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Fic: The Perils of RPF

Title: The Perils of RPF
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: G
Characters: John Watson, Phillip Anderson
Length: 546 words
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP 2015 Picture Prompt #25, Fanworks Across the Ages. Set during season 3. Unbeta'd.
Summary: Sherlock's habit of tracking back links to his website has some unintended consequences.

Mary worked the late shift on Mondays, and Sherlock was busy with some project, so John was settling down in front of the tele for 'The Best of Top Gear' with a reheated risotto when his phone rang.

"John Watson speaking," John answered, hoping it was a telemarketer, or someone else that he could legitimately hang up on.

"Hello, this is Phillip Anderson. We used to work at the Yard together?"

John considered it for a moment, decided he'd been spending too much time with Sherlock recently, and replied courteously. "Yes, of course, what can I do for you?"

"I don't know if you're aware of this, but while Sherlock was away, I took it upon myself to form an international association of people who believed in him and his legacy."

"The fan club? Yeah, Greg mentioned it."

"Right. Our members were passionate followers of your blog, John. And when it went so long without being updated, which we all understood, of course, some of the members started to write their own."

"Their own blogs?"

"No, their own Sherlock Holmes stories. Fictional ones. It's very common, these days. People write about actors, musicians, hockey players. It's called RPS, or RPF. Real Person Fiction."

John wondered what RPS stood for. Real Person Stories, probably. "Well that's … a bit odd, but it's fine, I suppose, as long as they're clearly marked as fiction."

"Oh, they are," Phillip assured him. "Only, you see, last week Sherlock found our archive online. He started reading the stories and commenting on them. And you know how he would sometimes leave those nasty little comments criticizing your blog entries?"

"Mmmhmm," John said, trying not to laugh.

"Well, it turns out that was him being kind. At first he was only critiquing the deductions, but now he's moved on to plot, characterization, spelling and grammar. Some of his critiques are longer than the original stories," Phillip whined. "And he started off reading all the case fics, but now that he's finished them all, he's on to the PWP's!"

John wondered what a PWP might be. "How many stories are there on this archive, anyway?"

"Over 700 now," Phillip said, sounding rather proud.

"700? Jesus. I don't know what to tell you, Phillip. You know what he's like. Once things are up on the internet, they're open to the public. You could try putting in some password protection, but I doubt it would keep him out. Maybe just warn everyone that writing Sherlock Holmes stories isn't for the faint of heart, and if they want to avoid Sherlock ripping them to shreds, they'd better make those stories bloody good ones."

"Oh ... that could work," Phillip said, sounding excited. "Pitch it to the members as a challenge. Less quantity, higher quality, require betas, and see who can impress the great Sherlock Holmes. Thank you, John, you've been a great help!"

He rang off. John pulled up the browser on his phone to see if he could find this archive. The publisher he'd spoken to last week wasn't sure if there was still enough public interest in Sherlock to merit a full book, but if he could prove he already had an established fan-base, that might change her mind.

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capt_facepalm
Jul. 26th, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)
At first he was only critiquing the deductions, but now he's moved on to plot, characterization, spelling and grammar. Some of his critiques are longer than the original stories.
OH YES! I can just see that happening!
keerawa
Jul. 26th, 2015 12:23 am (UTC)
Sherlock was bored. Pity the poor RPF writers. Thanks for the comment, captain!
okapi1895
Jul. 26th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
Poor fic writers! They're like, "Who is this guy?!"
keerawa
Jul. 26th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
More like, "Who is this asshole?", but yeah. ;-)
monkeybard
Jul. 26th, 2015 04:34 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yes, I can definitely see that happening. Love John's off-hand wondering what RPS and PWP mean without ever finding out. :D
keerawa
Jul. 26th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
*grins* I had fun with that. Anticipating the pay-off that we know is coming makes it all the sweeter. Thanks, monkeybard!
thesmallhobbit
Jul. 26th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
I can certainly see his critique being longer than the stories!
keerawa
Jul. 26th, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! And poor John's left at home because Mary's working and Sherlock's busy telling people they are wrong wrong WRONG on the Internet.
tifaching
Jul. 27th, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha! Less quantity, higher quality, require betas. LOLOLOL.

I've seen a few episodes of Sherlock now and am planning on many more. Flamer from hell he would be. :)
keerawa
Jul. 27th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)
*grins* Ti! Come play in the Sherlock fandom. There are only 9 episodes, so its easy to get caught up with canon!

Oh God, Sherlock's comments would be a train-wreck.
caffienekitty
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
Sherlock would be the harshest beta ever. And poor John for what the rabbit hole he's about to fall down.
keerawa
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:26 am (UTC)
Oh God, he really would. With insults thrown in on top of the con-crit. *evil laugh at John*

Thanks, caffienekitty!
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