sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Escher Snakes)
[personal profile] sanguinity
Music Title & Artist: Dixon's Girl - Dessa
Vidder: stardust_rain
Pairing or Character: Joan Watson, Sally Donovan, Soo Lin Yao, more
Verse: Elementary, Sherlock BBC
Warnings: fast cuts; canon-typical violence against women; blood, corpses, autopsy
Link: Dreamwidth announcement post
Author's summary: You gotta be big to treat pretty girls bad. A kinda-sorta crossover. (or: Breaking the fourth wall with Joan Watson and Sally Donovan.) A meta-vid.

Reccer's Comments: Joan Watson occupies a unique position in film-and-screen Holmesiana, being both a Watson and a woman of color. I've seen meta about how she fits into the long, long history of Watsons, but "Dixon's Girl" positions her as an heir to other female characters of color in Holmesiana: in this case, Sally Donovan, Soo Lin Yao, and General Shan, all from Sherlock BBC, one of the vanishingly few Holmesian adaptations with named women of color.

There are many layers of discussion in "Dixon's Girl": references to the backlash against Lucy Liu's casting; a takedown of the argument that Joan should not to be celebrated because she is 'just' a Watson; a critique of some elements common between the two shows...

...but it's also very much a vid about longing and hope. About rooting for Sally Donovan and Soo Lin while longing for a thing that you feel like you'll never have, and the hope that with Joan Watson, you might finally, maybe, get to have it.
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Escher Snakes)
[personal profile] sanguinity
Music Title & Artist: "Love Game" by The Vitamin String Quartet (Lady Gaga cover)
Vidder: redscullyrevival | GeekyKristie
Pairing or Character: Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson
Verse: Elementary
Warnings: blood, corpses, drug paraphenalia.
Link: tumblr announcement post (and on youtube, because tumblr URLs are exceptionally fragile)
Vidder's Summary: Different kinds of love, different kinds of games; the evolution of relationships.

Reccer's Comments: A beautiful study of the progression of the S1 partnership, from its origination in a paid sober companion and her resentful client, building through the tricky business of learning to work with each other instead of against each other, to the ultimate triumph of teamwork and trust against a manipulative mastermind. The music is by turns prickly and lyrical as the vid details the frustrations and rewards of the developing partnership, and the absence of vocals allow us to observe the dynamic on our own terms. Various events of the S1 arc are obliquely referenced, but the vid relentlessly returns to the painstaking slog of the work, to the hours upon hours, casefile after casefile, that these two spent building their partnership.

There's a cry you sometimes hear in the Elementary fandom that no one is here for the cases, that we care more about the partnership, the character development and backstories, and less about the whodunnit of the week. (Unsurprising! By the end of the current season, we'll have seen twice as many cases as were in the original canon, and even those original sixty cases had more than a few retreads and what-were-you-thinkings among them.) Even Holmes himself has commented this season that he's come to re-evaluate the relative importance of the work in his life. "Love Game" was made immediately after the S1 finale, but its casefile-centric perspective of the Holmes and Watson relationship makes it fascinating to rewatch as the first seeds of that long, long arc:

When you and I first started, I quickly recognized your merits both as a detective in your own right and that you facilitated in my own process. I’m better at the work I do because of you, but over the years the relative importance of those those two values has flipped. I now value the work that we do first and foremost because I do it with you.
amindamazed: breathe deep and let go of things (elementary)
[personal profile] amindamazed
Title: Smitty [series]
Author: NairobiWonders
Pairing: Joan Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Length: 9440
Rating: T
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: "What Smitty Saw" - A just for fun fic, humor (hopefully), joanlock. "A Small Plus" - a sort of continuation...I swore I would never do a pregnancy story with these characters. It always seemed so OOC to imagine them as parents but cadencelili asked about it and started me thinking that perhaps with this lighter version of Sherlock and Joan it might work. It's just for fun so uhm ... Here goes.

Reccer's comments: The trials and entirely amusing tribulations of poor Officer Smitty, who has the consistent bad luck to inadvertently interrupt Sherlock and Watson - here in a previously-established, if secret, sexual relationship — in various compromising positions. That said, the author's teen rating is appropriate; sexual content is implied, not explicit. The second story is a pregnancy AU with both comic and serious elements (one of which neatly explains why Sherlock and Mycroft look nothing alike). It ends with the baby's birth; this is not kid!fic. There's a little bit of everything else though: some fluff, some case work, some curtain fic, some bickering, some hurt/comfort, some romance. The series is listed as incomplete, but both stories are finished, and nothing's been added in almost 2 years.

excerpt )
amindamazed: breathe deep and let go of things (elementary)
[personal profile] amindamazed
Title: backdrifts
Author: notablyindigo
Pairing: Gen
Length: 1411
Rating: G
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: "I understand that now. I accept it. I know what it means."
inspired by the final scene of ‘the female of the species’, and the theme of repair

Reccer's comments: A welcome exploration of Watson's tendency to withdraw following trauma, from Sherlock's perspective. After Andrew's death, Sherlock considers Watson's past experiences and his own failure to intervene when she struggled to recover after being kidnapped at the end of season 2. He knows what he would do differently — what he wants to do differently now — but her decision to move back to the brownstone doesn't necessarily make it any easier.
venusinthenight: a camera in a woman's hands (stock - camera in hands)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: untitled
Artist: NLMDA
Pairing: None
Rating: G
Warnings: None apply
Verse: Elementary, Granada Holmes
Artist's summary: Oh crap, I think I got a bit confused, didn’t I? ;)
So, Watson from “Elementary” with Granada Holmes and BBC Sherlock props (I’m not sure if London cab can be called a prop, though).
Why? Because why the hell not?!
A close up attached, because you won’t probably be able to see them properly at the top picture (Tumblr resizes huge ass photos).
P.S. Rest in peace, dear Mr Brett.

Reccer's comments: The choice of colours used is very striking, and I love how it looks like Elementary's Joan looks at Granada's Holmes with a bit of pride.

(I tend to read this more as Granada Holmes in a modern AU crossed over with Elementary.)
venusinthenight: joan watson and marcus bell (elementary - joanbell)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Running Buddies
Artist: doomburgerdoodles
Pairing: Joan Watson & Marcus Bell
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Verse: Elementary
Artist's summary: Joan and Marcus RUNNIN BUDDIES.

For Piper!

Reccer's comments: I love the idea of Joan and Marcus doing things together, and running is something they both have in common. I like how Joan is looking at Marcus, almost like she's saying "Come on, keep up with me!"
venusinthenight: a camera in a woman's hands (stock - camera in hands)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: In Context
Author: [livejournal.com profile] amindamazed
Pairing: Joan Watson & Alfredo Llamosa, mentions of Joan Watson & Lin Wen
Length: 1642 words
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None apply
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: "So I guess you two don't have much else in common."

A short snippet of Joan and Alfredo conversation.

Reccer's comments: Found/Chosen Family is one of my favourite tropes. Struggling with Blood Family Feels is something I also connect with. Here, we get a bit of both. Joan and Alfredo -- part of a "chosen family" -- end up in conversation about her newly-discovered half-sister -- a found family member. (Excerpt behind the cut.)

An excerpt... )
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Untitled photoset
Artist: naturalshocks
Pairing: Gen, Sherlock Holmes
Rating: Not rated, SFW
Warnings: None
Verse: Elementary, BBC, ACD (Brett), TPLOSH, Russian (Livanov), Ritchie, House, Doctor Who (Madame Vastra)

Reccer's comments: There was a lot of incredible art that came out of this year's Inktober, and this artist is one of my favs. This set in particular is such a great homage to Sherlock Holmes in his many incarnations. I love how each portrait captures the essence of each particular portrayal, not just in the visual likenesses but in the emotional nuances: Miller's aloneness, Brett's romanticism, Downey's cockiness, Cumberbatch's anticipation of the chase. They are all Holmes, yet they are all themselves and they are all beautiful.
[identity profile] phoenixfalls.livejournal.com
Title: Something Good (Will Come From That)
Music Title & Artist: Would You Like to Take a Walk? by The Sunshine Boys
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity
Pairing or Character: Holmes & Watson
Verse: 54 different adaptations - see full list at vid page
Link: AO3 | tumblr
Reccer's Comments:
For me, this is the ultimate Holmes & Watson vid. [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity summarized it as "100 years of moving pictures about Holmes & Watson," and that is exactly what it is and yet it conveys none of the sheer majesty that is the result. As I noted above, sanguinity used 54 different adaptations as source material -- all the biggies are there, BBC Sherlock, the Ritchie/RDJ movies, Granada, Elementary; the less common but still not unexpected adaptations like both Russian Holmes series, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and Young Sherlock Holmes; several different Holmesian cartoons like The Great Mouse Detective, Sherlock Hound, and Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century; silent movies and web series like Herlock and entirely fanmade 'verses like 221B Baker Towers; and adaptations from Japan, China, Korea, India, and Brazil in addition to the Anglophonic and Russian adaptations we're more familiar with. It's very, very tempting to call the vid "all the Holmeses and all the Watsons," but I don't recommend doing so because sanguinity will immediately pop up to explain exactly how many Holmeses & Watsons didn't make the cut.

But the sheer genius of the vid, beyond its scope, is how much a love letter it is, not only to Holmes & Watson but to fandom and fannishness in general. Because the way sanguinity put all these sources together, arranged around themes like walking arm in arm, or Holmes torturing Watson with his violin, or Reichenbach, highlights how in conversation they all are with each other. All the adaptations are, after all, fanworks of one original canon; and cut together like this there is a amazing sense of Holmesiana being one enormous, chaotic, joyous fandom, spanning decades and continents. The effect is delightful, overwhelming in the best way, and utterly charming.

And once you've watched the vid a couple (hundred) times, I strongly recommend reading the commentary posted as chapters 2 & 3 at the AO3 link. The process of sourcing and making the vid (and the various ways sanguinity cut down the multitude of adaptations into something manageable) is fascinating. But more than that, watching so many adaptations in a fairly close time frame (and with an eye to using them for a vid) gave sanguinity a unique perspective on how Holmes & Watson get interpreted in visual canons. She discusses how technological changes affected adaptational styles; the rise and fall of various tropes (it apparently has not always been the case that it is "always 1895"!); diversity in casting; and the relative shippiness of different adaptations. Reading about the vid is just as rewarding as watching the vid itself, even at 9,000 words. :)
[identity profile] phoenixfalls.livejournal.com
Title: heart like a blade
Author: thingswithwings
Pairing: Cookie Lyon/Joan Watson
Length: 6,020 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary, Empire crossover
Author's summary: If Joan had to summarize her observations of Cookie to Sherlock – and, who is she kidding, he's celebrity-obsessed and will probably wring it out of her one day – she'd say that she's a woman who strikes out first with her weaknesses and hides her strengths until they're needed. It's nearly enough to knock Joan off balance.
Reccer's comments:
This crossover fic is just so much fun. On first read, it's Cookie's characterization that shines -- she's so completely herself, larger-than-life, cunning and vulnerable and ridiculously charismatic; but a second read-through reveals that Joan is equally well-drawn. Even as the pov character she keeps much of her own counsel, but the tension between her and Cookie in every conversation is electric. I would read this fic expanded to 50,000 words, gladly; at 6,000 words it's the worst kind of tease, just enough hinted at and implied and glossed over that I want to demand "more, more, more!" of the universe.
venusinthenight: joan watson, in a designer batman t-shirt, leaning in a door frame (elementary - joan leans in doorway)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: The Gift
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fenm
Pairing: allusion to Sherlock/Alfredo
Length: 1830 words
Rating: PG
Warnings: references to drugs
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: Joan and Sherlock celebrate Christmas.

Reccer's comments: Yes, I am reccing a Christmas-themed fic in June. ;)

It is so delightful, and Sherlock is at Peak Sherlock with regards to doing stuff behind Joan's back, only this time it isn't malevolent. But there is an ulterior motive all the same.

An excerpt behind the cut...

Excerpt! )
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[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: and you let her go
Music Title & Artist: Let Her Go - Passenger
Vidder: neopuff on Tumblr
Pairing or Character: Joan Watson/Marcus Bell
Verse: Elementary
Link: Posting on Tumblr

Reccer's Comments: This is only a 51-second vid, but oh, this hits my short/small-things-that-pack-a-major-punch sweet spot SO MUCH.

(content notes: Gunshot at :27 mark.)
venusinthenight: joan watson and marcus bell (elementary - joanbell)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: The Phantom with a Crush
Author: everybodylies on AO3
Pairing: Marcus Bell/Sherlock Holmes
Length: 2340 words
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: Broadway AU. Marcus is an actor, and Sherlock is a theater critic.

Reccer's comments: Because Theatre Critic Sherlock Holmes would be besotted with Broadway Actor Marcus Bell. Because of course Marcus would figure out who "the Phantom" is. Because it is much adorable Lockbell.

(Mods, may I have a pairing tag for Marcus/Sherlock?)
venusinthenight: joan watson, in a designer batman t-shirt, leaning in a door frame (elementary - joan leans in doorway)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Bee Yourself (also on AO3)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gardnerhill
Pairing: Sherlock & Joan, Ms. Hudson
Length: 8300+ words
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Crack. Also, bees.
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: Things get Kafkaesque around the brownstone.

Reccer's comments: One of the standouts for me from this round of [livejournal.com profile] holmestice, which is currently posting. This is one of those fics where someone takes a cracky premise -- in this case, Joan Watson waking up one day as a queen bee -- and gives it a serious treatment. It's a situation that's also complicated by the fact she and Sherlock are in the midst of a case! Also: excellent Ms. Hudson content!

(edited to add the author after the Holmestice author/artist reveal.)
amindamazed: breathe deep and let go of things (elementary)
[personal profile] amindamazed
Title: Your Want is Bigger Than You
Author: PhoenixFalls
Pairing: Ms. Hudson/Joan Watson, Ms. Hudson/OC
Length: 6000
Rating: Gen
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: Marthe has been keeping secrets from Joan. Joan never would have guessed this.

Reccer's comments: A thoughtful exploration of Joan's friendship with Ms Hudson (Marthe), set soon after the end of season 2. Here, Joan isn't alone to process the aftermath of her kidnapping and Sherlock's absence, and while she suspects Sherlock asked Marthe to spy on her while he was away, their friendship quickly becomes their own. Joan confronts some of her own misguided thinking about Marthe and her work as a muse. She eventually meets Marthe's new partner, Manami, who has a beautifully insightful perspective on the nature of relationships, possessiveness, and sharing (in addition to an utterly unexpected personal history that I won't spoil but is so perfectly delightful it's the reason to read this fic).
amindamazed: breathe deep and let go of things (elementary)
[personal profile] amindamazed
Title: And Silver In Our Lungs
Author: paperclipbitch
Pairing: Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes, Jamie Moriarty/Sherlock Holmes
Length: 1500
Rating: author said T; I'd call it M for description of sex
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: The London rain falls like an inevitability, and Irene Adler is waiting for her lover.

Reccer's comments: Um at this point, do I need to warn for season-one spoilers in the comments? I suppose to be safe I'll slip this under a read more. If anyone seeing this hasn't watched s1 and is still unspoiled, I recommend staying that way until you finish it.
Read more... )
amindamazed: breathe deep and let go of things (elementary)
[personal profile] amindamazed
Title: i'm half-doomed, and you're semi-sweet (what a match)
Author: everybodylies
Pairing: Sherlock/Irene, Sherlock/Joan
Length: 6900
Rating: Gen
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary:
The love story of Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson.

It takes years.

Reccer's comments: Written halfway through season one, this fic is an inadvertent AU in its vision of the course of the relationship between Holmes and Watson, how Irene Adler fits in, and how Moriarty is defeated. There are a few unplanned delights for the reader familiar with all four seasons of the show (as of the time of this rec), from a client's stray comment at the start, "Jamie? Murder somebody?" to the repeated exploration of the ways Joan chooses time and again to stay and Sherlock's shaky efforts to have faith that she will continue to do just that.

mods: can we have a tag for character: holmes' father? [in this case it's not the same as character: Morland Holmes (Elementary), but that tag might be needed eventually too.]
amindamazed: breathe deep and let go of things (elementary)
[personal profile] amindamazed
Title: a thousand roads
Author: Medie
Pairing: Gen
Length: 750 words
Rating: Gen
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam (A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome) - this is just the latest one by which Watson meets Sherlock.

Reccer's comments: One of the things I envy most about Sherlock BBC fic is the sheer abundance of AUs, alternate origins, and all sorts of reimaginings based on the version of the characters and stories presented in that show. Elementary has very little of that, partly due to having significantly less fic in general. My sense is that even normalizing by volume, there's still more of this sort of play in BBC fic, though I haven't ever tried to calculate it or figure out why. That said, there is one pocket where a version of this alternate Elementary can be found: the fic written before the show actually aired.

This story is the earliest one posted to AO3 for Elementary, shortly after the announcement that CBS had ordered the pilot and the only thing known was that it took place in New York and Lucy Liu was cast as Watson. It offers a Joan Watson who was born in London, transplanted to New York as a child, and grew up to join the Marines in part as a way to pay for her medical education. From there it moves quickly through the trials of injury and financial hardship and ends at the beginning, the first meeting between Dr. Watson and a somewhat-worse-for-wear Sherlock Holmes.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Joan Watson
Artist: euclase
Pairing: Joan Watson, gen
Rating: not rated, I would say G
Warnings: none
Verse: Elementary
Artist's summary: Joan Watson, drawn in PS. A gift for beyoursledgehammer.

Reccer's comments: Euclase is one of my favorite fanartists, remarkable for the photographic realism of their drawings. They specialize in portraits of characters from genre films and television. They have portraits from the BBC verse in their deviantArt archive, but Joan is the only Holmesian image in their tumblr collection. And what a spectacular contribution! The complex, soft textures and wrinkles of Joan's clothes, the pose - both casual and slightly weary - are simply marvelous. The artist seems to have caught her mid-thought.

I am especially glad to recommend euclase's work here this month, because they have recently been dealing with some anon hate on their tumblr and I would really love to send new people their way to offer appreciation for their beautiful work. I hope you enjoy it!
[identity profile] chapbook.livejournal.com
Title: Arthur Conan Doyle & Sherlock Holmes
Artist: isskra
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC, Elementary, Ritchie films, Granada, Rathbone, Livanov
Author's summary: none

Reccer's comments: A beautiful homage to Doyle (who would be so disappointed that we pay more attention to Holmes than spiritualism) and many adaptations of his fantastic character Sherlock Holmes. I adore skilled linework and we get that in spades here. Also compelling is how the artist differentiates each Holmes in some way, from Sherlock considering the cabbie's pill in ASiP to Brett's Holmes coolly examining the dancing men.

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