when someone’s hugely successful Sherlock Holmes adaptation complete with a canon queer romance in between John and Sherlock earns them an interview and a question “what inspired you to write this” can you please PLEASE look directly into the camera and say something along the lines of “because mark gatiss and steven moffat were too much of fucking cowards”
like y'all,,,, they did this. they know we sound ridiculous saying “the leaked episode is fake the bfi screened episode is fake it’s all been fake to build up to this never-been-done-before reveal” because it’s never-been-done-before, so of course casuals and antis won’t believe us and call us nonsensical. they did this on purpose. they’ve placed us in the reichenbach fall, they know the media will turn against us and laugh at us but it’s all okay because they’ve got us. they did this and we’re in on the joke but it only becomes truly funny once the real final problem airs because then everyone else realises the joke was on them. i am LIVING.
The importance of the mention of 20 minutes has been highlighted in a post by @the-7-percent-solution which I think is brilliant! Then again, all her posts are brilliant!
This also got me thinking. It’s not the first time numbers have been important on this show. The number 57 (the number of times Irene Adler texted Sherlock… John your jealousy is showing) could be correlated to Sonnet 57 as written by Shakespeare. In said sonnet, Shakespeare expresses his love to a young man and how he fears that his lust for the man may jeopardize their relationship has become a reality.
Initially, I saw this sonnet as Sherlock’s
feelings towards John but the more I read over it, it made more sense if they
were John’s feelings towards Sherlock. Let me explain.
Being your slave,
what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and
times of your desire?
I have no precious
time at all to spend,
Nor services to do,
till you require.
John is Sherlock’s roommate, best friend and blogger. They spend
nearly all their time together. Even during their first encounter, John is at
Sherlock’s call and beacon. Sherlock texts him to go to Baker Street and he
does, despite Mycroft’s warning. He’s willingly to sacrifice himself to save
Sherlock from Moriarty. He cancels a date to tend to Sherlock after he’s
drugged by Irene. He helps Sherlock get into the military base at Baskerville.
Need I go on?
Nor dare I chide the
Whilst I, my
sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the
bitterness of absence sour
When you have bid
your servant once adieu;
I think this portion relates to John’s feelings after Sherlock
“dies” at the end of The Reichenbach Fall. John probably sits alone in 221B as
he watches the time go by, unable to get angry for what Sherlock did. He wants
to be angry at Sherlock but a part of him can’t. He also wants to be bitter
about Sherlock abandoning him with only a goodbye but again, he probably can’t
bring himself to. Sherlock is his best
friend. I don’t think anyone would be able to bring themselves to hold
resentment towards their best friend after their death.
Nor dare I question
with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or
your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad
slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are
how happy you make those.
The reason John is so angry after Sherlock comes back during
The Empty Hearse is that he thinks that Sherlock faked his death to get away from
him. To go be with Irene Adler. He clearly was jealous of Irene’s constant
flirting with Sherlock. And his anger stemmed from being left behind by
Sherlock yet he still harbors feelings for the man.
So true a fool is
love that in your will,
Though you do any
thing, he thinks no ill.
And at the end of the day, like the fool that he is, John
Watson still and will always love Sherlock for the man that he is and will
never think ill of him.
Now what does Sonnet 57 have anything to do with this post? Well, in relation to the number 20 in reference to 20 minutes, I read over Sonnet 20 which Shakespeare also wrote to a male lover. While Sonnet 57 is John’s feelings for Sherlock, I believe Sonnet 20 is Sherlock’s feelings for John. Again, let me explain.
A woman’s face with
Nature’s own hand painted
Hast thou, the
master-mistress of my passion;
This is Sherlock’s initial feelings for John. Someone who
has captured his interest as well as his feelings.
A woman’s gentle
heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change,
as is false women’s fashion;
John is a kind man and Sherlock sees that. In Season 3 and
4, we see that John doesn’t like sudden change. I guess, in the very first
episode we can see that John is having a hard time adjusting as his life
suddenly shifted from the war to civilian life.
An eye more bright
than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object
whereupon it gazeth;
John Watson has beautiful eyes but they’re also eyes which
look at Sherlock without the judgement that may others have looked at Sherlock
with. The sincerity “gilding the object whereupon it gazeth” with the object
A man in hue, all
hues in his controlling,
Much steals men’s
eyes and women’s souls amazeth.
Sherlock sees John as a man who is attractive to both men
and women. Alluding to John’s bisexuality????
And for a woman wert
thou first created;
Till Nature, as she
wrought thee, fell a-doting,
And by addition me of
By adding one thing
to my purpose nothing.
But since she prick’d
thee out for women’s pleasure,
Mine be thy love and
thy love’s use their treasure.
These last few lines may refer to Sherlock despising a world
where it’s still not widely accepted to be homosexual as “Nature” has given him
someone (a.k.a John Watson) who cares for Sherlock for who he is but made him
male so Sherlock may not ever be allowed to be with him. John Watson is male
and thus must be with a woman (“But since she prick’d thee out for women’s
pleasure”). However, Sherlock doesn’t care for what gender John Watson is. Sherlock just wants John Watson to love him the way he has always loved John and will always love.
Okay, SO. I was in the shower today thinking about writing another oneshot for Sherlock, and then out of no where the idea came to mind. All men (not excluding women but in this context, men) are insecure in some way possible. Even the ones who won’t admit it verbally.
And that’s where this prompt came from!
Sherlock x Reader
Being the only one Sherlock doesn’t wear the Detective mask for, there are rare moments where you get to see the man behind the mask. In this case, it’s when you attempt to touch him.
Set after TSOT
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Have you ever heard the common misconception that men, all men, aren’t insecure?
That’s bullcrap. Bogus. Completely untrue. Especially when it comes to emotionless, stoic men like Sherlock Holmes. A long time ago, before you’d come to Baker Street, you were one of the few women in the world oblivious to the feelings, the insecurity of men.
Had it not been for John Watson, you would’ve never noticed the tragedy that lurked behind the cerulean blue eyes of Sherlock Holmes. It hadn’t gone unnoticed that you adored the man, and with his fierce desire to protect you every time you were on a case and defending your honor every chance he got, John knew Sherlock adored you just the same.
It took him months to even convince you to attempt to ask Sherlock on a date.
And the first time you ever touched Sherlock was the first time you remembered that there was a man with a tender heart behind the wall of skin.
Seriously, the writers essentially gave Sherlock William Scott Holmes to us.
Moffat and Gatiss completed their part in his story, and set up each happy ending that we could want. Now, it’s up to us all to make that happy ending into the story we all want to see. No one’s end wasn’t real. No lies were told. All I Love You’s and texts and caresses gave us all exactly what we wanted and they were all as real as we want them to be. Sherlock belongs to us now.
Steven and Mark are finished telling the story they wanted to tell. Now it’s our turn to continue that into whatever we wish. Don’t talk yourself out of your happiness. We all deserve our happy endings.
whoever made the lost special site, if it is really a big joke, is actually as much of a dick as mofftiss???? like they did all this shit as a “”“social experiment”“” and its ridiculous because for social experiments youre supposed to ask for consent before you fuck with peoples heads. and theyve just gone on there clicked some buttons and like, even though it hardly took any time theyve frustrated so many people?? and like?? apparently that was the goddamn point?! like if youre going to go on some bullshit quest to annoy fans even further maybe next time… don’t??!?! i mean all sorts of people are just pulling all this shit to get our hopes up like its funny?? like its a joke?? and its about as funny as sherlock series 4??!? the whole queerbaiting thing was bad enough but to like.. “prolong our agony” is even more infuriating?!? like now everyones going on about a fifth ep on the first of jan next year which,, quite frankly, i cant be fucked waiting for!! ive waited long enough??!? we all have?? this shits been dragged out for seven fuckin years and im so done with the show. i mean the fanbase is still great but really, the only reason im still here is because the fanarts and fics and the people are good lmao. ive met some pretty great people here (*cough* @kimbiablue@intensifiedshrieking@escaroles@baggiinshield@black-rabbit-99@ioweyouajohnlock@lyingholmes etc. etc.) but really, if it werent for those people and the things y'all have created i would’ve left by now, i mean the tinhatting was great but like?? now?? where has it got us??
The Final Problem. Illustration and (spoilers!) the final page.
Of their terrible chief few details came out during the proceedings, and if I have now been compelled to make a clear statement of his career, it is due to those injudicious champions who have endeavoured to clear his memory by attacks upon him whom I shall ever regard as the best and wisest man whom I have ever known.
• The Complete Sherlock Holmes; • Jane Eyre; • A Tale of Two Cities; • Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them; • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories; • Little Women; • A Little Princess; • The Secret Garden; • Grimm’s Complete Fairytales; • To Kill a Mockingbird; • Peter Pan; • Quidditch Through the Ages; • The Count of Monte Cristo; • Pride and Prejudice; • The Fault in Our Stars.