hyperion: a romance

Irene Adler may be Sherlock’s “evil twin,” but John Watson is the Yang to his Yin. They create a perfect balance when they work together, and as partners they are highly efficient. When Irene has John kidnapped so she can confront him in an abandoned building (actually the Battersea Power Station), she accuses him of jealousy. “Once and for all, in anyone still cares, I am not gay!” John protests. “I am,” Irene reminds him, “Where does that leave us?” she asks honestly. John clearly loves Sherlock - or else he would not threaten Irene into telling his friend the truth about her whereabouts. He does not want Sherlock to continue to pine for the woman he thinks is dead and threatens to track Adler wherever she goes until she stops toying with his friend. That neither of them is sexually involved with Sherlock does not lessen the depth of their feelings for him.
Perhaps the love that fans most enjoy watching, if fan fiction and web commentaries are reliable indicators, is that between Sherlock and John. To Cumberbatch, this warehouse confrontation between Irene and John is the most loving scene of all. “It says everything about their relationship, what the love is, the care is…. It’s everything they don’t say to each other but [John] can say to [Irene] thinking that he’s not there. That’s where the romance is a remarkably British affair, it’s remarkably understated subtlety and nuance.”
—  Benedict Cumberbatch: in Transition by Lynnette Porter

okay so i sort of hate when people say fictional characters are not real, or that they’re “imaginary.” 

like, okay, yes, obviously they’re not real, they aren’t made of flesh and blood in this universe, they’ve never met the people of this world, and their name/social security number is not embedded in the system, confirming they exist

but that doesn’t mean they’re not real in the world they live in. they have influence there, they have meaning and power there. and, if we’re lucky, we’re allowed into that world, so they have meaning and power in us. 

they are real in our hearts and minds, the worlds that are created for them, either by their original creators, or the fans who love them.

so, yeah, they’re not a “real” person. but they are a person, as are we. their relationships and problems are as real for them as they are for us. 

it may be a fabricated character, a fictional relationship, but that does not equate it to being any less powerful than something “real”

Once upon a time there was a man who was the best man in the world and he had a friends rhat was like a reslly small dudk anf oh man it was just like little duck and it was smaller than a pinky and ut ehispered duck secrets in his ear and the people was like this duck is a traitor and the duck was like im in lobe woth you and he told him the duck swcrey that wasd at the foot of the eigfel tower and. They net sgsin twenty years later at the foot of the eigfel towwer and the duck os waiting