|Abbreviation(s):||MR; BEEK; MREG; LETT; MOOR; OJER; JUST; GAME; LOCK|
|Creator:||Laurie R. King|
|Country of Origin:||Britain-US|
|External Links:||Laurie R. King's homepage|
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The Mary Russell series, by Laurie R. King, is a sequel to the Sherlock Holmes series that concentrates on the life of adventures of Mary Russell, a British-American woman who becomes first Holmes's apprentice, and later his wife. The fandom is sometimes referred to as The Beekeeper's Apprentice, after the first novel in the series. Although widely criticised, both for its Mary Sue qualities and for the "heresy" of marrying off Holmes, it has a strong fanbase.
The Russell fandom is largely based on mailing lists, although a LiveJournal community does exist. The RUSS-L list (link) was created in the 1990s by R. J. Anderson. It moved to Yahoogroups in 2000, and continues in its current format. In 2006, in response to a decrease in meaningful content, and a general failure to adhere to list rules, R. J. Anderson appointed two co-mods, Branwyn and LizBee. In the ensuing controversy, a rival list, Letters_of_Mary (link), was founded. R. J. Anderson and Branwyn both resigned their modships later that year. LizBee is currently the sole listmod.
Mary Russell stories are occasionally written for Yuletide.