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Fiction, particularly fan fiction, is a common topic of discussion amongst my friends. In particular - because, honestly, we're all sex crazed - the topic of pairings comes up with startling regularity. And while I know that my friends teasing is harmless and meant in jest (and in the cases of the boys, meant to hide their discomfort), I always find myself just a bit defensive about the whole thing.

You see, I write slash. (Or yaoi, or male-male, or whatever you want to call it.) I write stories about guys being with other guys. Mostly those stories are just that – stories. Genuine narratives, often, because this is me, ones that are highly character driven and emotive. And yeah, sometimes they are outright porn. And goodness knows I read more than my fair share of gay porn. I'm very honest about this fact. My friends all know it (and tease me for it) and I'm not ashamed.

But I'm definitely defensive.

Because I've gotten the reviews. The ones that say "john and Sherlock r not gay, if u think they r then u r gay."

Yes, thank you. I've seen the series. I know that John and Sherlock aren't gay (John's very pointed about this and Sherlock is probably asexual if anything). As for the commentary on my own sexuality all I can say is: what?

Firstly, if you actually think I'm gay than it's not much of insult. Secondly, I'm a girl and I'm bi-curious, but I think guy/guy is bloody hot and honestly that's pretty normal. Most of the guys I know think lesbians are hot too. Thirdly, has it ever occurred to you that I may have reasons for writing the pairing outside of just the sex thing?

Yeah, imagine that.

Anyone, and I mean anyone, who has seen/read any version of Sherlock Holmes can tell you that Holmes and Watson have a major bromance thing going on. The dynamic between the two of them is utterly fantastic. Theirs is a friendship so tightly woven and so natural that it stands as a brilliant literary example of what friendship is. And in the case of BBC's Sherlock, the writers have obviously gone out of their way to play up this dynamic. And they poke fun at it. Jokes about John and Sherlock's relationship are everywhere and I'm pretty sure that the writers knew what they were doing there: It's called fan service.

I love these characters. I love how they are together, the way they talk and interact and, yeah, there is a part of me that would love to see it become more, even though I know it won't. This is why I write Johnlock. To explore the outer edges of that dynamic.

I don't write Sherlolly because I honestly don't like Molly and I think the way Sherlock treats her is abhorrent and honestly, Sherlock doesn't see her that way. There is nothing there to work with. No starting ground from which I can say: yeah, that'll work. (This, incidentally is the reason I don't write Shinichi/Heiji for Detective Conan, I just don't see it working.)

And Irene?

Really?

I admit, A Scandal in Belgravia definitely managed to put some sexual tension between those two. It's there and it's canon. It's also something I can't ever see developing into a real relationship.

As for John... who would I pair him with? The BBC series hasn't provided a character worth talking about (okay, yes, Sarah, but she's boring and it wouldn't work and you all know it). The original has Mary Morstan, who shows up in The Sign of Four and is never mentioned by name again. To be fair to poor Mary I do actually like the concept of her and sincerely hope they end up using her character for the series, but writing for her and John is like writing for an OC, something I am neither good at nor enjoy doing.

And then there is John and Sherlock.

And it works. There is enough there between them, in the actual canon, to make a go of it in the fan fiction.

It helps, a lot, that both of them are well developed. It's hard to pair up a major character with a minor one when the minor character hasn't seen enough development (learned that lesson in the Harry Potter fandom). And, let's be honest, if BBC Sherlock is about anything it's about friendship. It's about John and Sherlock and their crazy adventures and their fantastic ever-growing dynamic. The crimes, the mysteries, are just the packaging. They are fun, they are interesting, but they aren't the point. They aren't the theme.

So, what, please tell me, is so wrong with me taking it a step further?

Cheers,

Akoya


Irene Adler: Are you jealous?
John Watson: We're not a couple.
Irene Adler: Yes you are.
- A Scandal in Belgravia
Venting again.
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rosariogirl54321 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The first thing I said when my sister and I read this was: "She's so . . . right!"
And you are.
My sister and I write stories, and we have these two characters, Jak and Nial. They are, as you might have guessed, both men.
Well, Sarah and I were thinking about who they should end up with, who could possibly match them, when I suggested, "What if they ended up with each other?"
Naturally, Sarah instantly said, "Hot diggity!"
Okay, so maybe she didn't put it exactly like that, but it was implied.
Anyway, we couldn't imagine them ending up with anyone else, and perhaps it's the same for you.
Of course, perhaps not. But we just wanted to comment, as we both rather enjoyed your rant.
It was very thought-out and, well, as I already commented, it was right.
The logic . . . it was so logical.
Very well done, was what I wanted to say.
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EspirituDelMar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Seriously, you should post this in mire places (ever heard of fanfiction.net? Try there please!!) becausr really, than logic is unquestionable :)
Thanks from a johnlocker!! ^_^
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AkoyaMizuno Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
LOL. Indeed, I have an account on ffn. But this isn't strictly a piece of fanfiction, so it has no place there. Thanks for the support however.
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scars-last-forever Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But you could still put it there; that aside what you just did doesn't just apply to johnlock, it applies to other pairings as well, so for that, thank you.
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CrimsonRomancex Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Omg your are my new hero!!!!! Let me love you XD 
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Ochobu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. I really respect the way you flat-out logic'd through the entire process. Being a STEM nerd, I like logic ;). I think I may use your logic as a reference for my own "explanations" with others. And...venting in logic is the BEST kind :D
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TheBoringPumpkin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
PREACH IT SISTER! PREACH IT FOR ALL THE JOHNLOCK FANS IN THE UNIVERSE~
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A agree 100%
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Scotland-TARDIS Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very much agreed upon.
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kitty15553 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i completely agree with you :)
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