neadods: (disagree)
So I started to take a survey about Sherlock Holmes fans. By someone who claims to be in touch with the culture and who claims to be doing this under the aegis of a school for academic reasons.

I say "started" because halfway through, with no assurance that I'd get to speak my piece at any point, I quit in outrage. If there is any academic overlooking this project, they need to put down the crack pipe right this minute.

So. Sherlock Holmes survey. No distinguishing between versions of Sherlock Holmes, just "Sherlock Holmes." That's quite the range, considering the books, movies, TV adaptations, radio plays, cartoons, parodies, etc. No, I most certainly do not "feel what the characters are feeling" when I read the Victorian-era stories. In many cases, I feel several of the characters need a clue bat upside the head, is what I feel.

No distinguishing between passively consuming whatever media and fannish participation. I am not a different person because I read Sherlock Holmes or watch Doctor Who. I am a different person because I participate in fan culture overall and that's a MAJOR difference. The actual media drawing me into the culture is negligible and changeable.

No option for "I read the stories because they are entertaining." Seriously, not even an option. Nope, I was asked to choose between the stories making me think, making me meditate upon society, making me reflect on myself as a person and other gobsmacking bullshit. The. Man. Wrote. Potboilers. For. Money. In other bad news for the literary academic, Shakespeare *also* wrote for money and stuffed his work full of dick jokes. Including the tragedies.

When I reached the page that asked me how in touch I was with my feelings, how important I felt it was for me to be in touch with my feelings, whether I thought people in general would be better off in touch with their feelings... well, I thought it was long past time to bail on the bullshit and come vent my feelings instead.
neadods: (sherlock)
Am about to read all comments from last night but -- I just realized that the only story actually name-checked in the special had a twin theme!
neadods: (sherlock_believe)
Legionseagle made a good start but I thought it would be fun to make a collaborative list of all the homages and shout-outs in The Abominable Bride to canon and other Holmes versions

(I'm seriously considering making a list of all the stories that were directly quoted and giving it to Sherlock fans who haven't read canon if they'd like to hunt 'em down in a reverse Easter egg hunt.)

Anyway... here's what I've got in no particular order. Sing out in comments Spoilers, sweetie! )

Legionseagle, where's the Rathbone reshoot?

I would have sworn that "regulation tread" was a quote, but I can't find it. The bit about bad/missing breakfast is also a homage, but all I remember of the original quote is "love romance" and googling "Sherlock Holmes" "love romance" gets... interesting... results.
neadods: (disagree)
Yesterday was Scintillation of Scions. I would love to run in (tired) circles squeeing about how well the raffle did, or the wonderful wide diversity of panels/panelists, and the fun of the Basil Rathbone Birthday B&W dinner.

But there's one thing that I really, really need to vent about today and that's Herlock, the first episode of which was aired in its entirety.

Herlock is a web series with college aged gender-switched Sheridan and Jonny. It was conceived of and written by a cis (I think) man, who said that "I left Holmes fandom for a little bit and when I came back it was entirely made up of young lesbians. So I wrote a Sherlock for them."

...because the fact that they were already fans of Sherlock and Elementary and oh, yes, CANON means that they need niche marketing, I suppose...

Anyway, I can't speak to the lesbian part of it (although Cardi, who was staying at our place, did, at length and at volume). I sure as hell can speak to how women are portrayed and "pissed me off" is a fucking UNDERSTATEMENT.

Sheridan is young and chic and -- like Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Sherlock and Bones -- extremely emotionally disconnected and brusque and socially maladept while "not being autistic or anything."

THIS. IS. PROBLEMATIC.

Look, I *like* Big Bang most of the time and I adore me some Sherlock, this is still problematic as hell and offensive as hell and it needs to stop being a trope. (And at Scintillation? Seriously awkward as a presentation coming just a few hours after an advocate and consultant with autism herself spoke about the presentation of mental illness in Sherlock and the canon.)

But that doesn't begin to cover my problems with Jonny. Do let me vent in boldface all caps about Jonny. Every complaint I had about the presentation of Joan Watson in Elementary is magnified and intensified in Jonny. As M pointed out, Joan Watson may have given up her original career in Elementary, but she also *achieved* it. She had a career goal and she put in the hard work and time necessary to achieve that goal. Elementary itself is arguably less the story of Sherlock trying to unscrew his screwed up life as Joan realizing what it is she really wanted to do when she grew up, and again putting in the time and work necessary to achieve and live that goal.

I ranted at the time that watching Joan do this over the course of a couple of seasons, especially as we watched her toss her interim career as well was feeding into the stereotypes of women as irrational and impulsive, but I cannot deny that Joan is consistently portrayed as competent, consistent (when compared to Sherlock especially) and extremely capable.

Besides, I hadn't met Jonny yet.

In the course of 45 minutes, we watch Jonny, a graduate student in veterinary school on a scholarship throw away everything she has ever worked for and throw away any CHANCE of achieving an independent career. Basically, Herlock is 45 minutes of Jonny researching a horse-based crime, becoming aware of Sheridan Hume, and becoming obsessed with Sheridan Hume - to the point of badly damaging, if not probably ending, her academic career to follow Sheridan Hume, who actively solicits her to leave school.

Wow, that totally doesn't portray women as impulsive, irrational, prone to emotional reasoning, unable to set and achieve self goals, and naturally being relegated to following after their love interest at all, now does it? Hey kids! Don't you want to imagine yourself throwing away everything you've worked towards for that person you just met? Isn't flushing your future for pussy instead of prick such an empowering feminist message?

Oh. Mah. Gawd. Just Oh. My. God. I. Can't. Even.
neadods: (facepalm)
I can't believe how often I have to redecide to NOT go to the Book Thing today. The simultaneous problems are that it always has something unique and interesting - but also that I Have. No. More. Shelf. Space. Not even on the Little Free Library shelves, as the neighborhood itself chipped in and stuffed it full last week.

So, I'm going to try to distract myself past the time I should leave by talking about GridlockDC. Who's going? [livejournal.com profile] azriona, will we finally get to meet?

It's at the top of my mind because I've been suggesting panels for it. In part by scanning through the 221B Con panel list going "yup, don't wanna miss this, don't wanna miss that..." but also combining some things.

The suggestions I've made so far:

Canon/Fanon 101: Where the book fans explain why "The Geek Interpreter" is so funny and the media fans explain hedgehogs and red pants.

Why are there lemons in the planters?: There has always been overlap between Holmes and other fandoms, moreso now that fans are blending all the shows that the actors have been in. Discussion of why these fandoms relate to Holmes: Doctor Who, Star Trek, Cabin Pressure, The Hobbit, etc.

Misogyny in the Holmesverse: Canonical Holmes is often accused of misogyny, but how did he treat women in canon? How is the treatment of women in Sherlock and Elementary better -- or worse?*


*That one is not quite on the 221B Con list, which does have a more generic "Women in canon" but I think we could really get our teeth into that one as a panel. If it gets picked for Gridlock and works, I'll suggest it for a future 221B.

I also really, REALLY hope I get picked for a panelist for the The Woman panel at 221B Con. I. Have. Opinions. Not just on canonical Irene, but how she's handled in the 21st Century.
neadods: (sherdoc)
Wednesday was spent mostly at the Victoria and Albert and Thursday was mostly spent haunting the area around Covent Garden (and speaking of hauntings, every night I wasn't in the theater I was taking a different ghost tour).

But Friday was the two biggest events: Sherlock Holmes and Poppies.

Lynne had been to the Sherlock Holmes exhibit the night before because she was one of the sponsors (The Other M has a photo of her pointing at her name on the "Thank you" board. And it's why I'm not bothering to anonymize her). So she had gotten to go to the big 'do the night before, tweeting things like "Standing next to Mark Gatiss. Ho, hum, another night in London" and not tweeting about wanting to lick either the exhibits or Ian McKellen.

The next day, we were the second group too, the rest of the group being rounded out by one of the 221B Concom and one of the Tin Boxers (both studying in London), a couple of Lynne's local friends and a couple of mine from the Staggering Stories podcast.

Bring a camera; although we all got busted for taking photos in the exhibit (which is prohibited) there are two things which you can take photos of, as shown below.

photo cut )

Exhibit details below. Spoilers, sweetie! )

Mind you, for anyone who buys souvenirs - the ink on neither the tea towel nor the mug will last long without flaking. I was extremely disappointed by that; I like the motto "SHERLOCK HOLMES: the man who never lived and will never die" and planned on giving that mug hard use. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the deerstalker in the exclusive Cristy's "Sherlock" tweed was reasonably priced. Frankly, I expected it to be 100 pounds or more, and it's slightly less than 50.
neadods: (sherlock)
There will be a 221B Con post coming soon, with pictures - I'm assuming that people want that and haven't already seen everything on tumblr and twitter - but before I get into that, I want talk about an epiphany I had during a panel.

We were talking about one of the women.

A woman who has done something probably illegal, possibly immoral, certainly eyebrow-raising that should not be publicized. There is blackmail involved. Sherlock Holmes will play on this woman's natural reactions to trick her into benefiting his case (for which she is on the opposite side). In the end, though, she will leave the story in triumph, no longer under threat, in possession of security, and having bested Holmes.

Irene? Not in the 21st Century.

Janine.

In Sherlock, JANINE's storyline best fits the template of the canonical Irene story!

No wonder I like Janine so much!


Janine was a minorly popular costume at 221B Con, but then she's easy (so to speak) - long dark wig and a purple bridesmaid's gown. I gave personal bonus points to the one who was also carrying a beaker full of beer one night. There were a smattering of Wedding Marys (some armed) and one assassin Mary (I have a photo of her and one of the wedding Marys doing a jumping kiss. Jumping kisses were popular.) There was a Moriarty in collar, chain, and straitjacket, assorted AU characters such as Balletlock and BatJohn, and both Victorian and Playboy Bunny versions of the Sherlock John/Sherlock/Mycroft. There was an excellent suited Moriarty in the Masquerade re-enacting the "I'll turn you into SHOES!" phone call (the audience went *nuts*!)

There was an excellent spread of panel concepts, although it broke my brain a bit to jump between The History of New Scotland Yard and Sherlock Fanfic AUs (both running simultaneously) Concom members sat in on anything that might be controversial, which prevented a train wreck like last year's Sexuality in Sherlock panel.

Three Patch Podcast ran a consuite, and were giving out different ribbons every few hours, so if you hit them up regularly you could get quite a lot of ribbons.

Alas, I figured this out when it was too late -- indeed, the only real problem with the convention was that I gave myself too many tasks to do during it (panels, give away books, teach knitting, solicit for Scintillation of Scions) that I couldn't relax enough and just enjoy what was going on around me.

Although I know one of the Benfesters has heard of people who turned down 221B Con in favor of the putative "official convention -- and let's face it, there's going to be no American one this year, not with no date or city yet announced -- the numbers were still in the convention's favor. Attendance was ~875, give or take, with 300 people at the tea (Up from 660/200 last year). A silent auction brought in $2000.

And the Beacon Society (which teaches literacy & a little forensics in schools via Sherlock Holmes) had an extremely clever idea for a fundraiser - fund your 'ship. They had boxes set up for all the main Sherlock ships - Johnlock, Sherlolly, Mystrade, Warston, etc., etc. - and you literally voted with your money. I stayed away because I think ship wars are unseemly, but fortunately it was all taken in good fun. And because tallies were given regularly, people could watch the race in real time - to the point that apparently someone hit up the ATM machine to put their ship back in first place! That brought in over $650. (Johnlock apparently tallied $220 and some change at the end, and someone demanded to know how MUCH change so that she could bring it up to an even 221.)

This was such a success that they've already announced next year's charity "war" - favorite Holmes/Watson teams. If people are going to go to the ATM to vote for a ship, I think putting the Elementary and Sherlock fans toe-to-toe is just about going to equal printing money!
neadods: (sherdoc)
Y'all, if you have not seen the first episode of 221B Baker Street (the new Russian Holmes), I can't recommend it enough. It's set in Victorian times - rare for a remake these days - which it recreates gorgeously but not nostalgically; you can almost smell the horse dung and raw gin. How Holmes and Watson meet is almost completely uncanonical, but the rest of the plot is basically a fusion of Black Peter and Charles Augustus Milverton, melded in a way that made them hold together more solidly than one would have expected.

What's so wonderful, aside from the visuals, are the characters. Holmes is young, energetic, determined, and somewhat over excitable. Watson is stolid, quiet, and somewhere between fascinated in him and ready to smack him one. I adore Russian Watson! He may just have narrowly edged his way to the top of my favorite Watsons.

To get the English subtitles, click the CC button on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VzwBIvVwuOg
neadods: (sherdoc)
CBS filmed at 221BCon last April. The footage finally got aired - and then instantly hit YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7GftnHq2G4&feature=youtu.be ).

Some of the Sherlockians I know think it had a certain supercilious air; I've seen so much coverage of SF fans as overweight, inarticulate, porn-riddled saddos that I thought it was quite reasonable. Heavy on Elementary, but that's to be expected from CBS; gotta root for the home team.

Was very started to see myself in the background of one of the interviews, along with another Benfester.

Purrrrr....

Nov. 6th, 2013 07:30 pm
neadods: (sherlock)
The Watsonian - a review of 'Watson in the Twenty-first Century', by Linnea Dodson

I get 5 pipes out of 5. Ironically, I've also given the impression of being more of a Warner movie fan than a Sherlock fan, apparently for pointing out that Jude Law has the most attributes of canonical Watson. Which he does.
neadods: (reading)
My copy of the first The Watsonian has arrived, which includes my article "Dr. Watson in the 21st Century."
neadods: (sherlock)
So much to say, only an ipad mini keyboard to type it on. Today was the first full day of the Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting (read: 221BCon for the Austen set).

I got in and got registered yesterday; [livejournal.com profile] mechturtle took me to dinner at a fab Mexican/Honduran place. O'm not at the con hotel, but one a couple of blocks away. It's nice, but there's a big overworked piece of art of a woman's face.

Did I mention that my plane reading was The Shining? I don't know if I'm relieved or disappointed that it hasn't moved.

Anyway, today I:
- went to a bonnet making workshop, which I had to leave in a hurry to get to
- the Sherlock Holmes tour
- a lecture on Regency magazines
- a lecture on the history of tea
- a fashion show and the world's stingiest tea service

...which has tuckered me out too much for the curtain raiser and Pride, Prejudice & Piquet lectures. (Plus, it's premiere night.)

Random things: Jane Austen was born on the 2nd anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which was far more complex than is taught in school. The mad tea party is apparently more upsetting and unnatural to a British audience than an American one with looser ideas of what a "proper" tea is like. (Is this true?). Ladies' magazines had "lots of poetry. Lots and lots of bad poetry. Lots and lots of really bad poetry." Ackerman's magazine was as much about furnishings as fashion; in the fashion plates "they were always sitting on something fabulous."

The Holmes tour caught the last few days of Sherlock Holmes In Time and Place - a room of Reichenbach Fall memorabilia that was difficult for someone looking for a ladies room, a lecture on how U MN got the largest collection of memorabilia, a chance to take photos of a Beeton's Christman Annual and a page of the Hound manuscript. Then after a short walk, another part of the exhibit (this one about tie-ins) and a replica of the sitting room and a talk about scion societies.

Also, bonnet-making is addictive and I want to crank out a dozen.

Tomorrow, knitted mitt workshop, dance lessons, a session about what the original P&P audience would have known about class and politics, and (if a family emergency has passed) a session on food used for entertaining.
neadods: (sherlock)
If I'm translating the page properly, I can order this if I choose world shipping, but only the version that comes folded. The version that comes rolled up is only available in Germany, yes? And it looks like the optional Baker Street Chronicle is German-only, but correct me if I'm wrong:

http://www.221b-dshc.de/bestellen.php

(It's a periodic table of the Holmesian canon - in English - and just adorable as anything, y'all.)
neadods: (sherlock)
Last year, I attended my first Scintillation of Scions, a one-day, one-track series of Holmesian presentations with a Friday reception and a Sunday optional trip loosely sponsored by Watson's Tin Box.

This year, I was on the developing concom, running raffles alongside M.

Yeah, I'm that kind of a person.

Today I'm feeling incredibly proud of myself - with a little of M's nudging, a lot of Team Wench skills, and generous donations (especially from Big Finish, The Baker Street Babes, and Adagio Tea) I doubled last year's raffle take. I don't expect to double it again next year, but I do feel that I've created a new set point for future raffles.

Presentations included: Dan Andriacco and Dan Stashower talking about their books - in Stashower's case, drawing silly parallels between the reality of The Hour of Peril (a Lincoln assassination attempt foiled by a female Pinkerton) and The Great Detective, with obligatory "The Woman" reference. Brandon Perlow talked about the changes that needed to be made to reset the Holmesverse in modern Harlem NY. (Watson and Holmes came out before Elementary was announced, but he did go into the parallels and contrasts a little bit.) Donna Andrews talked about learning to love Holmes. June Matics talked about how to find Holmesian and show-related material online. (There is a whole tumblr devoted to putting Sherlock BBC quotes on Padgett art! Internet, why did you not tell me this?!) Dana Cameron and Lyndsay Faye talked about how history informed canonical Holmes. And Kristina "Curly" Manente talked about resetting the Reichenbach Fall into Big Ben's gearworks in Great Mouse Detective.

Raffle prizes included the complete set of Big Finish Holmes CDs, an "I am SHERlocked" pendant, the complete run of convention exclusive Watson and Holmes (1-3) and a hand painted skull, bee, and pipe still life.

The theme baskets I created included "Mrs. Hudson" (4 bags of Adagio tea, teapot, book on tea celebrations, and cloth with a teacup knitting on it) and "Rainy Sunday: Babes/Audio" (Big Finish's Perfidious Mariner, Peter Cushing's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes vol 1, B. St. Babes trivet and mug & 6 individual samples of Adagio teas.) I also stuffed a Babes tote with a T-shirt and some Malice books as "Take the Babes to the Beach."

As for me, I was pretty well behaved in the dealer's room, mostly because I shocked myself and my budget right off by springing for a copy of an original Strand Magazine. It was a tough choice between the one with Musgrave Ritual and Copper Beeches, but I finally went with Copper because it was in better shape.


Elsewhere in the Holmesverse, apparently another Great Sherlock Holmes debate was held this weekend, this time including Elementary as well as canon, BBC, and Ritchie. Whenever video or audio is announced, I'll pass it on.


There's a post-con trip today - M's going, but even if I felt I had the energy, I'm out. They're coming to look at my soggy phone line today -- and of course the moment the rain stopped, so did the problem on my line. So I told the guy that I was going to meet him with the garden hose. He said I didn't need to. I told him it wasn't my first rodeo.
neadods: (sherlock)
From Facebook:

"I didn't choose the fandom life. The fandom life texted me and said 'Come to 221B Baker Street immediately if convenient.

... If inconvenient, come anyway."
neadods: (sherlock)
Holmesians on my Facebook are recommending the NYTimes article Suit Says Sherlock Belongs to the Ages

In part, it's what I already knew: that the Doyle estate is demanding a cut of anything with the Holmes name on it, or threatening to block publication of of anything that doesn't play along on the basis that the last 10 stories are still in copyright, and thus EVERYTHING Holmes is still covered -- if not by the copyright, then by the trademark on the name. Over Gally weekend, one of the heaviest hitters in Holmes publishing, Les Klinger, sued them on the basis that the copyright covers only those last 10 stories, so STFU about anything that doesn't directly reference them.

What I did not know, and what the article clearly explains, is how this lawsuit is also part of the BSI ripping itself apart over the whole old guard/new blood division -- with Klinger, the BSI, and many pastiche authors on the "free Holmes" side and the old guard being represented by the disaffected ex-BSI-er who serves as the estate lawyer and Shreffler, the guy who wrote the anti-new-fan article previously discussed and disseminated it at a meeting for other disaffected BSIers. (The article links to the blog - I won't - but I'll pass on the line Mr. Lellenberg [the estate lawyer] predicted that Mr. Shreffler’s “calm, civil, and analytical” arguments would outlast the “fevered reactions broadcast in tweets and rants.” )

Yeah, and I've got a bridge to sell you. Dude, if nothing else, the new fans are going to outlast the old elite on account of AGE! Not that there's much logic going on with anyone who can call that rampant blort of sexist bigotry "calm" or "civil" much less "analytical." That was nothing but the impassioned whine of the former SMOF watching the new kids be welcomed onto his lawn.

I'm going to need a BSIpolitics tag soon.

Edited to add: I like Brad's take on this: http://sherlockpeoria.blogspot.com/2013/03/cry-havoc-and-loose-hound-of-moor.html how dealing with the elitists used to be just part of the deal and now it's newsworthy. Fair warning, there's a gratuitous dig at Elementary in with the discussion of BSI politics. He's very right about one thing... This year is a wild ride for the Holmesians, and it's only March.
neadods: (sherlock)
Brad explains eloquently why I left and returned to three fandoms... But only stayed in two.
http://sherlockpeoria.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-new-game.html

"Sherlockians needed a new Game in 2001, but we also needed something else: new Sherlockians. As much as we all hate to admit it, there comes a time when we get old and jaded with even our favorite things. Many is the lover of Sherlockian pastiche in their younger days who grows to disdain all attempts at it in their gray days. We never love anything the hundredth time around as much as we did that first time -- there's no fighting it.

But along came the BBC Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch, and suddenly we hit the jackpot: new Sherlockians and a new Game. Somewhere out there, more than one somebody is, even now, trying to recreate the modern 221B with its cattle skull and headphones. Speculative research is being done like crazy, trying to figure out just how it was Sherlock survived this Reichenbach. And some lovely young lady on YouTube is trying to teach us how to make origami lotuses from "The Blind Banker."

It's a new Game, and they're playing it the same way we played the old one back in the day. Thoughtful analysis, recreations, creativity in both word and art, visiting the sacred sites . . . as much as some "elite devotee" or the other might like to pooh-pooh these new fans, they are us and we are them."


All the same can be said for Elementary fans, or will be.
neadods: (Default)
Quick recap:

The Baker Street Irregulars may be a conservative canonical invite-only society, but its voice, the Baker Street Journal, has been loud and clear in acknowledging that the fresh blood in scions and the future of Holmesian fandom is in the hands of the enthusiastic influx of Ritchie- and BBC- influenced fans. In spring of 2012, the BSJ led off the year with an editorial aimed directly at the Ritchie and Sherlock BBC fans titled "Consider Yourself At Home." The general theme was "we don't care how you learned to love Sherlock, if you do, you're welcome."

As we all know, this has not sat well with some folks. If showing patient, long-term commitment in the face of lukewarm reception and politics was good enough for them, it is the only mark of a truly serious fan! Or what was all of their own effort and patience for?

Now the BSI is calling shennanigans on Will The Real Fan Stand Up and putting its foot down. While making no excuses for how their own club membership works, they are extremely clear on who's a Real Fan:

We deplore and condemn the idea that proper appreciation of the stories of Sherlock Holmes should be limited to a small, elite fandom. Sherlock Holmes belongs to the world, and we applaud all who share the devotion of The Baker Street Irregulars to the memory of the Master Detective, regardless of age, sex or the medium in which they express their views.




(And on a side note, there were at least two Sherlock cosplayers at Gally, and I convinced the jeweller who was making Who-based "Four Things and a Lizard" charm bracelets to let me make a "Four Clues and a Hound" bracelet instead... and there were plenty of Sherlock charms to choose from.)
neadods: (sherlock)
I'm not waiting for the next link roundup to pass this one on because it articulates everything I hate about the Moriarty character, from canon onwards: I'd Prefer Less Moriarty.

It's hard to sample the article and not just copy the entire thing, but here is the meat of it:

"Moriarty is always portrayed as an End Boss, the ultimate mastermind behind whatever the sinister plot is. He’s the baddest badass the Holmes character ever meets, and when he shows up, boy is it on. You know the stakes have risen.

Except that’s not what’s appealing about Sherlock Holmes in the stories (emphasis added). ...

The thing that bothers me about Moriarty, and especially when it came to Sherlock and now Elementary is that not only does he come in as the big bad, he also brings with him the old personal vendetta. He’s not The Napoleon of Crime, he’s The Guy Who Really Effin Hates Sherlock Holmes, and he doesn’t just do crimes, he has it in for Holmes specifically. Once he walks on stage, Holmes stops solving crimes and starts a deadly game of cat and mouse where this time it’s personal. What we tuned in to see is cast aside: we know who the bad guy is (Moriarty) and what the endgame is (defeat Holmes)."

So. Much. This! I LOATHE Moriarty as a character in canon and moreso in spinoffs and pastiches. He warps far more interesting and smart canonical characters into minions, or they're ignored because we're all supposed to be more impressed by and afraid of The Big Badass.

Dave then goes on to nail the heart of the problem with turning detective stories into mano-a-mano thrillers:

"It also bugs me at this point because it turns the plot into exactly the kind of plot I hate, the one where the good guy and the bad guy just have a giant pissing contest around the city and usually a bunch of faceless innocent nobodies get caught in-between. I hate this story. I don’t like it when the hero is in a situation where, honestly, we’d be better off without him."

Moriarty is not only a fairly uninteresting character, he diminishes Holmes. We already KNOW what's going to happen, just like we already KNOW what's going to happen when Superman fights Lex Luthor, Batman fights the Joker, the Doctor fights the Daleks, etc., etc., etc.

This is not interesting storytelling because there is no actual tension in reaching a predetermined outcome!

Moriarty sucks. Moriarty sucks precisely because we already know what's going to happen the moment he shows up. And what's going to happen is not what we signed up for - no deductions, no "singular" cases, no twists. Just the overwhelming stench of ammonia and testosterone.



PS - This is also proof that I can read and rec a pro-Elementary, anti-Sherlock article without bursting into flame. Just in case anyone wondered.

PPS - Yes, I know that the "fic rec sherlock" tag really doesn't have a lot to do with fic these days.
neadods: (Default)
So, I'm starting to kick around the prep work for my March presentation to the Tin Box, which is on canonical stories with plots that don't translate to modern times. (Yes, that will be a future pitch.) It's going to include Scandal, because hello, dynastic marriage. (Nobody focuses on Irene as blackmailer, ever notice that? It's always the sex or the slippery opponent angle or the love interest. But I digress.)

Anyway, all we know of Irene in Elementary is that she has been the textbook fridging - her death made S the man he is today and *is the direct reason why he met Joan Watson.*

Which makes me wonder how interesting it might have been to have called the character ”Mike Stamford."

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