Okay, so I love Sherlock and Mycroft’s relationship. It intrigues me to no end. I know that a lot of people have already analyzed their relationship from all sorts of different angles, but while re-watching the Buckingham Palace scene from Scandal the other day, the psych student in me suddenly recalled a phenomenon which fit the two brothers’ different personas to a T. I was rather pleased to find that such a common and ordinary approach as “dysfunctional family roles” (something I’ve observed in many a family, including my own), fit these extraordinary boys so well. The result is this (rather long) speculative essay.
I don’t want to run away with any wild theories about childhood abuse (especially since Gatiss himself has said the boys probably had a normal upbringing), but I think there’s no denying that both Sherlock and Mycroft seem a little… well, stunted, emotionally. This could be attributed to mild autism or sociopathy, or it could simply a by-product of their unique brilliance (all of which has been said before), but there are also several other explanations.
This is one of them.
"That in turn led to discussion of the back story for Sherlock and Mycroft, with Mark extrapolating upon material partially revealed in the DVD commentary for The Great Game. In their invented back story, the sibling rivalry stems from a young Sherlock discovering that the pair’s father was…
Out of all venues for an event dedicated to the discussion of an interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, there could be none better than the Criterion Theatre, located on one of London’s most famous junctions - Piccadilly Circus - and next to the Criterion Bar, famous as the place where Doctor John Watson first heard the name ‘Sherlock Holmes’ spoken aloud by Stamford in A Study in Scarlet.
The Game is On: An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and friends was held in support of London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard. Since the event was recorded by LLGS, this isn’t a full transcript of what occurred, but rather a collection of many of its highlights that relate most directly to Sherlock. All told, The Game is On was a raucous and hilarious time, with anecdotes coming thick and fast throughout its duration to an almost bewildering, and extremely face aching degree.
It is very very touching when people are properly, creatively engaged in the show you are making. It genuinely is. And I say this about the other one (Doctor Who) too. There is no greater flattery than people not simply consuming it, but making more of their own. To look at a show and say ‘I think I’ve got that. I think I can do better than that. I think I could make something out of that.’, that is the beginning of becoming a creator yourself. So in a genuine, proper heartfelt way, I am saying that a fandom is the cradle of the next generation of creative people. That is fantastic. That is amazing. There is no bigger compliment. … There is a weird thing where you can’t really respond to it. You can’t really interact with that, because that’s the wrong way ‘round. Because it is not like we’re there to mark your work and say: ‘No, you’ve got that all wrong.’ That would be horrible and limiting. Eventually what happens with things like that is people make up their own stories their own versions, their own pornographic versions in many cases. Well, what wrong with it? […] Genuinely, all of that response is brilliant and even that, even that thing (porn) is extraordinary, that it has that response. People become creative. […] It’s not dismissiveness or not being pleased by it, It is just… you can’t interact with it. That’s not how it works.
Good answer—tho not nec. the *beginning* of being a creator yourself, it can be. Can also happen intermittently, in the middle, during. But he got the Phaedrus memo.(via annejamison)
MID0NZ: “What do you think about the fans having access to every single frame [of Sherlock] and remixing it, creating new animations out of it? I mean this is basically what the whole fandom is based on— remixing your work. What do you think of that?
STEVE LAWES: Honestly I think…
He looks so harmless like this; simply enjoying a nice cup of tea.
better than pissing in the fucking fireplace who does that
Sherlock Fandom: Where we prefer our villains to be crazy murderers who politely come over for tea rather than blackmailers who pee in the fireplace like they were raised in a barn.
Maybe it’s just our type