Anonymous said: Do you ever think you'll stop drawing fanart? No offense it just seems like the kind of thing you're supposed to grow out of. I'm just curious what your plans/goals are since it isn't exactly an art form that people take seriously.
Ah, fanart. Also known as the art that girls make.
Sad, immature girls no one takes seriously. Girls who are taught that it’s shameful to be excited or passionate about anything, that it’s pathetic to gush about what attracts them, that it’s wrong to be a geek, that they should feel embarrassed about having a crush, that they’re not allowed to gaze or stare or wish or desire. Girls who need to grow out of it.
That’s the art you mean, right?
Because in my experience, when grown men make it, nobody calls it fanart. They just call it art. And everyone takes it very seriously.
It’s interesting though — the culture of shame surrounding adult women and fandom. Even within fandom it’s heavily internalized: unsurprisingly, mind, given that fandom is largely comprised by young girls and, unfortunately, our culture runs on ensuring young girls internalize *all* messages no matter how toxic. But here’s another way of thinking about it.
Sports is a fandom. It requires zealous attention to “seasons,” knowledge of details considered obscure to those not involved in that fandom, unbelievable amounts of merchandise, and even “fanfic” in the form of fantasy teams. But this is a masculine-coded fandom. And as such, it’s encouraged - built into our economy! Have you *seen* Dish network’s “ultimate fan” advertisements, which literally base selling of a product around the normalization of all consuming (male) obsession? Or the very existence of sports bars, built around the link between fans and community enjoyment and analysis. Sport fandom is so ingrained in our culture that major events are treated like holidays (my gym closes for the Super Bowl) — and can you imagine being laughed at for admitting you didn’t know the difference between Supernatural and The X Files the way you might if you admit you don’t know the rules of football vs baseball, or basketball?
"Fandom" is not childish but we live in a culture that commodified women’s time in such away that their hobbies have to be "frivolous," because "mature" women’s interests are supposed to be caretaking, via marriage, children, and the lives of those within an imagined (generally nuclear) family unit: things that allow others to continue their own special interests, while leaving women without a space of their own.
So think about what you’re actually saying when you call someone “too old” for fandom. Because you’re suggesting they are “too old” for a consuming hobby, and I challenge you to answer — what do you think they should be doing instead?
I would like every anon and non-anon who have sent me messages along the the lines of 'you're too old for tumblr, it's creepy' and 'when will you grow out of fandom?' to read this and remember it when they are in their 40s.
Natalie Dormer as Private Lorraine in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
i used to be so picky about what i post and reblog but it’s just slowly deteriorated into a state of “why not”
Handwriting is so cool cause it’s like the written equivalent of the sound of someone’s voice.
my policy for “they’re just doing it for attention” has always been and always will be “then someone needs to pay attention to them”
my cure for creative block: new versions of old work
Hagrid Hagrid Potter, you were named after the onLY GUY IN MY LIFE WHO LOOKED OUT FOR ME WITH ZERO ULTERIOR MOTIVES HE LITERALLY JUST CARED ABOUT ME BECAUSE HE WAS A GENUINELY NICE PERSON AND HE DESERVES SOME RECOGNITION FOR THAT
crimsonvalentines said: Your tags on the "Sherlock/Decency" Elementary photoset you reblogged reflect my opinion of both this show and Sherlock Holmes in general so perfectly, it literally was word for word what I would have written about that set! On that note, since we apparently view Holmes very similarly, I have curiosities: a) Do you have a favourite all time adaptation of Holmes? and b) What's your opinion of the Robert Downey, Jr. movie? (I swear I go back and forth on it every time I watch!)
I love a truly absurd number of Holmes adaptations, but if I had to pick an all-time favorite, it’d be these two fics by Katie Forsythe: Four Minor Interludes for the Solo Violin and Hallowed Be Thy Name (also available as incredible podfics). There are so many things to say about these stories — they’re so beautifully constructed! So poignant! So faithful to the source material! They’re written to slot perfectly into the ACD canon, to the point that I often forget that they aren’t part of it! But the reason they’re my favorite is because, of every Holmes adaptation I’ve ever encountered (and it’s… a large number…), this Holmes and this Watson ring the most true for me. Watson as she writes him is the perfect balance of patience and exasperation, of pathos and levity; he carries his war with him in real, visible ways, but never loses either his ability to fight or his inclination against doing so; he takes such care with Holmes, with their clients, holds himself to such high standards and tries so hard to do what’s right, even when circumstances are at their most dire; he is so wholly good, complex and wounded and dangerous and gentle but good, above all. And this HOLMES, who is the very epitome of the type of decency we love to see in this character — a survivor in every sense of the world, plagued by all manner of demons, and yet still able to open his heart to the people he loves, and his mind to anyone who might need him. These stories are a triumph, a classic; to be completely honest, I prefer them to the canon. They are that good.
(Second place: The Great Mouse Detective. Music! Killer robots! A version of Holmes that goes by Basil of Baker Street, presumably for copyright reasons, and IS A MOUSE IN A LONG COAT WITH A MAGNIFYING GLASS, presumably for reasons of being delightful! Dogs who help solve crimes! Evil bats! Evil rats! A tiny mouse-girl in a tartan hat! WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE.)
On the topic of the RDJ films: to be honest I adore them, though they are without question flawed, but you cannot go by me. 2009!Holmes was one of my early fandoms (or, at least, one of my early fandoms under this specific moniker), and once you’ve written a novella turning a specific version of Holmes and Watson into ridiculous American graduate students, I think you’re contractually obligated to love the film they came from. Also — and I mean this from the bottom of my heart — only Jude Law is capable of producing a mustache worthy of John Watson’s face. Jude Law, and Jude Law alone.