Sherlock Holmes: The Game is Afoot, Again and Again!
Sherlock, which recently aired on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery, was created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (co-creator of another great BBC series, Coupling), and they do a phenomenal job of mixing Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories with modern situations and technology. For instance, like his literary counterpart, Dr. Watson has recently returned to England from military service in Afghanistan. Unlike the Victorian Holmes, Sherlock is addicted to texting and GPS technology. Both this series and Ritchie's film versions feature wonderful actors with sparkling dialogue, depict an entertaining and awe-inspiring London, and will keep you guessing with exciting plot twists.
Holmes lives on in book form, as well. Graham Moore's new novel, The Sherlockian, alternates between the story of a series of murders in 1900 that Arthur Conan Doyle attempts to solve, and the story of the violent death of a Holmes scholar that a fellow Sherlockian attempts to solve. It's gotten good reviews, and is a captivating read, especially for those who, (unlike me), are the Holmes and Doyle fanatics that the book's title describes.
In fact, when I started reading the book, I was reminded of the death of Richard Lancelyn Green, a Sherlockian whose strange death in 2004 raised eyebrows around the world. This "Mysterious Circumstance" was especially interesting to people at the Newberry Library, where I worked at the time. The Newberry owns an extraordinary collection of Doyle-related materials, and I had just been involved with the fundraising and promotion of an exhibit featuring these items. Green was the exhibit-opening lecturer, so we were shocked to hear of his sudden and unusual demise. I later discovered that Graham Moore's book was partly inspired by this event.
But I digress. All this just goes to show that some characters, and the stories that surround them, are timeless and endlessly engaging. A couple years ago, for instance, it seemed like everyone was writing about and adapting Jane Austen's books and characters (The Jane Austen Book Club, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, etc.) For whatever reason, it's the season for Sherlock. Elementary, my dear.
What Holmes originals, spin-offs, or adaptations do you recommend?
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