airynothing: (quirked)
Con passione (427 words) by airynothing
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Summary:

Con passione (adv. /kon pas·si·'o·ne/): a musical directive to the performer to play a particular passage dramatically; with emotion and passion.

airynothing: (lost)
I feel like I should set that in 48-point type.  Wordstrings.  Came.  Back!

She wrote a preview fragment here.  It's at least as exquisitely painful as any other point in Paradox Verse, all the more so for being unresolved.  My heart goes out to her evident distress; whatever her difficulties, I hope she feels better.

Now I am listening to my Paradox music (Beck's Sea Change, natch).  Good lord, I must have first read Paradox almost a year ago; my Sherlockiversary is coming up in just under a month!

Comms!

Apr. 18th, 2012 11:56 pm
airynothing: (lost)
Down: [livejournal.com profile] sherlockbbc
Already existing: [livejournal.com profile] bbcsherlock
Newly created: [livejournal.com profile] our_bbcsherlock

Why?  How do the latter two differ, what complementary purpose do they serve?  Anyone who knows, please enlighten me.
airynothing: (quirked)
I find it curious the way a fandom can develop its own tropes, rather quickly.  One I'm seeing pop up all over Sherlock fandom post-The Reichenbach Fall is "John hallucinates Sherlock."  This leads naturally to "John just thinks he's hallucinating Sherlock," which lends itself to teeth-grittingly uncomfortable drawn-out scenarios that degenerate into overwrought pathos.

Ok, yes, this was exactly the scenario a ficlet of which I reblogged on Tumblr, accurately stating that it had given me chills.  I'm not always immune to overwrought pathos.

But I am reasonably sure that BBC-canon John is not going to develop grief-induced hallucinations.  C'mon, people, he was a soldier!
airynothing: (thinking)
I am dying here. The news coming out of the BFI screening is tighter than the Iron Curtain ever was. We're talking North Korean levels of party discipline. They've all been hypnotized and are parroting the party line: "I loved it. It was much better than Cats ASiP. I'm going to watch it again and again!"

I want to drink the Kool-aid and be sworn to secrecy too!

Or at least watch the Q&A. That sounds like it was a fun time. Thank heavens it wasn't the audience who spoiled poor Benedict on the existence of slash fic.
airynothing: (thinking)
Will wonders never cease! I finally found an S/J fic with a definitely sociopathic Sherlock that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's creepy in a good way.

Stolen Moments. Not terribly surprisingly, it's by [livejournal.com profile] velvet_mace, the same author whose Collared WIP is an amazing helping of fucked-up angst, with forced-to-be-cruel!Sherlock and probably-going-to-be-broken!John, both at the mercy of utter-bastard!Mycroft. (And if you like that one, while it's currently up to Chapter 3 on [livejournal.com profile] velvet_mace's LJ, there's a lot more in first draft form on the kink meme; follow the link labeled "Prompt" in the intro to Chapter 1.)

But back to Stolen Moments. It's in Sherlock's POV, and I don't think I'm spoiling anything if I say it involves hypnosis!rape. I am tempted to call it a 5 on the Sociopathy Scale, but I think that's due to my bias toward awarding 6's only to fics I don't like. Certainly this Sherlock has zero conscience, feeling regrets only for the possibility that he's basically broken his toy. And he does need to construct external constraints in order to change his behavior; he's not able to do so via willpower alone. So I'll go ahead and give it a 6.

Enjoy!

Identity

Oct. 15th, 2011 09:55 pm
airynothing: (thinking)
Sometimes when I get to reading an AU I ponder the nature of identity.

I was avoiding Performance in a Leading Role for a long time, but I gave it a try tonight and it's great so far. It is the sort of AU, however, that does bring up questions of character identity.

For those who haven't come across it, the conceit is that Sherlock and John are screen actors. They aren't their own actors—not Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman—they're just BBC Sherlock and BBC John, slightly calmer and having gone into acting instead of the business of not-being-heroes.

So. I am reading it. It's about Sherlock and John, so I am emotionally invested. Because my mind has multiple tracks, I am also thinking about the interesting things the fic reveals about the entertainment industry, and also thinking, would I enjoy as much reading a love story about random (but interesting) actors and the pressures of staying closeted for Hollywood?

That's the sort of question that shifts its own mental track into the foreground. I pause reading and consider.

No. I don't go out looking for love stories to read, generally. I read science fiction/fantasy, nonfiction, sometimes mystery but not a lot lately, sometimes Jane Austen. Non-genre-wise, I read a really great novel called Quincunx, also not a love story. Read some Master and Commander, allegedly not a love story. SF, fantasy and mysteries can have love stories in them, and so can Austen, but it's not generally the point (even in Austen).

So, supplies my brain, I am reading this love story because it is Sherlock and John. And this is the part in my thought process where I wonder: how, exactly, is it really Sherlock and John?

Is it the names? Do I believe it's them because of their names? No, slapping their names on a random love story obviously would not work. Having their names is necessary but not sufficient.

Is it their characterization? It's consistent but not completely the same as in the show. It has to be different enough for them to be able to work in this completely different profession, after all. Sherlock has to be less insane, John less damaged.

If this were doujinshi, I could bring up visual cues, but that's clearly not it. I'm responsible for my own visual cues in fanfic.

I guess it is largely characterization, but I think part of it is somehow... expectation. I simply expect that the characters are Sherlock and John. I endow them with Sherlock-ness and John-ness in my mind by reading with the expectation that they have those identities.

I guess that comes back to their names, in the end... but only in as much as the names are signifiers of the author's intent. I trust the author's intent (unless and until they lose my trust; this fic has it) and enter into a shared expectation of them-ness.

It seems very handwavy and insubstantial, but there it is.
airynothing: (find)
The Heart in the Whole, by [livejournal.com profile] verityburns. Sooo hot. And Reichenbach averted, with love and trust and BAMFiness. I am all mushy over this one.
airynothing: (thinking)
I have a Fic Find brewing, but am waiting to see what they do with the Reichenbach reference. Subvert it, I hope. Will rec it either way.

No offense to all the excellent fic authors out there, without which I would be very bored. And I do understand the desire to write Reichenbach. Especially since we are all as worried about what the show will do with this (and which we likely won't know the end of till 2013) as we are about Irene. I am just so sick of all the fics in which Sherlock deliberately abandons John, when they're already together. He should know better!

Arthur Conan Doyle should have known better... had he not written himself into a corner. A corner we're stuck with now. But I prefer fics that conquer Reichenbach, subvert it, sidestep it, stride over it like Sherlock ignoring a coffee table, delegate it to Mycroft or, in the case of already-recced Apotheosis, make it be a) John, who b) thinks Mycroft told Sherlock he lived, and c) his extra levels in utter smoking BAMF make him more Sherlock's equal at the end.

Hell, Reichenbach should be a required warning on a fic :)
airynothing: (thinking)
I've been away from fandom from a while. The first time I ever needed to discuss a show online, it was 1990 and the answer was Usenet (alt.tv.twin-peaks). The next time, it was 1997 and the answer was ONElist (a mailing-list service that merged with Egroups, which got bought by Yahoo, whee the 1990s).

Are mailing lists dead?

Where do I go for a public, wide-ranging discussion about anything and everything to do with BBC Sherlock?

Can't seem to get my friends interested enough in this and I'm dying, out here.
airynothing: (thinking)
I can't write English. I can only write American.

This is not the only reason I'm afraid to write fanfic. I'm not under the illusion that it's as easy as it looks. I could never sit down and come up with the plot to Knot Theory (which admittedly, is an ambitious comparison).

But I could never stand to put words in their mouths that weren't in their tongue. I've been contemplating a phrase, a hyphenated word really, from [livejournal.com profile] wordstrings's Paradox series, for days now.

"No, just. I like a bit more steadily-come-by-breathing in a day, myself."

I know about trousers and pants and jumpers and nine nine nine and lifts and flats and advertising hoardings. I even know "must do", not "we must", is short for "we must <previous verb>"1. And I have no trouble understanding the phrase "steadily-come-by-breathing". I know a passive participle when I see one. But never in a million years would that gem have come from my fingertips.

It's beautiful. I've been trying to even come up with a translation into American. I can't even think how we would say it. I'm not sure we can.

1 Primarily when using the epistemic-modality "must", not the obligative "must", as far as I can tell. See, I am a font of insufficiently useful information.
airynothing: (thinking)
I can't write English. I can only write American.

This is not the only reason I'm afraid to write fanfic. I'm not under the illusion that it's as easy as it looks. I could never sit down and come up with the plot to Knot Theory (which admittedly, is an ambitious comparison).

But I could never stand to put words in their mouths that weren't in their tongue. I've been contemplating a phrase, a hyphenated word really, from [livejournal.com profile] wordstrings's Paradox series, for days now.

"No, just. I like a bit more steadily-come-by-breathing in a day, myself."

I know about trousers and pants and jumpers and nine nine nine and lifts and flats and advertising hoardings. I even know "must do", not "we must", is short for "we must <previous verb>"1. And I have no trouble understanding the phrase "steadily-come-by-breathing". I know a passive participle when I see one. But never in a million years would that gem have come from my fingertips.

It's beautiful. I've been trying to even come up with a translation into American. I can't even think how we would say it. I'm not sure we can.

1 Primarily when using the epistemic-modality "must", not the obligative "must", as far as I can tell. See, I am a font of insufficiently useful information.
airynothing: (find)
His Lap Full, by [livejournal.com profile] lucybun. Fun little fic, and hot. Comes with picture by [livejournal.com profile] livia_carica. S/J, Sherlock POV, sociopathy index 1 (not in evidence; 0 would be "Star Trek AU, Sherlock is a Betazoid empath", and wouldn't that be funny?)

Enjoy.
airynothing: (pained)
I was keeping an eye out for an S/J fic that would ring up a "6" (the top score) on my improvised sociopathy-scale. Found one.

(Parenthetically, I note that this one seems to have been composed before the anon author saw episode 3. Figures. I have a theory about the effect of ep 2 on fic.)

I am not, technically, recommending this fic except to those interested in exploring the whole sociopathy angle. It turned my stomach, and I'm going to spend the rest of the evening reading out-of-character fluff. Also, since I'm posting this publicly, let me slap a trigger warning for rape and stalking onto this thing.

Nevertheless, it is extremely well-written from every angle, so kudos anon author! An Experiment, Of Sorts
airynothing: (find)
Two (or three) finds this time.

First, an enjoyable little AU based on Ella Enchanted (which you needn't have read). Entirely John-centric. Man's Original Virtue, by an anonymous author.

Next, an amazing pair of fics, Sherlock viewpoint, by [livejournal.com profile] sprl1199: Cu Sylvatica, with Sherlock being tempted to throw in with Moriarty, and Knot Theory, with more, deliciously stomach-churning Moriarty as Sherlock and the reader try to figure out Moriarty's angle on turning himself in. Sociopathy index: Sherlock considers himself one, John disagrees; I put it about a 4 out of 6 on my newly-minted sociopathy scale (Paradox would be a 5, while a couple of fics I don't particularly want to hunt down again with straight-out psychopathy would rate a 6).

Fic Find

Sep. 13th, 2011 12:40 am
airynothing: (find)
This is a short piece I found days ago and kept in tabs for a while. It stood the test of time so I'll add it to the list. Gen, g-rated: Seeds, by [livejournal.com profile] thesardine.

No recent fic finds. I may go back to looking for good fic rec lists instead of just following [livejournal.com profile] holmesian_news.
airynothing: (find)
Indecorous, by [livejournal.com profile] basingstoke, is mad, silly, hilarious, smutty and above all cheerful. OFC, but she's fun. Much better use of an OFC than in some fic I've read.

I needed some cheerful after reading [livejournal.com profile] thisprettywren's entire gorgeous, harrowing back catalog full of surgical torture, psychological torture, torture torture, and serious dangerous kink. Reading it all in two days was a bit much even for me.
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