Over the past few days, the Collected Mutineer and I have become conspiracy theorists. If you follow me on Snapchat, you already knew that. We’ve been rewatching all the series of Sherlock, which, sadly, only took a day and a half with frequent breaks for food and YouTubing. As we watched we mapped out theories that we have that involve everyone’s favourite villain, Moriarty, and decided to do a wee podcast to discuss them with you. Do not listen if you are not caught up with the show as there are spoilers EVERYWHERE. Nothing is safe.
Today’s BBC Sherlock panel at San Diego Comic-Con International gave fans a glimpse of the upcoming Christmas special in […]
Sherlocked has come and gone. Costumes were worn and photos were taken, but what I’m left with is a general feeling of dissatisfaction.
I wrote previously about my trepidation, and sadly, a good deal of it came to pass. Make what you will of the list below.
Vidder: Liisakee With the recent announcement of the “imminent” return of BBC’s Sherlock (hey, we’ll only have to wait…18 months […]
Vidder: John Smith This is the BBC crossover I want most in the world. Who doesn’t want a […]
Reinventing Sherlock Holmes: The Transmedia Co-Construction by and for Fan Communities
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes continue to fascinate audiences, regardless of the fact that the author of the original text, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has been dead for 84 years. Doyle penned a total of 4 novels and 56 short stories containing the beloved Holmes over a period of 40 years, the 8-year long “Great Hiatus” between The Final Problem (1893) and The Hounds of Baskerville (1901) notwithstanding. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the protagonist Sherlock Holmes is “’the most-portrayed movie character’, with more than 70 actors having played the part in at least 200 films” (Fox 1). In the last ten years, there have been numerous movies, books, and television series’ devoted to reinventing Sherlock Holmes, each one aimed at helping audiences find value in the historical character while simultaneously attempting to entice newer, younger consumers to participate in fan communities based on said character. For purposes of this “Transformative Fandom” series, I will take this concept a step further. According to the Archive of Our Own website for transformative fan works, there are currently a total of (I’ve updated this number 4 times in 1 week) 59,761 texts, pictures, videos and podfics uploaded and tagged with the term “Sherlock Holmes”. The characters of Holmes and Watson, as created by Doyle, are in the public domain, which means anyone can use them without permission, the caveat being that works only include the specific qualities of these characters as defined by the author in his texts published before 1923. For writers, artists and filmmakers, this means commercial adaptations can be made (mostly) without fear of copyright infringement, as long as the features of the characters are explicitly early canon or, conversely, unique. The Consulting Detective has enamored readers for over a hundred years, but with only 60 original stories written by Doyle, fans take it upon themselves to explore, in detail, the universe surrounding Sherlock, while others enjoy filling in the blanks of our beloved character’s existence with imagined cases, love interests and encounters that Doyle never anticipated. While neither community is necessarily exclusive or superior, both have specific goals and characteristics that assist in the co-creation of Sherlock Holmes via multiple media sources.
This video had me laughing, had me crying, and had me yearning for series 4 more than ever. […]
This week, the Sherlock super genius, Sue Vertue, confirmed that there will be an official BBC Sherlock convention […]
His Last Vow We have come to the end, dear readers. The Collective bloggers have truly enjoyed series […]