Thursday, May 26, 2016
How Disappointing. . . . 'The Adventure of the Doctor and the Duellist'
And towards the end of this booklet is an illustration of Holmes and Watson in a romantic embrace.
As I have let be known here before I am not a fan of most fan fiction in general and 'shipping' of Holmes and Watson in particular.
Now I guess this can be taken as I have no sympathy for the LGBT community, but that would be very untrue and of no need to be discussed in this format.
I really don't care if 'fans' want their Holmes and Watson to be lovers, to each his own.
I just don't make that a choice of my reading.
The biggest problem with this display is the strange need too some how have to explain the sexual relationship between these two men and why that has become such a big part of Sherlockian lore now. And why that in the world of Sherlock Holmes that is becoming the acceptable norm. We are asked in society now to accept people for who they are, yet there is now a need to have this 'shipped' relationship continually played out and that if we don't like it, we just aren't open minded enough.
I found Elinor Gray's writing very good, and her style worthy of a good pastiche on Holmes and Watson. She knows her subject, and is indeed a fan. However, her agenda was always apparent (I guess as an agenda should be) from the very beginning, and I only continued to read the booklet hoping that I would be surprised at how it turned out. I was not.
While inside the her story was indeed the possibility of a good mystery, it was not allowed to be enough and really only provided filler for her purpose.
Now with that said, I have no problem with Ms. Gray wanting to write this type of fan fiction, and I am sure there is a willing audience for that kind of work. But to have a society like the John H Watson publish it to a membership paying group of people is, to me, troubling.
There is, no matter how well it is written, no scholarly value to it, with the exception of creating a discussion on the subject. But with no Canonical references included to back up her claim (which I am sure was not her intention) it was hardly worthy.
I was very disappointed that such a talented writer could not make a stronger case for the, well, case than for Holmes and Watson's romantic relationship.
But like I said, it is not so much about the subject matter, as not having a choice whether to add it to my collection or not. Yea, I know, if I don't like it I can give it away or something. But that is not the point. The JHWS is now making a non-scholarly stance on the sexuality of Holmes and Watson and members dues are helping to make that happen.
As I have said, I am not a big fan of 'fan fiction' but will defend others rights to write it and read it, even if the best you can do is 'ship' these two.
I do however not want to participate in it.
I don't understand how the most important thing you can come up with about Holmes and Watson is their imagined love life.
I have not read every single thing published in the JHWS publications, so maybe I have missed this position of theirs in the past. But I am not sure I want to continue membership in a group that wants to support a 'shipped' relationship of Holmes and Watson.
I apologize to all those more used to using phrases like, 'shipping' and 'shipped' if I used them wrong.
Kinda of like fan fiction, I find those words annoying.
My first response is to discontinue my membership with the society ( a gasp goes up!) but will think about it a little longer and see what kind of response this gets.
I would imagine with this rant my readership will drop in half, so the the two remaining readers, thanks mom and dad for sticking by me.