Dec. 12th, 2013

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I just wanna preface this by saying I walked to school in -3F weather this morning. IN EARLY DECEMBER IN SOUTHERN INDIANA. This is not right. Anyway.

[livejournal.com profile] pennyplainknits asked me about Joan Watson.

One of my favorite things about Joan is that, despite people's ebullient tumblr tags that state otherwise, she's actually not perfect. There's this tendency to overcorrect when trying to make "good" female characters, where writers will have them do everything right, be beautiful, smart, kind, thoughtful, cunning, funny, sexy, brave, badass, etc. And Joan IS all of those things, don't get me wrong. She's just not all of them all the time. She makes mistakes. She gets in fights with people. She doesn't always look perfect. Okay, wait. That last one is totally not true.

My point is, Joan is real in a way that very few female characters on TV are real. Her motivations are understandable and consistent. She changes in ways that makes sense but sticks to certain principles and ideas when it's important. Her actions and personality are not defined by a man or her family - they're influenced by it, just as she influences others.

I also love Joan as the reclaiming of the Watson character from the bumbling sidekick stereotype he's been pigeonholed into in recent years. Sherlock values and respects Joan and is not afraid to show it. She's his partner in a way that Watson isn't really in BBC Sherlock or Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes. Since I can't stand relationships in which one person clearly sees the other as inferior to them, or at least acts that way all the time, I love this Watson and Holmes so much more than other current adaptations. There's nothing cool or ~edgy~ about treating someone you love like shit. You're not a tormented genius. You're just an asshole.

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