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If Moffat won't provide until "early 2014" *grits teeth*, I'm not sure that this cold-turkey thing is going to work until then. There must be some good, high-quality Sherlock fanfic. Not the silly otters and kidlock and all the rest, which is nice in its way, but I find myself wanting something more substantial.

Is anyone out there familiar enough with the fandom to point me in a good direction? Are there particular authors I should be looking into? Archives or competitions that recognize high-quality fanfic? Or does anyone reading this write Sherlock fanfic?

Because really, I could use something on the level of Reichenbach feels, something that will make my heart skip a beat, but preferably without the themes that are tailor-made to put my heart in a vice. Any suggestions?

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rhapsody11
Oct. 6th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, we have been in serious withdrawal since January 2012 ;) It is a long wait, very very long wait.

I'd personally rec holmesian_news for news and fanfic to your liking. We also watch Elementary here, but everything created around Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is covered there (books, Granada's series BBC Sherlock, movie ect).
marta_bee
Oct. 6th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
I can't even imagine. I know I came to this game late - thank goodness, because I just wouldn't have lasted until now. Even 3-4 months is hard enough.

This show dragged me kicking and screaming into Tumblr. That place is crazy, but I am among my own people there. :-)
lindahoyland
Oct. 7th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
I'm currently editing 2 great stories for Soledad both on ff.net. One is a retelling of "The Illustrious Client" set in the modern universe and the other is a Sherlock/Miss Marple crossover about what John does when he believes Sherlock dead.
marta_bee
Oct. 7th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
That second one in particular sounds great. Is it available yet, or would you mind dropping me an email when it becomes available?
dreamflower02
Oct. 7th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
Do you know rabidsamfan? She has some brilliant stuff in all the various Sherlock versions!
marta_bee
Oct. 7th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
I know of her, certainly, from the Tolkien fandom. I'm not sure we've had much contact, but that's my loss I'm sure. I shall check out her fic post haste.
rabidsamfan
Oct. 7th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
LJ notices noticed I got mentioned, so I came to see....

If you read slash, try wordstrings over on AO3 -- and be sure to read in publication order, as most of them are a sequence. Are you interested in canon stories too? Because there's a lot of good stuff out there for canon, and Granada, and even the Ritchie films.

If you want more generic casefic try AJ Hall, also at AO3. Rigging Screws and the Asphyxiated Acafan are two of my all time favorites. (And her AU cross with the Bronte Juvenalia is amazing.)

You should also check out http://221b-recs.livejournal.com/ and the spreadsheet for that comm. All verses, and some great recs.

Edited to add -- many of my Sherlock fics and drabbles are at Watson's Woes, and haven't made it elsewhere yet. Here's one I think you'll appreciate: http://watsons-woes.livejournal.com/471356.html

Edited at 2013-10-08 03:33 am (UTC)
marta_bee
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions, RSF. I will surely check allof those places out.
vulgarweed
Oct. 8th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
I could come up with some recs for you for sure. How do you feel about smut? I confess I always read the highest ratings first.

Wordstrings' Paradox Series is very well-written and intense.

MirithGriffin's Control, Alt, Delete is awesome too (though I think I might like her fanciful, extremely inventive science-fiction AU XO even better. (WIP, but worth it)

Verityburns's Given in Evidence is a classic. Very long and very intense.

thesardine's Evidence of Human Life is a deserted-island story that . . . wow. Chilling in places, very intense. Not a tragic ending per se, but heavy on the feels.

The sensation of falling just as you hit sleep by Greywash is a really, really wild ride. Very gripping post-Reichenbach story. Angst, yes, but also a lot of suspense. (The sequel kind of loses steam, I think)

I have co-written Sherlock fic! The Bone Fiddle isn't very Reichenbach-feely, but it's a casefic with a plot at least, and it might scratch an itch if you get homesick for the mountains (It's set in WV, not NC - but hey, it's not like there's a plethora of Appalachian!Sherlock AU stories to choose from.)
marta_bee
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of smut in Tolkienverse for some reason - I find sexuality fascinating, but I'm drawn more to Tolkien for the philosophy and so smut there just never interested me. But in Sherlock? Pretty much every character exudes sex appeal with the possible exception of Mrs. Hudson, and I have a special place in my heart for Johnlock. So please, don't feel compelled to hold back on my part.

The biggest problem is I've never been a fan of long stories. 10,000 words is about my limit, which is really something I'm trying to work on. Some of the summaries you linked to above seem particularly tantalizing and may be a good way to grow out of my comfort zone a bit. Even so, if you know any shortishs tories (not ficlets, but not epics) I'd be particularly interested in that. And thinking about it, what seems to draw me so much to Sherlock (aside from the intelligence being the new sexy thing) is Sherlock's growth as a person - the way he becomes more human and what exactly that means, and also the ways John becomes less of a pushover and in awe of him, to build up something like a friendship of equals, I guess. Whether that's romance or friendship or anything in between I think that's what Id be most interested in. So if you know of any fics that meet that description in particular, rec away.
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