16 . 10 . 2011
The Origins of the Fandom
The Sherlock fandom have a lot of inside jokes like the jam, kittens and so on. I have tried to put the biggest of them together and ties to explain their origin. I hope someone finds it useful :)
The Jam - The jam (mostly strawberry or raspberry) did not originate within the Sherlock fandom. It’s based on a comic by Kate Beaton where a Victorian Watson likes jam very much. Link to the original comic
Anderson and the dinosaur - What I have been told it originated from a kink meme which said : “Anderson thinks of dinosaurs when he masturbate.” I have no source to the original meme.
Martin is made of kittens - It’s not hard to find the origin for this. Martin is adorable. What else is adorable? Kittens. So therefore Martin must be made of kittens.
Tell me about Rupert Graves - When a Sherlockian says to you “Tell me about Rupert Graves” you have to answer: “Rupert Graves is good at football and has five children” This originated from the audio commentary of The Great Game on the Sherlock DVD. In the audio Mark says: “Tell us about Rupert Graves, Benedict.” where Benedict answer : …is a good fotball… and so on. Link to the audio
Sherlock the hammer shark - This started with the comic “Meet the Mummy" in which Sherlock and John are visiting Sherlock’s mum who turns out to be a hammer shark.
John the hedgehog - arrived from a fic with fanart a while ago. It’s about Sherlock as a child, only having a friend that’s a hedgehog he names John (link/source unknown)
Sussex Vampires - also known as glamlock. It’s an AU that someone came up with. Sherlock and John are dressed up in David Bowie inspired clothes and have an art/glam rock band called ‘Sussex Vampires’. John’s stage name is Johnny Lazers.
The cat jumper - It’s originated from when y0do decided to follow up santheum's comment (Link to that post) about drawing John/Marin in this jumper. When y0do had done it soon other artists followed. I have even see some art with Sherlock, Moriarty and Mycroft wearing it but it’s mostly “John’s” sweater. The jumper is by a designer called ‘PrettySnake’ Link his the onlineshop
Moves Like Jagger (Aka: The Official Sherlock Fandom Theme Song) - I don’t thins anyone really knows the reason it started to be the theme song for the fandom. However Sherlock has got dem moves like Jagger, and basically the entire song describes all the sexual tension and homoerotic subtext in the the show. Plus it’s awesome and catchy as hell.
Flowers In A Box - If there someone is writing about Sherlock in uncharacteristically bad spelling, then either they just can’t spell, or they are quoting this piece of fanfiction. The one (and I think original) trollfic for the show… it’s create quite a few memes and you really just need to go and read it for them to make sense. Well actually they don’t make much sense after you read it either, it’s all good.
Alone on the water- It is the most famous Sherlock fanfic ever. Mostly because it is so depressing. Put a bunch of Sherlockians in a room and just start saying alone on the water, they will instantly start wanting to kill themselves. Few people have ever read it without crying. Everything Is Alone On The Water and everything hurts.
The Purple shirt of Sex - Is a seductively deep purple shirt that made it’s first appearance in “The Great Game”. It’s not hard to understand why it became a sensation. Just look how hot Benedict/Sherlock looks in it ;) (Link to a photo here)
The Striped cups - During the Sherlock series 2 shooting Mark Gatiss tweeted this photo of Martin and Benedict’s tea cups/mugs. It’s not hard to understand why the fandom loved it.
So done, I hope I could straight out some question marks for some of you :)
I have added their contributes to the list :)
EDIT: There is now a part two of this post. Link here.
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