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|Anonymous said: 002 for joan watson?|
How I feel about this character:
ahaha HAHA AH HAH.
SIT DOWN GATHER ROUND, I’MMA TELL YOU A THING.
I’ve never seen a Chinese character received with so much welcome in a fandom, at all, ever. And I am talking specifically about her being a Chinese woman, not a WOC, not an Asian woman, because for me it took me a long time to identity as a ‘woman if colour’ in fandom and process what that meant. A lot of my early fandom days were in the Harry/Cho corner, and a lot of it was shaped by how hated Cho was. It was very sobering, very quickly. So I spent a lot of my formative fandom years making up headcanons for ignored, stereotyped Chinese characters who were forgotten and sidelined.
I’ve never seen a Chinese character so universally adored. I’ve never seen a fandom willing to unite and rally against people who talk shit about her; for the longest time, it was a small corner of fans holding our own, while the rest of them praised their basic white faves.
I’m not going as far to say I’m willing to break friendships over her, but I have been distancing myself from people irl who say that Joan is boring while fawning over Moriarty (not that I don’t like her, but white women are celebrated enough by them already, thanks.).
Joan is my sun and stars, she so so important to me for so many goddamn reasons.
All the people I ship romantically with this character:
Sherlock, mostly. Sort of. And Mary, even if she’s not here yet, and I can sort of get behind Joan/Marcus.
My non-romantic OTP for this character:
EVERYONE. I’ve written about Joan/Moriarty, but I also love the dynamics she has with everyone else. Joan and Gregson and Marcus exchanging looks, Joan being friends with Ms Hudson, Joan outsmarting Mycroft in whatever scheme he’s pulling.
My unpopular opinion about this character:
I’ve always pictured biromantic demisexual Joan, which is not a headcanon I’ve seen around a lot, and is linked to why I don’t mind her being ‘Victorian’ about sex. It’s probably because I share a lot of her reservations about people going on about their conquests in the middle of the day and discomfort with semi-nudity so I’m aware that a lot of this is projection.
One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon:
I’m with the rest of the fandom in saying we need more Joan emotional focus. Also, I needed more of her family backstory like yesterday.
Right now, I’m gonna say Sherlock/Joan.
my cross over ship:
Joan/Bev, forensic friends. Joan/Abbie, talking smack about their white British boy pets. Joan/Parker, grifting and casually stealing shit.
a headcanon fact:
After Joan’s Mafia phase, she totally had a rebellious heists phase, where she would imagine gathering her own caper crew. The thrill she gets when she picks a lock or a pocket now is her inner 17-year-old whooping with self-pride.