my weird and awkward history with the world of Sherlock Holmes
a.k.a. that time i thought i’d be able to handle The Final Problem, Alone On The Water, A Game of Shadows, and The Reichenbach Fall in one go but was severely mistaken
01/14/12, 7:16 pm: The Final Problem
- confession time: this was my first Sherlock Holmes story.
- (here is where i explain myself: i’d wanted to start reading the stories for a while now - way before I knew that BBC Sherlock existed. but i wanted to read them from start to finish in chronological order, and i didn’t have copies of the books and i never remembered to look for them when i went to bookstores. so i unfortunately never got around to starting. on the weekend before Reichenbach was going to air, i knew that i had to read The Final Problem. plus, it was A Gay of Shadows weekend. and so i looked for a .pdf online and skipped to The Final Problem. and that is the story of how the first Sherlock Holmes story i ever read was the last one. well, sort-of-but-not-really the last one. i finally bought Volume I of The Complete Novels and Stories last Friday. i’m planning to start next weekend.)
01/15/12, 4:12 am: Alone On The Water
- confession time part two: this was my first sherlock fic. i know, i know.
- (here is where i explain myself, again: i marathoned the entire first series of Sherlock (plus the unaired pilot) in 2011, on the evening of July 24 until early morning of the 25th - an entire year after the first series originally aired. this was entirely coincidental, but i was exactly a year late to this show. at this point in time, i was on a social network hiatus for a couple of months, and when i got back, i never got around to doing that Tumblr follow spree that i intended to do. i’d been following some blogs that followed the show, but it wasn’t enough to keep me updated on fandom. i looked up things on my own though. the posts about Martin and Benedict’s mugs were the first fandomy thing i found. and then it was the famous Sherlock trailers from South Korea. and then the crack about John and jam. i only had to wait five and a half months for s2. i didn’t have fic or download links to the dvd commentary to keep me occupied so during the waiting period, i got myself obsessed with Doctor Who. it was after A Scandal In Belgravia aired that i finally did that follow spree i’d been planning to do. and i think it was that moment where i sat back and watched my dash get flooded with gorgeous Sherlock photosets and beautifully-written meta where i felt like i was officially part of the fandom. my blog’s content became 90% Sherlock for a good month and a half. right now it’s decreased to a healthy 55%, which is progress.)
- but back to AOTW. basically, it was beautiful and i was a wreck. deciding to read it during Reichenbach week was the worst decision ever.
01/15/12, 2:00 pm: A Game of Shadows
- i loved the first movie and i loved the sequel just as much.
- jude/rdj forever, okay.
- it was gorgeous and so very very gay.
- also, i cried.
01/17/12, 9:09 pm: The Reichenbach Fall
- it aired on the 16th on this side of the world, and i had an exam that day and chem papers due the next day and my internet speed was not cooperating at all that evening so i had no choice but to wait. i watched it a day later. and, well.
- here: have a picture of me post-Reichenbach (this was after i’d stopped leaking out of every orifice on my face. i looked far worse during the last twenty minutes.)
that ENTIRE week, i would spontaneously cry in class or at the cafeteria. you guys. that week was the most emotionally unstable i’d ever been in my entire life. and it was over Sherlock Holmes - a fictional character who was killed off 121 years ago, and was brought back to life. i should’ve gradually prepared myself for it, but i didn’t. i thought it’d be smart to feel all the final problem feelings in one go. i had never been more wrong in my life.
so when my friends make fun of me for getting overemotional about Sherlock, i’m going to say that my feelings are perfectly justified. and also because John Watson, but that’s an entire separate post on its own.