Don’t ask me why I ship it, because I’ll tell you it was fate, I’ll write poetry to the ship and wish for a better cannon on stray eyelashes and shooting stars, don’t ask my why I fell inlove with that ship (I don’t know how love works) I just know that it happens, that otp found me in the night, drew me in like a siren and made a believer out of me. They call my love for this otp “delusional”, “insane”, (“unrequited”) but this wont stop my feelings. This is my otp and I have a shipper heart. Honesty I Don’t think I stood a chance.
Seriously, the writers essentially gave Sherlock William Scott Holmes to us.
Moffat and Gatiss completed their part in his story, and set up each happy ending that we could want. Now, it’s up to us all to make that happy ending into the story we all want to see. No one’s end wasn’t real. No lies were told. All I Love You’s and texts and caresses gave us all exactly what we wanted and they were all as real as we want them to be. Sherlock belongs to us now.
Steven and Mark are finished telling the story they wanted to tell. Now it’s our turn to continue that into whatever we wish. Don’t talk yourself out of your happiness. We all deserve our happy endings.
I don’t know if this was point out by someone else, but… By the scene goes we know Sherlock just left Rosie with John, and maybe retrieved near the fireplace… can we observe the fact that after checking the flat, smiling at John holding Rosie, she goes straight (and enthusiastically) to Sherlock??
HC that John and Mary helped Sherlock to learn and appreciate what a joy a relationship and marriage can be just through observing them…and then a couple years after TFP, it’s Sherlock and Molly who remind John of the very same thing. And it gives him the courage to try and find happiness again. 😭
Ah, these women! What more can I say? I love them and it’s the very reason why I feel like I needed to talk about them, especially in light of “recent events.”
Now, I would’ve included Mrs. Hudson, but everybody loves her (I’m pretty sure all of us have secret shrines dedicated to her) and in contrast to these three other women, I haven’t seen anyone talk sh*t about her. Maybe the reason why I’m writing this is that I feel like these special women also deserve the same recognition? Idk. As usual, I’m waffling. Haha.
Anyway, going back to my point, I’m just going to start this ramble:
For someone who was intended to be a side character (since she was not a part of the ACD canon), Molly stood out because even before anyone else (even Lestrade who thought that Sherlock was a great, but not good, man in S1)saw the detective’s capacity for good, she was already there, admiring him. I honestly don’t think it was just his brilliance or his amazing cheekbones (lol) that captivated her, but it was the belief that Sherlock is something more than he what he leads on. He had his eccentricities, but she was able to look past that.
And if there’s one thing that I found compelling about her, it’s her character development. She didn’t dwell on her unrequited love, she wasn’t a martyr, she dated other people (shoutout to Jim from IT), she called out Sherlock for being an arse during that Christmas (ASiB), and by season 3 and 4, she became an all around BAMF.
So I don’t understand why I’ve seen people calling her weak. Because I personally believe that loving someone does not prevent you from being a strong and independent person. Molly never changed her ways for Sherlock. Sure, she swiped lipstick that one time, or she dressed up that Christmas, but it was to boost her own confidence. She knows that Sherlock doesn’t notice these things in a ‘I want to impress him’ kind of level, so I personally believe she was doing those things because she wants to – not for him, but for herself.
And seeing her in TFP hurt me like hell. She looked like she was having a rough day, and then Sherlock just pops in a request like that – it was disheartening to watch. But Molly Hooper handled it like a boss. Even if it hurts, she was in control of herself. She was angry, she didn’t want to be treated like a toy – she wanted him to know that saying those words are not and should not be easy. Even in pain and distress, she was able to teach Sherlock Holmes a lesson.
So if that makes her weak, then they should change the definition of the word in the dictionary, because there’s a huge amount of courage in there.
P.S. To be fair, Sherlock did say ‘I love you’ twice. Now, I’m an Adlock shipper, but so far, Sherlolly shippers had that dramatic Anderson-imagination kiss and two ‘I love you’s so cheers to y’all! 😉
Queeeeeeeeeeeen! Okay, sorry! I just love this woman.
Personally, I fell in love with the idea of Adlock ever since I first read A Scandal In Bohemia. I never liked my ships to be ‘canon’ in a way that they’ll run off into the sunset and be all cheesy, and that’s why Sherlock and Irene’s dynamic resonated with me so much. I do blame them for developing my now logical and complicated approach on the subject of love, but I digress.
There has been a lot of criticism about the modern adaptations of Irene Adler, but I will simply focus on the BBC one for this post. Irene was, and still is, being reprimanded for being a dominatrix, but to me, it just made sense. Her initial role was to distract Sherlock and to lure him into unfamiliar territory, but sex isn’t the element that became the foundation of their relationship – it was their instant intellectual connection.
And this is also the very reason why we’re not dismissing Irene or Sherlock’s sexuality in shipping them, contrary to the common criticisms of these pairing. Even if Irene is a dominatrix, sex isn’t really what they are about. I know I’ve stressed this many times, but Sherlock admitted that he is captivated by Irene (”Craving the distraction of the game, I sympathise entirely…” his words, not mine) and Irene was also very much smitten with Sherlock, so it may not be romance (or whatever it is that normal people do), but they are indeed attracted to each other in a very complex level that I think even they don’t understand. To add to this, we already have an entire discourse regarding Irene being “gay” etc. etc. which I think makes her even more amazing because she’s like f*ck all your stereotypes, I’m going to swing all ways possible and be badass at it and I can’t… I just can’t deal with that point even anymore… She is more than that frickin’ label, for God’s sake.
Anyway, another commentary about Irene that pisses me off the most is the one about her being weak – again, similar to Molly’s. She didn’t ask for Sherlock to rescue her, and he absolutely didn’t beat her. In fact, he broke almost every single one of his personal rules when it came to her: flew thousands of miles to get to her, kept her Vertu (”If she’d left him, he would keep it. People do. Sentiment.”), thinks about her out of the blue, the TEXTING, and I could go on and on and on…. And she did make Sherlock “I haven’t begged in my life” Holmes beg twice in the most mundane, interesting, and sentimental way possible: “But I will have the camera phone.” “Please.”
This is a woman who can get by on her own, who has managed to stay alive despite the circumstance that she’s constantly on the run, and she is her own person, whether or not she has crossed paths with Sherlock Holmes.
So to put this in full-circle, I’ll just say it again: QUEEN!
I never really appreciated Mary’s character in the ACD canon because she was barely even there. It wasn’t even explicit if she died or not, but there was a line that expressed Watson’s bereavement, leading to that conclusion in the books.
Frankly, just like Irene, I’ve been waiting for her character to make an appearance, and was almost settled by the idea that she might have been replaced with Sarah (John’s girlfriend in S1), but I still had my hopes up. So when she arrived in Season 3, imagine my excitement.
But it wasn’t until that scene in TEH where she was obviously amused by Sherlock that made me love her. Now, just a quick segue, I’ve always hated Sally Donovan because she was cruel to Sherlock and she didn’t really seem to have a redemption arc unlike Anderson. She was a representation of the world that treats Sherlock Holmes as an outsider. And Mary wasn’t like that at all. She was accepting and understanding, and unlike the common cause of hatred towards her, she wasn’t keeping Sherlock and John apart. In fact, she was trying so hard to assure them that things are not going to change – that they would still be Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
Then we discover that she’s not as she seems, that she has secrets, and it explained why she cared for Sherlock– it’s because broken people try to fix other broken people through each other’s company. She was willing to compromise anything, she was greedy to not let John know, she was desperate which led to her shooting Sherlock – overall, her character has dimension. She’s not a bad or good, she has her own demons that she’s trying to overcome. When Sherlock told John that “you chose her”, it felt haunting because it resonates to our own horrors – we attract what we seek. And to me, it’s what made Mary – BBC’s Mary – a brilliant character.
These are just a few reasons why I can’t accept any hate towards these characters, their roles in relation to Sherlock and John, or even hate addressed to the people who adore them.
Overall, these three women were introduced to us in a sequence that also relates to Sherlock’s own development: Molly signified the value of trust, respect, and regard for his life; Irene embodied incredible wit, surrendering to the whims of sentiment, and finding a remarkable connection; and Mary provided the feeling of warmth, acceptance, and the balance between danger and redemption.
As far as I can remember, Sherlock Holmes has never in the thirteen episodes of Sherlock lost control over anything or anyone. But he lost control over Molly in TFP. ( Benedict’s words) This is not to say that he doesn’t care deeply for others. We saw him risk his life to save John, Mary, Irene and Mycroft. (and I’m sure he wouldn’t hesitate to do the same for Rosie, Mrs. Hudson and Lestrade). But he was always in control. I have never seen him reacts the way he reacted to Molly being in danger before.
“The one person he thought didn’t matter at all to me was the one person who mattered most.”
Even though I’m a hardcore Sherlolly shipper, I always thought Sherlock was talking about his plan here. About how Molly was important for him to carry out his plan. I think I understand what he really meant now. She matters the most.
Okay at the end of tfp we get a fleeting view of Molly entering the boys’ apartment with a huge smile on her face. I’ve come across many posts which theorised that perhaps Molly and Sherlock are together now. But I don’t really think Sherlock loves Molly. If he did he wouldn’t have felt so guilty after telling her that he loves her (when forced to by Eurus) - we can see that by the way he tears the coffin apart in frustration. And what I feel is that Sherlock hasn’t been able to tell Molly the truth. He finds it difficult to confront her and tell her that he really doesn’t love her in that manner. So you see, this is what kills me (as am a sherlolly shipper too). Molly still believes that the man she’s in love with loves her back.
For the AMA--What are your top ten ships from any fandom, not necessarily in any particular order? =)
Ooh! :D Fun!!
This post is part of my follower thank you AMA. If you want to send me a question, take a peek at the list for some suggestions, then fire away!
Every Doctor x Rose Tyler
No surprise, right? Ten x Rose is my ultimate OTP, just because I love the way David and Billie interact, but in the end, if it’s Doctor/Rose, I will love it.
Sam x Jack, Stargate SG-1
Oh man. Oh man I love this ship. I actually made a series of fake romance novel covers based on this ship.
Aragorn x Arwen, Lord of the Rings
Why yes, i do have a Thing for ships where an immortal falls in love with a mortal. But also, these two are just… They waited decades to be together. I love it.
Sherlock Holmes x Molly Hooper, Sherlock
I love the steadiness of Molly’s love and how Sherlock comes to see her as part of his inner circle. I love that even though Molly loves him, she doesn’t put up with his bad behaviour. I just… love them.
Elizabeth x Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
I love this relationship so much, I wrote a book about it.
Han x Leia, Star Wars
I had to go with this gif instead of one from the OT. Just… the way they’re comforting each other, I love it so much.
Josh x Donna, The West Wing
Seven years of UST nicely handled, finally. I love that the writers allowed Donna to grow over the years, and that they didn’t actually become a couple until she grew professionally.
Jeff x Annie, Community
So, full disclosure: I haven’t seen past… series 3? Series 4? Which means I have not seen the unsatisfactory note the writers left this ship on. (This show was a classic case of the writers not wanting to believe they’d written a ship, and then writing something shippy but saying it wasn’t, but it really was, and… death of the author applies here.)
BUT. Once again, we have a fantastic story of a slow burn where they both grow and learn before they are together. (Because they are. I don’t care what the writers say.)
Harm x Mac, JAG
Going old school for the rest. JAG was the show that got me into fanfic and internet fandom, so you should all be thankful to it. (Or cursing it :p)
Diego x Victoria, New World Zorro
(No, that’s not Victoria. But I had 2 gif choices, so…)
Speaking of old school ships that brought me into fic! This is the first ship I wrote fic for, eons ago when I was in middle school.
Hi, it’s not so long ago that I made this account. In fact, I’m also new on Tumblr. As the title of this post says, I’m looking for Sherlock blogs to follow them, but I have no idea where to start.
The reason is that I noticed there are toxic parts in this Fandom that are spreading hate towards the writers, the actors and other fans. I’m not saying that season 4 was perfect, but I think hate will never be okay.
So that’s why I thought it would be awesome if you interacted with this post in some way (commenting, liking, reblogging: whatever suits best for you) so I can notice where the nice fans are and follow them.
I’m not looking for any particular ship; I’m a sherlolly shipper, but I don’t mind following blogs about other ships, or blogs dedicated to the actors, or the series in general. We all love Sherlock, so that’s enough for me.
These topics are the only exceptions: ship wars and the conspiracy. In the case of the last one, I have seen what some fans of it are capable of and it’s scary. I’ve even been attacked by one of them, but I’m not here to talk about that.
Finally, I reiterate the invitation: no matter what you ship, if adlock, johnlock, sherlolly, and others, or any in particular. As long as you respect others and are more invested in enjoying what you love than in spreading hate towards others, please let me know so I can follow you.
Note: English is not my first language, so I hope this post makes sense.
Are you receiving shit from other people two or three times more than before after what happened over Twitter with Loo? Answer back like a boss, give them a piece of your mind, or simply ignore them. Please, do not let them upset you. We got your back!
No conclusive analysis as to why Sherlolly is plausible?
I’ll give you some, sonny boy.
Molly is canonically in love with Sherlock Holmes. Rupert Graves himself said that Molly only has eyes for Sherlock. He even said that Molly/Greg is impossible for that reason. Benedict Cumberbatch never said anything of that sort about Sherlolly. But of course, since omg, Sherlollians aren’t as wonderfully eloquent as you are, you can ignore those, right?
That’s one for the Molly part.
As for Sherlock?
“The one person he thought didn’t matter at all to me, was the one person who mattered the most.”
You can analyze the shitstorm out of any eye contact or delusional subtext you can find for your ship, but you will never be able to deny the gravity of that statement. And you can’t give me that “it’s just platonic” excuse, because it’s been proven and insisted by cast and crew time and again that John and Sherlock are PLATONIC, but you choose to ignore that. Molly is ridiculously important to Sherlock, he adores and loves her (Moffat said so himself), and whether or not he meant it in a platonic or romantic manner, it gives us a really solid foundation for why we think Sherlolly could happen.
We could spend days debating about how Molly could see Sherlock in a way not even John can, about how the cast and crew actually see Molly as Sherlock’s rock/saving grace, about how he trusts her with things he doesn’t even trust John with, about how he turns to her every time his back is to the corner and triumphs in his darkest hour because of her or her influence on him, about how John couldn’t even make him apologize to MRS. HUDSON with stern words but Molly made him apologize to a STRANGER with just a look, about how you have the privilege assume that the only reason Lestrade asked Molly if Tom and she were serious is that he was jealous but apparently the two REAL cheek kisses Sherlock gave Molly when he didn’t really to kiss her doesn’t mean anything, about how Molly’s become SO SIGNIFICANT that even without having “book canon” status her character is included in teasers and trailers and becomes more and more prominent by the season, about how she is KEY (Mark Gatiss’ words, not mine), about how Sherlock can’t really do with her (Amanda Abbington’s words, not mine), about how Sherlock and Molly’s relationship is beautiful (Benedict Cumberbatch’s words, not mine). About how NONE of them have directly turned down the possibility of Sherlolly, but:
Rupert Graves has done so with Lestrolly,
Moffat, Gatiss (and his husband), Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington have ALL done so (and with increasing frustration and barely concealed annoyance) with johnlock.
But of course, since we’re apparently not as eloquent as you are, these things cannot be taken into account as “proof” for the plausibility of Sherlolly.
We can also debate about how Molly is canonically shown to be romantically interested in MEN, and how John is repeatedly shown as NOT GAY, and how BC and MF have repeatedly confirmed that neither John nor Sherlock is gay. But whoops, forgive me, I’m not a maestro with words and as such, those “justifications” for my ship just float into nothingness.
We can also discuss how one of the writers is gay and the lead actor is shown to have no homophobia whatsoever, but they still don’t like the idea of johnlock and we have to wonder whether it is due to homophobia, as many shippers seem to argue, or whether it’s because it’s just not the way they see the characters and the show.
We can also debate on how Moffat himself said that Molly can put Sherlock on the back foot, in a way NO ONE, NOT EVEN JOHN could. So the argument that Molly is too weak to handle Sherlock? Gee, I’m so sorry because my inadequate command of the English language is hindering me from defending the Sherlolly ship.
There’s also the issue of Molly deserving better than Sherlock… but apparently John doesn’t deserve better. Even though John isn’t in love with Sherlock but Molly is. So in short, John and Molly, the two kindest, strongest souls in the show, deserve to NOT GET WHAT THEY WANT. Damn it, my communication skills are too damn bad for me to explain how twisted that logic is!
I can also launch a discussion of how Sherlock Holmes saves EVERYONE (given maybe that it’s an interesting case), so saving John/Irene/anyone else isn’t really a measure of how in love he is with those people. But nope, I suppose I’m running out of nice, big English words to use. Forgive me.
I am perfectly aware that the writers have uttered words that are misleading in the past, but I could also argue that everyone chooses to hear only those that they want to, and saying “oh but we shouldn’t believe Mofftiss!” for saying that johnlock is not going to happen but then turning right around and saying we should believe Gatiss for saying the Molly is wallpaper is a bit fishy, don’t you think? But then again, I must only be muttering monkey noises to people, considering this explanation may not be as impressive as non-Sherlolly shippers’ meta.
There’s also so much meta for Sherlolly, but then again I’m pretty sure some people haven’t bothered to look, and then they claim that there are no properly written, extensive analysis on them. Gosh, sorry, that’s totally our fault. The thing is, we don’t tag our Sherlolly meta in the johnlock/lestrolly tag, which is maybe why you don’t see it. You may not be familiar with that concept, seeing that you tagged your lestrolly defense as “Sherlolly”.
I beg your pardon, once again, for the sheer lack of ability on my part to show “proof” for Sherlolly. Really, I should go back to school and work on my written communication skills.
And this is why the Sherlolly shippers are the best in any fandom. Take every insult, every bit of snark you can hurl - extinct like dinosaurs, nothing but girly cis-girls in flounces and pearls - we run with it to hilarious results. All this dino needed was a timer set to 8 minutes.
I just feel like giving a shout out to the Sherlolly shippers… Like a crazy urge just filled me and maybe it’s because I’m so angry at the peeps throwing sh*t at Molly, so heeeeey Sherlollians! Here’s a hug from an Adlocker! 😘