the postman knocked on my door this morning, bearing the BBC Sherlock S1 box set I'd ordered as a Christmas present for myself. (Also bought for myself, but not yet received: this ring
.) Merry Christmas, me!
So I watched the making-of documentary this morning and while Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were waxing lyrical about how much they'd always loved Sherlock Holmes and how excited they were to get to do their own version of him, it struck me that everything they were saying was the exact same reason
that people write fanfiction. I mean, that is why, isn't it: you love characters and the world they live in, and you want a chance to explore that world for yourself and share your vision of it. So why is it that fanfiction writers are reviled and mocked and accused of being thieves and plagiarists with no imagination, while Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss can go on TV and talk about how much fun they had making a show that is, essentially, a great big AU fanfic remix? It baffles me.
Speaking of shows that are AU fanfic by Steven Moffat, I've also been watching Jekyll
, which is quite a bit scarier than I expected. I've only just finished the second episode, and I'm kind of thinking that I would have liked to see more of Dr Jackman and Hyde as separate people before they started merging, and also that I'm not sure about all this government conspiracy stuff. But I'm hooked enough to want to see the rest, if only to find out how it all ends up. I might have to re-watch some of Sherlock
first, though. Every time I see Martin Freeman, I'm more charmed by him; he makes Watson an incredibly interesting character who is also completely disarming in his ordinariness. *snuggles*
And finally, I'm continuing to read my way through as much of Yuletide as I can - I have some more recs piled up, but will have to save them for tomorrow. My own story has gotten a few nice comments; I'd invite people to play the "guess which one I wrote" game, but with almost 2,600 stories in the archive, I think that's a nearly impossible task. (But if you want to try, I will give you the following hints: it's in a literary fandom, in the middle of the alphabet; it's not a fandom I've ever written in before; it's fewer than 1,500 words; and at least one of you has read it.) I've read a lot more and also made a conscious effort to leave more comments or at least kudos this year than in previous years; I sort of feel as if there's less general enthusiasm for Yuletide right now, despite the huge number of stories, and want to do my part to combat that if I can. It's really the only time I write fanfic anymore - except for what I write for my own amusement and will never post - so I've got to make the most of it!