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origins of the 221b form

according to fanlore.org, my ficlet Fall is the first 221b ever posted to AO3. I found this out because someone commented on the fic and wondered if I'd invented the form!

I didn't, of course, though I love writing in it. the first one I ever read was a lovely Sherlock/Lestrade fic, Housebreaking by suzie_shooter. her A/N says "Someone (I forget who) on the sherlockbbc comm introduced the concept of the '221B' ficlet - 221 words with the last one having to begin with 'B'. I rather like the idea."

does anyone know who did invent this form?

ETA: kcscribbler should be credited with this glorious invention; thank you to kalypso_v for the information.


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Jun. 8th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
In a story I wrote in October 2010 (though that was 999 words!) arisprite commented that she thought "the 221B format was created by kcscribbler here on lj, and on ff.net, and started with the original canon a few years ago".

Looking at kcscribbler's journal, the earliest entry tagged 221b is this one from March 2009; it's headed "Double 221b" which implies that the concept was already familiar to her readers. On her ff.net page, she refers to the "221B drabble format, which I created for the ACD!Holmes fandom years ago". So if someone's got time to trawl through her past works trying to find the earliest specimen...

Edited at 2012-06-08 10:31 am (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
thank you very much for this - that's very helpful! I will edit my AO3 reply to credit kcscribbler as the inventor.
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