Hi Steph. I could use some advice. I have a (fan made) Sherlock wallpaper skirt that I used to love, but ever since S4, I haven't been able to bring myself to wear it, which makes me sad, because it really is a great skirt and I miss the days when wearing it made me happy. I thought that maybe I would try wearing it for Pride, because I thought that wearing it in that context would remind me why I used to love it. Sherlock was, after all, the reason I figured out I was queer 1/3
in the first place, and as angry and hurt as I am, I never want to let S4 stop me from loving the first 3 seasons. But now the night before the Pride celebration, I’m having second thoughts. What if I find wearing it too painful and it takes away from my enjoyment of the celebration? What if other people see it and find it triggering? But I’m also worried that if I don’t wear it now, I’ll never be able to wear it again. 2/3
(I never stopped reading fic and looking at fanart, btw. I’m not sure why this is so different). This is really last minute and I know you’re busy so don’t feel at all bad if you don’t get a chance to answer in time, but if you can I’d really appreciate it! Thanks! 3/3
OH GOSH LOVELY I hope I’m not too late!!! I seriously missed the last part of this ask so I am sorry if I am.
Personally? WEAR IT. Sherlock helped you understand who you are! You made it yourself, so it’s not even an official thing! I’ll be honest with you: I have a lot of Anons tell me I should “just stop” liking Sherlock (I dunno, maybe they can’t stand seeing me so happy? What a sad and lonely life they must lead), and you think I’m gonna let them tell me what I can and cannot enjoy? Heck no! Listen, the first 3 seasons of Sherlock plus TAB were a MASTERPIECE and they helped me rediscover my love of writing and helped me become the person I am today. Seven months on, I can laugh about the absurdity of S4, and push it aside most days and pretend it never happened. I know the series is probably done, but a lot of shows have that “one episode / series we don’t talk about”.
Anyway, I think you should wear it; be proud of it, do it, and be proud of who you are! And if people are bothered by it, they don’t have to look at you. If anything, I think you’ll get more compliments than not, and if they ask you what you thought of S4, tell them “yeah, no, I don’t know her” (I have actually had a few people in my real life ask me, and I told them that even the fandom had a lot of issues with it, so no I don’t really like it).
Seriously, don’t let the piss-poor writing of Mofftiss take away your enjoyment of the series. Sherlock Holmes is public domain, which means it belongs to Us, the public, which means your Sherlock is gay and in love with John and that is A-OK :D
I do hope you wear the skirt! <3 If I’m not too late, I hope you also take pics of it! I’d love to see it and show everyone how beautiful it is! <3
Love you, and please have a fantastic day :D <3
EDIT: In response to the fics / art: It’s because the fandom writes and creates a better ending than Canon did <3