giandujakiss: (holmes)
Has anyone tried Joan Watson's exercise trick for staying awake? Does it work?
giandujakiss: (holmes)
If you (1) loved the first Sherlock Holmes, but (2) hated the second one, I'd love to get your advice about whether I should see this movie.
giandujakiss: (holmes)
I want to quote the whole thing and then eat it with a spoon:
What Doctor Who and Sherlock offer us right now is a chance to see what modern fan fiction would look like if it was written by well-paid, well-respected middle-aged men with a big fat budget. That sort of fanfiction is usually referred to simply as “fiction”. Moffatt recently declared that Sherlock Holmes stories are fundamentally about “celebrating a clever man”. Are they? I thought they were about the triumph of reason over superstition, the power of friendship, and derring-do. I have no more right to an opinion on this than Moffatt does - but no less, and nor does anyone else who loves the Sherlock stories....

And that’s where the problem is. Moffat and Gatiss may write with one eye on their fanbase, but their ideal fanbase still looks a lot like them, which is what people of their demographic usually mean when they talk about writing for a “mainstream audience”. They write the sort of stories that would interest smart teenage boys who grew up in the 1970s and 1960s; stories about “clever men” in which women are dispensable love objects, figures of derision, or both. The pining, put-upon character of Molly Hooper in Sherlock, one of the few characters with no easy equivalent in the original stories, is painful to watch as she mopes around after Holmes like a lovesick puppy. A lot of fanfic sets out to put that right, ensuring that Molly gets the boy, her own adventure, revenge, or all three.

The idea persists that one person’s wankfest is worthier than another. During a preview panel event at the British Film Institute some weeks ago, writer and Times critic Caitlin Moran got Sherlock actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to read out some steamy fanfic she had found on the internet for the amusement of the crowd. The author of the piece was upset, accusing Moran of “humiliating me, taking my writing out of context without permission, belittling it and using it to embarrass actors who I deeply admire”. But what was read out can hardly have been sillier than the endless nudge-nudge implications about Sherlock and Watson by Moffatt’s modern-day Mrs Hudson....

Later in the series Spoilers for Season 3 ). All of these things are significantly less plausible than gay sex. I’m just saying.

What is significant about fan fiction is that it often spins the kind of stories that showrunners wouldn’t think to tell, because fanficcers often come from a different demographic. The discomfort seems to be not that the shows are being reinterpreted by fans, but that they are being reinterpreted by the wrong sorts of fans - women, people of colour, queer kids, horny teenagers, people who are not professional writers, people who actually care about continuity (sorry). The proper way for cultural mythmaking to progress, it is implied, is for privileged men to recreate the works of privileged men from previous generations whilst everyone else listens quietly. That’s how it’s always been done. That’s how it should be done in the future, whatever Tumblr says.

But time can be rewritten.
giandujakiss: (holmes)
It's amazing how much more I enjoy this show when Sherlock seems to like people.
giandujakiss: (holmes)
Conan Doyle Estate: Denying Sherlock Holmes Copyright Gives Him 'Multiple Personalities'

Basically, a plaintiff is suing to declare that the copyright on certain of the Holmes stories has expired; the estate is claiming that all of the stories form a single canon, so they cannot expire individually.

The estate is arguing:
Plaintiff’s position would create multiple personalities out of Sherlock Holmes: a 'public domain' version of his character attempting to only use only public domain traits, next to the true character Sir Arthur created. But there are not sixty versions of Sherlock Holmes in the sixty stories; there is one complex Sherlock Holmes. To attempt to dismantle Holmes’s character is not only impossible as a practical matter, but would ignore the reality that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a single complex character complete in sixty stories.

[T]he characters of Holmes and Watson were not completely created in pre-1923 works—a fact Plaintiff’s own list of 'Sherlock Holmes Story Elements' admits....Although Holmes and Watson were introduced in Sir Arthur’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet, the characters were not fully created or disclosed in that novel. Sir Arthur continued to create Holmes’s and Watson’s characters throughout the Canon, adding attributes, dimensions, background, and both positive and negative change in the characters until the last story.
The Hollywood Reporter writes:
The Doyle estate makes the case for a special breed of "complex literary characters" (unlike alleged "flat" television ones like Amos 'n' Andy) who develop their personalities, not always as expected, presumably making them more real. The defendant says, "Sherlock Holmes is such character, having all of the complex background and maturing emotions, thoughts, relationships and actions that characterize human development over time."

In short, it's an argument that rejects certain temporal views of copyright and certainly have implications to what's commonly assumed about the copyright term, which in the minds of many, is analogous to a clock. It's now up to the investigating judge to entertain this intriguing theory and see if the logic holds up as elementary.
FWIW, people who know more than me about IP think the estate's arguments will not hold up.
giandujakiss: (holmes)
Now I can go read everyone's spoilery reactions.

Mostly, my own thoughts are just that I really liked the part where everything - but aside from that, one tiny thing that just struck me:

Read more )
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I have never watched The Sentinel, but I know the basic premise. I've read a lot of Sentinel fusions with other fandoms (i.e., Steve is a Sentinel and Danny is his Guide! Sherlock Holmes is a Sentinel and Watson is his Guide! Derek Hale is a Sentinel and Stiles is his Guide! John Reese is a Sentinel and Finch is his Guide! Erik Lehnsherr is a Sentinel and Charles Xavier is his Guide! etc).

(not for nothing, but you could do a whole massive meta on fannish slash archetypes just by categorizing characters as Sentinels and Guides. But I digress.)

One thing that seems to be very common in these fusion stories is that the universe knows of, and accepts, the existence of Sentinels, and there's some sort of "Center" where Sentinels are treated for Sentinel-specific mental conditions, hooked up with Guides, etc.

But I'd always thought that in the actual Sentinel series, the existence of Sentinels was not generally known.

So, is this all fanon? The idea of Sentinels as generally known, Centers to treat them, and so on? Because if so, it's remarkably consistent across fandom fusions.
giandujakiss: (holmes)
Please assure me that Clyde survives.

Thank you.

Edit: Question answered. Thank you.
giandujakiss: (holmes)
That was definitely better.

First of all, let me start by saying that it has come to my attention that some people watching this show care about - the quality of the mystery? I therefore must preface all of my remarks with the disclaimer that the quality of the mystery has almost no relevance to my enjoyment of the show. I'm watching for characters and relationships; everything else is background noise to give them something to talk about.

That said -

Minor spoilers )
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But right now, this is like an abusive relationship.

He insults and belittles her, and we're supposed to think it's funny and okay because he's so special, and she (long-sufferingly) takes care of him, and it's all fine in the end because eventually he tells her he does value her, and she's superior to an inanimate object.

However great it is that Watson is a woman, and a woman of color, they need to do better.
giandujakiss: (holmes)
- which I am planning to watch and am optimistic about, I would watch the fuck out of this:

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