Friday 23 March 2018

Friday Fics Fix - Overloaded

Sensory overload can occur with several different disabilities.

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Most commonly, it occurs with ADHD, Autism, Fibromyalgia, and Anxiety Disorders. It can also occur with migraines and many other conditions.

I get it with migraines (and I'm going to be honest, the Anxiety and the synaesthesia probably don't help with this.) It is a freaking b**ch.

So when a piece of fanfiction is an #ownvoices fic about sensory overload?

Dude, I was SO THERE!

Add to that that this fic is written in the BBC Sherlock fandom, and it was freaking calling for me, dearest nerdlets!

And it really fits with the character of Sherlock.

A lot of people have theories about possible neurodivergence or mental health problems when it comes to the way Benedict Cumberbatch plays the character.

And we already know that he had past drug addiction problems, which can, in itself, cause sensory overload.

See? It totally fits! XD

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We also have some M/M romance here in the form of an established relationship between Sherlock, and John Watson.

To some people this element may come across as 'love cures all' - but I don't think it is.

I think it's probably more like 'it's handy to have someone around to help you when you're in f**king pain!' (Lol.)

This week's fic, then, is:

A Desert Blessing, An Ocean Curse by too many stars to count (Imagined_away)

Fanfiction is gonna change the world my nerdlets!!!! Do you know of any awesome fics which feature disability?

Friday Fics Fix is going on break next week, and will be back on 6th April :)

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  1. Wow it’s so great that you were able to find a fic that features this disability! I don’t think I have ever read a book about sensory overload.

    1. I know, right? Like, it's an aspect to a lot of disabilities, so I'd expect it to come up more!

  2. I can sooooo relate to sensory overload... I didn't even know why I was always so cranky working in an office, despite everyone finding it just fine. Only after a year of working at home I realized that I can't handle prolonged noise pollution... causes some terrible stuff. Ugh... so nice that you found something ownvoices about this :) people need to know it's not just someone being cranky or "pissy". It's a real thing...

    1. Yeah - I've had a migraine this week, along with sensory overload, and I think my family are now terrified of me! Lol.

      I find sunglasses help with the increased light-sensitivity, but if my dad doesn't stop vacuuming soon, I may have to slap him! (Just kidding. But I will give him a death glare!)

  3. That's awesome that you found a fic with #ownvoices rep of a disability!

    1. Fanfiction will save the goddamn world dammit!!!!!! XD

  4. awesome to see fics that explore sensory overload! yup I know ALL about it being ADHD AND having fybro :( amazingly after SO many years together my other half STILL gets mad at me when I ask him to lower the radio or TV! Or rolls his eyes when I tell him not to grab my hand so tight! He genuinely thinks I'm overreacting or just being a brat. :(

    Most people just think I'm antisocial [rolling my eyes]

    So, sometimes I just like to live up to their expectations ;-P

    1. Argh! (Get mad back at him.) (Did I say that?) (Nope. It's your imagination. *shifty glances*)

      Ha, why the hell not? Lol. ;)

  5. Thought this was a really good portrayal of sensory overload and awesome that it's #ownvoices. But despite how much I love the 'bromance' between John and Sherlock I just can't see Sherlock as a sexual being no matter how much I try.

    1. That's fair - a lot of people view Sherlock as aro-spec and/or ace-spec, and that's a totally valid interpretation :)

      I think that a lot of fans have trouble seeing Sherlock as anything other than a sexual being though ;) (I blame Cumberbatch for this. 100%!)


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