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Oct. 19th, 2012

I have a lot of feelings about television shows, okay?

Originally posted by beatriceeagle at I have a lot of feelings about television shows, okay?
So, today we’re going to talk about Sherlock and Elementary, and why making money isn’t a bad thing, and how you can’t call “dibs” on a literary classic.

Lots of people love Sherlock, Stephen Moffat’s modernized take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. They looooooooove it. They think, to paraphrase Miss Congeniality, it’s gorgeous, they want to date it, love it and marry it. And man, I know why. I’ve seen Sherlock, and that shit’s awesome. It’s funny, it’s clever, its leads have a hell of a lot of charisma, and it manages to (fairly) faithfully adapt the mysteries of Doyle’s stories while still keeping surprising you. What more could you want?

Well, less underhanded misogyny, for one thing. Less underhanded homophobia, too. More episodes, maybe; four and a half hours of television every two years isn’t a lot of time to spend with a show you love. For that matter, it would be nice to have a little more time to flesh out the characters. And you know, I love Doyle, but I know how his mysteries end by now, even in their funhouse-mirror Moffatized forms. Some completely new mysteries would be appreciated.

Enter CBS’s new crime procedural, Elementary, a modernized take on Sherlock Holmes, set in New York, with a female Watson, lots of character focus, and new mysteries every week.

Look, I’m not here to dis Sherlock. Like I said, I like Sherlock. But I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about how terrible Elementary is, and the stupid thing is that I’ve been hearing it from people who’ve never watched the show.

The argument goes like this: “Elementary is just a rip-off of Sherlock. It’s just trying to cash in on its success. There’s no reason for it to exist, except to make money. It’s not bringing anything new to the table.”

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Feb. 14th, 2011

Fic: Diamonds are Forever (R)

Title: Diamonds are Forever
Rating: R
Category: Drama/Romance
Fandom: TVD
Couple: Tyler/Caroline
Summary:  Five years from now Tyler and Caroline spend Valentine's Day together.
Spoilers: General series stuff
Author Notes: For the Forwood Valentine'sDayChallenge.


 

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