Watson

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W is for Watson. Dr. John Watson in the BBC series Sherlock specifically because this post is about my Fangirl love for the show, the writers and the cast. πŸ™‚

Warning, this post may contain spoilers if you have not had the fortune of watching this show, you may want to read with caution. I will try to note when I have a spoiler.

My sister, who is currently on a plane taking my mom to London (and to Paris), told me about this show. While I am not fortunate enough to make it on this trip with them, I took a little mini trip around London with Sherlock. Not a bad way to go, even if it’s just through the magic of television and not in real life. πŸ™‚

Before I gave in and gave the series a try though, I was kinda just ‘meh’ about watching it. It looked okay, but I already enjoyed the Robert Downey Jr./ Jude Law movies by Guy Richie. What would I really like about a TV show?

It took one episode and I was hooked. Part of the reason is Martin Freeman’s John Watson. But of course Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is great fun. While I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes & Watson in the movies quite a lot, there is just something about Cumberbatch and Freeman that feels … just … perfect.

Part of that may be the world that creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created. I like the modern day setting and the way they come to and work through their cases. I like that Watson is a veteran and that he writes a blog about their exploits. I like how they incorporated the celebrity and fandom culture into the show. I like the way the writers have developed this deep connection between Sherlock and Holmes that many confuse for (or hope for to be) more than just friendship. All seem such a modern day take on good solid source material.

I should say here that I have a total writer crush on Moffat and Gatiss and I love that Gatiss plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. Theirs, too, is a fascinating relationship to watch develop. And some of the more hilarious scenes, too.

But it is ultimately the interplay between Watson and Holmes that makes the show so enjoyable. I have literally laughed out loud at this show and their interaction more often than in most true comedies. And I find it is almost without fail something said between the two of them that had me cracking up. (Spoiler Alert) I believe my favorite episode is Season 3 Episode 1 The Empty Hearse and a large part of that love is watching John deal with the realization that Sherlock is alive and not killing him for it. Sherlock being so clueless that John would be so upset was funny. John repeatedly losing his sh*t and trying to beat on Sherlock for doing that to him is just priceless. The moustache! The restaurant scene! The Kiss! All and all just a great episode. (Written by Gatiss)

Of course the internet has exploded with love for this show and for Cumberbatch especially, so Fangirl
that I am, I pin or tweet Sherlock stuff all the time. There’s so
much love for Cumberbatch, which is
well deserved, but I really do enjoy the entire cast. I love Una Stubb’s Mrs Hudson. Rupert Graves’ Detective Lestrade is fun and wonderful as well. And I gotta admit to finding Andrew Scott’s Moriarty attractive and am starting to wonder what I have about the bad guys. πŸ˜‰ I guess it really is #GoodtoBeBad

It’s very easy and very fun to Fangirl about this show. Just beware of time spent scrolling through pictures, it can be addictive. πŸ˜‰

Below are some of my favorite quotes. But you really do need to watch it, for the first time or again. πŸ™‚

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I’m not a psychopath, Anderson. I am a high functioning sociopath. Do your research.
– Sherlock

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I’m in shock. Look I’ve got a blanket.
– Sherlock

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Shut up everybody, shut up. I’ve got to think. Don’t move. Don’t speak. Don’t breathe. I’m trying to think. Anderson, face the other way, you’re putting me off.”
-Sherlock

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You, being all mysterious with your cheekbones and turning your coat collar up so you look cool.”
-Watson

(Hello! Those cheekbones are pretty spectacular! And the coat does look cool! πŸ™‚ )

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“Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villian.”
– Moriarty

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“Anderson, don’t talk
out loud, you lower the IQ of the entire street.”
-Sherlock

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“Brainy is the new sexy”
– Irene Adler

(Can I get an Amen?!? πŸ™‚ )

Fangirling

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F is for fangirling. This may be a concept unfamiliar to some, but is definitely a ‘thing’. Further, it is a ‘thing’ I have embraced and am absolutely inspired by a lot lately.

Fangirling is a term that essentially describes a borderline mania regarding something you absolutely geek out about. Most commonly this will refer to belonging to a certain ‘fandom’ with varying degrees of obsession. While I have definitely embraced being a Fangirl, I like to believe mine are in healthy and respectful limits. Sadly this is not the case for everyone, but that’s for a different post. I like to look on the bright side of fangirling.

First, I would argue that Fangirling is not limited by age (or gender as some joke that guys freaking out about something are Fangirling πŸ˜‰ )

Also, Fangirling can happen to anyone. I am almost 40 years old. I am happily married with 3 boys and a full time job. I have a very normal- if somewhat busy – life. And yet, I am a hopeless Fangirl. πŸ™‚

What do I Fangirl over? Well, anyone who knows me, or has read this blog, knows most of my Fangirl love is focused on Tom Hiddleston. But throughout the rest of this A to Z challenge, you will see me focus on other objects of my Fangirl love in later posts. Come back tomorrow for G which will be Game of Thrones Fangirl gushing, or the Wednesday post for H to share my Harry Potter love. K will be for Katniss (and my Hunger Games Fangirling). S could be for Sherlock, but I have something else for S, so it will probably be W for Watson where I share my Fangirl love for the BBC series Sherlock. As a note, if Tom had not my Fangirl heart, it might have been Benedict Cumberbatch’s. But I have Fangirl love for the entire cast and the writers of that series honestly. πŸ™‚

Thanks to the internet and all forms of social media, it is quite easy to foster a Fangirl interest (or obsession). For example, take my Hiddleston Fangirling. It was all innocent enough at first. I was just looking at the actor who played Loki on Pinterest. (There are some funny memes that say. “I just wanted to know the actor who played Loki, I never asked for any of this!” So true ehehe) Oh he’s really nice looking I thought, with his natural hair instead of the long black hair. So let’s look at some more pictures – gee there are a lot. And then, Oh aren’t those memes funny? Must scroll through more. And then, Doesn’t he look like a lot of fun? Well, I should watch an interview or two. And okay another. Maybe one more.

It can become a sickness. But it was the Nerd HQ 2013 Interview panel with Tom Hiddleston that sealed my fate as a Hiddleston Fangirl. It’s an hour long and beware you may also lose your Fangirl heart if you watch it. He’s ridiculously smart and charming. Yes, I am putting a warning label on it. It should come with one. πŸ™‚

But you can find all manner of the same type of posts on the internet/social media for any fandom you join. I find it quite a lot of fun. But also inspiring.

How is it inspiring you may ask? Well for one thing all the many Fangirling moments are fun and make me smile. And really, don’t we all need a little more in our life, however silly, that makes us smile? It is for this reason I gave myself full permission to Fangirl out. It makes me smile. πŸ™‚

But here are some other ways:

This Blog! The title of this blog (and part of inspiration to do the writing challenge, and this blog to accompany it) was from my Hiddleston fangirling. Read my initial post for the blog that explains the motivation and the name.

This Challenge I saw this A to Z challenge on Twitter, which I joined at first just because I wanted Tom’s tweets. (Hush!!!). I actually quickly found I had to create two Twitter accounts. One for writing and one for Fangirling. I saw I had way more Fangirl tweets and didn’t want to scare off potential writing connections. I have enjoyed both quite a lot.

Poetry I found The Love Book app which I write about in my D post – Desiderata through a Fangirl binge on Pinterest. And now I have a whole new appreciation for poetry. One that has made me smile a lot, too.

Exercise Believe it of not my Fangirl love for Sherlock had me getting on the treadmill at night so I could get caught up with all the episodes. Sadly now we are on hiatus so I’ll have to find another show to obsess over so I check back in on treadmill. Downton Abbey, maybe? πŸ˜‰

There’re lots more ways I have been inspired, but I will be covering those in later posts.

Below is a favorite quote by Simon Pegg ( I have lots of Fangirl love for him as well!! ) which is about being a geek, actually, but I think applies very much to Fangirling. I love it. Hopefully you will too and hopefully you give yourself permission to geek out or Fangirl out about something. Please share with me in the comments what you Fangirl over. I would love to hear it!

Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.

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