(Not) Killing Your Darlings: Parallels Between ACD Canon and S4
I’ve slowly been working my way through a reread of the canon stories, and although I am used to finding phrases and plotlines among the stories that have been adapted within Sherlock, what surprised me towards the end of the canon is that the writers of Sherlock appear to be adapting the way the stories are written, as well. We’ve talked a lot about the idea that Mofftiss have Reichenbached the show in Series 4, but I’m beginning to think they have Case-booked it (and His Last Bowed it, a little, too). This will probably sound grim at first, but I remain an optimist when it comes to Sherlock, so bear with me. These are Princess Bride “pit of despair” times; I figure if we have to be here, we may as well look around.
As a quick reminder, Doyle published the short stories as:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905) His Last Bow (1917) The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)
I’m going to start at the end of His Last Bow and the later stories, because they best parallel Series 4, then look back very briefly.
Breaking the fourth wall
His Last Bow breaks the pattern of the Sherlock Holmes story collections in a few ways. It begins with a brief preface written by John H. Watson; he addresses the reader directly to explain that he and Holmes are still living, though ageing:
”The friends of Mr Sherlock Holmes will be glad to learn that he is still alive and well, though somewhat crippled by occasional attacks of rheumatism… Several previous experiences which have lain long in my portfolio, have been added to ‘His Last Bow’ so as to complete the volume.” (His Last Bow, preface)
hiiii! could you make a prince!jaehyun like the one you did for mark ^^
A/N: it’s a little different compared to mark’s, and this is really bad tbh ahh
it’s been long since i did a prince! au so here it is ~
and jeffrey has been climbing up my bias list lately it’s crazy
who can resist him tbh
and a heads up before you continue , im really bad at writing prince!au’s because im not that familiar with the system so im sorry if it’s really bad omg
you probably didn’t know he was the prince until he appeared on the news one day,
even though y'all were pretty close friends
and you had always wondered why you never saw him around
on the news, he was in a serious mood and he was doing all the paper work, being labelled as the “jaehyun the prince”
you’d never seen that side of him because he would always visit the small town and wear very casual clothes, joking and laughing with you
with no one protecting or guarding him
he’s such a chill prince tbh
he laughs and smiles a lot
he’s more like a friend to the country rather than a politician/prince
but when he gets serious he isn’t afraid to point out the flaws of the country’s system to the king
and he’d work really hard to change it
he’s like bestfriends with the other royal families’ sons
aka the other members
they often meet up even when there’s no special occasions and conversations could last from reminiscing childhood memories together to planning on working to make the country together in the future
- such handsome and goodlooking princes, it’s as though they’re like idols
probably escaped the palace so many times as a kid (even up till now) the palace guards and servants are used to it
when he was younger he used to escape to go play with the animals he saw in the garden, as he’d laugh innocently to himself, until one of his servants frantically ran up to him and asked him to go back because everyone was worried and though that he had gone missing
in his teen years, he’d leave the palace just to explore the town
that’s where he met you
you were just wandering alone after school, praying that you did well for your exams
curious prince jaehyun would come up to you, starting a conversation and asking why you were alone
thinking that he was just one of the people near the area, you just casually started talking to him
and both of you would always meet up in the same area with not many people around, so jaehyun did not have to be afraid of his identity being revealed
all he told you was that he lived far away from the area and could only meet up at specific timings
he didn’t want you to treat him differently after you knew
but you found out eventually and jaehyun was still talking casually with you, but flustered you was already bowing your head down, calling him by “sir” and “your majesty”, instead of your usual “jae/jeffrey”
but being jaehyun, he asked you to treat him like a friend, and you had no choice but to listen to him
the next day he invited you to the palace
you still remember yourself getting nervous the night before, choosing your prettiest and most elegant looking dress you could find in your closet
morning arrived and you found yourself on the back of a horse, with jaehyun sitting in front of you, your arms around you, as jaehyun had requested his servants to come fetch you-with him
“you look good today, for once hehe”
“you did not just say that-”
servant glares at you
“i-i’m sorry, uh thanks..”
“sighs it’s fine, ignore them, act like we always do!”
once you reached the palace you were fascinated by everything
from how big everything was, how the walls and floors were all polished nicely and shiny
to how almost at every door to a room, there would be guards there
you entered the dining room and to your surprise, you were greeted by two other goodlooking young men,
“this is johnny, prince of the seo family”
“and mark, my best friend, lee family”
the two greeted you with a small smile and flustered you did an over exaggerated 90° bow, causing the two to giggle
jaehyun would keep looking out for you and smile at you, and had even asked a servant to serve food to you
he likes sharing stories with you about being a prince, and also loves listening to your stories too, curious about how everything is outside the palace
probably shows small signs of liking you but you try not to be too high if yourself because he’s the prince and you, only one of the people of the country
but you couldn’t lie though, you found yourself falling for him too
he had invited you to the palace so many times now it’s almost as though it’s your second home
it was not until you found yourself in jaehyun’s big room without his servant, and his small confession and kiss that woke you up,
you were dating a prince
surprisingly though, his parents had agreed to your relationship, as they loved how you managed to make jaehyun happy, making him work even harder as a prince
i’ll stop here because my mind’s really blocked im so sorry,
but if you want a part 2 or something, do request!!
The sun cast a caramel glow over the sleek curve of the Mustang in the driveway. Clay ran light fingers over the paint, and the sun-warmed metal bit at the new callouses just beneath his nails. His therapist had said the guitar lessons might help him process some of his emotions, some of his pain. Most days, she was wrong. But Clay kept showing up and strumming out new, awkward chords for those days when she was right.
With a squeal, the screen door opened and Tony stepped into the receding light. His boots were scuffed and loosely laced, coming up over his jeans. A leather jacket weighed on his shoulders. He’d gotten his hair cut a little shorter after his breakup with Brad, citing new beginnings.
New beginnings, Clay thought. We could use some of those around here.
What kinds of things would a German character call their loved ones? (nicknames, diminutives, etc.)
What a cute question!
So, your German character wants to give their loved ones nicknames etc.? Wonderful! So, I made a list. Which is by no means exhaustive, because holy shit, there are so many variations and regional differences, that would have become way too long. (Though I certainly tried. Also, while there are lists online, some of the names listed there are so strange??)
Endearments for a significant other: Liebling (gender neutral)/ Liebste (female)/ Liebster (male) - “dearest”, Darling (gender neutral), Schatz (gender neutral) - “treasure, sweetheart”, (mein) Engel (gender neutral) - (my) angel (or the diminutive, Engelchen), Hase (gender neutral) - “rabbit”
Endearments for the character’s kids or grandchildren: Seriously, this is something family specific, like, so much. But often used are diminutives of animals, such as Fröschchen - “little frog”, Mäuschen - “little mouse”, Hummelchen - “little bumblebee” (all of those are gender neutral), my grandpa used to call me Fuchs or Füchschen - “fox” and its diminutive
Endearments for the character’s family: Mama/Mami - “Mum”, Papa/Papi - “Dad”, Oma/Omi - “Grandma”, Opa/Opi - “Granddad”, Cousinchen - diminutive of the female version of “cousin”, Schwesterlein/Schwesterchen - “little sister”, diminutives of Schwester “sister”, Brüderlein/Brüderchen - “little brother”, diminutives of Bruder “brother”
Endearments for other character’s kids: Unless you know the family well, you’d better not, but if you absolutely have to, use Spatz or the diminutive Spätzchen - “sparrow”/ “little sparrow” for small children, or Fratz - can be used like “brat” or with a positive connotation
Endearments for friends and acquaintances: Beste/ Bester - “bestie” (female/ male) for your best friend, Süße/ Süßer - “sweety” (female/ male) for a good friend or while flirting, Schöne/ Schöner - “beautiful” (female/ male) while flirting (and of course the abbreviation or variation of the friend’s name, for example Chrissie for either Christina or Christian, Eli for Elisabeth, Biene (“bee”) for Sabine etc.)
Those who don’t fit any of those categories/ are applicable to everyone: Grummelchen - for a person who is grumbling about something, Honigkuchenpferd/ Grinsekatze - for a person who looks particularly happy, Knuffelchen - a very cute person the character might want to snuggle, Kleine/ Kleiner/ Kleines - “small one” (female/ male/ “neutral”) for friends or members of the extended family younger than the character or children that are not the character’s
P.S. (Personal Stories!): My Dad (and my Mum too) calls me “kleine Maus” (small mouse) or just “Mäuschen” (diminutive of “mouse”) and referring to both my younger brother and I “kleine Mäuse” (small mice) and my Mum is by extension the “große Maus” (big mouse); I call my younger brother Brüderlein and ever since he is taller than I am, he has taken to calling me Schwesterlein.
While storytelling comes relatively naturally to me, I have found that coming up with the idea for the story has been really difficult. Is it natural to struggle with this aspect of filmmaking? How do I overcome it?
This is absolutely natural. A lot of people struggle with different aspects of writing/storytelling and it just depends on the individual. (I personally struggle with editing and writing dialogue.) I do occasionally have trouble with ideas and here are some things I did to overcome it:
-Carry a journal/book everywhere. Inspiration hits people at weird times, not just in the shower. Have a book meant strictly for ideas and write down anything that comes into your head that you find interesting. It can be a character, the way something looked, a funny or philosophical quote someone said, anything! Then you can go back, pick and choose what you like, and expand the idea or incorporate it into another story. -Set aside time to write. Even if it’s just 5 minutes, make a daily habit of writing. When you give yourself the time, the ideas will come. If you can’t come up with anything for those 5 minutes, don’t do anything else. Make yourself sit in front of a blank page for the whole time. Eventually, your brain will start associating that time with thinking and you will become more productive. -People watch. I like the outdoors so sitting on a bench in a park watching people interact is something I find relaxing and informative. Pick some people and make up a story about them in your head based on their behavior, posture, etc. (Even better, write the story down in your journal you will now carry with you.) -Organize with sticky notes. Say you have ideas for a story, but they are either too small for a full story, or you don’t like them. Write each idea on a separate sticky note and spread them out on a wall or table or something. Then you can mix and match them until you have a combination you like. (I used this to figure out the different (and best) plots for my B99 spec script.) -Use writing prompts. I don’t usually use prompts quite how they are meant to be used, but they are still helpful for getting the creative juices flowing. I like taking the ideas from prompts and letting my mind go on a tangent until I find a more fulfilling idea. (For instance, a prompt about Area 51 led me to “fake aliens” to “fake apocalypse” which I liked better.) -Use stories you enjoy for inspiration. Take two films/books/shows and smash them together. What is that story like? What if you made a minor character the center of their own show? Retell a story in a different genre. All artists borrow from each other. Consuming good content shows you more story possibilities.
Worked a little bit on her design. I’m very rarely posting pictures of my OCs but I like Yave very much. She started off as a kinda evil side character, now she is one of the protagonists, haha. Well, characters always have a mind of their own.
She is in a relationship with a man and a woman and thus my first poly character ever. I hope I don’t screw this up ;; if you peeps have some advice (especially poly peeps) on how a poly character should be represented or examples of how it was fucked up in the media than I will gladly listen.
My submission for the @westallenfun event #westallenatthemovies. The movie, The Host, was supposed to be used for my inspiration, but I honestly only looked at the scene when Jared & Melanie first met…with a surprise attack at the refrigerator in the middle of the night. lol. So…a very loose connection here, but there you have it.
Title: The Burglar in My Kitchen
Synopsis: AU!Westallen - Iris wakes up in the middle of the night to a strange man taking food out of her refrigerator. Turns out he’s not a burglar and he’ll be staying a few nights in her house. Sparks fly in close quarters.
*Many thanks to @valeriemperez for being an excellent beta in a time crunch. :)
i. she does not bend or break or run away ii. soldier, keep on marchin’ on, head down til the work
is done iii. if you give me an answer that just makes no sense
then what’s the use iv. she’s too small for the pen, can’t write her story
down v. just like an arrow, heading straight for a destiny vi. and the walls
kept tumbling down in the city that we love vii. who saves the girl after she saves the world? viii. don’t know where she belongs ix. i must go on standing x. you will weep and know why / / / 8tracks | playmoss
Someone you don’t know so well does something remotely nice for you and you feel super warm and fluffy inside for the rest of the day.
For ex.: I used to get a bagel at the bakery near the bus station after school and there was always the same cashier there at the time. We never actually talked (as in, long conversation involving our families or something like that) but I’d always say ‘’Hello,’’ and ‘’Please,’’ and ‘’Thank you’’ and she started calling me ‘’Pretty Girl’’ at some point. We developed a somewhat-cordial relationship is what I’m trying to say.
Anyway, this one day I was waiting in line as usual and this guy who’d come in after me tries to order before me and the cashier (I never even learned her name, that’s how shy I am) says, ‘’No, wait, this girl (she never learned mine either) was first in line,’’ and then asks me for my order.
I ordered a sesame bagel as usual, thanked her and left, but for the remainder of the day I had the biggest smile plastered on my face.