I watched the last ep of The Honourable Woman last night. Holy crap. If you are interested in:

  • strong female characters, the kind who are sometimes weak, sometimes make bad decisions, sometimes do terrible things and have terrible things done to them, yet sometimes do heroic things anyway;
  • an MI6 agent who has to sleep his way into his job;
  • Gaza;
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal or Stephen Rea;
  • Bisexuality on screen;
  • This line: “In a room full of pussies, I’m the only one with a vagina.”

You really need to watch The Honourable Woman before it vanishes from iplayer. [If you can’t get to that page, let me introduce you to Hola.]

cuoreridente replied to your post: boss:Oh, are you a Sherlock fan? me:[a…

Imagine if they’ve read your fics!! They probably would have been like, “OMG DAD YOU MET IVYBLOSSOM!?!?” And he would have said, “Wait, how do you know her?” “She writes Sherlock stories!” “Oh! About what?” “Uhhhhh……”

Haha! Except that “boss” in that context is a lady, so it would be “OMG MOM YOU KNOW IVY? What, she’s that excitable girl who comes over for drinks from time to time and never shuts up? Did you know that she updates twitter and the tumblr machine at work?”

tharkuun
airspaniel:

drunkwario:

Anon hate from the late 1800’s.

What I love most about this is that this person was SO INCENSED at the recipient that they couldn’t even wait the days/weeks it would take for the mail to go through. No, they had to say “FUCK YOU” as soon as fucking possible and, AND, let the recipient that they were not done with the fuck you, nay, this was merely the first volley in what would undoubtably be a dressing down of Biblical proportions.

We need to make “strong letter to follow” happen.

airspaniel:

drunkwario:

Anon hate from the late 1800’s.

What I love most about this is that this person was SO INCENSED at the recipient that they couldn’t even wait the days/weeks it would take for the mail to go through. No, they had to say “FUCK YOU” as soon as fucking possible and, AND, let the recipient that they were not done with the fuck you, nay, this was merely the first volley in what would undoubtably be a dressing down of Biblical proportions.

We need to make “strong letter to follow” happen.

thetwogaydetectives

thetwogaydetectives:

thegameissomethingoron:

johnthreecontinents:

i feel like we don’t talk about this enough

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There’s nothing to talk about (unfortunately). BC forgot the line. They found it funny and kept it.

Keeping a line like that is HUGE. You don’t do that just because. A writer spends months making the script. They take things off, they add things, etc. There are many directors that will literally fire actors who cannot memorize their lines (especially in theater.)

You ALWAYS make more than one take (you need a minimum of two - the one they choose and a back up.) I am sure Benedict said the line right in one of those other takes. The fact that they decided to keep it means it is important.

He literally says “my, my… Him.” He uses a possessive pronoun. A character will generally say “my (insert name here)” when said character is in a relationship with that person.

That line holds LOADS of subtext

I want to know what the line actually was. Surely it wasn’t “friend”, that’s too hard to forget. Though I enjoy how he makes the universal sign for “you know, the short one!”

I totally get why they kept it, though. That and John’s weird face after he calls Sherlock “mate” are a matched set.

ivyblossom
ivyblossom:

The Progression of Sherlock Holmes, which, of course, is a completely different story than The Progress of Sherlock Holmes.It’s not plagiarism if you copy and paste a story but slightly change the title, right? That makes it brand new!
Who knew writing was that easy! I’ve been doing it wrong all this time!

Thanks to the good souls of tumblr and twitter, The Progression of Sherlock Holmes has been removed from ff.net. All while I was in a meeting, too. I could get whiplash from that kind of speed. You guys are amazing. I love you forever.

ivyblossom:

The Progression of Sherlock Holmes, which, of course, is a completely different story than The Progress of Sherlock Holmes.It’s not plagiarism if you copy and paste a story but slightly change the title, right? That makes it brand new!

Who knew writing was that easy! I’ve been doing it wrong all this time!

Thanks to the good souls of tumblr and twitter, The Progression of Sherlock Holmes has been removed from ff.net. All while I was in a meeting, too. I could get whiplash from that kind of speed. You guys are amazing. I love you forever.

The Progression of Sherlock Holmes, which, of course, is a completely different story than The Progress of Sherlock Holmes.It’s not plagiarism if you copy and paste a story but slightly change the title, right? That makes it brand new!
Who knew writing was that easy! I’ve been doing it wrong all this time!

The Progression of Sherlock Holmes, which, of course, is a completely different story than The Progress of Sherlock Holmes.It’s not plagiarism if you copy and paste a story but slightly change the title, right? That makes it brand new!

Who knew writing was that easy! I’ve been doing it wrong all this time!

violethuntress

violethuntress:

quirkysubject:

violethuntress:

sherhclmes:

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Why aren’t more people talking about this? Why did I never notice this quotation before? It seems legit, right?

I actually do wonder, in a non-rhetorical sort of way, what conclusion they came to. Because the next episode after series 1 is ASiB, and, well, it’s definitely not obvious from that episode either, even though the episode brings up more explicitly than any other.

Anyway, interesting quote that I didn’t know existed. Very curious as to what they came up with. They can let us know any time…preferable within the show!

It’s funny, because I came away from S1 (and ASiP in particularly) with the firm impression that Sherlock was meant to be read as gay (and celibate). And nothing I saw in S2 made me question that impression.

So I really don’t know what to say about this quote. Was ASiB supposed to confirm his attraction to women (straight or bi/pan)? But she was ‘the’ woman (like Sherlock is ‘the’ man for John), implying that that was exceptional. And she herself was used as an example for how even if you are gay, you can still experience the occasional attraction to people of the opposite sex (which I though mirrored Sherlock).

One should also consider BC’s “Sherlock was a virgin until that one night in Karachi”-headcanon, which doesn’t exactly scream ‘I’m playing a gay man’ either.

Anyway, just goes to show that creators are crap at meta ;)

Ha, this is exactly what I was thinking. (And exactly, exactly the impression I got from S1).

If they “didn’t know” until after S1 whether or not Sherlock “was gay,” and then they DID “work it out” as reported, was ASiB meant to be read as “see! we decided Sherlock is het! But he’s just more interested in work than sex!” Or the opposite, as QS just explained.

Confounding!

This makes some degree of sense to me. Sherlock is much more ambiguous in series 1, though not because he could genuinely go either way. He was ambiguous because he clearly had no interest in relationships that would involve him as a participant. He’s even clear on what it would mean for a living, breathing person to be his friend at that point. 

People seem to be nothing more than tools to Sherlock in series 1. His body is transport and human beings are utilities, either generating evidence or helping him to parse that evidence, or giving him a place to stay, or helping him with the rent, or whatever else. At that point he really is much closer to Mycroft (and Moriarty) in his attitude towards “normal” people. There was room at that point for the question to be unanswered, because to Sherlock is really didn’t matter.

The fact that it wasn’t immediately obvious that Sherlock was supposed to be straight made it very easy at the time to read him as gay, even in series 1 ep 1. We’re so used to everyone being relentlessly straight that the absence of those cues suggests it. Which is pretty sad, but there it is.

Though if they didn’t already have an idea, it’s interesting that we have the scene where he says girlfriends aren’t his area, but no, he doesn’t have a boyfriend. Couldn’t he have said, “not my area either” to the boyfriend question, if they hadn’t been sure? Sherlock could have just said no to both questions, really. Girlfriend? No. Boyfriend? No. That would have been more ambiguous, I think, and factually accurate. Then he really isn’t answering the underlying question (straight or gay) that John is digging for, which would make sense, since John isn’t outright asking it. I know Steven Moffat wrote that ep, and it’s pretty clear that he had a preference for gay!Sherlock. So maybe that’s why it is as it is.

Based on the pilot, it’s pretty clear that there wasn’t much question about John’s take. John’s way more obviously in love with Sherlock in the pilot version of ASIP than the aired version. So presumably they were always going to have John fall in love with Sherlock, in defiance not only of his own sexual orientation, but whatever Sherlock’s was going to end up being. Poor John!

It makes sense that Scandal could have been written with a new certainty about Sherlock’s orientation in this franchise, since that question is at the core of it, and it’s answered, though too subtly for some. I like the deftness of the answer, which retains Sherlock’s indifference to romantic relationships but has him obsess about them at the same time. Anything that suggests that Sherlock falls in love with Irene in Scandal is only coasting on basic audience expectations of what happens when a sexy lady appears on screen, as far as I can tell. I love that. Series three is a demonstration of what happens when Sherlock confronts his real actual feelings for another person, which puts the Irene situation into sharp relief. Sherlock was not this raw confronting Irene.

I presume they’d made their decision before I ever saw any of these characters for the first time. I’m glad they definitely know the answer now!