19 Feb 2015

whatevermortal: (nathanwuornos)
You know, I was thinking about Everything is Illuminated again today & how weird it is to me that Alexander Perchov is so rarely read as queer. I mean, I know it probably comes down to being queer myself and in fandom, but every time I pick up the book I get baffled all over again that so few people even questioned it? That it never came up in interviews with Safran Foer or has really received any attention elsewhere?

Someone on the TVTropes page labels him as ambiguously gay, but the only examples they give are 1) that he reveals that he lies to his family about going clubbing (he actually goes to the beach alone) and meeting women (all fictional), and 2) that he questions Jonathan about America and asks if there are homosexual accountants there.

warning: spoilers of major plot points, slurs )
whatevermortal: (worryrightamount)









 

I was trawling through my old Tumblr posts this afternoon and holy fuck look at the Holmes and Watson recast I've always wanted (dude in foreground is defs Holmes, few more images at source). For real, imagine them in Victorian era costume, they would be perfect.

Victorian racebent Holmes & Watson interests me so much more than all the modern AUs we've been getting lately. I mean, I love Elementary, Elementary actually understands who Holmes is & Lucy Lui's Watson is fab as hell, Elementary can stay. But can we just replace BBC Sherlock with this?

It'd be fascinating to see how Holmes' life and experiences would change, especially considering theories around Social Darwinism and eugenics were taking off around the time the books are set. How would the ways he established himself in his field and the time it took to do it change when he doesn't have the advantage of whiteness? The early years of setting himself up as a detective would have been so rough, man. Like, he's from a fairly wealthy family, which would soften the blow a little, but how many clients would he really be able to get early on? How many of them would even believe the extraordinary observations he makes about them, and how many would find a way to write him off as having cheated somehow or happened to be right through guesswork and luck?

How many times did he have clients who forced confidentiality onto him, not because of the delicacy of the case, but because they didn't want it known they went to him for help? And what's the bet Watson's stories were almost not published at all because the newspaper was so reluctant to associate with him?

I know there's a modern AU comic with black Holmes & Watson (which I was sure I had in my safekeeping tag on Tumblr, but fuck apparently need to find it again) but this too. I need this too.

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