Aug. 17th, 2014

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Title: M-theory: Mycroft, Moriarty, and Magnussen’s shared motifs, James Bond’s “M,” Mary and Janine, and the big gay long game
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Author: Loudest_Subtext_in_Television
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 85,989 words
Rating: Unrated
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Meta analysis of series 1, 2, and 3. Moriarty is alive and controlling Mycroft, Mary and Janine are Moriarty’s minions, Moriarty maneuvered Sherlock into killing Magnussen, Moriarty wants Sherlock to be his boyfriend, and Mycroft has been pushing John and Sherlock together romantically from the start.

Reccer's comments: Okay, look. TJLC.* That's this meta's agenda, and it pushes it hard. But even if you don't really care what the series creators intended or who's meant to be with whom, this piece is incredibly well put together and highly entertaining.

The theory is based to a large extent on an analysis of the musical score and staging, and a reading will thus be slightly impoverished by leaving out the audio and video components and images that are linked throughout, but they're not absolutely necessary if you're willing to accept that what the author says is in the clips is actually in the clips.

The author goes through each episode, meticulously pointing out evidence and building up support for their thesis, as outlined in the summary. The writing can be sassy and irreverent, alternately getting into the characters' heads and having imaginary conversations with them, as in this analysis of the pool scene in The Great Game:

Excerpt... )

It's not just a stream-of-consciousness series of one-liners, though. The arguments are presented and supported clearly, logically, and in great detail, and whether you end up being convinced or not, it's a very compelling - and fun - way of viewing the first three series.

* = The Johnlock Conspiracy: the belief that the series creators have intended either for John and Sherlock to be secret lovers all along, or that the 'endgame' of the series will be John/Sherlock.
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Title: Brothers in Arms
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kahvi
Pairing: Mycroft Holmes/Sherlock Holmes
Length: 3,700 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Underage, Dubious Consent
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: There is a part of Sherlock which, despite all else that he is, remains virginal and innocent, and therein lies the appeal. Mycroft cannot have it, so neither will anyone else.

Reccer's comments: This story is so gloriously disturbing that I really don't know what to make of it, even after reading it several times. There is an abundance of subtly intriguing details strewn into the narrative which can be interpreted in a number of ways and make for a very rewarding read. More importantly, the constant battles of wits and wills between Mycroft and Sherlock that are described in this fic in non-chronological order are as entertaining as they are scary. Sherlock is alternatingly attempting to break free of Mycroft's influence and to maintain the status quo, neither of which he does particularly successfully, since Mycroft is unfortunately always one step ahead of him.

Both Holmes brothers are depicted as dangerous, deranged, very clever and completely removed from the rest of the world, existing in a slightly fantastical setting of their own. As a pre-series perspective, it makes a frightening amount of sense on what we later get to witness on the actual show.

Please note that the story doesn't actually contain any incest, just two brothers obsessively playing mindgames with each other and sharing a bed - voluntarily or not so voluntarily. It's certainly a darkfic, but more of a psychological than a physiological nature.

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