I am having trouble getting comfortable today, and thus having trouble settling down to do any work. Boo. Anyway, so here are some things I was thinking about today.
1. I suddenly had the desire to write a John/Rodney AU (I say John/Rodney, because they seem to be my go-to for AUs, but I'd be interested in hearing who else you think it might work for) where John is a teacher and Rodney is a troubled student. I was thinking something twisted (could be part of this universe, actually
, though I hadn't been thinking of football coach!John), mainly brought on by listening to Teenagers
and thinking about the line "what you've got under your shirt will make them pay for the things that they did", though Rodney would go for homemade bombs and such rather than a gun. Anyway! Talk to me about it! Is the school so desperate for a counselor, they've roped John into it? Is Rodney's revenge against John or against other students and John tries to stop or help him or doesn't care about anything except taking advantage of Rodney?
2. Ever since I started reading Holmes fic I have been having "omg this is so much like Vampire Chronicles" moments, but today it came to me that you could seriously make a case for VC as a Holmes/Watson vampire AU. I mean, not that I think that's what Anne Rice was doing, but the way that AUs often pick and choose what canon to focus on (I think cathexys
calls it three-point characterisation). So imagine an author who didn't care a bit about the mystery aspect of Holmes, but just liked the characters and wanted to write them in a vampire AU and you could totally make it work.
Before I go into that, though, I'll talk a little about what was first reminding me of VC. Of course there's the common first-person narration in fics, which is pretty rare in other fandoms, but because both VC and Holmes are written in first person, it makes sense to write fic in first person as well. There's also the aspect of unreliable narrators. With VC, it was a way not just to handwave things you didn't like about canon, but often necessary to make sense of conflicting canon. I have seen the same thing come up in Holmes fandom. (For one thing, it makes sense as a way to get rid of Watson's pesky wives. They were a smokescreen he wrote in to deflect suspicion from him and Holmes!) When your canon is supposed to be written by your character(s), it gives you a lot of leeway.
Then I started noticing the characterisation. Now, mind, I'm only going from fanon Holmes characterisation here (and the new movie, of course), not having read the books, but since I'm more interested in comparing fannish portrayals anyway, that's just fine. It's less easy to match up Watson and Louis, I think, but it can be done. They are the anchors for Holmes and Lestat. Lestat and Holmes, though. Both manic-depressive, both artistic, both secretive and haughty. Both ~*~sensitive~*~. I read one fic where Holmes has a tragic childhood and is on bad terms with his family (except for Mycroft). Is any of that canon? Because that would be another point, as Lestat's abusive childhood is canon. Oh, and the way Holmes and Watson have both hurt each other. Watson getting married. Holmes pretending to be dead. It can't quite compare to all the hurt Louis and Lestat have done to each other, but then they've had hundreds of years.
The way Watson and Holmes interact in these stories reminds me of a lot of VC fanfic set in the present day, where Louis and Lestat have reconciled, and at the same time often reminds me of stuff set during Interview (minus Claudia, of course). I just read a story where Holmes talks about saying hurtful things to Watson and being able to see it happen, but not stop the words coming out of his mouth, and oh, that is so Interview-era!Lestat to a T.
Anyway, I don't really have anywhere I'm going with this except that perhaps this is why I have fallen so hard for this fandom, because Holmes and Watson are precisely the character types I love. Also, anyone else noticed the similarities?
(Comments off on LJ for this one, because I'd rather have discussion in one place.)