oxfordtweed: (Hateful - Sherlock)
I find myself having conflicting feelings about this thing. On the one hand, Irene Adler aside, the first film did do wonderfully at putting Sherlock Holmes back into the public consciousness. I do think that's a good thing. On the other hand, Irene Adler. She could not have been presented any worse than she was, nd think that is a very bad thing.

I'm also a bit hesitant about Stephen Fry as Mycroft. Oh my. Yes. That could be so wonderful. But I just know that the studio have paid for Stephen Fry in a waistcoat, and not Stephen Fry playing a role that isn't himself. I half expect him to call someone 'my darling,' actually.

No, I don't think I'll be seeing this. You lot have fun with it, though. I just... I just can't.
oxfordtweed: (Watson - Gun)
This has come up in conversation a few times, and it's something I find rather interesting. It's a sort of hive mind thing, when it comes down to it, where fandom at large picks up on something that has never actually happened in canon.

Some that have come up a few times recently:


  • Martin Crieff is ginger

  • Martin Crieff is gay*

  • Sherlock is manic depressive

  • Sherlock is a virgin (not necessarily because he's asexual)

  • For that matter, Sherlock is asexual**

  • Sherlock is a bit of a fire bug

  • Sherlock's sociopathy diagnosis isn't official

  • Sherlock is on the autism spectrum

  • Sherlock can't make tea/deliberately doesn't make tea

  • Sherlock destroys kettles for fun

  • Mycroft kidnaps John for tea parties

  • Mycroft was married once, but is a widower/divorcee

  • Lestrade rides a motorbike

  • Mrs Hudson and Sherlock get high together

  • Mrs Hudson is Sherlock's pot dealer

  • Anthea has prosopagnosia (I've seen quite a few unrelated stories with this detail, even if fandom as a collective doesn't use it)



And there's also the stupid John likes jam and Anderson likes dinosaurs tropes that started out as crack and then strangled the fandom for no good reason.

There are probably many, many more that I'm forgetting. But I've seen all of these show up time and time again, despite little to no basis behind them. Some of them can be extrapolated from bits of dialogue, but quite a few of them came out of absolutely nowhere. There are quite a few for the Sherlock fandom that are brought over from ACD canon (his cocaine use, for one), which may be where the manic depressive one comes from.

But it just sort of amuses me that these things can pop up and just take over like that. I don't even know where some of these came from (Lestrade's motorbike, for one) but there they are.


*I do not mean this in a shippy sort of way. I've seen him paired with OMCs or prompted to be paired with one just as often as I've seen him with Douglas or Arthur. He's been single through the whole of canon, but there is some fairly strong evidence to suggest that he's meant to be gay.

** This is a matter of interpretation, more than anything. It's entirely possible to take the conversation at Angelo's to mean that he's gay and/or simply not looking for a relationship.

Plan

May. 23rd, 2011 01:33 pm
oxfordtweed: Nicholas Angel frowning at the camera (:-\ - Nicholas)

  • Very carefully devour the sandwich waiting for me in the fridge.

  • Finish my Holmestice.



Speaking of which, might anyone be able to do a quick beta for me on that? I put it off, thinking that I could do it after my appointment on Tuesday, but realised the other day that it's due on Wednesday. Which means I've been working on it whilst a bit high on pain killers. That's never good.

I tried asking for a beta on the meme, but got no takers. Sad.

Ugh

May. 3rd, 2011 02:13 am
oxfordtweed: (Default)
New community popped up, and it was something that I've been sort of hoping to find. I think, "Score! I've been waiting for one of these!"

And then I click on the profile, and everything on it just put me right off. All posts have a required header which is a mile long (and which requires a disclaimer, which bothers me to begin with), you can't post to the comm and include a link that leads elsewhere for your fic, not only is posting moderated, but so is the membership (seems like they're just creating more work for themselves there), and the comm layout is fuck-ugly.

Which, yes. Their comm, they can run it as they like. But I won't be joining. I will, however, be a bit disappointed that this comm exists, but is already being run with way too much force. Communities with a lot of rules have always really bothered me, because it does seem to sort of throttle back the fun aspect.'


And going back to fic headers for a moment. I have a document template in MSWord that has this text:



I still feel like I can make that smaller. I don't know why, but large headers put me off. I don't like disclaimers because they're stating the obvious and don't actually stop anyone from taking legal action. It's just an admission of guilt. Warnings sometimes rile me a bit as well. I warn for three subjects: extreme physical violence, any sexual violence, and mind-fuckery (whether it's a character or the reader who will be getting mindfucked). Someone last night asked how they should warn for someone cutting their hair whilst angry, and that just baffled me. Cutting hair is a trigger now? I can understand the mindset of not wanting to upset people, but I also hate the mindset that fandom should have all the sharp edges covered in bubble wrap and all of the toys made of soft foam.

Another reason I dislike warnings is because they spoil the story. Often unnecessarily so. But some people prefer them. I'm not going to tell anyone that they shouldn't or can't put warnings in their headers, but I will wonder why people feel the need to warn for kissing or eventual slash. If your header says Pairing: Sherlock/John, I'm going to assume that it's a slashfic. I'm a grown man who does not need you to hold my hand.

This is why I love AO3's UI. You are REQUIRED to fill iin a thing for warnings. And one of the options is that you choose to not warn for anything. It says right there on top of the fic that there may or may not be something that someone may or may not find squicky, but if I tell you what it is, it will kill the suspense of my story. I used to not even pay any mind to that section of the header until I came across one that was fairly decent until all of a sudden Sherlock had his hands down Mycroft's pants. And then I went 'ew,' made note of the author so I know who to avoid (since she doesn't warn for anything) and make a point to check the warnings area now.


That's another thing, too. Headers, especially the mile-long ones, are fucking redundant. I saw one the other day that included the date the fic was written. Generally, if a fic is posted to LJ for a show that's not even a year old and which only has four and a half hours of content, I'm going to assume that it's fairly recent in the grand scheme of things and probably only contains canon elements for the first three episodes. Another one I've seen is


Characters: X, Y
Pairings: X/Y
Warnings: Slash


You can cut the warnings and pairings, one would think, and simply put Characters: X/Y. That says everything, doesn't it? These two characters are going to be featured and they are in some sort of probably sexual relationship.


Another one that I always have to laugh at is

Summary: Character does X action.
Warnings: X action


Yes. I can read, thank you.


TL;DR, fandom feels like primary school, and it annoys the hell out of me.
oxfordtweed: (Oh shit! - Nicholas)
Basically, I'm curious about what people think about the genre. Specifically, I'm talking about the sort that relies on exaggerated circumstances for humour.

But there are also many definitions of crack, as is the way with most things in fandom. So, define it as you will.
oxfordtweed: (Watson - Could be Dangerous)
John likes Jam

John = kittens

John can do no wrong

John can only do wrong when he's pointing out Sherlock's flaws

Sherlock is always right about everything, be it deductions or when he's just being cruel

Sherlock is just misunderstood, and doesn't realise that he's being cruel

Sherlock can deduce what you're thinking based on one arbitrary action (the way you filled the kettle, or what shirt you're wearing -- yes, I've seen both of these in serious fic)

Mycroft is disgustingly fat

Anderson likes dinosaurs

Mycroft exists only to meddle in Sherlock's affairs

A hug/good shag make Sherlock suddenly human

Donovan is wrong, always

Anderson is wrong, always

Lestrade is wrong, except for when to point out that Sherlock is right



There may be more, but these are just the ones that really bother me. I'm not saying that everyone does them all the time, but they're just tropes that when they do show up, I sort of want to scream and throw something.
oxfordtweed: The TARDIS in the foreground on a helipad, over-looking the city of London (TARDIS - Dr Who)
I think it's fairly safe to assume that, like Donna, Sherlock and John would have both managed to find ways of busying themselves in ways that made them completely miss things like Cyberman armies and spaceships in the sky.
oxfordtweed: (Sherlock - Hateful)
Stuff going on over at F!S again. About Sherlock this time, and how utterly it fails that Bechdel test bollocks.

And do you know what? That's what it is. Bollocks. Most things fail that ridiculous test for more reasons than you can swing a cat at.


I don't care that Sherlock is, as one commenter puts it, a cockfest. Do you know why? The show is an adaptation about a consulting detective and his army veteran flatmate, who run around solving crimes. Statistically, those crimes are going to be committed by men. If Sherlock is getting involved with the Yard/CID, statistically, he's going to be involved with men.


People seem to like to latch on to Sarah in TBB, and how she spent the end of the episode positively hysterical, and not even able to knock over her own chair. Do you know what? I dare you to react any differently the next time you and your boyfriend are kidnapped by thugs from within your home, tied up, taken somewhere dark and scary, and threatened with death lest you prove a blatant un-truth. I'd probably piss myself, if I'm honest.


Basically, don't shoehorn characters in where they're not needed or not likely to be. I totally don't expect some random doctor at a random surgery to be able to hold her own against a bunch of thugs, and don't think it would have been realistic for her to have done so.
oxfordtweed: (Mycroft - Does Not Approve)
I don't know why, but it bothers me. Like, a lot. It's not even a matter of matching tone with the source (which is something I really like to do, generally; if the canon is PG-rated, I generally like my fic to hover in that area as well). While there's no real swearing in the show, there's a lot of other darker areas that suggests that these are just somewhat professional people who wilfully refrain from swearing.

I can see John swearing up a rather creative storm at something. I can even see Lestrade getting pissed off to the point of letting something slip, even while he's on duty (off duty, he's probably just as foul as John is capable of being).

Sherlock and Mycroft? Not so much. Sherlock uses words like 'backside' for crying out loud. When he uses words like 'fuck' multiple times in anything other than a mocking, sarcastic context, it sort of pulls me out of the story. Mycroft would probably see such common language as being beneath him.

I can see both of them getting angry to the point of it slipping out. I think everyone's hit that level of anger at least once in their lives. I can't see them swearing for the sake of swearing though.


Am I alone in this?
oxfordtweed: (Mycroft - Fine Print)
I don't know why, but it bothers me. Like, a lot. It's not even a matter of matching tone with the source (which is something I really like to do, generally; if the canon is PG-rated, I generally like my fic to hover in that area as well). While there's no real swearing in the show, there's a lot of other darker areas that suggests that these are just somewhat professional people who wilfully refrain from swearing.

I can see John swearing up a rather creative storm at something. I can even see Lestrade getting pissed off to the point of letting something slip, even while he's on duty (off duty, he's probably just as foul as John is capable of being).

Sherlock and Mycroft? Not so much. Sherlock uses words like 'backside' for crying out loud. When he uses words like 'fuck' multiple times in anything other than a mocking, sarcastic context, it sort of pulls me out of the story. Mycroft would probably see such common language as being beneath him.

I can see both of them getting angry to the point of it slipping out. I think everyone's hit that level of anger at least once in their lives. I can't see them swearing for the sake of swearing though.


Am I alone in this?
oxfordtweed: (WTF - Geoff)
This showed up on Fandom!Secrets today, which created a rather predictable wankstorm.

I dunno. When I post a fic or piece of art, I'm not entitled to any comments or faves or kudos or whatever. When I comment on something someone else posted, I'm not entitled to any replies or thanks.

That said, I do try to respond to comments to fic, more often than not. On art, not so much. I sort of fail at responding to everyone, because half the time, I don't know what to say to a comment that itself is only a sentence long. "Thanks for reading" seems the most appropriate, but every once in a while, I'll post something that gets an unexpectedly high amount of reviews, and two dozen 'thanks for reading' replies feels very impersonal.

If you ask me a question in your comment, I will answer. If you say something that sparks up a dialogue, I will respond. If you have a critique to offer (fic or art), I will respond. Every time. I may not respond right away, but it will happen.

I can see it being rather dickish to not respond to every comment on a fic when those comments amount to a grand-total of two, but I think there's a point where it becomes a bit unreasonable to expect a reply to every comment? I've seen fic posts with 3+ pages of comments. I would be AMAZED if the author responded to even half of those, honestly.

Are comments really that big of a deal?
oxfordtweed: (WTF - Watson)
This showed up on Fandom!Secrets today, which created a rather predictable wankstorm.

I dunno. When I post a fic or piece of art, I'm not entitled to any comments or faves or kudos or whatever. When I comment on something someone else posted, I'm not entitled to any replies or thanks.

That said, I do try to respond to comments to fic, more often than not. On art, not so much. I sort of fail at responding to everyone, because half the time, I don't know what to say to a comment that itself is only a sentence long. "Thanks for reading" seems the most appropriate, but every once in a while, I'll post something that gets an unexpectedly high amount of reviews, and two dozen 'thanks for reading' replies feels very impersonal.

If you ask me a question in your comment, I will answer. If you say something that sparks up a dialogue, I will respond. If you have a critique to offer (fic or art), I will respond. Every time. I may not respond right away, but it will happen.

I can see it being rather dickish to not respond to every comment on a fic when those comments amount to a grand-total of two, but I think there's a point where it becomes a bit unreasonable to expect a reply to every comment? I've seen fic posts with 3+ pages of comments. I would be AMAZED if the author responded to even half of those, honestly.

Are comments really that big of a deal?

Also

Mar. 7th, 2011 07:41 am
oxfordtweed: (Resistance is useless! - H2G2)
Do you know what would be awesome? AO3 really needs a sense of community. Attach a journal feature, or turn the collections into communities and give them small message boards or something. It's great as an archive -- the best out there, by far -- but I don't really find much of a reason to just hang out there the way I do on LJ or dA.

And I think that's exactly why I've been on dA since the beginning of time. I can upload my stuff there, but I can also go faff about and meet and get to know people. LJ's the same. Not totally well-suited for fic/art uploads and archival, but it has the social aspect down perfectly.


AO3 is great. It really is, and they're always coming out with new little tweaks and changes. I'd just really like to see a few big changes over there as well.
oxfordtweed: (Star Trek - Chris Pine Explodes)
Someone please explain this pairing to me, because I do not understand it.
oxfordtweed: (Sherlock - Fuck Rule 34)
Been sleeping on the sofa again. Ryan not happy with this arrangement, but it's either that, or me not sleeping at all, which he tends to be even less happy with. I'm having severe hip and knee issues lately, to the point that even the pressure on my knees from having my legs stretched out in front of me hurts.This also makes using a laptop interesting.

I've also written a follow up to In Outer Space, called After. The kinkmeme put the idea into my head, and I'm going to be turning it into a series, appropriately called Sex is Boring. As in this wonderful song (which is also where my tag on this journal comes from):



The series already draws from a lot of personal experience, and is quite uncomfortable to write in a lot of places. It's a pairing that I really don't like, and deals with a very personal issue. But it's also something that I think needs to be written, since the majority of asexuality fics in the Sherlock fandom sort of throw the realism and drama right out the window. These sorts of relationships are all about compromises, and let's face it: Sherlock Holmes is not the sort of man to put other people first.

I've no idea how long this series is going to get, nor do I know how it's eventually going to end. I know that a committed relationship in such a situation is possible. I've been with Ryan for 11 years. But I'm not sure how long I can see Holmes and Watson lasting in this situation. Part of me really wants to break them up. The rest of me isn't sure.


I think I'll just let it play out and see where it goes with you guys.
oxfordtweed: (Cabin Pressure - Quiche)
I don't know why, but I love them. The crackier, the better. The ones that fit together well, as though they were made to, are fun, but the ones I love are those that I have to sit down and really stare at for a few hours until I can see a way to make them fit. Even more fun are when the prompt gives me how they're meant to fit, and I have to work out the equation to the solution while still keeping both sets of canon as intact as possible.

Today's challenge? Cabin Pressure/Fortysomething, wherein Martin Creiff is somehow related to Rory Slippery.


So, I have a question for anyone on my Flist who's seen Fortysomething. How old was Rory? I know Paul was 44 and Edwin was 16, and Paul and Estelle had been married for 20 years. And in the last episode, Paul mentioned that Rory was 'nearly a quarter century.' Near as I can make out, Paul and Estelle were married in 83. Paul would have been 24 then. Don't know about Estelle; don't think it was ever mentioned. Two possibilities: either Rory wasn't quite as old as Paul's rounded-off figure, or he was born before they were married. Either way, I'm going to assume that he was still under 25 at the time, given the 'nearly' in Paul's line. Basically, how old could he have reasonably been?

I'd like to know how old Daniel was meant to be as well, but that's not as important for the idea I have for this prompt. As for Martin, I'm working on the assumption that he's the same age as Benedict Cumberbatch, which would make him 34 right now, so he would have been 26 at the time Fortysomething took place.
oxfordtweed: (Sherlock - Hi...!)
So, I'm curious. Those who fill prompts on the kinkmeme, do you link your fills on the Filled Prompt Post? Are you even aware there is a Filled Prompt Post?
oxfordtweed: Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman in shock blankets, looking at one another (Danny Nicholas - Mates)
I LOVE ALL YOU GUYS AT [livejournal.com profile] sandfordpolice. DON'T YOU EVER CHANGE.

♥♥♥♥♥
oxfordtweed: (WTF - Watson)
I don't often F-lock, but believe it or not, I'm being harassed by your friendly neighbourhood [livejournal.com profile] sherlockbbc moderator psycho bitch.

TL;DR, she acted god in one of my comms, and is now pissed off at me because I deleted her post.


Basically, I'm done with the main comm. I'm still watching it to track what everyone else is up to but I will not be posting there any more, and have left it. I will, however, still be posting to [livejournal.com profile] 221b_after_dark and [livejournal.com profile] bakerstreetfic.

If you aren't already, you can watch my fic journal at [livejournal.com profile] not_panicking. You can also find me at AO3, FFN, and dA, all of which are linked just off to the left.



ETA: She is now claiming that I am trolling her, and that I was the troll in the original post this morning. While I was asleep. WHUT?

ETA the 2d: She apparently tried to ban me from the Sherlock comm. For something that happened on the other side of LiveJournal. Uhm. What?

ETA the 3d: Fuck tact. This post is public.

I LOLed

Feb. 18th, 2011 12:50 am
oxfordtweed: Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman in shock blankets, looking at one another (Mates - Danny & Nicholas)
I came across this wonderful drawing today on deviantART.

Die Hard? Check
Take away? Check
One half of the duo looking utterly confused by it all? Check

Really, the similarties between the two duos are quite striking, when you look at it. No wonder I fell for Sherlock so hard.

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