Sharklock (Sherlock is a Hammerhead Shark)
This meme is based - in the vague, general sense that all memes are “sort of” based on a piece of canonical material - on this interview with Benedict Cumberbatch about preparing for the role of Sherlock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1QuOkg6N-M. As well as on general observations about how prominent his cheekbones are, to the extent, apparently, of making him look like a hammerhead shark. It seemed only appropriate to give him an animal persona, considering that the fans have already established at least three of them for Martin Freeman (cat, hedgehog, and pug).
The origination of the actual meme was this comic by MadamY on Deviantart:
From this point onward, the meme escalated, eventually arriving at a point where Sherlock is generally depicted as a hammerhead shark wearing a blue scarf and having adventures with a similarly animal-formed John Watson (most commonly a hedgehog these days). A frequent perpetrator of this trope is http://misskeshra.tumblr.com/ who draws a comic called “The Adventures of Sharklock and Jawn” in which Sherlock is (obviously) Sharklock and John is a hedgehog. This and other examples to follow.
Some back story: CBS is doing their own Sherlock. And yes, this is probably what it will actually look like.
I would cry if I wasn’t laughing so damn hard
Every time I see this picture, I have to reblog and go
I JUST CHOKED
Don’t worry, I’m American. Sorry about this…
In mid-September of this year, the American television network CBS announced plans to make a “modern-day adaptation of Sherlock Holmes,” which will reportedly be unaffiliated with the BBC’s Sherlock: http://www.deadline.com/2011/09/cbs-developing-modern-sherlock-holmes-adapting-mommy-track-mysteries-books/
Needless to say the throng of Anglophiles that make up the Sherlock fandom took this as a call to arms. Within a few hours, the internets were inundated with cries of outrage, most along the lines of “American will ruin Sherlock forever, because nothing can top the BBC version” which, admittedly, is probably true, because Americans rarely deal well with British things in any capacity, least of all Sherlock Holmes.
Shortly thereafter, Sherlockians decided to focus their rage into satire, and from there emerged a string of poorly edited screenshots from Sherlock with “American shit” hastily added in with MS Paint and “American dialogue” added with the Impact font. Examples to follow.
A Fanfiction About Sherlock and John Being Handcuffed
I haven’t read it, I don’t know if it’s good, but here it is. It exists: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7178017/1/bHandcuffed_b
This is a fanfiction about the mugs. I have not yet dared to read it, as I suspect it is some form of an RPF, but here it is. It exists.
It’s Martin/Benedict except it’s about the mugs. From the point of view of….the mugs.
My mind has been blown.
Lestrade got infected, too. o.o
The trend is emerging to put the cat jumper on other characters as well, for no reason.
THE HAUNTED POSTER OF SHERLOCK SERIES 2.
THE CAT JUMPER MADE ME DO IT.
This, really, was unavoidable.
The Crazy Kitty Jumper
Though the fandom has never hesitated to imagine John Watson in tacky jumpers, nothing has quite topped Pretty Snake’s crazy kitty jumper:
Though not actually specifically related to the series in any way, the sheer cracky absurdity of it has captured the imaginations of rabid fans everywhere, and ever since about mid-September fanart of John in the kitty jumper - and endless variations thereof - have plagued Tumblr. Though Pretty Snake had been listing similar sweaters on Etsy for more than a year before the fandom got hold of this one, the artist has since realized the sudden popularity of the item and has begun listing a similar one as “The Official Sherlock and Watson Crazy Cat Jumper.” As the artist uses found sweaters, the new ones are not identical to the original, but the trifling discrepancies seem to make little difference to the fans, as Pretty Snake has already sold several of them.
The cat faces are screen printed onto the sweater, and the three-dimensional glass eyes are subsequently attached. You can get your own in Pretty Snake’s Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettySnake?ref=top_trail or visit her Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pretty-Snake/168483893191498
“Flowers in a Box”
“Flowers in a Box” is a notoriously hilarious troll fanfiction, written in the tradition of “My Immortal,” a truly horrendous fanfiction penned (or rather, pounded haphazardly) in 2006. (http://encyclopediadramatica.ch/My_Immortal) though not specifically related to “My Immortal,” “Flowers in a Box” is undoubtedly just as horror-tastic. The critical difference being that the author is unapologetically trolling.
Published on fanfiction.net in August of 2011, “Flowers in a Box” consists of 14 chapters (most less than a page long) of barely comprehensible drabble based loosely on BBC’s Sherlock. The author reveals clearly in the last two chapters that the fic is a troll, as she reverts back to normal, comprehensible English and excuses herself by claiming that all prior foolishness had been a dream that John was having. The fanfiction contains numerous thinly veiled references, including Anderson’s dinosaur fetish, a suggestion of a Dr. Who crossover, and dialogue about a towel, referring to another of Martin Freeman’s movies The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The author, samlicker113, is present on tumblr as Penworthy (http://penworthy.tumblr.com/) and is actually quite hilarious.
- ”:(” said sherlock “but you were dead, for realz-“
- “i would liek to be beaked into a cake so i cood eat it but anyways im not dead” said mycroft
- mycroft wakled away twilling his umbrella (whos name is lesty and he lieks to cudle it at nihgt and pertend it is lestrande)
- “becuse i forgot my towel” said jonh
“what are you on your period or something?” said sherlock also bitchily (but john can sound way more bitchy because morgan freman plays him)
“you should know i’m not a girl after you spent all night sucking my dick ;)” said john (john has the hots for sherlock even if he has squinty eyes)
(i bet john has a squinty eyes fetish)
- anderson stempted through the doorway of the door. in side was a bunch of creepy sutff like spider web and a fish tank with deadly fish and a hammer head shark in it. and so was moriarty.
Full fic available here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7338112/1/Flowers_In_A_Box
This has something to do with Sherlock, but does Gatiss explain? Of course not.
Regarding Hustling Holmes, I Got this Message…
And it had this link in it:
From do-you-have-a-flag, revealing to me what is apparently the original Hustlin’ Holmes. This blog just became reputable, people.
Thanks for keeping me on my toes.
Dressing Hustlin’ Holmes in Disney character costumes also seems to be a very popular fad for some reason.
The Purple Shirt of Sex
“The Purple Shirt of Sex” refers to a lightly pinstriped, extremely well-fitted purple shirt worn by Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) in parts of the third episode, “The Great Game.” Its most exemplary moment comes when Sherlock is examining Carl Powers’s shoes in the kitchen and is bustling about for a few precious moments with his sleeves rolled, his top two buttons undone, and his his blazer off, allowing the audience to see the full slim-fit pectoral-hugging glory of the purple shirt. Though all his shirts are similarly fitted, the camera angles in this scene, the length of the scene, and the color of the shirt make it appear particularly flattering.
According to the ever-helpful sherlockology.com, which works in conjunction with the tumblr blog wearsherlock, this shirt is a Dolce & Gabbana shirt from a store called “Liberty” in London and is no longer available in any current stores.