The third season of “Sherlock” opens with an homage to its online fans, but tensions between the classic detective story and its audience go way back. In 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle famously killed Sherlock Holmes, chucking him off Reichenbach Falls. Protesters wore black armbands in the streets. Even the author’s mother was opposed, writing to him, “You won’t! You can’t! You mustn’t!” A few years later, Conan Doyle gave in and rolled back the rock, but Sherlockians call the period in between the Great Hiatus. According to Anne Jamison’s terrific “Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World,” when the author retreated his fans stepped in, writing their own Sherlock mysteries: the origin of modern fan fiction.
This is an article from back in January, but I think it’s the most mainstream discussion of fandom (though it’s not mentioned by name) I’ve seen (the article appeared in the New Yorker). It focuses on Sherlock and the nods to the show’s fandom, particularly its slash fandom. Considering one could argue that Sherlock itself is a fanfic, and in the original stories Sherlock Holmes came back from the dead due to the outcry from the fans at the time, it is no surprise that the most mainstream discussion I’ve found of fandom is of the Sherlock fandom.
About Last Night (1986 and 2014 versions)
There is much to be said about the concept of the male gaze. To begin, one should be able to identify the male gaze in a production—the male gaze occurs when a male’s sight is trained on a female’s body. Additionally, it is necessary to…
So a while ago I put up a survey asking for people to give me their thoughts on fandom for a class presentation.
This is the presentation I ultimately put together.
Thank you all for your help.