Something’s been bothering me lately, just sort of lurking at the corner of my mind and eclipsed by much bigger things. But it came to a big angry head today. (Related to my OTP so if you care fuck all about shipping, well, fair warning.)
On several occasions lately I’ve come across people saying that most or all Sherlolly fic involves bad characterizations and/or lack of plot.
Now, I could not give less of a rat’s ass if you ship my ship. This isn’t about that. What I do take umbrage with is people so casually insulting an entire subset of writers who have actually put out some amazing stories and, for the most part, work incredibly hard to write within the confines of character to make things believable. (And most people are perfectly willing to admit and warn if they’re going incredibly out of character in order to write some good fluff or PWP)
I just fail to see how this is more of a problem in Sherlolly fiction than it is in any other ship. The fact of the matter is, we’re presented with a character who is difficult to put in a romantic relationship with anyone. The character was canonically only interested in two women (I include Violet Hunter because Holmes was at least interested in her intellectually while he was working on her case) and never had a love interest. Add to that the fact that BBC Sherlock is so incredibly emotionally repressed that even maintaining friendships is difficult, and you’ve got an incredible challenge when it comes to believably writing him falling in love. With anyone. I don’t care if it’s John or Irene or Lestrade or Molly or an original character.
But, the great thing about Sherlock is also that we have seen very clearly that he’s capable of emotional growth and change. That he’s capable of having real, human interactions with people and caring about them. So when writing it, you just have to ask yourself, “How can I make this work within the parameters of his character at whatever point in time, and what events would need to occur for him to develop enough for this to happen?”
No one nails it all the time, but again, having read a lot of things outside of my OTP, I don’t think it’s some huge problem in Sherlolly fic that is magically nonexistent in other pairings.
So knock it the fuck off and stop with the backhanded compliments. You don’t have to justify liking a story that’s not your usual pairing by insulting all of the other people who write that pairing. Sometimes a damned good story is just a damned good story.