Listen up, folks, because this is some Oscar Wilde-level karma going on.
I’m the captain of a quiz bowl team that just competed in a national competition.
Now, most quiz bowl players are guys, and most of them are really, really focused on studying their subjects. If I’d mentioned that I’m a fangirl or–God forbid–a slash shipper, I would have been laughed out of the room.
So naturally, I didn’t expect my hours devoted to Johnlock meta to ever be of use.
Wow, was I wrong.
We got one set of questions entirely about Margaret Thatcher. My friend and I answered an astonishing number of them correctly. She knew the answers because she’d lived in the UK. I knew the answers from writing meta about Thatcher’s homophobia.
We won the match. When my friends asked how I could possibly know so much about Thatcher, I smiled and said, “Oh, just Sherlock.” The only person curious to know more was a girl on the other team who scrolled through her Tumblr and nodded knowingly when I said I wrote episode analyses.
During another round, we were answering questions wherein you get more points depending on how soon you answer the question. Three words in, they mentioned the Labouchere Amendment. It sounded familiar–because I’d read about it in a TJLC meta. It was the amendment used to prosecute homosexuality in England, the one used at Oscar Wilde’s trial. I buzzed in immediately and got the question right for the maximum possible points.
We ended up winning our bracket.
For once in my life, being part of this crazy, angst-filled, and utterly devoted corner of fandom gave me an advantage over elitists who wouldn’t read a fanfic if their lives depended on it.
Thank you, TJLC.