Without giving too much away, even tumblr can barely contain all my feels after watching the 6 episode BBC Sherlock. And while some people are singing praises about Norse Gods ripped from the pages of tawdry comic book interpretations, I never thought a British mini-series about Victorian literature could be so much fun to pervert.
This rec post is about the BBC TV series and while I passionately love the books, especially The Hounds of the Baskervilles for reasons that should be obvious, the modernized TV series is a delight. It’s almost in the mode of a very light Cracker with excellent characterization and fun dialogue and far fewer angry fat men moaning about addiction. I love the visual style of it, the clever use of technology and of course, the venerable and eerily beautiful Sherlock Holmes himself. Who is perfectly eccentric, clever and oh so interesting.
And don’t even get me started on the cleverly written gay subtext. It’s like a textbook example of how to make a show appealing to a fujoshi audience. And of course, with that much fujoshi appeal comes the venerable fanfiction.
I have culled from the staggering and wonderfully written piles of fanfic, the best of the best. There’s a surprising amount of good in the Sherlock fandom, and while I had to kick some of them out of bed I want to state that it’s easily one of the best fandoms I’ve perused, which is very high praise indeed. These are my personal favourites, some of which are short but all very good reads and – the most essential factor – entirely in character universes. I’ve been merciless with the criteria but you are assured every one is delightful, and every one has equally scrumptious sex scenes.
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are fast becoming my new OTP, and here are a few reasons why.
Infiltrate – What can I say? This fanfic doesn’t often appear on rec lists and I can’t figure out why. It’s the most in character long fic I have ever read after days scouring the fandom for just such a thing. It has really hot sex scenes, and really hot gore. Good plot, danger and excellent characterisation. The other stories in the series become silly, so maybe that puts people off. But Infiltrate in total, it doesn’t get any better than this, folks. Read this one, and rejoice. Our fandom dreams have been met.
The Whore of Babylon Was A Perfectly Nice Girl – Very pornographic, interesting story and a great study of Sherlock as a character from John’s perspective and as a sexual being. Plenty of people like Sherlock as asexual but I’m very attracted to the idea of Sherlock as a sexual man under severe emotional restraint. Very promiscuous Sherlock, a terribly confused Jon and a delightful story full of smutty action and romance, somehow all perfectly in character.
The Paradox Suite – This is simply fabulous. Although a crazier, zanier interpretation of Sherlock’s character it’s extremely believable, hot as hell and satisfies a lot of my edgier kinks. There is also some really smooth writing. I loved it, the voices of the characters are crisp and clear and John is so sweet while still maintaining his hardness around the edges. Varying ratings with varying amounts of smut but this series really shines with what I can’t help but call emotional porn.
Give Me The Quiet Things – this story will emotionally gut you the whole time, right until the very end. Excellent amnesia fic that treats amnesia in a more realistic way than most. Heartbreaking, beautifully paced and I don’t want to give away the surprise at the end, but all the pain is worth it. The perfect hurt/comfort fic.
The Theory of Narrative Causality – This is so meta and just so so interesting I can’t help but rec it. Borderline experimental fiction, it takes the premise ‘what if John and Sherlock were into the same fandom’ and sells it completely. Very funny, some smut and John writing fanfiction. So, so cute and every fangirl can relate. A light premise but challenging, delightful read. Lots of DW accounts and character bios to get utterly lost for hours in.
The Progress of Sherlock Holmes – A wonderful smooth reading fanfic full of painful discoveries and aching moments. It does turn Mary into a bit of a villain but it’s logical as its from Sherlock’s pov. Still, her motives make sense and work in the context of what is a very romantic story. The ending in particular, lingers sweetly.