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Sherlock fandom goodness

It's been entirely too long since I've taken to fandom, either Tolkien or any other, in such an intense way. But Sherlock, aside from the way the show itself has completely laid claim to my heart and mind, has one of the wittiest, most passionate, funniest fandoms I've been involved with since Tolkien at the height of the movies. Probably more so than that, though Sherlock fandom is so spread out there's not the same sense of community I found in Tolkienverse.

And yes, granted, the Sherlock fandom is positively certifiable in some of its iterations. The long wait does something to your brains at a certain point. But if you can wade past the otters and hedgehogs and Cumberbatch-induced squealing, there's some really high-quality speculation and philosophizing and fic to be had.

On that last point, I've been losing myself in the Paradox series that I believe Vulngarweed recommended. And... wow. When I think about it objectively, it strikes me there are some ways that the characterization feels off, but somehow that never bothers me when I'm reading it. It's one of the best portrayals of an Aspergers-like mental illness I think I've ever seen, and I see so much of myself in the author's portrayal of the intense painfulness of boredom. Something about the way she describes Sherlock resembles my own situation, intensely. So intensely. And there's lots of other good stuff there as well.

I've read 20k words tonight, give or take. For those of you who know me, you know this is a minor miracle. I am a slow reader, actually not much of a fanfic reader at all (I write, and I volunteer, but reading other peoples' fic, even really interesting stuff or by people I like, is usually hard work rather than relaxing). But this series is phenomenally moving. I've been reading pretty much all night and am finally setting it aside out of outright exhaustion. Not because it's perfectly how I imagine the boys but because the characters themselves are so alive and engaging. And for the first time in years, I can't quite stop reading.

That's also a minor miracle. I've talked a bit about how I'm going through hard RL times right now. I am working at that as hard as I can, sending off resumes and so on, and quite often Sherlock is my stress-valve and my motivation to hold it together. "Go hold office hours and deal with being around people you really don't want to deal with because once you've done that you can go home and watch "The Great Game" one more time. Or "Finish up your lecture notes for tomorrow and then you can think up a witty caption and share that scrumptious Martin Freeman photo or flesh out your theories of why Sherlock prefers to text whereas Mycroft never does it if he can avoid it.

Or, apparently, reading fanfic.

If anyone else is interested, you can read it here. It's John/Sherlock and contains explicit sex, but it's all (so far) rather tasteful and well-integrated.

Also, you may notice that I'm sometimes posting directly through LJ and other times through my blog, http://fidesquaerens.net/ . I'm not abandoning the blog by a longshot. But Sherlock has me wanting to chat rather than blog. (There does seem to be a difference>) And LJ just seems more intimate, somehow and more appropriate for that kind of fangirling. When I have longer stuff I want to preserve I'll run it through FQ.net.

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lindahoyland
Oct. 13th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
I enjoy Sherlock, but I just watch it and that is that. I'm really glad the fandom is offering you some stress relief.
marta_bee
Oct. 13th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
I don't know how much of this is really Sherlock being that great or how badly I needed a bit of fannish excitement. I still love Tolkien and it's the only thing I'm really drawn to create in, yet, but the MEFAs kind of burned me out on the fandom in lots of different ways. I need something new, and at this point in my life I need something absorbing and fun. And Sherlock offers that, for a variety of reasons.

I appreciate people enjoying my getting excited over it, even if you don't enjoy the show in the same way I do.
lindahoyland
Oct. 13th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
You were treated very badly by certain people in the Tolkien fandom, which I still shudder to think of. I tend to mostly associate with a small group of very nice fellow Aragorn fans and keep writing for the gen fic Teitho contest, LOTRGFIC and for the Harad sub universe I've created.

I find writing my stories helps me when I feel stressed as I can escape to M-e.

I am looking forward to the new Sherlock series and as I mentioned before am editing a couple of stories in the fandom for a friend, so I suppose that means I take part in a small way!
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