I Believe in Sherlock Holmes
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I Believe in Sherlock Holmes is a Sherlock meme that developed shortly after the second series finale, "The Reichenbach Fall", first aired on January 15th 2012. It is a reference to the ending of the episode where Sherlock's credibility is questioned by the media.
It originated and is most active on Tumblr, and it quickly spread to various websites such as Twitter, LiveJournal, and into RL: fans have created graphics and flyers, painted on walls, printed t-shirts etc. saying "I believe in Sherlock Holmes" or one of its variations.
Common variations of the meme include:
- Moriarty was Real
- I Believe in Jim Moriarty
- Richard Brook is a Fraud
- Fighting John Watson's War
A tongue-in-cheek counter to the meme is "Richard Brook is Innocent," or "I Believe in Richard Brook," suggesting that the person believes that Sherlock Holmes is a fraud just as Moriarty made him appear to be.
Similarities with Past Holmes Fandom
In her blog post "The Affair of the Black Armbands" Diane Duane pointed out the similarities between the current Holmes movement to how Victorians reacted in the late 1800s when Holmes was first killed off by Arthur Conan Doyle:
- "The public responded with a massive uproar that amazed everybody, especially Doyle. Twenty thousand people canceled their subscriptions to the Strand. Hate mail arrived at the magazine’s editorial offices by the sackload. Thousands of people wrote Doyle directly, begging him to reverse Holmes’s death. Many people took to wearing black armbands in the street, in mourning for Sherlock Holmes. The death of the world’s first consulting detective was taken up by the wire services and reported all over the world as front-page news. Obituaries for Holmes appeared everywhere. Petitions were signed and “Keep Holmes Alive” clubs were formed. Not since the demise of Dickens’ Little Nell had a literary death had such powerful effect right across the whole language area of its readership, and not since then had a fandom made itself so obvious in its grief. The like would not be seen again until the deaths of Spock and Dumbledore."
- Tumblr tags: believe in sherlock, i believe in sherlock, i believe in sherlock holmes, believe in sherlock holmes
- believeinsherlock Tumblr blog
- #Believe in Sherlock on Facebook
- I believe in Sherlock Holmes tag on AO3
- “Sherlock” Fans Create DIY Guerilla Marketing Campaign “Believe in Sherlock” article on movieviral.com
an example of one of the fan made flyers. It reads: "I Know You're For Real: nobody could fake being such an annoying dick all the time". One of four flyers that were distributed during Escapade 2012 in the women's bathroom. At the bottom are small tags that people who support the message can remove.
"Stay Calm and Believe In Sherlock Holmes." This poster parodies the many World War 2 posters displayed in London. It was posted in the Escapade 2012 con suite.
- "The Affair of the Black Armbands" by Diane Duane, dated January 17, 2012.