keewritesathesis

Group Chat About The Fall on Sunday - For Science!

keewritesathesis:

Hello!

My name is Kee Lundqvist and am writing Master thesis in anthropology on meaning-making in the Sherlock fan community. For further details, please see this post.       

I have more or less concluded my fieldwork, but this week I am doing a bit of additional research by investigating some themes that I will be addressing in my thesis. As part of this, I will attempt to arrange a few group chats, each one dedicated to one specific topic. On Sunday I’d like to talk about The Fall and the explanation about how Sherlock survived we were given in TEH. Did he tell Anderson the truth? Why/why not? If he didn’t, what might the truth be? We might focus a bit on Mycroft and Moriarty’s roles in the Fall; we’ll see.

When: Sunday October 26, 7pm GMT

Where: Chatzy chatroom

Topic: The Fall – did we learn the truth in TEH? Special focus on the roles of Mycroft and Moriarty.

Please note that due to daylight saving time, you might be an hour extra ahead or behind GMT; please refer to this site.

If you would like to participate in any (or all!) of these chats, I’d be grateful if you would let me know – but it’s also perfectly possible to just show up in the chatroom at the right date and time. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD CHOOSE A RANDOM NICK THAT YOU DO NOT USE ANYWHERE ELSE. This is to protect your integrity. However, please let me know in an ask or e-mail (keewritesathesis@gmail.com) which nick you have selected – I need to know who you are for my analysis.

I will have prepared a few questions, but don’t hesitate to pose your own or to bring up anything related to the topic that is relevant to you. If you feel shy about doing so yourself, send me an ask or e-mail and I’ll ask your questions for you. If we stray too far away from Sherlock-related matters, I’ll steer us back, but it’s really quite informal – I’ll join in with the discussion too, offering my own opinions. Regarding politeness: I expect everyone who participates to behave in a mature and respectful manner. It is perfectly all right to disagree, but if we want to have a good, proper discussion we need to be willing to not only state our own viewpoint but actually listen to what the other has to say. Don’t be shy about expressing your opinions – just don’t be rude about it.

I do not have a set time table for this – we’ll talk for as long as we have things to talk about. If you have to leave, you have to leave; no hard feelings. It is unlikely we’ll be at it for more than two hours, however.

The other two group chats are:

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When: Wednesday October 22, 7pm GMT

Where: Chatzy chatroom

Topic: Sally Donovan

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When: Thursday October 23, 7pm GMT

Where: Chatzy chatroom

Topic: Johnlock in series three

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and/or concerns.

some-call-me-sue

I Have Been Blind

some-call-me-sue:

I cannot count how many times I have watched The Empty Hearse, and every time, until just now, at this partimageI THOUGHT SHERLOCK WAS SAYING GORDON RAM! EVERY TIME! 

I feel so stupid. All this time I’ve been wondering “Why hasn’t Moran been in the show? Who’s going to play Moran when they put him in the show? Why wasn’t he in The Empty Hearse, since it was supposed to be like ‘The Adventure of the Empty House?’”

And here he is. And I am so mad at myself.

Okay, but I’m totally going to start using Gordon Ram as a codename for him now.

And maybe imagine him with a cooking show.

infinisea
infinisea:

AWW YIS

Baker Street “features an alternative Sherlock Holmes world where the values and class system of Victorian era England carried over into a late 20th Century where World War II never occurred. The story mainly concerns a group of punks attempting to solve a series of murders reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper killings of the late 19th century.” (x)

infinisea:

AWW YIS

Baker Street “features an alternative Sherlock Holmes world where the values and class system of Victorian era England carried over into a late 20th Century where World War II never occurred. The story mainly concerns a group of punks attempting to solve a series of murders reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper killings of the late 19th century.” (x)

barachiki

I’ve been in the Sherlock fandom so long that…

barachiki:

finalproblem:

mid0nz:

Steven Moffat was on twitter.
A Cure for Boredom was a WIP.
marielikestodraw.
Kitty Riley’s Door Knob World Tour 1976.

…but what does it mean when your imaginary band is being used as an example of being in fandom 5ever?

(I’m just kidding, it obviously means REUNION TOUR!!!)

Better get the old van running again… 

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Everyone get packed and grab your tambourines.

"Who, then, is Porlock?"

Since a while back there was interest when I mentioned old school Sherlock Holmes fandom not being so wildly different from our own, I’m going to attempt to remember to document some examples now and then. Here’s one.

At the start of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Valley of Fear, Holmes received a coded message warning him about Moriarty’s plans from someone using the pseudonym ”Fred Porlock.” We never learned Porlock’s true identity, so of course people later tried to guess deduce it.

Leslie S. Klinger’s New Annotated Sherlock Holmes includes a discussion of various Porlock theories. Without going into the reasoning behind them (and being fully aware that some theories are more tongue-in-cheek than others), here’s the list of suspects I tallied up by the end of the essay:

  1. Mycroft Holmes
  2. Professor Moriarty
  3. Sebastian Moran
  4. Mrs. Hudson
  5. Colonel Moriarty (the professor’s brother)
  6. Station Master Moriarty (the questionably-canonical third Moriarty brother)
  7. Adolf Verloc (from a story by a completely different author)
  8. Mrs. Cecil Forrester (Mary Morstan’s former employer)
  9. Shinwell Johnson (former criminal who helped Holmes get information)
  10. one of Moriarty’s household staff
  11. the younger brother of Ivy Douglas (whose husband was being targeted by Moriarty)
  12. Sherlock Holmes (writing to himself cover up that he really got the info “from opium-created visions”)

Tell me that doesn’t look exactly like what happens whenever Tumblr tries to work that kind of thing out for BBC Sherlock.

So basically… they’re us. Or we’re them. Or we’re all Porlock, because why not.

fffinnagain
fffinnagain:

How the prince froze
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess, but she didn’t want to be a princess. So she cut off her golden hair and sold it for a horse and a sword. She rode around the country, hiding from anyone who would recognizer her and saving people.
Blond, short-haired, and armed female vigilante in hiding… why does that sound familiar? 
Hands up anyone who thinks this could be about Mary. It would fit with finalproblem's reading of her being Birdy Edwards, while it’s presence on this website would mean she had to be mixed up with Moriarty.
The title doesn’t related to the story described, but may point to her intended effect on Sherlock, specifically freezing him out of John’s life to be left cold and alone. (And physically stilling him with a bullet, though that couldn’t have been expected at the time the website would have been published.) 
So how might Mary have been a princess before “cutting her hair” and taking up the sword? How powerful could her abandoned family be? I think we may find out.
(Thanks to the-art-of-fangirling for bring up this website!)

Sometimes if you say my name and I actually catch it, it means I will show up with a boring old answer that isn’t what you want to hear:
That’s just a fan site, so it’s really not something reliable theories can be drawn from.
There’s never been an official Richard Brook or Moriarty site for the show, though a couple fake or fan ones have popped up.
Here is a list of all of the official websites and social media accounts for BBC Sherlock.
If you ever lose that link, you can easily find it again because it’s linked at the bottom of John’s blog and the other official sites.
At the time I’m writing this (and for years now), the only official in-universe websites are John’s blog, The Science of Deduction, Molly’s blog, and Connie Prince’s site. The only official in-universe social media account is Irene’s Twitter.
Another great way to check if you’re ever not sure is to do a WHOIS search on the domain name of the site in question. The official sites have their domain names registered to the BBC. It’ll also give you the date the domain was registered, making it pretty easy to tell when it’s a case of a fan having spotted a domain name on a prop or something and registering it after the episode aired.

fffinnagain:

How the prince froze

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess, but she didn’t want to be a princess. So she cut off her golden hair and sold it for a horse and a sword. She rode around the country, hiding from anyone who would recognizer her and saving people.

Blond, short-haired, and armed female vigilante in hiding… why does that sound familiar? 

Hands up anyone who thinks this could be about Mary. It would fit with finalproblem's reading of her being Birdy Edwards, while it’s presence on this website would mean she had to be mixed up with Moriarty.

The title doesn’t related to the story described, but may point to her intended effect on Sherlock, specifically freezing him out of John’s life to be left cold and alone. (And physically stilling him with a bullet, though that couldn’t have been expected at the time the website would have been published.) 

So how might Mary have been a princess before “cutting her hair” and taking up the sword? How powerful could her abandoned family be? I think we may find out.

(Thanks to the-art-of-fangirling for bring up this website!)

Sometimes if you say my name and I actually catch it, it means I will show up with a boring old answer that isn’t what you want to hear:

That’s just a fan site, so it’s really not something reliable theories can be drawn from.

There’s never been an official Richard Brook or Moriarty site for the show, though a couple fake or fan ones have popped up.

Here is a list of all of the official websites and social media accounts for BBC Sherlock.

If you ever lose that link, you can easily find it again because it’s linked at the bottom of John’s blog and the other official sites.

At the time I’m writing this (and for years now), the only official in-universe websites are John’s blog, The Science of Deduction, Molly’s blog, and Connie Prince’s site. The only official in-universe social media account is Irene’s Twitter.

Another great way to check if you’re ever not sure is to do a WHOIS search on the domain name of the site in question. The official sites have their domain names registered to the BBC. It’ll also give you the date the domain was registered, making it pretty easy to tell when it’s a case of a fan having spotted a domain name on a prop or something and registering it after the episode aired.