sorry to break it to you all but being a fan of someone is not a competition, in competitions there are losers and winners,...
I’m a sucker for the jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold trope, and Sherlock is an excellent example of why. In fiction — as in real life — people often judge based solely on outward appearances and behavior. I do understand why, superficially: it’s a person’s actual behavior that affects the world around them, not what they’re like inside. But I think this is flawed reasoning, because it leads to charismatic psychopaths being praised while people like Sherlock are loathed. Thus the psychopaths continue to use and abuse until they take it a step too far and are caught out — if they ever do — while the damaged but potentially-good are abandoned and never given the encouragement to grow. Needless to say, I find this heartbreaking. The fictional reformation of a character like Sherlock is an emotional balm against the real-world tragedy of lives falling between the cracks.
Sums up exactly why this character/show owns my heart and soul.
Just bought tickets to see the Cloud Theatre production of Regeneration because I like nothing more than crying in public.
Pleased you noticed :)
I promised memories-child a rec list of Sherlock mental illness fic. Here are my 10 favourites. All fics are, obviously, triggery for the subject matter mentioned in the summary.
Cold Song – eldritch-horrors
Wordcount: 72,586 (unfinished)
Sherlock with Asberger’s syndrome, and trauma from childhood abuse. One of the best novels I’ve ever read, although unfinished.
Hell in a Greek Myth - anon
Wordcount: 6 LJ comments
Best thing I ever found on the kink meme. A depressed Sherlock is given mood stabilisers by John.
(NB: Be careful to read in the right order. Part 1/6 appears lower on the page than Part 2.)
Consequentialism – iamshadow
A beautifully unsentimental fic about John self-harming as therapy.
Thirteen and Awake - microcanonical
Chillingly pithy take on teenage bipolar!Sherlock.
In Confidence - emmadelosnardos
Sherlock is in therapy for addiction. Done as detailed case notes.
Evidence of Human Life - the sardine
Sherlock goes batshit NOS (technical diagnostic term there) as a result of being stuck on a desert island.
Mental - Boeshane42
Sherlock in a psychiatric hospital. It’s probably not a spoiler to say that he doesn’t in fact turn out to be incurably insane. But some of his distress as he contemplates the idea that he may be is spine-chilling.
I’ll Have the Gun, Please - songlin
Fluffy one, this. Sherlock prevents John from killing himself. Lyrical and sweet.
Lead - skinandpit
John and Mrs Hudson help a depressed Sherlock keep his head just above water.
The Paradox Series - wordstrings
Sherlock is deeply, scarily not right. So is John, but it’s less obvious. Beautiful like a conflagration.
(OK, so nobody within the Sherlock fandom needs telling about this series. But this list is in part for people outside the fandom.)
Please reblog and add more if you like.
Also, OP wrote Four Corners of the Western World, a post-Reichenbach fic featuring bipolar!Sherlock, a lot of kink and some excellent Hitchcockian spy thriller antics. Good stuff.
Yeah, the fact that Penny was too modest to rec her own made me smile-cry a little bit. Because as a complete and unified study of a specific condition, bipolar, I think it outshines everything on this list. Yes, even The Paradox Series, which isn’t as explicitly focused on how mental illness works.
Reblogging this so I remember to read them. I’ve only read a handful already, but the ones I have read are amongst the top 10% I’ve read in this fandom (and I’ve read a lot in this fandom) so it must be good.