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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.
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Title: To Perceive is to Suffer
Author: [ profile] wraithwitch
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 42,853
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Verse: Ritchie films
Author's summary: It has long been known, Watson is an unreliable narrator. What he wrote in The Strand about the adventure at Reichenbach however was an outright lie. The truth rests here.
Reccer's comments: Everybody has to tackle Reichenbach sooner or later. This is Wraithwitches take on it. She know Londons in and out and has a wonderful command of canting slang also, which lends an air of authenticity to the fic. She has written a series of works which can be found on FF dot net, of which this is the second or third. It stands alone, but the others are worth reading also. This one has an intricately woven story, well-constructed OCs, and a highly satisfactory ending. It's an unusual fic, but give it a try.
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Title: Desideratum
Author: [ profile] epistolic
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 9,607
Rating: M
Warnings: none
Verse: Ritchie
Author's summary: Some things are unforgivable.
Reccer's comments: This fic is like a punch in the gut. The author's visceral, visual, incredibly literate style perfectly captures the gritty, uneasy, angry seesaw of tension between Holmes and Watson that the film could only hint at.
These are two flawed heroes who are inextricably bound together. This is angst with a capital 'A', my friends, and yet, in the ending, there is a certain sense of contentment between them that feels utterly and completely right.
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Title: Something Good (Will Come From That)
Music Title & Artist: Would You Like to Take a Walk? by The Sunshine Boys
Vidder: [ 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. [ 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. :)
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Title: The Bedroom Hymns
Music Title & Artist: "Bedroom Hymns" by Florence + the Machine
Vidder: thisismycalling on LJ, gabygal7 on YouTube
Pairing or Character: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson; Sherlock Holmes, John Watson (the vidder says it can be taken as gen or slash)
Verse: Ritchie films
Link: Link to the announcement post on LJ -- (to play the vid, click on the links provided to youtube or mediafire)

Reccer's Comments: The title makes this sound steamy, but it's really more of an action vid with underlying emotion, much like the films themselves. It's wonderfully well-edited and fast paced. As for the music, the sound of this particular band really captures the percussive, wild energy of the Ritchie films. And I love what the vidder has done with some of the lyrics, comparing the ways that Holmes and Watson make sacrifices for one another ("I did this for you") and intercutting the many ways they come together, flesh and blood, in a battle, in a ballroom, and in moments of death and rebirth.
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Title: Tea In The Sahara
Author: [ profile] fleetwood_mouse
Pairing: Mary Morstan/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Length: 13,400
Rating: None given R?
Warnings: none
Verse: Ritchie Films

Author's summary: Mary Morstan sees more than she is given credit for, and she has been watching for a long time. This is the story of how she gets John Watson to stop waiting and take what he wants: Sherlock Holmes.

Reccer's comments: I sense a theme in my recs for this month. I didn't love Mary in the films, but I love what fanficcers have done with her. She's just the sort of smart, tough, and funny kind of woman Watson would have fallen for (and Holmes, too!). She is no pliable Victorian lady in this fic as she schemes to get the three of them together. The dialog is great, the voices perfectly in character. It's a definite treat.
It was posted in 2 parts on Holmistice and there's no link for part 2 - just go back up to the top and hit 'next day', or read it on the AO3 here: Tea in the Sahara
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Title: Things on Fire, Things that Fall
Author: [ profile] verilyvexed
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 17,995
Rating: R
Warnings: none
Verse: Ritchie films
Author's summary: "We have visitors, Watson. Two of them. Women, unless I am mistaken, and one of them is wearing either new shoes or very uncomfortable old ones."
(That's a rather dreadful summary, isn't it? My apologies. Watson gets dragged into assisting with a case, then later gets dragged out of the Thames. No, that's not quite right either. Erm... there's banter, arguing, injuries, and awkward confessions over a dead body.
Reccer's comments: This fic is absolutely the most perfect movieverse settiing I've ever read. The dialog is fantastically spot on. You simply cannot read it without seeing Jude Law and RDJ speaking the lines. They bicker, they kiss. Watson is tied up in a warehouse by the docks. Holmes rescues him. As the warehouse burns, they jump out a window into the Thames. Finally the case is solved in a highly satisfactory fashion. The story unfolds exactly like a movie script. Even Mary, although she doesn't actually appear in the story, acts in perfect accord with her movieverse character. What more could you ask for?
If you liked the movies, you will love this one.
Also on the AO3
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Title: Watsonapped
Artist: Eliosu
Pairing: Sherlock/John or Gen
Length: 1 page
Rating: PG
Warnings: None (unless buffoon!Sherlock AU counts)
Verse: Crossover: Canon / Sherlock BBC / RDJ films (aka buffoon!Sherlock AU)
Author's summary:
all John Watson have been kidnapped. What would Sherlock Holmes-es do ?

Reccer's comments:
One more for the month!

Hilariously accurate little comic about how each Holmes would rescue his Watson from a kidnapping, and each Watson's response to that. The artist's style is sleek, smooth, and a pleasure to look at.


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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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Title: Amongst the Butterflies
Author: [ profile] florfina
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 3,143 words
Rating: PG
Warnings: kidfic

Verse: Ritchie Films

Author's summary: Amongst the flowers and butterflies, two young boys confess some things they won't understand until it's too late, But during that one day in the park, when it was just Sherlock and John, nothing else mattered but making the other smile, When you find a friend as special as him, you do your best never to forget, no matter what comes up.

Reccer's comments: I'm not usually a big fan of kidfic. OK, I confess, I usually run the other way when someone mentions it, but this one is just so sweet and innocent, without being at all cute. The scene at the park is beautifully done and it captures the essence of their relationship in the '09 verse so perfectly, I just had to rec it. It makes perfect sense in this context that they met as children and then continued their relationship as grown ups.
I'm not familiar with [ profile] florfina at all, unless she writes under another name somewhere, but this story is masterfully done. I'm looking forward to reading her others.
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Title: What It Is to Burn on LJ. Also on AO3 here:
Author: [ profile] foxxcub
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 9300 words
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: none, really. The rating says it all.
Verse: Ritchie films

Author's summary: Adaptability was part of the human condition. There was not a living creature on earth who did not possess the inherent need to change and grow with their surroundings. Set immediately following the events of the movie--without the whole Moriarty thing.

Reccer's comments: I seem to have found some real gems in the Ritchie-verse this time. Normally, that's not my favourite corner of the fandom, but Foxxcub is a genius at portraying the two of them in this 'verse.

After Watson's marriage, Holmes tries to condition himself to live without John Watson. Needless to say, that doesn't work well for him, especially after he is shot and is forced to admit his attraction to Watson while he is drugged and in hospital.

Foxxcub describes despair very, very well. I don't like fics in which the two of them deceive Mary, or worse, disregard her existence. Watson is far too much of a gentleman to treat her like that, even if Holmes would be capable of it. Here, the two of them are so destined to be together, like Romeo and Juliet, that's there's really no help for it, but still Watson secures Mary's consent and the fic ends on a tentative, but hopeful note.
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Title: All the Dead Lie Down
Author: [ profile] blacktofade
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 30,000 words (for all three parts)
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Character Death, Ghost!Holmes, NSFW artwork within text
Verse: Ritchie Films

Author's summary: The ghost of Sherlock Holmes haunts John Watson and reveals that there is a mystery to be solved. Watson has to figure out how Holmes died and why Holmes has chosen him, of all people, to visit beyond the grave. Written for holmes_big_bang 2010. Artwork by [ profile] lokeloke

Reccer's comments: In three parts. Link goes to the Masterpost.
[ profile] shockselectric is the fic LJ for [ profile] blacktofade, to clear that one up. Note that while this fic deals with character death, it does not really have an unhappy ending. I wouldn't call it "happy" - how could it be - but it won't tear your heart out, either. Also, the artwork is amazing.

This is a long-ish fic, so budget some time, because you won't want to put it down until the end. Blacktablet rachets up the tension right from the very beginning and never lets go of you all the way through.

The story starts with Holmes's death, for which Watson blames himself, and hurtles on from there as Holmes visits Watson in a dream state and Watson progresses from his initial disbelief to the realisation that yes, he is being haunted by Holmes. The dream sequences are plausible, the sex is smoking hot (yes, with a ghost!) and the interlude with Gladstone in the park is a sweet relief in the midst of the action.

Even from beyond the grave, Holmes manages to nudge Watson in the correct direction to solve the mystery of his own death and somehow, although the ending is certainly bittersweet, it manages to be bearable.
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Music Title & Artist: Christina Perri, “A Thousand Years”
Vidder: irondeficientbull | redhandsredribbons
Pairing or Character: Holmes/Watson
Verse: Multi (Rathbone, Granada, Ritchie, Sherlock, and Elementary)
Link: tumblr announcement post
Reccer's Comments:

From quiet moments at home to Reichenbach and back again, Holmes and Watson have loved each other for well over a century now, and will love each other for at least that long again to come.
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Title: A Study in Holmeses
Artist: Taryn Knight (taryndraws on Tumblr)
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Verse: Rathbone, Granada, Ritchie films, Sherlock BBC
Artist's summary: no summary given

Reccer's comments: Profile illustrations of four different Holmes. Namely, Basil Rathbone's, Jeremy Brett's, RDJ's, and Cumberbatch's. It's great to see how different, and sometimes how similar, each Holmes looks. Fantastic artist.
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Title: You Can Make Me Whole
Music Title & Artist: "Pieces" by Red
Vidder: VilyaXxX0llwyna
Pairing or Character: Holmes/Watson
Verse: Ritchie films
Link: You Can Make Me Whole on the vidder's tumblr page

Reccer's Comments: I haven’t spent a lot of time exploring the Ritchie movie side of the fandom (though I know some excellent fanworks for that 'verse have been recc’d here before). But I like this vid because it showcases the way that, although their tone was often ridiculous, those movies nonetheless approached key elements of the canon with real heart.

In particular, I liked what they did with Reichenbach. Jared Harris provided my favorite version so far of Moriarty, the script made Holmes’s final problem very directly entwined with protecting Watson, and they resolved the storyline with a twist that freed Watson from years of unnecessary grief. All in all, it gave me far more than I was expecting and I enjoyed it a lot.

This vid focuses on the Holmes/Watson relationship, full of high emotion and quietly shared looks, ballroom dancing and the inescapable waterfall. I particularly enjoy the way the vidder has started at the end, as it were, and placed Watson's canonical last lines from The Final Problem as the prologue. Jude Law's reading of these words gets me every time.
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Title: The Greek Problem
Author: candle_beck
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 13626 words
Rating: Mature
Verse: Ritchie films (though it felt more like ACD to me)
Author's summary: The brainless things people do for love.

Reccer's comments: I hardly ever read ACD fic, but I made an exception for this one, and I'm glad I did.  The writing is just as exquisite as the rest of [ profile] candle_beck's work, and the counterpoint of the sadness of the case and the growing happiness in Holmes and Watson's personal lives provides a sort of emotional chiaroscuro that throws everything into sharp relief.  The slow build is masterfully paced, the imagery is striking, and the ending is joyful.
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Title: A Study in Paper ( 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 )
Artist: ldhenson @ deviantart
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson (gen)
Medium: Paper
Rating: Unrated, SFW
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock (BBC), Ritchie, Russian (Livanov-Solomin)

Reccer's Comments: This is a series of paper cutouts depicting Holmes and Watson in various incarnations. I love how the artist has made these pieces 3-dimensional by turning up the collars and ‘fluffing’ the hair, echoing the authentic quirks of each figure. Even without the facial details, these are completely recognizable and convey the essence of each character beautifully.
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Title: And With Him Disaster
Author: [ profile] eggshellseas
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: sexual content that includes elements of coercion; some blood and death, though nothing graphic
Verse: AU of Ritchie films
Author's summary: John Watson is being stalked by a vampire.
Reccer's comments: The author's summary is short and sweet,and doesn't begin to capture the complexity of emotion in the fic.
Reccer's Warning: This is a Vampire AU. If that makes you to want to run screaming away, best go quickly, because this fic will inexorably suck (sorry!) you in if you don't.

It's set in the Ritchie-verse, because Clarky makes an appearance; but otherwise it reads as pure Canon to me. Eggshellseas is able to capture the innate sexuality inherent in the vampire, meld it with the Holmes/Watson dynamic, and somehow keep them true to their own characters while doing so. If you had told me I would be recommending a vampire AU, I would never have believed it, but this is definitely a worthy one.
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Title: Naturally
Music Title & Artist: “Naturally” with Selena Gomez & The Scene
Vidder: [ profile] disastrolabe
Pairing or Character: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Verse: Ritchie films

Link: Announcement page at [ profile] holmeswatson09 with link to youtube.

Reccer's Comments: “Naturally” is, for me, the Watson-to-Holmes song. It works on just about every adaptation out there. This is by far the best vid I’ve found with this song. It’s nicely edited and a joy to watch (and I'm sure it doesn't hurt that this is the Holmes/Watson pair that I have the easiest time shipping ;) ).

For years in fandom, this has been my go-to place when I need a quick boost of Holmesian joy.
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Title: Sherlock Holmes Dr. John Watson Say My Name (Multiverse)
Music Title & Artist: "Say My Name" by Within Temptation
Vidder: quantum861
Pairing or Character: vidder did not specify pairing; the characters are Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
Verse: Multiple: Sherlock BBC, Ritchie films, Granada, Rathbone films, and Spielberg's Young Sherlock Holmes film
Link: Note: this is a YouTube link: Say My Name

Reccer's Comments: This is a lovely vid about the timeless connection between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. It keeps up a very fast pace with an incredible number of quick edits which spin the song's lyrics in interesting directions and create striking visual parallels between moments in multiple versions of the characters. With the simple line "I breathe the air," for example, we see the fog of modern Baskerville, the reviving gasp of RDJ's near-dead Holmes, the smoking lamp of Granada's Devil's Foot, and the choking atmosphere of Rathbone's Spider Woman.

The song's chorus summarizes the powerful theme of the vid: "I cross the borders of time, leaving today behind to be with you again."

Note: The vid's effects include quick zooms and occasional brief flashing effects, so if you are visually sensitive you may want to be careful.


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