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May 12, 2013 2:21 PM   Subscribe

Back on April 20--three full weeks ago--I saw this AskMe about Sherlock/Watson fanfic, and idly clicked on it. Then I followed a few links, because why not? I'm a curious sort of person.

Three weeks later, I've read hundreds of thousands of words, my children are neglected, my house is a mess, I may need in-patent rehab if they have that for addictions to angsty heartbreaking John/Sherlock porn, and... well, let's just say that things are very good between me and my partner just now.

I'm not sure whether that thread ruined my life or improved it immeasurably, but I'd like to thank Jacqueline for posting the question, and everyone who made recommendations, especially tzikeh, Frowner, That's Numberwang!, exceptinsects, and snakeling. I'm basically posting this because I can't invite them all out for coffee to giggle together about our embarrassing obsession, like teenage girls with a copy of Tiger Beat.
posted by not that girl to MetaFilter-Related at 2:21 PM (186 comments total) 51 users marked this as a favorite

Next thing you know you'll be huffing elizardbits' tumblr feed and talking out loud in hashtags.
posted by seanmpuckett at 2:27 PM on May 12, 2013 [22 favorites]


Sherlock is one of the best examples of the bleed between mainstream fiction and fanfic, as he has been the subject of endless revisitations, revisions, reinterpretations, new stories (there's a very good author from Minnesota who has published several books about Sherlock visiting the Home of the Frozen Chosen), and whatnot. He's one of the most limned characters in modern performance, and everything from House to Lyserg Diethel from Shaman King borrow from him.

I think the only line between fanfic and legitimate fiction based on Holmes is how it gets published.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:59 PM on May 12, 2013 [9 favorites]


I DON'T EVEN LIKE JOHNLOCK HDU
posted by elizardbits at 3:14 PM on May 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


My current sub-project is a piece of fanfiction for a Sherlock Holmes TV reinterpretation that doesn't actually exist. It's either a brilliant solution or unadulterated wankery, but, as Bunny says, either way people will generally recognize it.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 3:18 PM on May 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


also I would pick Elementary over Sherlock any day of the week and not just because of Lucy Liu and the fact that they have a trans character who is not mocked or fetishized or victimized.
posted by elizardbits at 3:23 PM on May 12, 2013 [20 favorites]


I also like how even though Holmes and Watson in Elementary are both straight(ish) and opposite gender, there is never any implication that they should or would or could hook up, they're just friends and coworkers and this doesn't have to be some sort of a Moonlightingesque "will they or won't they?" plot point. And yes, that trans character is great.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:31 PM on May 12, 2013 [33 favorites]


completely agree about Elementary and holy cats Jonny Lee Miller's scowls and sour grimaces are a flippin' delight
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 3:34 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wait. elizardbits has a Tumblr?
posted by _Mona_ at 3:42 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Tartol!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 3:45 PM on May 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


My current sub-project is a piece of fanfiction for a Sherlock Holmes TV reinterpretation that doesn't actually exist. It's either a brilliant solution or unadulterated wankery, but, as Bunny says, either way people will generally recognize it.

Sherlock Holmes meets Inspector Spacetime?
posted by running order squabble fest at 3:52 PM on May 12, 2013


YES. I would also like to say thank you. I am pregnant and hormonal and nauseated and most of all exhausted, and it turns out that the only thing I want is to lay on the couch and read lovely, sexy John/Sherlock fanfic. Which I would never have discovered if not for that Askme.
posted by beandip at 4:00 PM on May 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


Oh my god, yes! Johnlock has utterly consumed my life. We should start a support group.
posted by dialetheia at 4:11 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wait. elizardbits has a Tumblr?

I subscribed for three days, and then realized I couldn't read 100+ NSFW posts a day at work.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:14 PM on May 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


I haven't seen Elementary yet but definitely will now.

beandip, I had two long exhausting pregnancies of nausea. I hope you feel better soon.
posted by not that girl at 4:32 PM on May 12, 2013


So we should be watching Elementary, is what you're saying?
posted by gingerbeer at 4:42 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


...but imagine if you'd gotten into Doctor Who fanfic... (is tenth-doctor/eleventh-doctor slash called #21?)
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:49 PM on May 12, 2013


So relieved to know it's not just me. I mean, I don't have an OMG Sherlock tumblr. I love Benedict Cumberbatch but don't consider myself a "Cumberbitch." I don't attend Sherlock meetups. I don't write the fan fiction and have never wanted to try.

But damn some of that fiction out there is fantastic. I love it. I love that people write it and that they write it enthusiastically and (mostly) well. And I love that other people love it as much as I do.
posted by That's Numberwang! at 4:57 PM on May 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


(Oh, and if anyone wants more recommendations, hit me up. I've got like, 85 bookmarks on AO3).
posted by That's Numberwang! at 5:00 PM on May 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


wait, whats elizibeard's tumblr.

i like elementary, because it plays w/ the holmes as autistic ideal, with kind of understanding what autism might mean in this context, and only really hinting at it. plus all the reasons that everyone mentioned.
posted by PinkMoose at 5:02 PM on May 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


elizardbits's tumblr.

Even the URL is NSFW.
posted by k8lin at 5:13 PM on May 12, 2013 [12 favorites]


also I would pick Elementary over Sherlock any day of the week and not just because of Lucy Liu and the fact that they have a trans character who is not mocked or fetishized or victimized.

What? When did this happen? I saw maybe the first two episodes, or maybe the pilot and then some other episode and I liked them but they kind of fell off my radar and

/runs off to hulu etc. to get caught up
posted by rtha at 5:14 PM on May 12, 2013


Wait. elizardbits has a Tumblr?

That tumblr recently became one of my stranger discoveries/addictions. Her hashtags sometimes bleed out into my everyday vocabulary and confuse everyone.
posted by Folk at 5:17 PM on May 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


I also like how even though Holmes and Watson in Elementary are both straight(ish) and opposite gender, there is never any implication that they should or would or could hook up, they're just friends and coworkers and this doesn't have to be some sort of a Moonlightingesque "will they or won't they?" plot point.

The fear of that very common infantilizing ahem patronizing cough meatsack-izing oops perfectly-natural grrr... infantilizing tendency is exactly what kept me from even starting Elementary. So, I guess it's time to start watching it. Thanks for mentioning that!
posted by tychotesla at 5:21 PM on May 12, 2013


there is never any implication that they should or would or could hook up

Getting one's understanding of a show solely from tumblr is of course NEVER a good idea, but based on the gif sets friends of mine are constantly reblogging/capslock-flailing about, my impression of Elementary was the exact opposite of this.

I have a friend whose Elementary tumblr tag is "The Adventures of Joan Watson and her Manic Pixie Dream Boy."

I have never seen the show.

Anyway yes good, fanfic is good, more transformative works please, more queering of narratives, more participatory fan culture, more commenting (YOU DID COMMENT ON THE FICS YOU LIKED, RIGHT?! RIGHT?!!!!!), more of all of this, forever.

guess I should finish that Avatar: The Last Airbender roller derby AU
posted by Sokka shot first at 5:28 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


When did this happen?

Episode 19. Candis Cayne. Not a recurring character, that I've seen, but just another one of the people whose life intersects with Holmes/Watson and whose somewhat different life choices (not being trans but the relationships she chooses to have which she talks to Watson about somewhat) are seen as human and normal.

And I think Elementary's Holmes appeals to me more than Cumberbatch because there's not the "Oh everyone jokes that they're together" angle. Miller is portrayed as attractive-but-not-striking and a little weird and occasionally unlikeable (and not so handsome and well-dressed that you forgive him) and the autism/aspie angle is something that shows up (as PinkMoose says, obliquely) as both a benefit and a hindrance even to the detective work he's doing. Liu has her own backstory (and always impractical footwear) and even though she's technically the apprentice, the show wouldn't work without her.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:33 PM on May 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


Episode 19. Candis Cayne. Not a recurring character

I'm hoping that will change next season, since Mrs. Hudson was a recurring character in the books.
posted by homunculus at 5:51 PM on May 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Next thing you know you'll be huffing elizardbits' tumblr feed and talking out loud in hashtags

SAVE YOURSELF.
posted by The Whelk at 6:22 PM on May 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Getting one's understanding of a show solely from tumblr is of course NEVER a good idea,

( the night might be full and dark but they have seven minutes of total screen time together! Tumblr is the realm of lies!)
posted by The Whelk at 6:26 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wait. elizardbits has a Tumblr?

ZOMG. My life is now complete.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:48 PM on May 12, 2013


oh come on we all know the real HBIC on the show is Clyde.

also that face Joan makes whenever Sherlock starts going about his sex life is a thing of beauty - like a combination of 'ಠ_ಠ' and '(゜д゜;)'.

YES also all the Ms. Hudson for season two yes please now
posted by zennish at 6:50 PM on May 12, 2013


How do people not know that elizardbits has a Tumblr? That's like not knowing that that weird dude behind Taco Bell sells a crazy admixture of various stimulants and heroin that makes you feel like your teeth have termites. Sure, maybe you're better off without that information, but
posted by koeselitz at 6:53 PM on May 12, 2013 [13 favorites]


And browsing it in public is like playing Russian roulette with porn.
posted by The Whelk at 6:55 PM on May 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


What is your goal in posting this? You're trying to ruin the rest of our lives?
posted by desjardins at 7:09 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


And browsing it in public is like playing Russian roulette with porn.

Seriously. I keep my tumblr dashboard in my standard tab list, and so when I was sitting in one of the little carrels at the airport I tabbed over to it unthinkingly. NAKED. SO MUCH NAKED.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 7:17 PM on May 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


Supposedly you can block tumblr tags? I have not figured this out yet.

(pssst elizardbits, MOAR DEAN PLS)
posted by desjardins at 7:21 PM on May 12, 2013


oh my god you giant diaper babies

THERE ARE HARDLY ANY NAKED PEOPLES

also tumblr savior is a thing
posted by elizardbits at 7:30 PM on May 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


Hardly any?

I hope you take this as a challenge.
posted by The Whelk at 7:34 PM on May 12, 2013


So now Metafilter is a site for slash fic fans. I feel so proud to be part of this community.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 7:35 PM on May 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


THERE ARE HARDLY ANY NAKED PEOPLES

It really only takes one lovingly airbrushed hi-res buttock to make things on the plane really awkward.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 7:36 PM on May 12, 2013 [11 favorites]


Totally off topic from slashfic, I stopped watching Elementary after the pilot and am glad to hear that Carmelita from Dirty Sexy Money got onto another TV show.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:38 PM on May 12, 2013


There's a Chrome extension called Tumblr Savior that you can install and use to hide posts with specific words and tags. You know, in case you want to hide NSFW and Justin Bieber from your dash.
posted by angelchrys at 7:57 PM on May 12, 2013


What is your goal in posting this? You're trying to ruin the rest of our lives?

Yes. If I'm going down, I'm taking the rest of you with me.
posted by not that girl at 8:00 PM on May 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


And I think Elementary's Holmes appeals to me more than Cumberbatch because there's not the "Oh everyone jokes that they're together" angle.

This really drives me nuts. We just re-watched the first episode, and they started with this business right out of the gate.

It reminds me of many years ago, when I attended a women's music festival called Rhythmfest in, I think, Tennessee. The producer was a friend of Melissa Etheridge, and every year, ME would show up to do a "surprise" set on the Saturday night stage. The year I was there, probably 1991 or 1992, ME hadn't come out yet, but, playing to an audience made up almost entirely of lesbians, she spent the entire evening dropping coy "am I or aren't I?" comments. The crowd ate it up, but it really pissed me off. I thought she should either come out, or shut up about it.

That's how I feel about Sherlock. They should either stop banging that drum (or, ideally, not have started it in the first place), or get them together. As a joke, it gets tired, and John's constant denials start to smack of homophobia.
posted by not that girl at 8:04 PM on May 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


I don't think anyone can compete with Postroad when it comes to NAKED PEOPLES.
posted by homunculus at 8:06 PM on May 12, 2013


Next thing you know you'll be huffing elizardbits' tumblr feed and talking out loud in hashtags

I have come direly close to saying WHAT IS HAPPEN in work meetings.
posted by grapesaresour at 8:06 PM on May 12, 2013 [9 favorites]


Welcome to my world! I estimate that I've read well over a million words of pornographic Sherlock fanfic. :D
posted by Jacqueline at 8:08 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


> (Oh, and if anyone wants more recommendations, hit me up. I've got like, 85 bookmarks on AO3).


Please post them in that AskMe thread. I doubt that I'm the only one who keeps returning to it to follow the posted links to the next set of stories.
posted by Jacqueline at 8:16 PM on May 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ooh, are there social features on AO3? Could we follow each others' bookmark lists or something? I just recently got my account there so I don't really know yet.

As far as the John & Sherlock "do they or don't they" stuff goes, their UST is essentially canon. While it's mostly subtext in the ACD stories, it's definitely there if you look for it, and many generations of fans have explored that aspect of the story. Holmes/Watson was a thing well before the BBC adaptation. I actually think it's nice that everyone wants them to get together on BBC Sherlock; instead of it being some Victorian love that dare not speak its name that everyone pretends isn't there, they acknowledge it and play with the possibility. I actually prefer that, because even in the original ACD stories, John and Sherlock are pretty obviously in some kind of love, whether it's sexual or not, and I like that the BBC adaptation is faithful to the tension and chemistry between John and Sherlock.

Your OTP might not be my OTP, but everyone's OTP is OK
posted by dialetheia at 8:22 PM on May 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


My OTP is John's cane with Mycroft's umbrella.
posted by Jacqueline at 8:23 PM on May 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


> (Oh, and if anyone wants more recommendations, hit me up. I've got like, 85 bookmarks on AO3).


Please post them in that AskMe thread. I doubt that I'm the only one who keeps returning to it to follow the posted links to the next set of stories.


Done and done.

Ooh, are there social features on AO3? Could we follow each others' bookmark lists or something?

It's still technically in Beta and I don't know how much social functionality they plan to add. There's not even a PM feature yet -- at least not that I've found. But if you want to look at my Bookmarks, you can search for me there and take a look. Same handle over there as over here, but without the punctuation.
posted by That's Numberwang! at 9:23 PM on May 12, 2013


cough
posted by The Whelk at 9:27 PM on May 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


> cough
> posted by The Whelk at 12:27 AM on May 13 [2 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]


As someone who recently lost a day reading this, I highly recommend The Whelk's fanfic even though it's not Sherlock fanfic.

And you totally owe us an Explicit-rated sequel, Whelk!
posted by Jacqueline at 10:23 PM on May 12, 2013


but it would be nothing but crying and alcoholism and I have mad men for that.
posted by The Whelk at 10:26 PM on May 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


WRITE PORN FOR ME, DAMMIT!
posted by Jacqueline at 10:29 PM on May 12, 2013


Man you publish ONE graphic novel with boobs in it....
posted by The Whelk at 10:32 PM on May 12, 2013


I want porn about sexy superheroes buttsex, not boobs.
posted by Jacqueline at 10:34 PM on May 12, 2013


*BACK TO THE SODOMY MINES WITH YOU*
posted by The Whelk at 10:35 PM on May 12, 2013 [8 favorites]


Thank god for you weirdos. Now my occasional bouts of indulging in Mass Effect fanfics looks normal.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:51 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


I thought the best Mass Effect Fanfic was the DLC: Citadel

(Oh you liked it, shut up, it was total fanservice, the whole game became a dating sim and you LOVED IT. IT WAS WHAT YOU WANTED ADMIT IT. )
posted by The Whelk at 10:52 PM on May 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


(I got to take Kaiden to a fancy dress party and he made me steaks, it's like win/win)
posted by The Whelk at 10:54 PM on May 12, 2013


but seriously why is this a Metatalk thread and why are we discussing this publicaly? i don't make FPPs about my favorite porn stars
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 11:06 PM on May 12, 2013


I dunno, Stoya is one of the nicest, smartest people I've ever met and she does all kinds of fun art stuff.
posted by The Whelk at 11:08 PM on May 12, 2013


Yeah i was about to make an FPP about Stoya's article about Las Vegas and an article in the Villiage Voice about her, but I wouldn't link to her FreeOnes page or expect people to do follow-up posts saying 'I had the most satisfying wank after seeing that'.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 11:10 PM on May 12, 2013


Sokka shot first: "Getting one's understanding of a show solely from tumblr is of course NEVER a good idea, but based on the gif sets friends of mine are constantly reblogging/capslock-flailing about, my impression of Elementary was the exact opposite of this.

I have a friend whose Elementary tumblr tag is "The Adventures of Joan Watson and her Manic Pixie Dream Boy.
"

If I recall correctly the writer/producer/head honcho was pretty adamant that there will be no ship. Which makes me love it even more. The local channel it is on had to use clips from all five episodes out at that point to have a 30 second montage (intercut with THURSDAY NIGHT 10PM and HERE'S OUR BIG FUCKING LOGO and THIS IS THE SHOW NAME) to even hint at a ship. Which was cool. Plus I love the non-sexual physical comfort thing (not as in hugging, as in the comfort being around each other - I empathise because I am so bad at it).
posted by geek anachronism at 11:24 PM on May 12, 2013


askme changed my life too i ate that thing and now i talk like this help me
posted by mullacc at 11:25 PM on May 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


all the grabby hands
posted by The Whelk at 11:27 PM on May 12, 2013


Speaking of Elementary, does anyone recognize Moriarty's voice? I'm sure I've heard it before, I can almost put it to a face, but not quite. It's on the tip of my brain; very frustrating.
posted by homunculus at 11:31 PM on May 12, 2013


There is not nearly as much nudity as I was led to believe

I was lied to

About the nekkids

WHAT IS HAPPEN
posted by Sara C. at 11:32 PM on May 12, 2013


PENIS TAG
posted by The Whelk at 11:35 PM on May 12, 2013


I kind of adore how ten years ago this place was all VERY SERIOUS and now it is all VERY FANFICS.

Speaking of, I'm in Nine and/or Ten withdrawal, throw me your favorite plotty gen epic-length Dr Who fics.
posted by cmyk at 11:35 PM on May 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


I kind of adore how ten years ago this place was all VERY SERIOUS and now it is all VERY FANFICS.

I think this deserves its own MetaTalk. Metafilter should not become Tumblr.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 12:01 AM on May 13, 2013


Tumblr lives or dies by images; MetaFilter lives or dies by text. MetaFilter is in no danger of becoming Tumblr.
posted by cgc373 at 12:12 AM on May 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


(I got to take Kaiden to a fancy dress party and he made me steaks, it's like win/win)

Yeah, but you're still spending time with the Void That Walks Like a Man.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:54 AM on May 13, 2013


but seriously why is this a Metatalk thread and why are we discussing this publicaly? i don't make FPPs about my favorite porn stars

There are plenty of Ask Metafilter posts asking for recommendations for non-fandom porn of various particular kinds. And I suppose a fannish response might be "try it, it could be fun!" - part of the culture is the idea that porny writing can be complex, interesting, healthy, and something to share with acquaintances who have similar interests.

But it's not just porn, really. It's hard to explain to people who haven't fallen down the rabbit hole, but it's this...very friendly, joyful, feminist, smart, collaborative, imaginative community of writers and readers (and artists of various kinds), with the shared belief that it's good to dive into the subjects that many other kinds of interesting media treat hesitantly (or not at all) - both pleasurable subjects like sexy porny fetishy sex and not-so-pleasurable topics like every kind of tough life issue. But part of the idea is to try to dive into these subjects with respect, so for example if an author decides to write about a character dying, that author will tag the story with "character death" so that readers can choose to skip it. Anyway, I'm generalizing a lot and mostly paraphrasing this article about the "Id vortex", but hopefully this provides some context.

Fandom is life-changing in a positive direction for a lot of people (including me), and I hope finding your favorite porn stars did that for you, but it seems more frequent in fandom.
posted by mysh at 1:24 AM on May 13, 2013 [12 favorites]


Yeah, but you're still spending time with the Void That Walks Like a Man.

Shhh, Kaidan is best. Though he does have the most misspelled name.
posted by rewil at 1:35 AM on May 13, 2013


Yeah, but you're still spending time with the Void That Walks Like a Man.

Having to decide whether he or Mrs. Super Space Racist died at the end of ME1 was one of the hardest moral choices I've ever had to make in a game. I mean, why can't I let them both die?
posted by Elementary Penguin at 2:48 AM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Speaking of Elementary, does anyone recognize Moriarty's voice?

According to IMDB Moriarty is being played by Adam Godley (uncredited), although it remains to be seen whether he will be playing IRL Moriarty, as the voice on the phone could very well have been modified or something.
posted by fight or flight at 2:52 AM on May 13, 2013


Having to decide whether he or Mrs. Super Space Racist died at the end of ME1 was one of the hardest moral choices I've ever had to make in a game. I mean, why can't I let them both die?

To be fair, you can de-bigot Ashley if you're a Paragon. Alenko is beyond help.
posted by inire at 2:59 AM on May 13, 2013


Having to decide whether he or Mrs. Super Space Racist died at the end of ME1 was one of the hardest moral choices I've ever had to make in a game. I mean, why can't I let them both die?

Sheesh, spoilers much?

I kid.

And, no hesitation whatsoever, he dies, without question, every time. Most upbeat part of the ending for me was leaving him to perish and knowing he wouldn't appear in the sequels.
posted by Hobo at 4:02 AM on May 13, 2013


koeselitz: "How do people not know that elizardbits has a Tumblr? That's like not knowing that that weird dude behind Taco Bell sells a crazy admixture of various stimulants and heroin that makes you feel like your teeth have termites. Sure, maybe you're better off without that information, but"

Which Taco Bell? Details, dammit!
posted by Splunge at 4:51 AM on May 13, 2013


So...is anyone writing Sherlock's Sherlock / Elementary's Sherlock slash fiction yet?
posted by nobody at 5:32 AM on May 13, 2013


but seriously why is this a Metatalk thread and why are we discussing this publicaly?

Just because you have some kind of embarrassment thing going on about the totally normal things that your totally normal fellow Mefites are not ashamed to discuss in public doesn't mean the rest of us have to subscribe to your issues.
posted by elizardbits at 5:40 AM on May 13, 2013 [13 favorites]


All I know is that while I already loved/admired elizardbits, the fact she make no bones about her love for Supernatural--especially Dean--is so full of win that I can't stand it. Also, I seem to detect some TVD love in there too.

So yeah, new Tumblr obsession.
posted by Kitteh at 5:49 AM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


And, no hesitation whatsoever, he dies, without question, every time. Most upbeat part of the ending for me was leaving him to perish and knowing he wouldn't appear in the sequels.

Besides, why keep Kaidan when Jacob's around to be just as dull?

Mrs. Super Space Racist

Aww, she's not that bad, just because she's Christian and a bit overtly zealous about enforcing the security regulations.

the whole game became a dating sim

Became?
posted by MartinWisse at 6:02 AM on May 13, 2013


but seriously why is this a Metatalk thread and why are we discussing this publicaly? i don't make FPPs about my favorite porn stars

Maybe you should. :-)
posted by not that girl at 6:09 AM on May 13, 2013


Since The Whelk shared, perhaps I will too. I have actually written a single piece of fanfiction myself. It's a Pride & Prejudice fic in which Wickham and Darcy have a past. Rated PG.

Re-reading all the Sherlock/Watson stuff, I remembered that in high school, way back in 1982 or so, I had been reading Arthur Conan Doyle and also read a long book about Jack the Ripper. Intrigued by the idea that they were active in London at the same time, and that Jack the Ripper had never been caught, I started a story in which Holmes investigates and comes to the inescapable conclusion that he himself is the Ripper. I couldn't manage to write my way out of it, though, so I never finished it. My first fanfic!
posted by not that girl at 6:15 AM on May 13, 2013 [5 favorites]


This discussion makes me happy and sad.

Happy because AWESOME but sad because my mefi name is known to folks (family, coworkers, boss) who really don't need to know my fandom identity and then I have to have internal angst about being in the closet and whether that is good or ill.

Will share recs and seekrit code words in memail though.
posted by pointystick at 6:43 AM on May 13, 2013


Or, pointystick, you can come on over to where this all started and pop into chat and talk fic goss all you want. Chat's not archived! Wheeee~
posted by Mizu at 6:51 AM on May 13, 2013


elizardbits' Tumblr has turned me into a ridiculous Teen Wolf fangirl who reads Sterek fanfiction basically constantly; it's killing my book blog.
posted by leesh at 6:52 AM on May 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


(Because I am reading about Teen Wolves instead of reading books for my book blog.)
posted by leesh at 6:53 AM on May 13, 2013


Mizu, I gotta get nback to the saltmine just now but that is a swell idea. I should chat more!
posted by pointystick at 6:55 AM on May 13, 2013


If I ever discover Alaric/Damon fanfic, it may just be all over for me.
posted by Kitteh at 6:58 AM on May 13, 2013


After seeing that AskMe I thought about asking for recs for case fics without Sherlock/John (any other pairing is fine), but at this point I think I've skimmed the very few that are on AO3. It's a little strange to see thousands of fics and not find any I want to read.
posted by betweenthebars at 7:00 AM on May 13, 2013


wofl wofl wofl wofl
posted by shakespeherian at 7:14 AM on May 13, 2013


@betweenthebars: Under Sort and Filter, select Category > Gen and type in "Case Fic" in the box for Other Tags. I also recommend sorting by Kudos.
posted by Jacqueline at 7:15 AM on May 13, 2013


Also, AO3 is known as the pornier archive. You might try FanFiction.net if you want less porn.
posted by Jacqueline at 7:20 AM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Under Sort and Filter, select Category > Gen and type in "Case Fic" in the box for Other Tags. I also recommend sorting by Kudos.

That's what I do, except I sort by comments instead of kudos. ;-)
I get the weirdest messages on ff.net, so I tend not to go there very often.
posted by betweenthebars at 7:24 AM on May 13, 2013


I just re-read "Study in Emerald," love that story! Plus theres a CCG based on the story on Kickstarter.
posted by Mister_A at 7:34 AM on May 13, 2013


*rubs hands together* one of us! One of us!

I wonder if we can get an Archive Of Our Own profile widget...

Wouldn't it be inappropriate for Joan on Elementary to date Sherlock, who is her client? Or have things changed on the show and she is no longer his sober companion? (I have only seen the pilot.)
posted by capricorn at 7:45 AM on May 13, 2013


The only fanfic I've ever read is that one about President Obama with the body-horror stuff. It was not entirely pleasant. Maybe I should try something else?
posted by Doleful Creature at 7:51 AM on May 13, 2013


Things have changed. He's no longer her client. She's now his apprentice.
posted by Jacqueline at 7:54 AM on May 13, 2013


My biggest complaint with Mass Effect is that when it came down to "who dies, Ashley or Kaiden" there was no option for "both".

Metafilter should not become Tumblr.

Metafilter's had silly obsessions with pop culture since forever. To complain vaguely about mefi's Tumblrism is to establish one's ignorance of mefi's old-school Livejournalism. It's up there with complaining about cat posts ruining the site.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:54 AM on May 13, 2013 [12 favorites]


Thanks Jacqueline! That still sounds like a romantic/sexual relationship would be inappropriate for them. Which doesn't mean that I wouldn't read fanfic about it. I'd just file it under 'AU' in my head.
posted by capricorn at 7:56 AM on May 13, 2013


I thought 'twas us five-dolla n00bs who ruined the site.
posted by Mister_A at 8:33 AM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pfft, I was ruining the site before it sold out and got all mainstream.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:45 AM on May 13, 2013 [8 favorites]


I feel badly for both members of Team Milky Way, since in 2 the survivor's given the unenviable plot position of telling the player no, they can't put the entire team back together and gets a lot of fandom blowback for that. It's an important role -- the only thing that saves the shaky setup plot of 2 for me, really, and I'm glad that Miranda's dialogue in 3 and the Citadel DLC back up the Virmire Survivor's point that Cerberus/TIM being completely aboveboard in resurrecting Shepard is unlikely to say the least.

That said, I feel worse for Ashley, as I can never in my many playthoughs justify saving her. I always send the tech guy with the bomb and the soldier with the advance team, and then go back for the bomb because trusting that the geth couldn't disarm it seems to be a bad command decision. The storyline makes sense & feels right to me -- formerly xenophobic woman dies a hero to the Salarians and redeems her family name -- but I'd like to see her storyline in 3 without going to YouTube. Oh, well.
posted by rewil at 10:14 AM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Can't we put this in the open thread on "AskMe got me a fish/laid/kittens" ?
posted by infini at 10:40 AM on May 13, 2013


kittens with a side of jam and rage
posted by Jacqueline at 11:01 AM on May 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


I have a few AO3 invites lying around. If anyone wants one, just PM me.
posted by angelchrys at 11:21 AM on May 13, 2013


1) You're welcome! Always happy to help people form addictions.

2) I am not much of a fanfiction writer -- I mostly edit for other writers -- but if anyone wants to look at my (strange collection of fandoms) work, it's at AO3 under tzikeh. Mostly I end up writing for Yuletide, so you never know what the hell is going to turn up. I do have a BBC Sherlock story, but it's gen. (Also one vid, put up by my collaborator. I haven't vidded in years and years--maybe one day I'll upload my old vids....)

3) I... really wish people wouldn't rag on BBC Sherlock/Elementary by comparing it to Elementary/BBC Sherlock. They're such incredibly different shows. Impossible to believe, I know, but I like BOTH of them! Yes, BBC Sherlock has problematic elements. No, Moffat is not my favorite person. But, seriously, everyone should let people love the shows they love and play in their happiness and be happy and do the same! (Man, if I couldn't find a way to enjoy problematic entertainment, there really wouldn't be much out there for me to watch.) Do we really need to go the "Your favorite Sherlock sucks" route? Makes me sad.

4) Those who wish to follow elizardbits' tumblr, but cannot because of the NSFW element, just install tumblr savior (I know it comes in at least Chrome and Firefox flavors), and put "hey ladies" and "penis tag" on the black list. Then you can see all of elizardbits' fine madness and hilarity without risking teh pr0nz coming up on your screen. She is EXTREMELY consistent with her tagging. Caveat lector: as others have mentioned above, you run the risk of things like the phrase "WHAT IS HAPPEN" becoming part of your actual spoken vocabulary.

5) To assuage Charlemagne in Sweatpants' terror that Metafilter is becoming tumblr (short response: what), anyone who wants to follow me on tumblr can find me there. Look! Where I post things entirely separate from Metafilter! (Currently mostly stuff about Person of Interest, Sherlock, feminism, and American politics.)

Finally

6) #OH GOD HOW MUCH LONGER UNTIL SHERLOCK COMES BACK #MARTIN FREEMAN SAYS MAYBE IT WILL AIR IN DECEMBER #I AM EXCITE #TAGS LOOK RIDICULOUS IN A METAFILTER COMMENT #THIS IS HOW YOU KNOW METAFILTER WILL NEVER BE ANYTHING LIKE TUMBLR #WOFL WOFL WOFL
posted by tzikeh at 11:54 AM on May 13, 2013 [10 favorites]


I keep wondering whether Sherlock would come back sooner if Martin Freeman would stop being in everything that requires an English accent but then I watch the trailer for The World's End again and realize that's not a world I want to live in.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 11:57 AM on May 13, 2013


tumblr savior does not work for me at all on Chrome. I still see all the nekkid glory.
posted by desjardins at 12:01 PM on May 13, 2013


HZSF - not just Freeman. Since Sherlock first hit the airwaves, Cumberbatch has filmed:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Parade's End
War Horse
The Hobbit
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Twelve Years a Slave
August: Osage County
The Fifth Estate

I still can't imagine how Freeman must have felt when Peter Jackson *rearranged the entire shooting schedule of what is now three movies* just so that he could play Bilbo while filming Sherlock, because Jackson simply would not have anyone else.

NO PRESSURE, MARTIN.
posted by tzikeh at 12:03 PM on May 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh good lord, this thread - tzikeh - has just changed my life. OMG elizardbits haz tumbled? *harajuku meltdown scream*
posted by infini at 12:04 PM on May 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


this is how cults start
posted by The Whelk at 12:10 PM on May 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


THERE ARE HARDLY ANY NAKED PEOPLES

WHY? WHY ARE THERE ONLY HARDLY ANY? THERE ARE MANY PEOPLES WHO ARE NAKED WHO COULD BE THERE! AND MANY OTHER PEOPLES WHO ARE NOT NAKED PEOPLES BUT WHO CAN BE CLUMSILY PHOTOSHOPPED INTO APPEARING AS IF THEY WERE NAKED.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:10 PM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


And, no hesitation whatsoever, he dies, without question, every time. Most upbeat part of the ending for me was leaving him to perish and knowing he wouldn't appear in the sequels.

Whuuuuh? I just wanted an extra dialogue option where I could tell Ashley that the reason I'm leaving her to die is because she's in the Space Klan.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:11 PM on May 13, 2013


Okay, I embarassingly posted this in the wrong MetaTalk thread and am now asking it where I meant to do so.

MCMikeNamara: "So, okay, I'm going to just go ahead and ask this since it feels like a safe space for such questions. Should I watch Arrow? Because I tried it at the beginning, was underwhelmed, and then it got lost in the rest of the fall TV programming?

But then I saw this picture today and it kind of made me think I'd made a mistake.
"
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:29 PM on May 13, 2013


"Pft, I don't see how any picture can be enough to get me to watch a CW superhero show after Smallvi....DAMMIT BARROWMAN"
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:49 PM on May 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh, for pity's sake. Now I've spent twenty bucks or so at 1.89 an episode on Elementary.

I was THIS FUCKING CLOSE to not having anything on television I was interested in watching.

Thanks. No, really.

Dammit.
posted by Mooski at 12:55 PM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Arrow started off underwhelmingly (except for the salmon ladder scene) and has gradually turned into delicious, delicious cheese.

Elementary started off underwhelmingly and has gradually turned into a nice little procedural with the two charming leads slow-building a friendship.

I have opinions on Continuum too.
posted by Squeak Attack at 1:06 PM on May 13, 2013


I have opinions on Continuum too.

Italian design, what can you expect?
posted by infini at 2:28 PM on May 13, 2013


I started following Arrow mostly because I was weirdly enthralled at how it was way better than it had any right to be. Not good, exactly, but with far more solid writing and acting than you'd ever expect from a CW show about Green Arrow.

The thing is though, it's actually turning into a legitimately good show. There's still some weak spots (pretty much everything about Dinah Laurel, for instance), but they've really hit their stride on some of the elements that weren't really clicking at the beginning of the season.

(Also, yes, the showrunners seem fully aware that Stephen Amell's abs are one of their prime assets, and they don't skimp on them.)
posted by kagredon at 2:38 PM on May 13, 2013


Squeak Attack: " (except for the salmon ladder scene) "

That is literally the only thing I remember about the episodes I saw, he says, surprising no one.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:58 PM on May 13, 2013


I still miss Justin Hartley - who probably deserved a better show than Smallville to be Green Arrow in.
posted by running order squabble fest at 4:24 PM on May 13, 2013


Just because you have some kind of embarrassment thing going on about the totally normal things that your totally normal fellow Mefites are not ashamed to discuss in public doesn't mean the rest of us have to subscribe to your issues.

But why is this site related? What makes this worthy of a callout? What does this say about the culture of Metafilter - is this what we want to be highlighting about the site? "What makes Metafilter different? Well, unlike the rest of the web, there's slash fic".

hell maybe if it was mathowie slash it'd be site related but otherwise its just... weird.

the only fanfic i ever wrote was a song called 'the ballad of Vash the Stampede'
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:42 PM on May 13, 2013


We discuss, in nerdsome depth, video games, books, movies, television shows, webcasts, podcasts, webcomics, print comics, musicians, cartoons both eastern and western, internet memes, animal videos, animal pictures, and audiobooks.

I think fanfiction fits into the slate of Things Talked About On Metafilter without a problem.
posted by cmyk at 4:54 PM on May 13, 2013


Charlemagne in Sweatpants: But why is this site related?

When a user sees something interesting posted in AskMe, follows up on it, and find that they think it's awesome, they sometimes come to MetaTalk to say, "Wow, this AskMe introduced me to something new and wonderful! I'm so glad it was posted!"

Just because this particular AskMe was about something you don't care for doesn't make it wrong and bad, and it certainly doesn't make it what we're "highlighting about the site." It's not like not that girl took out a full-page ad in the New York Times about it. It's in MetaTalk, where pretty much you're only going to find people who already know and love MetaFilter in all its varied glory. Geez.
posted by tzikeh at 4:56 PM on May 13, 2013 [6 favorites]


And:

the only fanfic i ever wrote was a song called 'the ballad of Vash the Stampede'

Then you've never written fanfic at all; that's filk. :D
posted by tzikeh at 4:57 PM on May 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


and yeah, I know I'm going to Special Nerd Hell for calling them all cartoons instead of distinguishing between Western Animation and Anime, but it's drawings that move with voicing attached, it's a cartoon. I like cartoons. Don't give me that look.
posted by cmyk at 5:00 PM on May 13, 2013


:gives cmyk that look:
posted by tzikeh at 5:01 PM on May 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


(Also, I think this and the silliness in the hipster thread may be a reaction to the taxing, tiring, srs business fighting that has been going on in MeTa recently. It's a steam letting-off, effectively. Which may not be wholly to the purpose, but might be a nice change of pace...)
posted by running order squabble fest at 5:02 PM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's not like not that girl took out a full-page ad in the New York Times about it. It's in MetaTalk, where pretty much you're only going to find people who already know and love MetaFilter in all its varied glory

*sheepishly calls NYT advertising department, cancels ad buy*
posted by not that girl at 5:19 PM on May 13, 2013 [8 favorites]


But why is this site related?

Because it's someone talking about a thing they experienced in the context of Mefi that they want to share with the community. Sometimes that's all it really takes. It's okay if to your mind it's not so worth talking about, but just skipping the thread is probably a better route in general than beefing about it in thread and is a route you specifically could kind of do to take more often.

the only fanfic i ever wrote was a song called 'the ballad of Vash the Stampede'

Technically that'd be filk, actu—

dammit, tzikeh
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:25 PM on May 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


the only fanfic i ever wrote was a song called 'the ballad of Vash the Stampede'

Then you've never written fanfic at all; that's filk. :D


I keep meaning to look up the very interesting essay--that I'm sure must exist--on the transition from 'filk' to 'songfic' and 'vignette' to 'drabble' and the new phrases coming up to replace those ('whump' and 'feels' are both new phrases for say, 'hurt/comfort' which itself isn't that old, since I joined fanficland in the late '90s). Fanfic vocabulary is fascinating.
posted by librarylis at 5:54 PM on May 13, 2013 [5 favorites]


If a song about a geeky topic is released by a professional musician (like a Wu Tang song or a nerdy indie rock song) to a general audience does it still count as filk?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 6:08 PM on May 13, 2013


Surely songfic is wholly distinct from filk - filk being songs and songfics being narrative fiction inspired by songs?
posted by running order squabble fest at 6:16 PM on May 13, 2013


What makes this worthy of a callout?

It's a shoutout. Callouts are bad and nobody wants to be called out. I think shoutouts are great and should happen much more often than callouts.
posted by rtha at 6:26 PM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes, getting shouted out for improving someone's sex life is much better than all the times I've been called out for pissing someone off. :D
posted by Jacqueline at 6:44 PM on May 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ditto. I rarely answer questions in Ask because most of the time I don't know, don't have an opinion, or just flat don't get it, so when I spotted the rare and elusive Question I Can Answer I got all excited. I might have even bounced up and down a little in my seat.

TBH, I thought I answered it pretty well, and I appreciate the pat on the head that is this thread. I've been giggling -- and re-discovering some of my favorite Sherlock fics -- off and on all day.

And now I know The Whelk is on AO3. It's wins all around.
posted by That's Numberwang! at 7:31 PM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


And now I know who has the best username on all of Metafilter.
posted by Sara C. at 7:38 PM on May 13, 2013


it's little cow make small moo imho
posted by elizardbits at 8:06 PM on May 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I clicked on elizardbits' tumblr this morning, and now I find myself watching Teen Wolf. Slippery slope, slippery slope.
posted by redsparkler at 8:12 PM on May 13, 2013


Oh man season one is like Hey this is weird it's like it has all the subtext elements that go with werewolf stories but they're all deployed backwards this is really interesting is that on purpose or what and then season two is like WHOA LIZARD BOY

I can only hope season three is the craziest shit ever put on a screen.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:42 PM on May 13, 2013


I clicked on elizardbits' tumblr this morning, and now I find myself watching Teen Wolf. Slippery slope, slippery slope.

Yeah, watch out for that. Luckily my obsession with the adorable Bambi-eyed precious unicorn that is Dylan O'Brien hasn't yet ruined my life.
posted by Squeak Attack at 9:07 PM on May 13, 2013


librarylis: "I keep meaning to look up the very interesting essay--that I'm sure must exist--on the transition from 'filk' to 'songfic' and 'vignette' to 'drabble' and the new phrases coming up to replace those ('whump' and 'feels' are both new phrases for say, 'hurt/comfort' which itself isn't that old, since I joined fanficland in the late '90s). Fanfic vocabulary is fascinating."

I read Camille Bacon-Smith's Enterprising Women this morning and it's so fucking awesome looking at this trajectory of fandom and translating into modern parlance.
posted by geek anachronism at 2:37 AM on May 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dear hivebrain; is it ethical for menopausal concept designer to hire young project managers?
posted by infini at 5:02 AM on May 14, 2013


I clicked on elizardbits' tumblr this morning, and now I find myself watching Teen Wolf. Slippery slope, slippery slope.

NO STOP SAVE YOYRSELF THERE'S STILL HOPE FOR YOU.
posted by The Whelk at 7:06 AM on May 14, 2013


I gave up on Elementary after two episodes, but y'all have me reconsidering...
posted by Zed at 7:16 AM on May 14, 2013


I feel like there should be fic about anthropomorphized blogs, and TV Tropes and drinkmasturbatecry could be roomies and they're both taking a Media Studies course at college and TV Tropes is the laser-eyed kid on study drugs who just can't stop hoovering up notes and re-arranging her index cards, and the whole time dmc is laying on the couch watching Teen Wofl and looking at porn and shouting YOU RUIN LIVES periodically.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:29 AM on May 14, 2013 [10 favorites]


Wasn't this a College Humor video at one point?
posted by The Whelk at 7:32 AM on May 14, 2013


So if a mefite wails in the night, is it all the more real if its heard in meatspace or visually transmitted as soundless pixels?
posted by infini at 7:34 AM on May 14, 2013


You're not allowed to have the bong anymore.
posted by The Whelk at 7:44 AM on May 14, 2013


*peers over shoulder and waves at The Whelk*
posted by infini at 7:51 AM on May 14, 2013


I feel like there should be fic about anthropomorphized blogs

Can they also be magical (robot?) airplane girls or personified WW2 combatant nations?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:56 AM on May 14, 2013


[ears twitch]
posted by seanmpuckett at 8:01 AM on May 14, 2013


Tangential Link: Jacob Clifton on Mass Effect and Space Racists
posted by The Whelk at 8:10 AM on May 14, 2013


Ay ay ay, that Clifton link is bad. Not so much the ME content, but the waffling about feminism in it.
posted by MartinWisse at 8:40 AM on May 14, 2013


personified WW2 combatant nations?

I'm vaguely and uneasily aroused... tell me more? A list anyone?
posted by infini at 9:48 AM on May 14, 2013


infini: Hetalia: Axis Powers
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:55 AM on May 14, 2013


*eep I recognize Italy* ;p
posted by infini at 10:06 AM on May 14, 2013


And of course, Scandinavia and the World, which is relevant to MeFi interests (not to mention this thread).
posted by MartinWisse at 11:19 AM on May 14, 2013


Yes, nothing is better than the right wood handled super sharp at the right angle Norwegian cheese slicer.
posted by infini at 11:34 AM on May 14, 2013


/me notes to give infini a cheese slicer for Christmas instead of all-encompassing power over every living thing on earth.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:50 AM on May 14, 2013


With some Valio's Mustaleima please, thank you
posted by infini at 12:02 PM on May 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think elizardbits has an affiliate link going with MTV or something. Or if not, she should, given the number of us -- you, I mean! you! -- she's sucked into that show.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:45 PM on May 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


alright after hearing a guy at a zine launch last night read a hilarious piece of Darcy (Colin Firth) and Darcy (other famous guy who played him) slash fic i take back what i said about slash not belong here. and probably what i said about jokes not belonging here.

and no its not online yet
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:18 PM on May 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


oh thank god we can joke

at last
posted by shakespeherian at 4:19 PM on May 14, 2013 [5 favorites]


Big reveal elizardbits is secretly Jeff Davis.
posted by The Whelk at 4:28 PM on May 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


When they hang Jeff Davis from a sourapple tree, I'll sit beneath the leaves and weep
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:46 PM on May 14, 2013


Welcome to the dark side, Charlemagne. And do post a link when that goes on line, I long to read it.
posted by not that girl at 5:02 PM on May 14, 2013


I am weeping with my love for all of you, tears of golden diamond

Also you should all probably read this

And the Johnlock fic that is a fusion with Queer As Folk UK
and the one fusing with Fullmetal Alchemist that broke my heart
and the one with Sherlock as a mad desserts chef fusing molecular gastronomy with ice cream
posted by nicebookrack at 5:59 AM on May 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


cortex: I feel like there should be fic about anthropomorphized blogs

How about Pinboard and Delicious?

(Backstory: After Delicious' redesign removed a lot of the functionality that fandom used, fandom shifted, en masse, to Pinboard. Pinboard was very welcoming.)
posted by Georgina at 8:35 AM on May 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


According to IMDB Moriarty is being played by Adam Godley (uncredited), although it remains to be seen whether he will be playing IRL Moriarty

Thanks, fight or flight.
posted by homunculus at 7:51 PM on May 15, 2013


I feel like there should be fic about anthropomorphized blogs

4chumblr refers to the fictionalized relationship between personified versions of 4chan and the micro-blogging site Tumblr.

The internet is weird
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:05 PM on May 15, 2013


Hey, that guy with the penis from Spartacus is on Arrow.
posted by homunculus at 8:13 PM on May 15, 2013


Manu Bennett! Signed as a series regular in season 2 as hot and snarky Slade Wilson (Deathstroke)!

The golden ratio of shirtlessness:awesome has made me a very happy Arrow fan this year.
posted by nicebookrack at 1:57 PM on May 16, 2013


WTF. Elementary has been so good, such a pleasant surprise since it started, and they end the season with that?! Goddamn that was lame.
posted by homunculus at 10:17 PM on May 16, 2013


Misha Collins and Mark Shepard are coming to a Supernatural convention near me. I like them, but I'm scared of some of the scariest fans on the Internet.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:24 PM on May 16, 2013


Charlemagne In Sweatpants: "Misha Collins and Mark Shepard are coming to a Supernatural convention near me. I like them, but I'm scared of some of the scariest fans on the Internet."

My first day at uni (doing a PhD on fandom) and someone bailed me up for an hour talking about spn and Misha. It was interesting, to say the least.
posted by geek anachronism at 10:47 PM on May 16, 2013


My first day at uni (doing a PhD on fandom) and someone bailed me up for an hour talking about spn and Misha. It was interesting, to say the least.

I got halfway through the F Plus episode on the fandom before deleting the file and wiping my harddrive. There's fandom, there's slash, and then there's Supernatural fandom.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:51 PM on May 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yay, so glad this thread has been making people happy! Everyone I know IRL who knows about my fannish identity forwarded me this AskMe thread -- some of them twice. Because basically this has been my life since last November:

1. Start thinking about fanfiction one day, and how I think it is cool in theory, but have never really gotten into much of it, and never really had any "ships". Wonder idly how much Sherlock fanfic there is out there.

2. Discover this thing called AO3 exists now, with lovely filtering and sorting capabilities.

3. Search, sort, filter.

4. OH HOLY CRAP

5. Realize that I ship John/Sherlock like if FedEx, UPS, and the post office got together, Voltron-like, to form a package delivery super service.

6. Read millions of words of John/Sherlock.

7. Start a Tumblr and follow ALL THE BLOGS that use the #Johnlock tag on a post.

8. Unfollow most of them... *wince*

9. Start writing my own fanfic.

10. Stop denying to all my IRL friends that this is a serious change in my life, and finally admit that I am now a rly srs Johnlock fan.

(And then I finally delurked on AskMe for that thread, because I was so excited, like TN!, to have relevant info to share.)

I still don't get why I'm so invested in this particular fandom & pairing, as opposed to my happy but less searingly intense investment in other fandoms and relationships. But I have finally surrendered to the fact that I am. And when someone else gets sucked into fandom (especially Sherlock, but really, anything that they're that excited about), I squee like I do when one of my friends starts an awesome new relationship. So this thread, it is squeeful for me.
posted by destinationtoast at 12:10 PM on May 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


Page 26 of 3882.

So much for my weekend.
posted by Gordafarin at 2:48 PM on May 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Elementary Demonstrates the Right Way to Update a Classic Hero
posted by homunculus at 4:43 PM on May 21, 2013


Heh, I really need to check the front page more often.

MeFi
posted by homunculus at 5:19 PM on May 21, 2013


belated thanks for this and the original thread. have lots of reading to tide me over to series 3 now.
posted by oneear at 9:34 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


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