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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!

Date: 2012-02-04 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennypaperbrain.livejournal.com
I don't really find it impossible to believe that John might have grief-induced hallucinations. In fact I would think that being an ex-soldier with PTSD - i.e. an existing history of damage - would make him more susceptible. Yes it would take extremely deep feeling for him to react this way, but the feeling is there in canon.

However, I certainly agree that it's difficult for people to write it well! I think the issue is more that 'John hallucinates Sherlock living with him all the time' or similar is a bit cheesy. It's more that he'd have confused snatches of mixed auditory and visual experience, and waver between longing and being horribly ashamed.

Date: 2012-02-06 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] airynothing.livejournal.com
Ever post something at 2 am, and feel that "I'm trying to be too clever with this bit" warning signal, and ignore it? Yeah, that was me with the "he was a soldier" part. I was hearing his "You want to remember, I was a soldier!" speech in my mind's ear and it sounded funny, so I used it. No more posting at 2 am for me. *checks clock*

That aside, didn't Mycroft and John's steady left hand establish that he never actually had PTSD at all?

Date: 2012-02-06 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennypaperbrain.livejournal.com
Hm, maybe I'm buying into fanon too much, because PTSD = cast iron John fanon.

Without rewatching the scene though, I remember that Mycroft says John misses the war. I'm not sure that's incompatible with him being traumatised by parts of it.

Date: 2012-02-06 04:33 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ivyblossom.livejournal.com
Hahhahahahaa I love it. Come on, we all love imaginary!Sherlock! He's so much more pliable! LOL

Date: 2012-02-06 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] airynothing.livejournal.com
*grin* I hope you know I wasn't thinking of The Quiet Man at all :) I believe I've literally seen three fics where Sherlock only realizes John doesn't know he's real when Lestrade stops by and can see him. Maybe there was a prompt.

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