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"It's all about the adventures..."

How did we get to that?

No, seriously, did we imagine all those interviews where almost all the cast and writers talked about how; “It’s not a detective show, it’s a show about a detective?” When Martin said; “It’s a love story between these two men who need each other.”? When Amanda defended the plot of TAB by saying; “In the end it will always be about those two men and their relationship.”?

What was that? Why did we get all of that when their relationship was ripped to pieces and very poorly put together only to be pushed to the background in these last two series? This isn’t even about Johnlock. I keep reading Jeremy Brett’s post about why they didn’t have Watson marry Mary because Holmes is the true love of Watson’s life. Series 4 showed that wasn’t the case with this version. John was prepared to let Sherlock die because he was so cut up over Mary’s death and treated him like shit. I can see Brett watching S4 and shaking his head along with us.

The show was no longer about this great relationship, platonic or otherwise. Or at least it wasn’t about showing why this is apparently “the greatest friendship in literature”. Wasn’t that always supposed to be the point? What happened? Did Mofftiss just develop ACD syndrome and grew to hate these characters and didn’t care enough to give them and their relationship a decent resolution?

This will haunt me. I just want to know why.


It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, shapeless blurs through the heavy yellow wreaths. Our gas was lit and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very sweet temper to lecture me upon my literary shortcomings.

               The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, A.C.Doyle

The Problem of the Sherlocks

“The Empty Hearse” finally aired over here in the states. But being the spoiler hound I am, I already knew what was going to happen. It seems that the only thing I’ve ever managed to resist spoilers for was when Deathly Hallows reached shelves.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking lately about how Sherlock Holmes gets depicted in media these days, both in movies and TV series. I read the books first (multiple times, heh), and I’ve noticed a rather…I don’t know…odd trend that modern adaptions tend to follow. With the exception of the Grenada series with Jeremy Brett, most modern Holmes adaptions follow a pattern.

They really, REALLY play up Sherlock’s jackassery. Read more to see my highly controversial opinions (hurr hurr).

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This needs to be said.

There is no One True Holmes. Doyle hated Holmes before Memoirs ended. The original drawings look nothing like how Doyle imagined Holmes. There were Holmes parodies before Holmes was brought back. Holmes was commercial to support himself and his “more serious” writings. Some people honestly believe that Doyle couldn’t be assed to write all of his stories, and that isn’t horribly out of the realm of probability. (Mazarin Stone!)

There have been a million Holmes. He is the most filmed character, practically neck-in-neck with Dracula. He was been written and filmed as a sham, Jack the Ripper, delusional, working in World War II, related to Dracula, fighting Lovecraftian abominations, on the Titanic, as a woman, as Nero Wolfe’s father, married, gay, straight, asexual, bi.

He has been written as a faerie changeling

(Sadly, I think that might be the only magic-creature Holmes I’ve seen. Recs of non-BBC Sherlock stories would make me happy.)

You can like any stripe of Holmes. You can like multiple stripes of Holmes. I do! Not liking a certain stripe of Holmes is alright! (BBC Sherlock left me cold partially into the first episode, because the Holmes stories I enjoyed never made him the sort to self-label as sociopathic, and I was used to the idea of Holmes having friends, even if they weren’t especially close. However, it is popular, and seems to work pretty well. It also doesn’t feature foolish!Watson, which is the main thing that makes me cranky.)

…Can I please get supernatural Holmes recs?