlock are actors working in a
stunning movie directed by Ang Lee including but not just about two gay men.
Somewhere in the midst of filming, they find themselves drawn to each other
although neither would have called themselves gay prior to the movie.
To the Sticking Place by blueink3, 121 k. (Actor AU.) Renowned Shakespearean actor Sherlock Holmes has finally burned all of his bridges in the theatre industry save for his constant director, Greg Lestrade. John Watson has made a name for himself in the musical theatre circuit, but age and injury are working against him. Can they reinvent themselves for an all-male Macbeth without killing one another?
between each beat are words unsaid by darcylindbergh, hudders-and-hiddles, 107 k, teen. On their wedding night, John and Sherlock gift each other with a collection of writings, all the things they each said when the other could not hear.
The Edinburgh Problem by snorklepie, 152 k,explicit. After he separates from Mary, John returns to Baker Street. Following a request for help from Sherlock’s cousin Violet, the detective and his blogger take a trip to Edinburgh. John discovers more about the Holmes family and Sherlock than he bargained for, but tries not to run screaming
Sketchy by serpentynka, 184 k, explicit. What (and who) will be left when nobody cares about your Work? A slow-burn fic with cases, places, mistaken identities, unfair choices, essential changes, violent feels, blatant lies, fearless portraiture, family secrets, high-risk bespoke gifts, durable friendships, bedtime stories, foreign travel and tongues, sickness, and of course, porn.
Boyfriend Material by PoppyAlexander, 151 k, explicit. (Hockey AU.) Boston Brawlers’ team captain John Watson longs for two things: a championship before he retires, and a boyfriend. Assigned to room with goaltender Sherlock Holmes–known around the league as both a genius and a “weird dude”–on Brawlers’ roadtrips, John discovers the things they have in common that lead to an easy friendship and a convenient arrangement.
by SinceWhenDoYouCallMe_John, 159 k, explicit. (1970’s, American surfing AU.)
All John Watson wants is the feeling of a freshly waxed surfboard under his
feet and the hot California sun baking down onto his back, leaving dark
memories behind. That’s all he wants, that is, until the hot young phenom
taking Oahu and the Hawaiian shores by storm steps up next to him in the sand
in the second round of the 1976 International Surf Competition.
The Stars Move Still by beautifulfiction, 96 k, explicit.
Magical AU. Sherlock is a powerful mage, and though John is skilled as a
healer, he’s an average mage at best. Together though, they combine their
energies to create something amazing. Morarity is a demon they must defeat to
save all, and the sprites in this story are adorable!
Full Court Press
by MissDavis, 126 k, explicit. Unilock, basketball AU. Sherlock Holmes has
accepted a scholarship to play basketball at the College of St. Bartholomew’s.
He expects to be their star player and turn the team’s losing record around. He
does not expect to fall in love with the team’s captain, a certain scrappy
point guard named John Watson. Or: Sherlock is the team’s best shooter. John is
the team’s best ball-handler.
and Sand by
grey853, 158 k, explicit. Amazing tour-de-force novel-length story. Sherlock is
an ex-drug addict who was molested as a child, and sold himself for drugs as a
young adult. John is a vet from special ops with PTSD nightmares and
flashbacks. Much unfolds as they decide to commit, plan a wedding, and inform
everyone of their new status.
Safe Distance by merripestin, 114 k, explicit.
Sherlock comes back from the dead and John reacts by falling into bed
with him. They still have much to process emotionally though as cases pull them
To Light Another’s Path by
BeautifulFiction, 128 k, explicit, Teaching John to observe seems to be a
losing battle, but when Sherlock falls ill and submits himself to John’s care,
will he realise that there is more to life than the science of deduction?
Meanwhile, there is a murder to solve, and John must try and convince Sherlock
not to sacrifice his own health for the sake of the case.
Given In Evidence by verityburns, 97 k,
mature. Coming back from the dead can be a complicated business. With a new
case on the horizon, rebuilding a life is one thing… rebuilding a friendship
quite another. For Sherlock and John, things may never be just the same…
Walking Together by SailorChibi, 101 k, teen. AU where everyone has one soul mate that they usually meet early in life. Sherlock Holmes never had a soul mate and never wanted one… until he met John Watson.
The Bang and the Clatter by earlgreytea68, 137 k, mature. Sherlock Holmes is a pitcher and John Watson is a catcher. No, no, no, it’s a baseball AU.
Colors by Quesarasara, 140 k,
explicit. Everyone on earth is born with eyes that see in black, white, and an
endless series of greys. When you meet your soulmate, you finally see the world
in color. We’re all searching for the person who brings color to our lives. John
and Sherlock are no exception.
Shout out to the absolute whatthefuckedness of S4 for being the genesis for so many awesome fanfics
Reblog if one of your faves is a result of S4
My personal post-series 4 Top 10
Radioactive Trees in a Red Forest by Maribor_Petrichor (280K, E, Johnlock)
John Watson is what happens when a man can no longer see a reason to go on.John Watson is what happens when a man starts to let go.“It is what it is.”John Watson is what happens when what “it is” becomes too much to bear.This is a story of the life, death, and resurrection of John Hamish Watson.
Hell Hath No Fury by SilentAuror (53K, E, Johnlock)
As John attempts to move forward with his life, newly moved back into Baker Street, Vee Holmes begins to search for some long-missing answers about what happened to her children back at Musgrave Hall. With a kidnapper on the loose and some unanswered questions about the nature of the memory drug TD-12 and its effects, things are far from settled…
Restoration by Chryse (50K, E, Johnlock, Sherlock/OMC)
“It won’t ever be the same as it was.”
“Of course it won’t be the same. But it might be even better.”
The Pieces That Fall to Earth by Itsallfine (49K, M, Johnlock)
John and Sherlock have hit rock bottom, but with all their armor stripped away, they can finally speak honestly, seek healing, and find the truths that matter most.
Christmas Time After Time by PlaidAdder (41K, T, Johnlock, Warstan and Harry/Clara)
John’s not really big on Christmas; and this year, the first after Mary’s death, he’s not feeling it. Everyone’s away, Sherlock’s on a case–alone–and Rosie’s asleep. But that’s all right. He’s fine. He’ll just have a quiet Christmas Eve by himself, drinking in front of the telly.Only out there in time and space, there’s another Doctor who thinks that sounds like the saddest thing ever. And she’s going to do something about it.Thirteen takes John on a whirlwind tour of Christmases past and future. The more he learns about this time travel thing, the more John starts to wonder: how did his current timeline become…what it is? And might these alternatives hold the key to a less miserable present, and maybe a brighter future?
(Never) Turn Your Back to the Sea by DiscordantWords (40K, M, Johnlock)
Baker Street is very much the same. Only different. And Sherlock is just trying not to drown.
Nucleus by ampersand_ch (39K, E, Johnlock)
Sherlock attends therapy sessions with Ella to work through his family history. In doing so, he stumbles upon another issue that’s been buried deep down inside him.
Before I Come Home by TooSelin (36K, M, Johnlock)
Sometimes you need to reopen old wounds before they can heal. Sometimes you need to get away before you can come home.
The Strings That Bind by BakerTumblings (20K, E, Johnlock and brief John/“Elizabeth”)
So what if John and Eurus had managed a hook-up somewhere off screen in Season 4?
Where You Hang Your Heart by Suitesamba (13K, M, Johnlock)
When it was all over, when the east wind had blown through and they’d picked themselves off the pavement, Sherlock said enough.When it was all over, when Mary was dead and Rosie didn’t have enough family left for John to risk even an adrenaline high, John watched Sherlock go.Eighteen years later, the real journey begins.
the wonderful, amazingly brilliant fics by @silentauroriamthereal ♥️♥️
Because there’s more than one!
I have asked this myself in the past and never gotten an answer.
Maybe today will be the day we are both finally enlightened.
So very pretty - John Watson & Sherlock Holmes Season 3 promo Pictures -
Get more Season 3 photoshoot pics here: (Sherlock mid-shots 1) (Sherlock mid-shots 2) (Sherlock full length) (Sherlock close-ups 1) (Sherlock Close-ups 2) (Sherlock in Landscape) (Black/White Johnlock) (Blue abba pictures) (Sherlock staircase) (John Watson mid-shots) (Sherlock & John coloured) (John & Sherlock long shots)
Adorable engagement pics
Their gay coats are touching 😭😭😭
anyone please ask your crush out like this
The thrilling answer
no they need to kiss out behind the school!!!!
oops my hand slipped
nexttttt pleaseee :D
Come on guys add on to this tumblr needs this to be a comic series
I was asked for doing this, so I did
I’m out of ideas! XD
THIS IS TOO CUTE I CAN’T LEAVE IT ALONE I’M SORRY
OHHHHHHHHHH MYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDD!!!!!!!
LOOOK ATT THIIIIS!!!!
LOOOOK ATTT THIIIISS!!!!
IT HAD TO BE DONE:
OH MY GOOD!!!!!
I LOVE THIS
REBLOGGED THIS TWICE
I have a need…..I must add to this…
still waiting for the smut
C’mon guys… it needs some smut
THIS NEEDS TO CONTINUE
SOMEONE PLEASE CONTINUE IT
Not so perfect but still perfect first date
HOLY SHIT I LOVE THIS WITH MY ENTIRE HEART
O HECk IT GOT bETtEr
OMG, THIS IS PERFECT 💖
notes/letters=the most intimate gesture!
I reblogged this like a year and a half ago and IT CONTINUES!?
ITS BACK OMG
Omg it’s here!
THIS CUTE I WANNA CONTINUE IT
Ok I tried because this is so cute
OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDFFDFF
IT GOT EVEN BETTER OMG
This has to be the most adorable thing I’ve seen today.
This gave me so many happy and cute feels
every time this circles back there’s always more, I love you all
this warms my heart on so many levels <3
I’m just sitting here
Hitting my knee
Squealing and smiling omfg
this is now a tumblr web comic, who knows when the next upate is, all we know is its gonna be fucking amazing when it happens
best thing ever
Traditional style (Sorry the picture quality is really bad) but here is my (super short) update!!
(The text says : Movie? I won’t be late!)
This is beautiful
OMG I REMEMBER THIS!!! AND THIS IS SO LONG NOW AND SO ADORABLE!!! I LOVE ALL THE DIFFERENT ART STYLES!!
I love this so much. For multiple reasons. One all of the different art styles. Two I have been seen this post around Tumblr ever since I first came here. And three ever since I first came it’s been getting longer and better ever cents!
This is some cute shit
This has been here since the start of my blog and it’s one of my favourite posts that I had on my dash and it still is
Even after all this time I’m so invested in this
I AM SPEECHLESS
I love this so much😭😭😭
thiS IS THE ABSOLUTE MOST ADORABLE THING EVER XD
THIS IS SO CUTE I’M ACTUALLY SCREAMING
This took me 10 minutes to read through. I’m reposting this cuz it was so worth it. It doesn’t match my blog but oh fucking well. 😻😻😻😻
holy shit this is amazing
there are a lot of you damn gays out there — that will be the one thing i ever take away from being on this terriblé website, and i’m grateful to know it — and all of you & more are always wondering how to go about discovering lgbt cinema to watch, whether you’re starting from the bottom or you’re already past the “classics” google always regurgitates over and over. that’s why i want to talk about some resources you can use to learn about lgbt films new and old and national and international and good and bad and healthy and problematic — because lgbt cinema is varied and goes all the way back to silent film, and that’s the truest thing you should take away from this experience: people will tell you lgbt cinema is only finding its voice in recent years, but that is not the case; lgbt creatives have always had voices, just not the opportunities to use them. so let’s celebrate them!
note: lgbt cinema is not always explicit melodrama. a lot — no, most, considering the entire history of cinema — lgbt narratives are subtextual and/or coded. if you prefer stories like, say, brokeback mountain, in which the explicit physicality of their relationship is an active and essential part of the narrative — its foundation, its romance, its tragedy — i am not judging you whatsoever. we all like to see ourselves onscreen, and that includes the nsfw moments. but you have to understand coming into the history of film, which is over a hundred years old, that this can feel rare and far between in the years before, say, 1990. in a similar vein, a majority (as in, more than half) of lgbt cinema is problematic — sometimes to a startling degree. spatio-temporal context is important when we’re considering any film, but this does not necessarily excuse them. your relationship with each and every film is personal, but please be warned !
one of my all-time favourite resources for today’s films (which i believe is relevant to a lot of you who prefer contemporary technique and performance-driven narratives):
- cannes film festival has been nominating lgbt-related films for an award called the queer palm for the last eight years, which encompasses international lgbt cinema, some of which is so niche they don’t even have wikipedia pages. these films are often incredible and diverse — they are not only about straight-passing beautiful white men, though some, inevitably, knowing the film industry as it is, are — and this is one of my favourite resources for parsing through contemporary cinema for the gay goodies !
for other mildly useful wikipedia pages, see these:
- list of lgbt film awards and their nominees (will hopefully filter for some quality cinema)
- list of international lgbt film festivals (can provide independent, student, arthouse, and foreign titles)
- new queer cinema (1990s) and essential directors
- master list of lgbt films with wikipedia pages
(the general wikipedia lgbt portal can be found here)
my favourite master list, though, exists on mubi. i know a lot of cinephile types go hard for letterboxd, but imo mubi is more organised, prettier, encourages a more intelligent and interesting community, and live streams art cinema all day for free (they have a streaming service you can pay for but you don’t have to). users can create lists, and here are a couple i reference a lot:
- the master list to end all master lists with over 4,200 lgbt and lgbt-related films
- a much more cohesive list of about 150 titles that serves as a great place to start, a kind of “queer cinema 101″ guide
another thing i love about mubi is that they often have a reliable “related films” section of a film’s page. for example, i recently watched wild reeds, a gay film by andré téchiné (because of course he made a gay film — or ten), and when i scroll down to the bottom of its mubi page i can see “related” titles, which appear to be other téchiné titles, lgbt french films, and international coming-of-age romances. they’re not always related by genre (like lgbt), but i’ve found more than one film i want to watch by going to the pages of films i love and checking this feature out !
anyways, back to lists: one of my favourite resources in the natural world is bfi(; this is partly because i studied british cinema, so i am biased, but this does not mean all of their recommendations are british films, even if this is what they are most well-versed in). they create fantastic, dynamic lists that are not “best of,” but instead “hey here’s 10 great films,” and i appreciate that so much because trying to quantify all of cinema into some kind of categorical end-all, be-all list is 1) dumb 2) reductive 3) the kind of academic practice that crushes passion and awe 4) if philippe garrel says don’t do it then don’t do it. bfi has quite a few lgbt lists with tons of hidden treasure films:
- 10 great gay british films
- 10 great lgbt films from latin america
- 10 great lesser-known british lgbt films
- 10 great transgender films
- 10 great lesbian films
- 10 great american lesbian films
- 10 great gay horror films
- 10 great lgbt thrillers
- 10 great canadian lesbian, gay and transgender films
- 10 great jewish lgbt films
- 10 great lgbt films from east and south-east asia
- 10 great gay french films
(you can look through their general lists here)
here are miscellaneous resources you can consider:
- lgbt films during the silent era
- a bunch of free (low-budget) lgbt films uploaded to youtube by filmrise distribution company
- lgbt celebs discuss their favourite lgbt films
- list of nearly every canon lgbt couple from the history of television (or, at least, english-language television with some exceptions)
- breaking news, lists, and reviews at: the advocate / afterellen
- lgbt films on: bfi player / netflix / hulu / bbc three iplayer / logo
this should leave you well and busy for, say, the next 20 years? :’)
Sherlock may not always understand empathy, but he understands some basic human psychology and knows how to use certain actions in order to cause certain reactions, as he lets on in this scene from ‘Many Happy Returns’.
In other words, he knows how to get others to like him —if he wanted to.
But he doesn’t. Most of the time he doesn’t, mainly because he considers normal people to be dull and vulgar. This is made particularly clear in this scene of ASiB, which has very similar lines to those he says in MHR:
In this scene, Sherlock is presented with a way to appeal to his ‘fans’ and to be more ‘accessible’ by letting them see he’s not perfect or almighty, and his reaction is disgust. He clearly has no interest in being liked by people in general. He doesn’t give a shit what anyone thinks of him. He has the necessary tools to be accepted among ‘common folks’ and yet he repeatedly states that he has no wish to fit in.
In fact, the only times we see him using his ‘smile and wink’ strategy are…
LITERALLY JOHN IS THE ONLY PERSON WITH WHICH SHERLOCK BOTHERS TO LOOK FRIENDLY, ACCESSIBLE AND, LIKE HE SAID IN ‘MANY HAPPY RETURNS’, HUMAN.
CAN YOU FUCKING BELIEVE SHERLOCK WANTED JOHN TO SEE HIS HUMANITY FROM THE VERY FIRST MOMENT. HE TRIED SO HARD TO BE THE MOST HUMANISED VERSION OF HIMSELF, TO MAKE HIMSELF RELATABLE SO JOHN WOULD BE DRAWN TO HIM.
SHERLOCK WAS SO DESPERATE TO LET HIM IN
I’M CRYING WHYYYYYY
Also can we talk about how Sherlock is so desperate to make sure that no one knows about his failures
❤️❤️ this lovely human.