minus sherlock

Don’t you wish there was a show like Sherlock but without the blatant glaring racism? With poc represented in real and respectful ways? 

Don’t you wish there was a show like Sherlock but minus the icky sexism? With complex, well written, damaged, lovable female characters? 

Sherlock with strong beautiful woc? 

Sherlock with mental illnesses represented accurately and with respect? 

Sherlock without the gross queerbaiting? 

Sherlock but the main duo have a healthy and admittedly flawed yet strong relationship? 

Sherlock but with girls loving and supporting each other? 

 Okay I’ll let you in on soymething the show ur wishing for exists!! And it’s called dirk gentlys holistic detective agency ! It has all these things and it’s just as fast pacedy and actiony and mystery-y! In short y'all need to watch dirk gently

turtlepated  asked:

Am I the only one who finds it a little peculiar that the fandom largely seems to associate Mycroft with the sweet-tooth while Sherlock was the one who agreed to go to Rosie's christening and become her godfather because John promised him cake...

No, you’re not the only one I’m afraid that feels that Mycroft is unfairly saddled with the ‘sweet tooth fiend’ moniker when any fan would be hard pressed to find an instance where Mycroft is seen indulging in sweets as opposed to Sherlock who can be seen eating plenty of unhealthy snacks either with or without John’s presence.

Now if we were to go by Tumblr’s logic Sherlock by virtue would be an ‘oppressor’ for having the 'thin privilege’ to eat unhealthily and get little to no flack for it whereas Mycroft would be the poor, poor victim of society standards and all that jazz.

Thankfully, yours truly and many others in the Sherlock fandom are smart enough not to believe in that nonsense realizing that Sherlock eats what he wants as opposed to Mycroft is because:

1. Sherlock moves around (leg work) more than his older brother who is more often than not trapped in an office or meetings until god knows when doing things to keep the country running.

2. Sherlock is younger than Mycroft (yes, age can be a big factor even if it is a 7 years difference based on genetics.)

3. Sherlock has a higher metabolism than his older brother.

4. Mycroft is a tad shorter than Sherlock which also means that he has a smaller calorie allowance than his baby brother.

5. All bodies operate differently and require different maintenance regiments in order to keep to a healthy BMI.

As much as Mycroft would love to eat the same things as Sherlock he knows that unless he wants to suffer the consequences of gluttony he has to maintain a healthy diet in order to counter act his mostly sedimentary lifestyle until he can retire and get fit as fuck on some beach near Monte Carlo.

The Holmes boys are pretty healthy smoking habit now withstanding.

Molly wrenched her eyes open and swore under her breath; she hated falling asleep at work, even if there was no one around and she’d completed her workload. Her long shifts plus the extra curricular case-solving had left her with less time for important things like sleeping. She didn’t mind - it was worth it just to see the look of confusion on Lestrade’s face as he tried to comprehend why Sherlock needed both an ex-army doctor and specialist registrar by his side.

Molly rubbed her eyes and lifted her head from the metal lab bench, groaning at the burn the action brought to her neck; she lifted her arms to rub the sore muscles, her heavier than she remembered lab coat slipping from her shoulders as she did. She sighed and gave a quick stretch before bending to retrieve the black Belstaff from the floor.

Molly paused, her fingers brushing the coarse fabric - well, she wasn’t imagining it. She glanced stupidly around the room to check she was indeed alone. After confirming she certainly was, she gathered the long coat and stood, brushing the dust from it; Molly carefully hung the signature coat on the hook beside the door. Her cheeks flooded with warmth as she pictured Sherlock finding her asleep at her station, possibly drooling and snoring. Whatever he’d needed from her would be their topic of conversation the next day where they’d most likely pretend nothing had happened.

But for now, as Molly thought of Sherlock wrapping her small shoulders in his heavy coat, her affectionate smile showed no signs of fading. Maybe she would bring it up. After all, she needed to thank him…

friskbitz  asked:

Hey there! I was wondering if you had any advice for writing a schizoid character? The protagonist in my book has schizoid personality disorder and I don't want to write it inaccurately in any way.

Hey :)

Hm… Well, first of all, as you can probably guess, it’s easy to ruin schizoid character just as it is easy to ruin any character with psychology specifics that author is not personally familiar with. 

But that being said, as long as you avoid following those extremely common tropes about schizoids being robot-like, incapable of emotions *at all* or just plain murderous psychopaths incapable of feeling guilt, you should be fine :) Also the “happily turning into neurotypical at the end” trope is bad, but you probably aware of it.

It’s just to keep a short tl;dr version on top, but as always I will elaborate *a bit*. ^^’ 

The “robot” bit. It’s common to view schizoids like that. Heck, even schizoids sometimes refer to themselves in this way. I do that sometimes too, yes. But it is one thing when you say stuff about yourself, and the other – when you find it in a book in reference to a character you probably relate to. First is your choice and your own views, and second is just yet another example of media being the disappointment it is. Can’t say it’d necessarily “hurt feelings” of many schizoids, but some would probably close your book with a sad sigh.

Emotions. Schizoids are not completely cut out of every single mood and emotion. At least most of them are not. It’s just those emotions are different, sometimes mostly inner, and sometimes they themselves are not aware of feeling anything, or it’s too shallow and too brief to notice it until it is gone. It probably won’t be as pronounced as it is for other people, but picturing schizoids by making sure it is repeated every single chapter that they don’t feel a thing isn’t likely a good idea :) The shallowness of emotions and how it is hard for them to understand other people being so emotional, on the other hand, could be somewhat of a highlight to a character. 

Or, alternatively, human emotions can be sort of a fascination of this character (just don’t overdo it). Most schizoids can feel (and, more importantly, realize what it is when they feel it) interest to some specific subjects. It’s likely to be narrow and not in the same way, let’s say, autistic person would experience it. Not necessarily obsessive kind of interest, and likely not a life-long constant fascination. Or maybe this interest just flashes for a while just to disappear for years, but always returns eventually. 

Apathy and lack of motivation can be another highlight, but it doesn’t have to be. Just as well as depression or some other comorbid disorders. Not every schizoid is constantly depressed, even though normal “mood” of most schizoids can be mistakenly viewed as depression from outside. Schizoid person may look grim, barely ever smiling, making it look like they’re unhappy and constantly sad, but on the inside this person could feel normal or even on the positive side of their regular mood level (no matter how narrow their mood range is). 

Schizoids are very different. No, seriously, it’s not the same as to say “people are different”. It is even pointed out in psychology books sometimes :) It’s hard to find two schizoids who would relate to each other in most aspects. More likely they’ll find each other just as far off as any other human they meet. Or maybe relatable in this and that, but this? Heck no, not even close.

And the “evil schizoid” trope. Well, just to illustrate it, though I mentioned this example before in this blog, but it’s popular enough to refer to and shows the point quite well. Sherlock and Moriarty. Schizoid and antisocial disorders, correspondingly (it is debatable whether Sherlock is also autistic, but he definitely has more than 4 schizoid traits to fit the criteria). I guess I don’t really have to explain what is different between those two characters? %) 

So yeah, it kinda sucks when someone views you as Moriarty when you are more of a Sherlock (minus being genius bit, among other things). And this is way too common for schizoids to get to know character, begin to relate to them, just to find out that author thought to make them a villain from the start. Sometimes it looks convincing enough for schizoid viewer to start to doubt themselves, like “maybe I am bad, after all? this character was so much like me, so maybe this is my future”.

And no, there’s nothing wrong with making characters in so called “gray morality” territory or making them just bad guys who are opposed to the hero. Just make sure if it’s schizoid bad person, they are not psychos with no motive other than having fun by jumping on dead corpses of stolen infants, not taking blood baths every evening and are not remorseless psychopaths never feeling guilt over what they did. There must be some reason for any action, no matter how morally-questionable it is. 

But yes, some schizoids are indeed capable of doing things that won’t always fit into common morality standards. They can fit into “doing what it takes” trope in some cases. E.g. after weighing all possibilities, they might come to a conclusion it is acceptable to sacrificing a whole planet full of people to stop a war that would last for centuries, taking away dozens planets more, therefore eventually saving billions of lives. And yes, I’m talking about one specific schizoid character, one of my favorites even, but won’t tell which one and where is it from to avoid spoilers (but can tell in PM if anyone wants to know). 

Oh, and the “curing” trope. Don’t try to make it look like being schizoid is just a starting point in your character’s development. It’s not. One of the worst things that can happen to a schizoid character - is suddenly ending up “unfrozen” by teh Power of Love or something (oh, by the way, I’ll link you something i wrote a while ago on this subject in private later). They were schizoid all their life, probably to a lesser extent in childhood, manifesting around early adulthood. This manifestation could be triggered by some trauma, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be just the way this person grows up in the society where they are alienated, not taken as equal, avoided or patronized, scared of, laughed at or ignored, even openly attacked or beaten. Or maybe none of it to a great extent. They might just not find enough in common with all those people just for no other reason than being different. There doesn’t have to be a reason to be schizoid just as there is no reason for being autistic or e.g. having blond hair. 

The “loneliness”. Schizoids are not immune to feeling lonely. But if loneliness is very pronounced whenever they are alone, it’d look more like social anxiety disorder or just introversion. Schizoids tend to crave for solitude at least sometimes. Some just need it as air and not sometimes, but most of their time. If they have no choice but to deal with people every day for x hours, it’d drive them insane or will end up in severe depression at very least. But don’t confuse social anxiety with schizoid personality, because while latter can look like they’re just shy and afraid of interaction, most schizoids (unless they also have anxiety) are ok-ish to interact with people when needed. It’s just having to do so regularly and out of their own control on how much, how often and in which way - that’s what exhausting about communication. 

Schizoids might have friends, people who are important for them. They are capable of caring for family. Just not necessarily in the same way other people do so. What’s important, though, is that if schizoid for some reason doesn’t have people they care about, it’s unlikely that loaning to find such person would be their driving force to find new contacts. They aren’t more likely to get intimate (mostly in emotional sence) with someone just because they’re alone at the moment. It can be a good example of “happily single”. 

Oh, and about asexuality. It is true that asexuality is rather common among schizoids, but allosexual schizoids are just as common. Some are explicitly sexually active and are prone to all kinds of non-standard sexual behaviors. It’s just that they’re unlikely to be romantically involved with their partners, at least not for long and not in this “emotional intimacy” way with limerence, holding hands and being sweet couple stuff. It’s still probably happens for some schizoids, though, so I’m not saying it should be out of question for your character.

Also probably worth to mention the “magical thinking” and “odd beliefs” bit of schizotypal disorder. Some schizoids have it, others don’t. Your character can be on either side here, it shouldn’t be too confusing. But just keep in mind that it’s different disorders and they don’t have to come in packs. If you aim to make your character unambiguously schizoid, it’s probably a good idea to not make them believe in stuff like telepathy or magic (unless that stuff is a well-known fact in your setting). 

The “rich imaginary world” is often mentioned in schizoids. Though having lackluster fantasy and no understanding of art is also mentioned sometimes. And yes, some schizoids don’t see it mutually exclusive and can have well-developed fantasy world while not really being in touch with any other kind of fantasies and not caring at all about fiction and art. 

Aaaan I can’t think of anything else by now. ^^ If I missed something of particular interest to you, just let me know and I might end up writing second wall of text about schizoid characters. There’s probably plenty important stuff I forgot (tbh I just don’t remember what’s up there in this wall of text and I’m not planning to re-read it before posting). 

My followers probably can add something to this, though. Also if someone has a few good and even bad examples of schizoid characters, even I myself would like to hear it :)

Anyway, good luck with your writing ^^ It’s so rare someone writes about schizoids in positive way. And if something, I’m always up to read more fiction with schizoid characters :)

Just sayin'...

A gay porn parody of BBC Sherlock would just be BBC Sherlock, minus the three season forplay. We will soon know what Mark Gatiss meant by ‘insane wish fulfillment’… Evidence:

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anonymous asked:

So. You know how John dreams of his fight in Afghanistan when he's with Mary at the beginning of HLV? He's never shown dreaming of it when he's with Sherlock.

Oh yes. Not only that-he’s been dreaming about Sherlock too, how Sherlock asked him that simple question-“Wanna see some more?”-a question that he answered and completely turned his life around. He stopped dreaming about it when he was with Sherlock because their adventures were enough to fuel his hunger for danger and adrenaline. And now that he’s married (for only a month!), he’s craving it again.

I find it interesting how in ASiP, he was dreaming about the same thing (minus the Sherlock), and when he awoke, he was terrified and he cried. And now, he just sat up, a bit shaken, but not too much. Also, this is a bit off topic but did you see Mary’s possessive hand on his wrist

It’s also interesting how in HLV, they’ve come back to the start. John dreaming about the war, Sherlock doing drugs (for a case, my ass). Huh.