It's that time again. Today's challenge:
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.
I've talked quite a bit about Sherlock lately and about the degree to which I do or don't "ship" Sherlock and Watson. In my experience so far (and I'm a relative newcomer), this fandom seems to break down into various "ships" much more than the Tolkien fandom does. And for reasons I've gone into before (most recently here and here), I've really taken to fanfic that deals with romantic relationships between those two. But I've also come across some really good fan fiction looking at the John-Sherlock friendship in a platonic way, or can at least be read that way, and I wanted to recommend some of that.
First up: Equal and Opposite, by methylviolet10b
"Equal and Opposite" is set at an accident scene where quiet blogger John Watson turnes into BAMF!army-doctor!John Watson and Sherlock gets a glimpse into the man his flatmate used to be. Rated teen for the gore you'd expect a reasonable depiction of this kind of scene. not only does this fic do a great job of giving us an adventure fic without an actual adventure - all packed into one tidy scene, but with all the excitement and energy the best of that genre bring to play.
Second: Idiothropy, by Writernon
The author's summary simply describes this fic as written to fill the prompt "Sherlock is a were-idiot," and at the end of the day, that really is all there is to it. Sherlock becomes progressively more and more stupid as the full moon approaches and tries to solve a case before then. Deliciously out of character, dialogue-only, very short (< 400 words)... pretty much the kind of genre that I just never like, which isn't a criticism but a statement of personal taste. But I loved it. Even thinking about it enough to recommend it has me giggling.
And finally: The Empty House, by theumbrellaseller
This is a bit of a cheat because the author says she intends this as preslash but that it can be read as "good old platonic friendship." I certainly read it that way. Sherlock flogs a corpse to satisfy his curiosity and acquire some marginally useful medical evidence, and he ends up showing insufficient respect for the dead in his flatmate's eyes. In fact, Sherlock ends up making a mockery of the approach to life and human dignity that got John through medical school and Afghanistan. This is the story of how john tries to show him just why his actions are so offensive. Probably the best character-work I've ever seen on John Watson, at least outside of slash.
In fact, I'm seriously considering adding a fanfic story to my list of stories and TV/movie scenes students can use as the basis for their in-class presentations. This is it.
Until next time...