So Lucy Liu was cast as Joan Watson in Elementary, CBS's adaptation of Sherlock (which, as you remember, is also an adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle books from the nineteenth century), and fandom is, shall we say, displeased. These are my two cents: maybe not the brightest pennies in the box but it's my metaphor and I'll mangle it if I want to.
I know that the BBC version of Sherlock is a precious thing to many of us and a lot of people don't want to see it become tarred in any way by Elementary, which people are already sure is going to suck by the sheer virtue of it being American. There's talk of "shitty adaptations" and "it's not Sherlock Holmes without London" and "stop ripping off good British TV" and even "CBS is homophobic and cutting out the slash potential by making John Watson a woman"—these are all legitimate concerns. I understand where you're coming from and the problematic concepts you're trying to address.
But as for the casting of Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, if you could take a second and ask yourself this: how many female Asian-American live-action TV characters can you name from when you were young?
Can you name any?
( Why I think this casting decision is AWESOME.Collapse )
Sorry for everyone seeing this a million times, but I wanted to make a public post for this. Um, feel free to share?
AO3 recently updated its layout. I've designed a few quickfixes for readability, separated by function: they're about a few lines long each, and you can use as few or as many of them as you'd like. This only works for people with AO3 accounts, sorry.
Behind the cut are combined & separate codes to:
— change the background color to white
— force all fonts to your preferred font
— uncapitalize fic titles
— make the margins on fic text larger
— add back the divider between the summary/notes and the fic text
— make the input boxes white instead of lavender
— make boxes white instead of lavender on author pages
— ETA: un-shade the relationship tags (forgot to add this earlier, sorry)
Implementing the combined code will give you this (serif and sans serif), and the author pages will look like this.
Because I don't like change, I've messed around with the layout and now mine looks like this: fic page and author page. If you want of the particular fixes you see here, let me know, and I'll dig through my code and get back to you.
( How-to, combined code, and code snippets.Collapse )
[Original author's note redacted.]
12/2011: I have gotten about fifteen PMs asking whether this fic will continue to stay around on the internet, and the answer is yes. It can also be found here on AO3 in the case that this journal is taken down. Anyone is free to save my fic to their hard drive, but I ask that you please do not repost it anywhere on the internet.
Sherlock | PG-13 | Anthea/Mycroft | 2,000 words | mentions of transphobia
Sometimes you're Anthea, sometimes you're Anthony, but you're always still you.
( John Watson asks, is that your real name, and you hesitate for a second and say no.Collapse )