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My latest fandom love is BBC's Sherlock; S2 began airing on January 1. I'm still processing my thoughts on it, but I can say I loved the first episode and can't wait to see the rest. (I believe there will be three, each about 90 minutes long, so in American terms it's more like a "mini series.")

But I'm having a little bit of a crisis over the fact that I am so much in love with something for the male characters. Every episode so far has failed Bechdel test (there are several interesting female characters, but like everyone else in the story, they exist only in relation to the two male leads Sherlock himself, not to each other), which at one point would have kept me from watching the show at all. I am bothered by specific instances of sexism in the storytelling,* which I have sadly learned to expect from Steven Moffat. But I like other aspects of the show enough to keep watching -- and reading fanfic -- for Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. (Sherlock says things about relationships and labels and people's priorities and the way our brains work, and it's all fascinating)


*The code to the safe is Irene's measurements? Really? And the whole scheme was actually Moriarty's idea, not hers? Really?


Anyway, I think I'll just go with it, and enjoy fangirling the show and troll AO3 for Irene!fic. But then I need to throw myself into a fandom-place with more ladies, hopefully one with lots of femslash potential.

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flake_sake
Jan. 3rd, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
I agree that Sherlock (which I also enjoy immensely) is a male dominated story, but I think I can do with it because it's classic material. The original text is sexist and to undo that can damage the story. I think sex change works quite well if people are willing to go that far (see BSG) but for example entering female OCs or filling existing ones out more often fails than not ( see LoTR).

I'm usually willing to make exceptions for old source material, it bugs me far less than when modern shows do it all over again for no reason at all. It also helps that they queered it up somehow. Any break with heteronormativity makes me feel more at home.

Agree about the measurements and Moriarty though, that was a tad too much.
peroxidepirate
Jan. 4th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
Agreed, on all counts. In fact it's probably the way it is subverting heteronormativity in some way that draws me in to begin with (and even if with a purely platonic read of Sherlock and John, just the fact that their relationship matters so much is a subversion), so thanks for pointing that out!

rain_sleet_snow
Jan. 3rd, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm a great fan of Sherlock, although I haven't seen S2 yet - and yes, I definitely noted issues with the lack of women (also, one of the S1 episodes - so.much.orientalism. There's a brilliant reimagining somewhere on AO3 that puts Soo Lin Yao a bit more in charge, thank heavens). If you look up AJHall, her casefic The Case Of The Asphyxiated Acafan has a very strong protagonist role for Sarah Sawyer, and two equally strong but more minor roles for Sally Donovan and Harry Watson.
peroxidepirate
Jan. 4th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
one of the S1 episodes - so.much.orientalism.

OMG yes. That episode made me cringe all the way through. I realize it's an adaptation of a nineteenth century story, but the orientalism could have been toned down by a good 60% without impacting the storytelling. (Sidebar: Sarah doing John's work for him without comment after he falls asleep on the job, and then still agreeing to go out with him? *eyeroll*)

Thank you for the story recs! I will look those up.

OH. I want to remix The Blind Banker with American gangsters in place of the Black Lotus. Although that probably gets into (a)another set of racial stereotypes, if they're African-American gangsters, or (b) erasing characters of color and replacing them with white characters, so it might not be better in the end. Hmm. Well, anyway, I just write fanfic.
rain_sleet_snow
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:55 am (UTC)
Yeeeeeah. I would have broken into his office, woken him up and given him twenty minutes to compose himself, then a) given him the entire rest of his workload to deal with and b) put him on probation. But I don't know anything about running a GP surgery, and it's possible she thought well, he's just a locum, I'll be shot of him shortly anyway.

There's a good Harry/Molly sequence around somewhere too. Can't remember where.

Ah, yeah, this is familiar. Wanting to leap boldly into the anti-racist unknown and realising oh shit that's problematic too ARGH.
peroxidepirate
Jan. 4th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
*pets Molly* I read a Molly/Anthea fic the other day that was pretty sweet.
seori
Jan. 4th, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
I was hoping Moriarty would have stitched Irene up. Alas. Disappointed but unsurprised that Sherlock had to rescue her at the end.

I do love Sherlock's brain, and how every so often, somebody asks "how can you not know that?" and he dismisses it as irrelevant information.
peroxidepirate
Jan. 4th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I love Sherlock's brain. :D
erimthar
Jan. 4th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
Have you checked out "Once Upon a Time?" I was skeptical of it at first, but it's kept me reeled in so far. There are plenty of interesting female characters and lots of femslash potential, although the imaginary pairing everyone seems interested in (Emma/Regina) doesn't work for me, at least not yet. But there are other possibilities, one of which I'm working on a story for right now. :-)
peroxidepirate
Jan. 4th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm, I will look into it! Thanks for the rec!
peroxidepirate
Jan. 5th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Three episodes in and I am well and truly hooked. I mostly ship Emma/Mary, although it bothers me just a little that Mary's alter-ego Snow White is baby!Emma's mother. ANYWAY. SHOW. I like it.
ceridweyn_lin
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Haven't watched S2 yet (my family wants to watch it together) but yeah, that's definitely bothered me as well, especially because I think there's room for some excellent characterization with Sarah and Sally. Seconding May in regards to episode 2's problems for sure.

Anyways, fic recs!

you took my hand and danced with me is a short ladies of Sherlock/DW crossover that's utterly lovely. I also have links somewhere to a Molly fic where Molly is Moriarty's twin and plays the game just as well as he does, but it's seriously disturbing (though in an interesting way).

The Deepest Secret Nobody Knows is also excellent, by the same author as the DW crossover. It's past Sherlock/Sally, and gives her a great depth and history, as well as insights into Sherlock's brain.

(I just want all the Sally fic, pretty much).
peroxidepirate
Jan. 4th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! Sally has so much potential for awesome, and I do like the idea of Molly being more than she seems. Thanks for the recs!
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