"Watson's right. Nobody cares what he says the internet has already decided. In fact, from the minute Sherlock appeared, the instant audience conclusion was that Holmes and Watson were lovers. Cumberbatch and Freeman have been dealing with the fallout ever since, in part with good humour, in part with mild exasperation. "Much as Sherlock adores John, and he's fond of him, there's no love, there's nothing sexual all the jokes aside," Cumberbatch says. "The problem is, they [the jokes in the script] fuel the fantasy of the few into flames for the many. People presume that's what it is, but it's not."
The series has inspired cultish devotion that easily outstrips its short first run.Hardcore Sherlock fans have taken to sites such as Tumblr in order to imagine what Holmes and Watson might get up to once the deduction is done for the day. Cue much nervous giggling between Freeman and Cumberbatch. "There is weird fan fiction out there weird," Cumberbatch says. "They write stories and do manga cartoons of what they think you get up to behind closed doors. Some of it's funny. Some of it's full-on sex. Get Martin to show you some."
Freeman, who hasn't had a laptop for long, and is thus new to the wonders of slash fiction, suggests that I look it up myself, but is happy to précis: "There are a lot of people hoping that our characters and ourselves are rampantly at it most of the time."
The fact that the two leads in Sherlock are now to appear in The Hobbit, another cult favourite, has sent the fantasists haywire. "It's already started," Freeman says, unfurling the fatigued, world's-gone-mad look that he has practically trademarked. "There are cartoons where Smaug has Sherlock's blue scarf and hair. And Bilbo's got a woolly jumper like John wears, and they're snuggling up on a rug. I think it's tongue in cheek which saves it from being really scary. It's people doing it knowing they've got too much time on their hands."
-The Sunday Times, January 1 2012
My fellow Sherlockians and Holmsians, please take just a FEW MOMENTS to read this
I would really appreciate it.
So yes, apparently the boys know everything. That picture they describe? I've seen it several times [I could probably easily find it if I wanted] And I've seen these people who say they're going to stop tagging Benedict and Martin's names in their posts so that the boys can't find what they're saying about them. I won't.
I refuse to tag my posts any differently. I love Martin and I love Benedict. In fact, I love all the cast that they've put together for Sherlock. I'm a classic Arthur Conan Doyle fan, having read every single one of the stories and books, along with all the extra stories that have been written. I've watched all the different actors portray Holmes and Watson and Benedict and Martin are another two of those men.
Now Sherlock done by BBC does have a special spot in my heart out of all the different versions because it was done by two men, Moffat and Gatiss, who are, like myself, true Holmsians. They've read all the stories, just like I have, and give the story a new twist by making it in the modern day. They bring forward to the story aspects from the original writing, which a lot of people tend to cut out when they re-make something. I appreciate that. They also show us the characters that are there besides just Holmes and Watson, or here, besides just Sherlock and John. You get a better feeling of the sibling rivalry between Sherlock and Mycroft, you learn about the tense relationship between Sherlock and Lestrade [even if we don't know his first name still] and how John eases that. We now, thanks to the new episode, see in more detail the relationship between Irene and Sherlock that I could never have imagined on my own just based on Doyle's writing. You see how important Mrs Hudson is, and you see the very acute similarities between Sherlock and Jim.
The characters of this series were always real in my mind as a child and these two men have given me a better aspect of what they would be like today.
So yes, I am a John/Sherlock shipper. Do I ship Martin/Benedict? Not really, they're both fantastic actors but I know neither of them are gay. Martin is happily married with children and Benedict I believe has a very lovely girl friend right now. Am I happy for these men that have so changed my life? Yes. I do love the skewed form of imagination that I have which lets me believe that Sherlock and John have a romantic relationship, but I also love the relationship they have a friends.
I can take in stride, the different homosexual and heterosexual relationships that the fan's have paired together. Hell, I even support some of the really crack pairings of the characters and inanimate objects, such as John/Jam or Mycroft/umbrella, but more so for the entertainment value than anything else.
I've gone with this fandom since the beginning and I will be with it till the end. Will I be upset at the end of series two when John and Sherlock haven't swooned at each other's feet, proclaiming their undying love for one another in a homoerotic fashion? No. It would be funny as hell to witness that, seeing Benedict and Martin act the scene's out, but I know that it won't happen because all Holmes and Watson are, all Sherlock and John are, is friends.
Will I continue to ship John/Sherlock? Yes. I doubt that anyone in the world could convince me to stop thinking about John and Sherlock together, it's just set in my way that I think like that. But I can appreciate the actual friendship that the two characters have for one another without letting my slashy-fangirl mind get in the way.
Will I continue to write fanfiction and draw fanart about the two characters, being portrayed by our ever lovely Martin and Benedict? Yes, I probably will. I will also probably continue to do it with the original characters done up by Doyle, the Granada Holmes version and the Guy Ritchie version as well because, you guessed it, I'm that much of a Holmsian that I don't care and none are really better than any of the others. They are always, to me, Sherlock Holmes and Dr John H Watson.
I will continue to tag, I don't care if Martin and Benedict see this [it would be actually pretty cool if they did, you know?] because I know that they will appreciate me being what I am, a fan, taking time out of their busy lives [and trust me, with 5 brothers, attending Uni for my Bachelors in Criminal Justice and planning to go to Law School at Oxford in a year in a half, life can get pretty hectic for me] to show, give, and spread love to the amazing fandom that is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.