OK. WARNING!!!! This ones totally at random. I have to start by explaining that I have suffered (enjoyed), a life long interest (obsession) with all things Sherlockian (I smoke a pipe, prattle on a violin, and have worked a number of years as an actual private detective). As such I recently decided to replace the wallpaper on my desktop with something that reflects said "interest". Upon an exhaustive search of google images, I settled on a painting of the new BBC Cumberbatch version of Holmes. This particular painting it turns out was actually a deviation from a DA member and was beatifully done (I have since changed the wallpaper again, and therefore do not have a link as I cannot find the submission). This discovery prompted me to do a search of deviant art for further Sherlockian deviations.
Now I preface the following by stating that I believe Mr. Cumberbatch to be one of the only, if not the only actor to do the character a close justice (not fully though, lending more to directoral issues than his acting), especially considering the modern setting of the show. Despite this I was sorely disappointed at two facts, first being that nearly EVERY DA submission of anything having to do with Sherlock Holmes was of the new BBC characterizations, valid as they are. This was disappointing because it signifies a lack of interest in the actual Sir Aurthur Conan-Doyle stories, and more an interest in simplistic pop culture, and a true symptom of todays societies lack of any form of attention span. (Although if you have read this far, it somewhat proves me wrong!). A classic example of this ignorance, being the typical image of Sherlock with a calabash pipe, he never smoked a calabash, he had three pipes, the main being a rustic billiard briar (look it up), the stupid, absurd calabash was a hollywood distortion. I was especially disappointed at what seems to be nothing more than a superficial interest in such a literary masterpiece based solely on the looks of Benedict Cumberbatch, and the surface level pity for the Martin Freeman version of Dr. Watson. Ironic (and one of the major deviations of the BBC series), is the fact that the Conan-Doyle originals were quite the reverse, with Watson the supposed "ladies man" and Holmes being far too introspective and egocentric to know any women let alone pique thier interest (the intellectual Adler being the exception). Which brings me to my second source of disappointment.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DR. JOHN WATSON WERE NOT GAY!!!! This will not be a pointless exposition on my personal opinion of homosexuality. I don't care for the headaches that I am sure would accompany the multitude of annoyed, idiotic, meaningless statements about it. I suppose it's really just a spinoff of my first point that I am annoyed with the pop culture departures from classical litarary originals, and societies ignorance of it. It is more than clear in not only the classic original, but also in the TV series that Sherlock, and the good doctor are not gay. In fact, Dr. Watson states on a number of occasions in the television series, an emphatic "WE ARE NOT GAY!". This may seem a moot point to some, but it really does have a major bearing on the entirity of the 40 year span of thier relationship. Yes, they were very close, and had what many would brainlessly call a "bromance", this does not insinuate a romantic relationship though. To thier folly, many people misunderstand pletonic male relationships, and the comradery that goes with it.
This is where I thoroughly expect to recieve comments deriding my opinions. (I'll likely just ignore them). What follows is surely going to be interpreted as offensive by many, but as Sherlock himself might say, "I am not insulting you... I'm describing you". The relationship between Holmes and Watson is generally misunderstood as homosexual by those who do not truly understand what male comradery is. I.E. (here it comes!!) women, and homosexuals. GAAASSSSSPPPP!!!! I said something politically incorrect ( I genuinly do not care).
By nature, the typical woman has little understanding of male relationships, as thier own relationships with other women are generally superficial, jealous and somewhat passive aggresive, prompting many women to not make friends with other women, but build friendly relationships rather with men (hence many a young girls closeness to thier fathers, and derision of thier mothers.) Despite what many women believe and expound, male relationships are in fact, emotionally deep. Though we may not say much, silence speaks volumes. Clearly a throwback to the necessity of silence during party hunting, yet a clear need to communicate was present, as such men effectively learned to read each others minds, not through telepathy but through cohesion, and oneness. Not unlike two soldiers entering battle as aquainances, and exiting as brothers, Holmes and Watson, had that same stress based single minded relationship defined as comradry, not homosexuality.
Secondly, it is rather clear that a number of the proponents of this theory, if it can be called that, are themselves, gay. It is human nature to project ones personal preferances and characteristics on those they look up to in order to create an intellectual, emotional, or physical link to that person. Doing this though distorts the truth, and in this case, distorts the original intention of the author, to show a male relationship, co-dependant as it may be (Watson with his PTSD, and Holmes with his recreational cocaine use.... gasp!) , as men experience this brotherhood. Twisting that relationship into something sexual, or even overly sensitive as one artist has clearly done, twists the story. One deviation in particular irked me. It depicted what can be assumed is meant to be a manga style version of the modern BBC characters in a close embrace, Watson perhaps frightened, and the brooding Holmes giving a protective "Back off!" look as insinuated by a numer of posts. In fact, Watson was the quintessential "manly man", suffering quietly to himself with post traumatic stress disorder as well as a number of recurring injuries, all the while attemping to wean Sherlock from the needle. It is far from the authors intention that John would ever run crying to Sherlock, with a little kids "they called me a mean name!!" look. Dr. John Watson was a veteran of the Boer war, and the Afghan front, not a particularly sensitive fellow.
I could honestly go on about this for hours and give definitive proof in support of my position, the simple fact is that I do not care to. This was meant as a bit of a rant I suppose, to get out the frustration I suffer at the ignorance, and weak mindedness of modern society.
Damn, I hate that idiotic "johnlock" term... morons.