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21 December 2012 @ 11:29 pm
I told you the world wasn't going to end …  
But I've turned on the telly to catch up on some recorded docos and noticed that one of the channels here in Sydney is playing Deep Impact during the hours we were allegedly going to meet our doom. Well played, commercial TV, well played!

In good news, it may be the case that I will not hate Elementary, just the adverts, which from the sounds of my flist feedback are nothing like the actual show. Even though it's apparently best looked at as not-Holmes, but a good crime show with people whose parents thought it would be hilarious to name them after Holmes and Watson. I should emphasise that it's not the American location I have any objections to: I liked the American Office more than the British one (probably because I have a Ricky Gervais allergy) and I even liked the US Life on Mars, once I stopped thinking of it as Life on Mars: it had lots of good points in and of itself once you stopped comparing it, even if the ending was terribly silly.

And of all the writers who are very open to Americanisation, Conan Doyle would have popped himself up the top of the list. Like Dickens he was hugely aware of the importance of the US market and frequently had American crimes popping up. But I don't understand why they've not made Sherlock American. Surely there are hot American actors who can play slightly sociopathic geniuses who aren't Robert Downey Junior?

I have NOTHING that I have to write for the rest of the year! Between work and fandom and my own work, I have kicked over 180,000 words in the last three-and-a-bit months. My hands are tired! Should probably kick on with the original stuff, or raitala and pingrid will Have Words (such as 'you giant slacker' and 'I thought you were planning to fund your next trip this way').
uminohikariuminohikari on December 21st, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
It's because the US is obsessed with RDJ.

Or at least, all my friends are? I don't care, as long as it has Lucy Liu :P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 21st, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Well, he is terrifically handsome …

I am keen on Lucy Liu, too, which is why I am hoping Elementary will be nothing like the ads, in which she is a feeble weeble. LIU IS NOT FEEBLE! I am sure I should believe that she would never say yes to a feeble role, but I have seen loads of great actors who are also fab people go 'Eh, stuffit, I want to fund my retirement!'
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 22nd, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Well then, in that case I feel less scared!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 22nd, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
I like Rainen's theory that a British accent makes a man immensely hotter ;-) Though Hugh Laurie as Hugh Laurie is a man I would love to be friends with, Hugh Laurie with an American accent is a man I suddenly say 'Oh! Oh, now I get it!' about ;-)
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on December 22nd, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)
that's a great way to look at the show, really. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 22nd, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Fanfic inspired coping skills ;-)
Rainienrainien on December 22nd, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Call me cynical, but my explanation as to why they didn't get an American to play Holmes is purely based on sex appeal. The actor (I'm sorry but I really don't know his name), is handsome, but by his looks alone not what I would call sexy. Add the accent, though, and this adds a whole new layer for the fellow American women of my circle.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 22nd, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Look, I'd say something eyerolly here, but I would be a GIANT hypocrite if I did, because the truth of the matter is that on any number of occasions in my younger days I used my own accent to land hot American boys (whose greatest virtue was meant to be that they would then Go Away. That part didn't always work out, American boys can be very sappy romantic types!)
Rainienrainien on December 22nd, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
I could be really philosophical about just why Americans seem to be so fond of a nice accent, but it'd take far too long. The simple explanation is that we, by and large, love a good understandable accent. Perhaps it adds an air of mystery? Perhaps it's one of those things that just IS.