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Sherlock Stars Ambushed With Fan Fiction During Q&A Session

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12/16/2013 9:01 pm
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Sherlock Stars Ambushed With Fan Fiction During Q&A Session
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Jenna Boures

Staff Writer

Many fans of the BBC series Sherlock feel that the titular detective and Dr. Watson’s relationship is more than simply platonic. At a screening of the latest episode in the series, interviewer Caitlin Moran had stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman read a steamy scene pulled from a work of fan fiction. Following the BFI premiere of “The Empty Hearse”, a Q&A session conducted by Moran was held with the show’s cast and writers. The journalist prepared a scene for Cumberbatch and Freeman to read, acknowledging that the scene was part of a romantic work of fan fiction taken from the Internet. The actors read through the scene and discovered that the piece contained more mature content than they were led to believe. Moran’s decision to have the detective duo read the fanfic prompted backlash from fans who felt that the interviewer was insulting them. Moran illustrated her thoughts about the screening through her twitter account.
Photo courtesy of Caitlin Moran Twitter Photo courtesy of Caitlin Moran Twitter
Cumberbatch and Freeman were both seemingly displeased with the surprise fanfic reading, although they played along with the joke and ended it once they realized the adult nature of the work. This is not the first time Sherlock fanfiction has been an interview topic, talk show host Graham Norton confronted Cumberbatch about racy fanfics on his show in March. Both Cumberbatch and Freeman have expressed that they are flattered by fan fiction. Moran is a columnist at The Times and has previously caused controversy on Twitter in response to her interview with Girls’ Lena Dunham. The columnist previously participated in Sherlock events such as the BFI screening for “A Scandal In Belgravia” in 2011. Those who did not attend the special screening will find out how Sherlock survived the fall in “The Empty Hearse”, premiering on BBC One at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day and on PBS at 10 p.m. on Janurary 19th in the US.


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