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Fan Fic » The Adventure of the Grey Messenger - interactive casefic, now on AO3! » October 31, 2016 6:51 am

La Jolie
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Thank you for your kind compliments, ukaunz! :D

Rubra and I are very happy to hear you enjoyed reading the story as much as we enjoyed writing it.

It seems like you're back home, by the way - all well, I hope? Solved the chocolate flake case? :D

And Kitty - don't feel bad about the puzzles. I think I would do exactly the same if I were reading the story all in one go!

Fan Fic » BBC "Sherlock" for Canon Addicts collection 2.0 - new and improved! » August 5, 2016 7:26 am

La Jolie
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Are you sure? Mine's a free account and I can friend a be friended in whichever way I like. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/depressed.png


But I've had mine for a long time, maybe they changed that for the newer ones?
But anyway, you're on the mailing list anyway, aren't you? http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Series Four News » Season 4 trailer (spoilers!) » August 5, 2016 6:56 am

La Jolie
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Re: Shooting the cabbie:

In most parts of the western world, the law allows not only for self-defense (or defense of another, as in this case), but there are also provisions for crimes committed in "mistaken self-defense". The legal term varies, but it all comes down to this:

If John THOUGHT he (or a third party, in this case Sherlock) was in immediate danger AND he couldn't 't be blamed for making that mistake, because the circumstances all implied that the danger was real, he'd be let off the hook, too. (That's what Oscar Pistorius tried to claim after shooting his girlfriend dead, that he thought there was a break-in at his house.)

These cases are complicated, though - it needs to be proved that you really couldn't avoid the mistake. Simply claiming that you thought there was a real danger isn't enough. So Sherlock's assessment of the possible legal consequences if John was caught is totally accurate - he'd very likely not be convicted of a crime in the end, but the court case would be complicated indeed and thus better avoided.

Quite apart from the fact that John would hardly have come out of it still in possession of that gun! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/tongue.png


It's interesting what you say, Liberty, about the pilot vs. the aired episode! The self-defense (or defense of a third party) aspect was much, much stronger in the pilot. There are no moral shades of grey in John's action there. I'm not even sure they realised how different it looks in the aired episode, where John really is saving Sherlock more from himself than from Jeff Hope! If you think about it, that's a lot closer to shooting Magnussen at Appledore, in terms of moral vindication, than I'd like to think! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/errr.png


As for the original Milverton story - I remember that interview, and I think Moftiss said they thought Holmes did it and Watson covered it up. I prefer that interpretation to Watson doing the killing. Watson is usual

Series Four News » Season 4 trailer (spoilers!) » August 4, 2016 1:44 pm

La Jolie
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You know what? The one thing about the trailer that makes me really happy is that John appears to be holding a notebook in his hand, in the scene where he sits in his armchair and says "enlighten me". So they still ARE detectives and taking cases, not just running for their lives, 3 x 90 minutes flat.

I mean, I'm not UNhappy about the rest of the trailer at all, but it's SO dark. Downright oppressive. I like a good whump as much as the next fan, but in this case, somehow, I feel that I really don't want any more suffering for either of our boys. Although nobody ever promised that there wouldn't be, of course...

Re: John at Appledore:
I think the big difference between Appledore and the cabbie was that in ASIP, though acting on impulse, John probably also spared a thought for whether he'd get away with it or not. Totally deserted college, no witnesses by except Sherlock and the victim... that would have figured in his calculations, I suppose. Yes, he saved Sherlock there, too (or thought he did), but not in that totally reckless "oh, let me go to hell for this as long as HE's happy" way in which Sherlock shot Magnussen at Appledore, in front of all those witnesses and with no hope whatsoever of getting away, or even of blaming it on self-defense later (as John could have done in ASIP, at least, if Greg had chosen to be less Greg than he is). Because THAT I can only see Sherlock doing, not John. At least at this point in the story. Who knows what the future will bring!

Fan Fic » The Adventure of the Grey Messenger - interactive casefic, now on AO3! » August 4, 2016 1:21 pm

La Jolie
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Looking for some holiday reading?
Wondering what to do once we run out of daily Setlock updates?
Feel you need something to balance the gloom and doom of the season 4 trailer?

Join the "Sherlock" cast in picking up clues and deciphering riddles in our interactive multi-media casefic / extra episode where the next chapter doesn't come until you've put the pieces together!

"THE ADVENTURE OF THE GREY MESSENGER"
is now posting on AO3.

Summary:
A mysterious masked messenger appears at the door of 221B Baker Street, bearing a strange gift for the world's only consulting detective. Shortly afterwards, a series of seemingly unconnected tragedies rocks London, setting Sherlock and John off on a thrilling adventure filled with murder, mystery, and music.

Gen.
Rated "T" for canon-typical violence.


No need to sign up formally - just jump in and give us your ideas and theories to help Sherlock and John solve the case. Or simply lean back and enjoy the adventure unfolding before your eyes, if you prefer. My partner-in-crime (co-author RubraSaetaFictor) and I (Jolie_Black on AO3) are hoping to keep you all well entertained over the summer. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png



Please note: This is not a typical open-ended RPG; not even a WIP. The story is written, and will not be abandoned. Regular updates are guaranteed.

Fan Fic » BBC "Sherlock" for Canon Addicts collection 2.0 - new and improved! » August 4, 2016 1:01 pm

La Jolie
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Just a note to say that the

Canon Addicts collection over on AO3,

featuring the best of canon-compliant "Sherlock" fanfic both from members of this board and many other talented writers, is back with a vengeance!

We celebrated our 221st work last month by adding some new features:

There's now an Index of all Works and Bookmarks, listed by era, genre, and character, to make it easier for everyone to find their favourite kind of fic.

And you can subscribe to get a monthly update of what's new in the collection, either by joining a mailing list (contact address is in the collection profile here), or by friending my LJ. Or, if enough people are interested, I'd also be happy to use this thread for the purpose.

So, if you still need some inspiration for your holiday reading, come pay us a visit!

And last but not least -

We're always looking for recs, so if you come across something that's both canon-compliant and of really outstanding quality, by all means make us a bookmark, or leave a note in here.

Just remember:
- no AUs
- no crossovers
- no porn
- and no WIPs, only completed stories

Enjoy the stories! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Sherlock Special: Theories, Suggestions & News » The Big Special Picture Thread (spoilers) » October 9, 2015 11:13 am

La Jolie
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nakahara wrote:

I guess it is the blessing for viewers who loved Sherlock Holmes way before BBC adaptation appeared (like me) that they are absolutely immune to the slicked up hair looks. It´s a traditional Sherlock looks anyway.

 I have to contest that. Having been a Sherlock Holmes fan before ever Moftiss even conceived the idea for this show does most emphatically NOT make it easier. Because while I always was a fan, I'd never, NEVER been in love with the guy before. Then came the BBC, and that changed, and that's always been what made it special to me.

But yeah, I'll survive. I'll stop complaining now.

I'm giggling too much at the captioned "damned hat" scene right now anyway to feel bad about anything. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png



 

Sherlock Special: Theories, Suggestions & News » The Big Special Picture Thread (spoilers) » October 8, 2015 6:52 pm

La Jolie
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Dorothy83 wrote:

The curls are VERY important to me and I don't even care if I sound silly.
 

Oh Dorothy, you're a true soul sister. I think we need to start a self-help group here. We can call it the Sherly-Curly Sulking Corner.

No, I mean it. He's just not the same without them.


And you're cruel, silverblaze, I hope you know that. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/errr.png

I know BC now looks like he always wanted to look as Sherlock but what does HE bloody KNOW about that anyway!!?!?!
I seriously hope they only let him do that on the condition that he WOULD go back to the curly mob for season 4.


Re: Mycroft's Victorian look, I doubt he'd have to change a single thing about his previous costumes to fit right in!

Sherlock Special: Theories, Suggestions & News » The Big Special Picture Thread (spoilers) » October 8, 2015 2:52 pm

La Jolie
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Ivy wrote:

I like it, but the curls lovers will cry during that special http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

I AM crying here already!!!! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cry.png
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I had NO idea how much the hair mattered to me, really not. But it does. God, he looks ten years older than he should.

goes away to cry some more

Sherlock Special: Theories, Suggestions & News » What is the Special about? (Spoilers) » October 8, 2015 2:47 pm

La Jolie
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I don't recall any ghosts either. "Baskerville" is the only story that relies heavily on the supposed supernatural aspect. There's the Sussex vampire, too, of course, although that one isn't really about supernatural phenomena, just about people supposedly acting like a psycho. Ghosts, none, as far as I'm aware. It's really odd.

Phantom Lady, I know nothing about wedding traditions in Victorian Britain, re: Mary's dress. But I still love your signature. Just saying. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png


As for how long one would have worn mourning, for a dead husband, a year. Not so much out of piety but to make sure that you didn't remarry until the new husband could be sure that your next kid was his, and not the deceased's. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/shocked.png


For someone else near and dear, I believe around a month would have been traditional, but if you felt like extending that period, you were certainly free to.

All this without academic footnotes to back it up, just what I seem to remember to have read.

I'd like to raise the question whether black wasn't an acceptable dress colour outside mourning at that time, too. At least for women in professional roles, like housekeepers, maids etc. Mary Morstan in ACD canon worked as a governess when she met John, so maybe the black dress is just her semi-uniform-like work wear.

Soundtrack » Anyone want my season 3 soundtrack CD? » October 8, 2015 8:20 am

La Jolie
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You're very welcome. I liked the music, too - especially the "Appledore" sequence - but I just never got round to really listening to it. Whenever I have a bit of quiet time, I'd rather watch the actual episodes, which happens rarely enough. But, yeah, I figured it would make more sense to pass it on to a fandom friend than put it on Ebay. Glad it worked. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


Feel free to close this thread or deleted it now, of course.

Sherlock Special: Theories, Suggestions & News » The Big Special Picture Thread (spoilers) » October 8, 2015 8:16 am

La Jolie
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nakahara wrote:

Dressing gown of sex

Jesus, nakahara. That will stay with me until December.

*hyperventilates* 

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Never mind the size, thanks for the pictures and gifs, everyone. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png



But can we please, please have pretty Greg Lestrade back?!?!? http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/depressed.png

Sherlock Special: Theories, Suggestions & News » More Sherlock Special Clips » October 8, 2015 8:11 am

La Jolie
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Thanks, nakahara - as I said in the "What's the Special about?" thread (in which my question really belonged... sorry, mods), I'd feel happier if there WAS any ACD in it, but I suppose we'll just have to wait and see.

Sherlock Special: Theories, Suggestions & News » What is the Special about? (Spoilers) » October 8, 2015 8:05 am

La Jolie
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Yes, I thought "Ricoletti" had already been used... strange to find the name listed on IMDB. But then, IMDB is not always terribly up to date.

Good catch about Five Orange Pips, ukaunz...

I was wondering what ACD references there might be, but honestly, I can't see any in the newest trailer. On the contrary. It looks like a piece of fanfic based off the Guy Ritchie movies, to me. With, dare I say it, both a Holmes and a Watson that look much WORSE than those over there...

I think I'd be much happier about this if there actually was any real ACD in it. Ideas, anyone?

Sherlock Special: Theories, Suggestions & News » More Sherlock Special Clips » October 8, 2015 7:55 am

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Can anyone tell whether there are any ACD canon references in the Special, from the newest trailer? At first, I thought some of those lines were terribly familiar, but I can't really place them anywhere in ACD. Nor any of the images. Ideas, anyone?

Soundtrack » Anyone want my season 3 soundtrack CD? » September 24, 2015 10:11 am

La Jolie
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Hi Ton,

sorry that took a couple of days. It's on its way now. Look out for a small padded envelope coming from Germany, some time next week.
(And drop me a line when it's there, ir I'll start worrying I upset customs or something...)

Soundtrack » Anyone want my season 3 soundtrack CD? » September 21, 2015 7:03 am

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Tonnaree - I looked again and I think there's a way to send it to the US in an oversized letter rather than a parcel, and that's affordable. May take up to two weeks, but if you don't mind that, it's yours. Still interested?

Soundtrack » Anyone want my season 3 soundtrack CD? » September 19, 2015 12:36 pm

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I've been spring cleaning (yeah, I know, in September...)

Anyone want my season 3 soundtrack CD?

Drop me a line, here or by PM.
EU residents only please, because overseas shipping will make me poor.

Fan Fic » Sherlock fan fiction tropes about food, sleep, and injuries » July 7, 2015 7:40 am

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Kittyhawk wrote:

And now I wonder whether I am being unfair: This story comes very highly recommnended and it has been written two years ago. Were the cited overused tropes already overused then? Or were they orgininal at the time? 

I think this is an excellent question. I hope someone who's been into Sherlock fanfic since before The Fall will answer it. (I came late to the show, so I wouldn't know.)

In fairness, I think one has to distinguish between tropes or clichés that come from the show itself, and those that were created within the fandom. I personally often find that the latter ones jar terribly; but the former sort, why not?

I've recently written two scenes for a story of mine, one in which John makes tea for Sherlock, and one in which John (and not Sherlock) pays the taxi driver, so this recent discussion in here really got me thinking. But as long as that's what they do in the show, how is it unoriginal or annoying to write it in fanfic, too? The moment we see Sherlock paying for a taxi ride or making tea for John in the actual show, I'll be ready to revise my perceptions; but before that, I'll stick with what's canonical.

(That said, I do agree that it's great fun when writers manage to turn the clichés on their head. I love that.)


Oh, and btw, I HATE "clueless virgin Sherlock", too. If anyone ever made a very, VERY informed and deliberate decision to remain a virgin, it's him.

 

Fan Fic » fic recommendations - non-slash » July 7, 2015 7:27 am

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I absolutely second Kitty's rec for "Rigging Screws". The POV character is a brilliant and totally believable creation, Sherlock is so IC that it boggles my mind, it's marvellously clever, exciting AND funny, and John makes the greatest entrance into a fanfic story that I've ever read, I think.
I kind of use this story as a yardstick for just how good casefic can get.

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