irrelevant: (Kon: this shit is EPIC)
always with the Dick jokes ([personal profile] irrelevant) wrote2012-05-07 01:46 pm

'It is glue, Watson. Unquestionably it is glue.'

Sherlock Holmes is, for me, comfort reading. he's one of my go-tos when I'm in a black mood and the world seems horrible and I need to read something that's going to make everything better instead of worse (which is the usual result of the books I tend toward).

perhaps that sounds odd. I mean, hello, murder, mayhem, blackmail, etc. but for all the bad things that can and do happen in an ACD story there's a kind of untouched innocence to Holmes that has nothing to do with experience and everything to do with personality. also, I identify with him like mad. Holmes is a shining beacon of light for aromantic asexuals everywhere... which is why I avoid the online fandom like the plague. there are some characters I can't bear to see messed with, and Holmes is one of them.

it's also why I've avoided the BBC show. I mean, a major part of the reason I love the Holmes canon so much is the Victoriana of it all. and it is quite, quite difficult to get the Victorian version right on film (imo, no one really has, although Brett came closest), much less some 21st century knockoff, and dear god, do not speak to me of RDJ, DO NOT.

but back to the comfort thing. my life lately has sucked, a lot a lot. I've been spending most of my time on my bed or my sofa with a pile of books, notebooks, my laptop and my cat because my body has crapped out on me for serious and all I really feel up to is reading.

first I did One Piece (always a sure thing), swiftly followed by Pratchett and Adams. which helped. then all my old Star Trek favourites. then the original run of Nightwing, then Le Carre, then Heyer's mysteries, which made me want more mysteries, so I dug out Conan Doyle and read through both volumes of the Complete Novels and Stories in two days. then I went looking for the good pastiche, which is pretty much all in print magazines or novel form, and unfortunately I'd sold all of mine (except for Kim Newman's Moriarty and Moran stories, if you have not read them, do so. immediately.)

then I did Brett (because I love him best), and then because I was desperate for something new, I ordered the first season of Sherlock. desperation aside, I'd also recently seen Cumberbatch in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and had been guardedly impressed. it helped that the film itself captured the spirit of Le Carre, if not the letter of the story, and inclined me to give something else Cumberbatch had been in a try.

I'm very glad I did. I've only two issues with BBC's Sherlock. first that there are only, after two seasons, six episodes, and second: Moriarty. I have major problems with his portrayal. Sherlock and John and Lestrade and Mycroft and Mrs. Hudson produced a resounding YES in my brain, but Moriarty is, unfortunately, a no. not so much of a no, however, that I can't put up with him for the sake of Cumberbatch's sheer brilliance.

did I mention that this counts as a recommendation? because it is. Sherlock Holmes in the 21st century, and it works. life, such as it is, somehow doesn't suck as much as it did last week.

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