It’s weird that she’s making the absolute valid point of not putting that out in the open, forcing it upon other people who’re not shippers, making it a inextricably part of Sherlock, while it’s not official canon (it wouldn’t be as much fun as it was, would it?), but at the same time being backed-up by and close friends with Caithlin Moran, who forced it in that Q&A of the first episode viewing last December…
If they don’t want it to be part of Sherlock, then shut the fuck up about it. Don’t print it out and read it out loud by the actors! :O
Even more so, they included fanfic in the canon with Andersons’ “The Empty Hearse" club. Do they like fanfic, do they hate it, do they look down upon it, or do they appreciate the amount of dedication and love they get?
I do agree that we should be carefull with it, because there is no argument against that one about their children googling their parents and shouldn’t see certain explicit fan-art. That’s just true.
(That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it! Just protect it, also for our own sake, from the mean and/or ignorant outside world!)
I also think you should never stop creating, and that fantasizing is a good practice for real life. Also, like The Three Patch Podcast once discussed, it has an educational function. You can’t be against all that, it’s only all such a private and personal experience, which is dangerous to share on the internet. Dangerous for yourself and for others. It’s a delicate matter we’re talking about here. I think it’s good that you have to make a profile with a password and all to be able to read and post the explicit fanfics on those specific websites. We should maintain that!
What do you think? I’m a bit confused by all this discussion. All those fans, now terribly angry with our beloved Amanda, or viciously protecting her. It’s just weird!
To be honest, I think she’s fear-mongering a bit. As other posters have pointed out, their kids don’t have to go on the internet to see their dad’s ballsack or see him fucking another man; he already did all of that on camera. Googling Martin Freeman doesn’t bury you in gay porn, and there’s always the magic of safe-search. Or, you know, keeping an eye on your kids on the internet. Or actually explaining shit to them. “Yeah, some people draw odd things because they like it, don’t google your dad with words like ‘gay porn yaoi fuckfest’ and don’t click the nsfw tags.”
And personally? I feel a bit betrayed. What’s apparently being forgotten in this mess is that all those creepy crazy perv fans are the same ones who stood up for Amanda multiple times when the rest of the fandom attacked her for whatever reason. They’re the same ones that diligently spread the word whenever there’s another photoleak of the kids. The same ones that tag their art and their fic and make sure that no one sees it unless they’re actively looking.
And now we’re being shat upon.
And someone will come out and go “You we’re being shat upon from the beginning because mofftiss is the devil hurhurhur”, but it doesn’t feel that way. I can cope with Moffat calling us all crazy because he’s one man with some serious perspective-issues himself. I can deal with Martin and Ben not wanting to have explicit fanart shoved into their face because that’s their fucking right to some comfort and professional distance (I’m looking at you, tellie hosts.). But now I’m being told that not only am I crazy, but that by sharing something I spend time and effort on in a very tiny space in a very, very large internet I’m somehow personally and wilfully endangering the precious children. Not even kids or young fans in general, but specifically Martin and Amanda’s children, who apparently deserve protection above all others but can’t be sat down for 5 minutes to explain The Dangers Of The Internet.
And that hurts. And considering that this isn’t exactly Amanda’s first brush with fandom on the internet, both the good and the bad, I really feel she should know better.
As for the rest… Watching The Empty Hearse I really liked the little nods to fandom, and I’m still hoping they are that; nods to fandom. But with this I’m going to have to consider that instead they may just have been pointing and laughing at us. And unless Mark Gatiss comes out saying “I put that in to give you all a little wink, not to make fun of you, I swear on Mr. Doyle’s grave.” I can’t be sure.
And I want to believe the best of cast & crews, I really do. I want to believe that they all understand this whole ‘Death of the Author’ thing. But a few of them very clearly do not, and I have no idea how many more will pop up that way. And that’s saddening and a disappointing and a little bit scary.
If we shipped Steve and Sherlock we could call it CapsLock
AND ALL THE FANFICTION WOULD BE TYPED LIKE THIS
Which means Thor will have written it.
I LOVE TUMBLR.
YES THIS SHIP.
I LIKE IT.
STEVE GRABBED THE ALL-OBSERVING MAN, AND WITH THE PASSION OF A HUNDRED WARRIORS, THEY ENGAGED IN INTIMATE MOUTH TO MOUTH ACTION, MUCH TO MY PERSONAL SATISFACTION.