imagine sherlock and john walking purposefully along because they’re on a case and then sherlock sees a red setter puppy and immediately kneels down and starts stroking their ears and saying “hi, baby” in a slightly higher pitch and john has never been so confused in his life
And I issue you a challenge: Go find a fic you’ve never read and read it, or pick one you love and just haven’t commented on, and leave a quick little positive note. I’ve done mine today, will you?
And this idea jumps the queue. Bonus points if it’s by a lesser-known author, but really, this is a very good idea.
I woke up to two anonymous messages this morning, or perhaps one person who was offended enough to bother messaging me twice. I made a passing comment yesterday about Mary dodging a bullet when you saw how restrained John was compared to the Lester character in Fargo, and apparently some people found that language a bit offensive. I know, two messages is nothing and I don’t mean to make a play for sympathy (other people have apparently had a much harder 24 hrs than me and deserve it much more). But they did alert me that at least a few people thought I wanted Mary dead.
Let me be absolutely clear on this point. It was a badly-chosen piece of language. I have no desire to see Mary die, at John’s hand or anyone else’s. In fact, I can’t think of anything more likely to make me back quickly away from the Sherlock fandom than having one character intentionally kill the character played by his wife. As someone who’s volunteered at a DV shelter and has seen things I can’t really forget, I think that would be a bit too much crossing of the streams for me to be comfortable with it. I was impressed, though, by the sheer breadth of Martin’s acting ability, his ability to show tightly-controlled rage and also the slightly absurd lack of control we see in Fargo. I was saying it quickly and I made a poor word choice. And that’s really all that was going on there.
On the larger issues, I tried to work out just what was going on this morning, because there’s clearly a lot of people frustrated in the Sherlock fandom about something. As near I can figure (and Sherlock really is a huge fandom and I can only claim to have seen a tiny slice), some Johnlock shippers who think Mary is irredeemable went too far and there was a bit of a pushback against everyone who ships Johnlock and thinks Mary is irredeemable - which, out of fairness, seems to have sparked a bit of pushback from said group against people who think Mary is a good, likeable character with no real moral baggage in need of explaining. I’m not saying the two groups are equally in the wrong here (I haven’t seen nearly enough to make that kind of judgment), but I do see a lot of reduction to what you might call Mary-haters and Mary-apologists. So I thought I’d put myself out there as proof there is a middle ground.