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I have loved Irene Adler from the very start. I will say, at that point I hadn’t quite settled on Sherlock/John as being something I thought should happen. It really wasn’t until the Reichenbach Fall that I was like, in addition to being bffs, they should also make out.
(Actually, this moment below is the exact time where I was like KISS HIM!!!)
(True story: in the beginning of the series, I wanted Molly to get with Sherlock, because I kind of identified with her.)
Also, I didn’t start watching until after the second series was out, so I watched all of the show and then waded out into the fannish waters, because before that I was afraid of spoilers. I probably would have been influenced by all of that before that point, had I watched series 1 earlier.
But as for Irene, as a character I really like her. Recently I’ve been realizing that I really enjoy morally ambiguous, sexually aggressive, dangerous, smart ladies (here’s looking at you, Catwoman and Black Widow (well, Natasha hasn’t really gotten too much characterization in the movies yet, but I’m gonna assume she would be aggressive in every way)). Perhaps this is because I am one of them? HAHAHAHAHA. But anyway, I enjoy a lady who does not give a fuck and isn’t the stereotypical weak, submissive, generally useless female character (although the whole Strong Female Character thing is a problem too, but I like them better than the alternative).
In addition to being predisposed to like the woman who doesn’t care about being liked, I find the relationship she has with Sherlock to be interesting. I’ve never really thought Irene was in LOVE with Sherlock. I’ve always thought she was infatuated and fascinated with Sherlock. She finds him interesting and impressive and very bangable (I agree on all counts), while Sherlock also finds her interesting and impressive (but does not want to have sex with her). They want to figure out each other, and they’re both very clever, and in that way, they’re equals. The relationship is exciting, but it’s not love. When Sherlock thinks Irene’s dead, he’s sad, but he’s not mourning the loss of a crush, but rather the loss of a worthy adversary.
While Sherlock and Irene are very similar, Sherlock and John are very different, which is what makes them two halves of a whole. Sherlock is the mind, John is the heart, and together they’re more than the sum of their parts. There’s a reason they’re always together, why each is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the other, and that reason is love (and it doesn’t even have to be non-platonic!).
When Irene wants to have dinner with Sherlock, it’s part of a battle. She wants to seduce him, which for her would be a victory (she wants to beat him in two ways!). When John wants have dinner with Sherlock, he wants to spend time with his best friend. Sherlock doesn’t think he knows why he’d want to have dinner if he’s not hungry, but he does because he’s done it, and that reason is love.
Now, from the writing perspective, I do agree that it’s problematic that Irene doesn’t save herself in the end (but I have tried to do some mental gymnastics whereby since Irene managed to so intrigue Sherlock that he wanted to ensure she was still around, it’s kind of like she saved herself? but that is ridiculous). This is part of why I want her to come back and save herself some more.
So in conclusion: Irene doesn’t love Sherlock, she just finds him interesting and sexually appealing. John does love Sherlock (and is in denial about how sexy he actually thinks he is). Sherlock finds Irene and John interesting in different ways, loves John, and doesn’t love Irene.
And the pulse-taking scene was surprisingly hot.
If you could dye your hair any color, what would it be?
Who is your favorite character from your current fandoms?
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