I'm reading this huge Sherlock AU right now, called Names for the Galaxy
. It's set in the future, and Sherlock is one of a number of mysterious beings called "afters," who've been appearing on earth for decades, seemingly transported from another time, place, or dimension.
I've had a theory since chapter two (about 100K ago) about what the "afters" really are. I'm pretty sure I'm right, and I just want to flail at someone about it, but there isn't really a forum in which I can do that.
One of the frustrating things about fanfic is that it's something you can't talk about with (most) other people, because there are so many layers of context that a person has to understand before it will make any sense to them at all. My father, for example, reads tons of Sci-Fi novels, and he's always telling me about them, but I'm not really comfortable telling him about the fanfic I'm reading (even the non-explicit stuff), because he just doesn't get
fanfic. He'd also probably find the whole Johnlock angle a bit laughable, which would inevitably aggravate me to no end.
Online book clubs can be good for discussing fic, but the problem there is that you have to spend a fair amount of time and effort pulling together your thoughts enough to compose a written comment. You can't just open your mouth and start talking, the way you would at a meatspace book club, or if you were discussing fanfic with a friend in RL.
But OMG, seriously, the "afters" are totally ( fanfic spoilerCollapse )