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Metafic: B221

BBC Sherlock

Rating: U

Set in the Mary Sue Sutherland metafic verse.

Summary: Mary Sue discusses writing techniques...


"Before we start, let me be clear that my interest in 221Bs is purely for a case."

"Of course. Because why would the great Sherlock Holmes stoop to writing fanfic?"

"Less sarcasm, Miss Sutherland. You're an idiot, but try at least to be a useful idiot."

"Remind me again why I'm helping you?"

"You want dirt on my brother's private life to incorporate in your RPFs."

"I prefer calling it background colour. But why come to me?"

"I need someone with a rudimentary grasp of both mathematics and fanfic. The intersection of those two sets has remarkably few members. Lestrade believes that our suspect's using some variant of the old trick of having every third word in a text spell out a message."

"As in the Gloria Scott case?"

"Exactly. But surely that's implausible?"

"Extremely. The 221B's a pretty strict form. It'd be tough to get more than a very short message into one while retaining any proper narrative. Much easier with a longer fic."

"You could doubtless camouflage the entire text of a naval treaty within some of your own effusions, Miss Sutherland. Yet you also persistently continue to churn out 221Bs."

"When they work, they're very satisfying. Though I tend to cheat, naturally."

"Naturally. How?"

"I think of a word starting with B and then write the fic backwards."

Comments

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warriorbot
Nov. 3rd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
*squeeing myself senseless*


I have no words for how much concentrated brilliance is here!


*dances*
marysutherland
Nov. 4th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Pleased to have got you dancing. Of course, Sherlock should really have got you to help him out with the code-breaking, but he's probably still pissed off about the Holmescest. On the other hand, when he finds out what Mary Sue Sutherland writes next (she is now taking on a strange life of her own, and I'll post the next story sometime this month), he may be even more alarmed.

PS: since you like fics playing technical games, have you seen Kalypso-V's amazing case fic in 221Bs?
shouldboverthis
Nov. 3rd, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Absolute WIN! (Is there a hidden message? I tried a couple of counts.)
marysutherland
Nov. 4th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I didn't manage a hidden message - I'm tempted to try a fic with one in at some point, but it might completely break my brain.
fengirl88
Nov. 4th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
I am so slow - this is what comes of reading late at night. only just got the title! *headdesk*

*applauds and sporfles*
marysutherland
Nov. 4th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I read someone - I think it was Morgan Stuart talking about finding it hard to write 221Bs (though she's very good at them). Which somehow mutated into this in my brain, which always goes a bit barking when it comes to 221Bs.
2ndskin
Nov. 4th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
FIVE MINUTE STANDING OVATION FOR THIS ONE.
Brilliant, funny, and even a spot on portrait of Sherlock too!
MORE APPLAUSE AND GIGGLES.
<3<3<3
marysutherland
Nov. 4th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
But note that when other LJ people turn up in Sherlock fics, they get sexy times. I get called an idiot by my own characters. (Yes, I do have problems. Good deduction, that).
2ndskin
Nov. 5th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
See, to be honest--I think it's such a privilege to be called an idiot by Sherlock--it's not a problem, it's a badge of honor!
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