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Ask me anything

Juno posted an "Ask me anything" meme over at her LJ, about her story "The Resilience of Hope." (Do check it out.) I'm not writing at the moment, but if you know anything about me these days it's that I've gotten into the Sherlock BBC series.

So I'd like to try an "Ask me anything" meme as well. Please ask me anything about the show, either what I think of some character or scene or whatever, or more personally about why I'm so drawn to it. I may do another one for Tolkien in a bit, but when it comes to Sherlock, I quite like talking about it, so this could be fun.



Oct. 29th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
Do you like the Sherlock series with Jeremy Brett too? What makes the current Sherlock so special for you?
Oct. 29th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
I've actually never seen it. Before BBC, I'd only ever seen the Robert Downey/Jude Law movies.

There is a lot to love about this series. It does some really interesting work on the nature of friendship and the importance of emotion. The writing is clever, the shows are full of detail after detail to unravel (I still notice things after a dozen reviewings, and the plots are exciting. It's actually my first real introduction to BBC and Steven Moffat, and I really think his work is much more intellectually stimulating than most of what comes out today. At least up until very recently the fandom was fun and silly and intelligent. And because the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories were great escapist fun in my high school years, returning to 221B feels very safe.

But if I'm being more honest, I'll say that the real reason I love these shows so much is that I see myself reflected in them. I'm going through a period where I have to fight calling myself a freak, where my latent mental illness is a bit more incapacitating than it normally is, and where my never-quite-latent PTSD has risen to the occasion. Sherlock for me is about two very, very broken men who redeem themselves through each other, or in less religious terms find a bit of wholeness. It's intoxicating to think someone that broken still gets to have such a rich, close friendship. It also happens to coincide with my realizing just how much of an asexual I really am. I'm not even sure if that's the right word. I mean, I can appreciate the human body on an aesthetic level and I'm very interested in sexuality as a topic, but I have very little sex drive and just don't think about it as a real issue for me. So it's quite nice to see a more or less asexual character in Sherlock; it fascinates me in a way, I think.

And finally, I just needed an all-absorbing obsession right now. I think that's a big part of it. Sherlock came along at the right time, was different enough and good enough and had such a rich playground to go a bit obsessively silly in.

That's probably enough for a start. Also probably more than you wanted to know about me personally. :-) But for what it's worth...



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