I’m not hungry. Let’s have dinner.
There’s something magical about our fandom. It might just be because it’s really late and Jerry Springer put me in a good mood (I wonder what Jezza Kyle thinks of it!) but I honestly believe that we should be proud of our fandom. Even though the series ended tragically and we lost our favourite detective, we didn’t simply just accept the fact that the show was over until next series and we had nothing to do with ourselves other than fall into a state of post-reichenbach depression filled with angsty artwork and prose.
We couldn’t just allow our detective to be so wrongfully shamed and discriminated against. Even though he’s a fictional character, we felt the obligation to protect his good name and in doing so brought our respect for the characters in the show (and books) into the real world through the #believeinsherlock movement.
Even though members of the fandom might disagree with making these buttons, creating bookmarks or sticking up flyers, I believe it to be truly special. Although I’ve never experienced it myself, I’ve read the reactions of members of the fandom when they strolled to school or work and found a poster stuck up on the wall. The boring day-to-day routine is broken by something simple as a few words scrawled on a post it note. I imagine that by seeing one of these posters, a sense of warmth fills you and accompanies the grin that pulls at your lips as you realise something special: you are not alone.
I believe that this movement is a way for our fandom to communicate with one another, like a comforting hand on your shoulder telling you that it’s ok, someone else understands how you’re feeling. This movement is so large and spread throughout the world that it truly makes our fandom a community. We are all able to communicate with one another through displaying our protests against Moriarty/Richard Brook. I think it’s incredible that these posters are able to convey to each of us that it is perfectly fine to be the ‘weird’ one in class or the ‘awkward’ person who is judged by their peers because you are not alone. Through displaying such devotion to a fictional character, you are presenting yourself as a kind-hearted, sincere, passionate, compassionate,dedicated, brilliant, emotive, creative, loyal and beautiful person. Anyone who disagrees or judges you for displaying your vibrancy fails to understand how amazing you are as a person.
I just have a lot of feelings regarding the happiness this movement brings people.
Dear Sherlock fandom, you are incredibly charming and I think I’m in love with you.
(As someone who is also part of the Doctor Who fandom and enjoys the Winchester brothers, I’d like to point out that all fandoms are incredible due to their own merits but I left my mind with The Reichenbach Fall so it’s getting all the attention right now.)