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Friday, December 21, 2012
12:00 AM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
As most aboard the Revenge are aware, I’ve been working on a Sherlock Holmes story. It’s an odd thing to play with. There are some very strict adherents to the canon, as they refer to it, out there.
And me, being me, well…I’m totally screwing with…well, everything. I know I could end up being pilloried for this, but I am doing this with an eye toward how much I love and enjoy Holmes.
The difficulty with doing this with any beloved figure or meme, if I’m using that correctly, is that you just don’t know how it will be received. Once upon a time, the lines between parody, pastiche, (another word I need to look up and make sure I’m using correctly), tribute, farce…all of these are fraught with peril. (Pastiche – basically a tribute using authentic selections from the canon.)
With the publication and acclaim given to 50 Shades of Grey, deserved or not, the window of what one can do with a world or character created by another has undergone a shift.
Fanfiction is one thing…but there are some creations that are all but sacrosanct.
I’ve yet to read about or see a fanfiction story about…oh, Jesus.
Okay, I’m lying. I have read some rather wonderful stories with Jesus as a character. But none of them were erotic. (Boggles the mind.) (Though I understand a few of the writing of medieval women who entered nunneries boarded on a sort of ecstasy that drifted into that territory…)
Anyway! I recently had a short IM exchange with a young friend who lives in Alaska. She is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. And she was a bit…worried…at hearing about my new story. She is a gatekeeper of the canon. While I am, admittedly, a barbarian. She left the conversation rather abruptly and I wonder… (She may have just been called away.)
We all have figures we can’t imagine anyone messing with. I’ve read fiction about so many historical figures, and beloved fictional characters. Never been offended. I’m not a big fan of stories where Kirk and Spock are hot and heavy for each other, but what the hell…I’m not a judge of what works for someone else!
I’ve read books where Jack London solved mysteries. Sherlock Holmes traveled aboard the Enterprise, Shakespeare met his ghost in the future…I have no barriers, that I’ve discovered yet!
I have a friend who despises seeing fairy tales retold, feeling they are trampling on childhood stories that should be sacred as they are. (Nevermind that they started as horrible stories told to scare people into behaving…)
Do you have limits? I’m curious…what about you? Any figure you couldn’t imagine seeing re-imagined? Ever thought about creating a story involving James West visiting England and wooing the ladies? Have you read anything like this?
BTW, if the Mayans were onto something…nevermind. It’s been a great ride!