How it should have ended
A lot of the hubub over “Mary-Hate” by Pro-Mary people has been under the guise of feminism,— as if the only reason one might not like her character is because they are inherently misogynist. Or, we’re rabid Johnlockers, who are also self-hating anti-feminist women who can’t stand somebody in the…
John arguing about the semantic difference and its implications between “previous” and “ex” but people don’t think he knows what he’s doing when he says “not gay” instead of “straight”
That’s the show.
Teach the Controversy
Hello! No need to apologize, I’m not offended. And thanks re: the metas and gifs. :)
I don’t think either “side” is crazy. And I definitely don’t think everyone who doesn’t believe John and Sherlock are in love is homophobic. That’s absolutely untrue.
I do think the heteronormative lens is very powerful, and difficult to comprehend (especially for those who don’t want to accept it exists). This has been said many times, but the simplest way to put it is that if the roles of Sherlock and John had been cast as a man and a woman and the writing and everything else remained the same, the debate would not exist at all. Sexual tension between a man and a woman is never explained away as a sort of coincidental element in their particularly deep platonic friendship. Even if people didn’t ship the couple, they’d still see where the show was going. A slow-building romance.
Here’s a simpler way to say it: viewers generally default characters to heterosexual unless explicitly told otherwise through dialogue or blatant stereotyping.
As far as things in my metas not making sense, I understand what you’re saying. And you’ve asked me this very respectfully, so please know I’m answering honestly here and am not in any way trying to insult you.
I write fiction for a living. It’s not a hobby – it’s how I pay the bills. I have a few novels in bookstores and several more under contract. I also teach creative writing, and I’ve written a few scripts for a very small production company. That’s why my metas focus mostly on metaphor and subtext and such, because those are standards in any writer’s toolbox. I know how to use them, and I know how to identify them when they’re used by other writers. Moffat, Gatiss, and Thompson are highly experienced, skilled, successful writers. They know what they’re doing.
You’ve probably read other metas on this show as well. Some are written by film school students and graduates. Some are written by actors. Some are written by photographers, some are written by gender studies majors, musicians, doctors…and so on. They all use their expertise to shed light on certain elements of this show. And at one point or another, a lot of them have been called crazy, too.
Some people think claiming that an episode of a show contains an metaphorical mystery illustrating one character’s unspoken revelation of love sounds crazy.
To a writer, it’s not crazy at all.
Some people think analyzing the objects on a character’s desk in order to better interpret his mental state sounds crazy.
To a production designer, it’s not crazy at all.
Some people think using lighting and shot composition to explain a character’s emotions or secret desires sounds crazy.
To a still photographer, it’s not crazy at all.
Some people think studying themes and motifs in a soundtrack to interpret character motive and mood sounds crazy.
To a composer, it’s not crazy at all.
Some people think claiming viewers are wildly misinterpreting the main character arc in a popular show thanks to an institutionalized ideological system which asserts that heterosexuality is the norm sounds crazy.
To a gender studies academic, it’s not crazy at all.
There are many, many roles involved in putting together a show or film. Roles filled by educated, experienced individuals all collaborating to tell a story. Subtext and lighting and set design, all of it – there are teams of people dedicated to this stuff. Don’t believe me? Do your research! ;)
That’s why I cringe when I read comments about “over-analyzation” and “reading too much into it” and “tortured metaphors” and “delusional.” Not because I’m offended, but because the commenter is oblivious to how ignorant they sound. (Not you, Anon!)
Frankly, this is also why I cringe when I read things like “stop making arguments based on a ship that isn’t even canon!” or “it’s not canon yet, you’re just seeing what you want to see!” Well…false.
There are nine episodes of canon. A canonical romance does not magically appear from nothing when two pairs of lips touch. Canon is foundation. Canon is structure. Canon is building towards something. The writers and all of the cast and crew have given us nine episodes of canon. Good storytelling is about much more than The End.
I’m absolutely not saying all the metas (including my own) are hitting the nail on the head every single time – theories are theories. But I, and a lot of meta writers, are basing our observations on facts.
To end on a positive note, here’s where I confess something bordering on blasphemy: I love hiatus. I really do. As excited as I am to find out what happens next, I love having all this time to absorb and digest these few episodes, to pick them apart and discover new connections, to speculate on what’s to come. And I appreciate that this extra-long wait is the reason this show is so high-quality. Sure, it’d be great if we got three more episodes this coming January. But would they be as good when written, filmed, and edited under such a rush? We all joke about how hiatus is torture, but I think it’s one of the most fun parts of being a fan of this show.
Hell, maybe I really am just crazy after all.
I used to be one of the people who would cry “reading too much into it!” and “only see what you want to see!” Then I started reading stuff like this. And reading statements from the set designers.
I believe in TJLC, and it’s this kind of stuff that turned me. You can see the light, too, if you try!
I still can’t figure out what it was Sherlock “meant to say, always, but never have” if it wasn’t I love you.
Like nothing else makes sense.
John… I never really liked your jumpers.
John… Mrs. Hudson is actually our housekeeper.
John… I actually know Lestrade’s name is Greg, i just like watching him lose his shit.
John… I don’t actually like Angelo’s.
John… I actually do take sugar with my tea.
John… I would actually rather be the one to purchase the milk.
Whenever I see posts about Sherlock and John’s friendship I’m like yah, I know what you mean, I’ve got a friend like that. My husband.
Dude are you me
Got some business cards to hand out at fanime for Ruby SuperNova! So exciting
Sweet business cards!