by Doug Bevins
Anybody who is or was an English student has likely heard of or at least read one of the many Sherlock Holmes stories that are available in various books. But has anybody stopped to consider that the great detective of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s day has been taken to such great lengths in how he is portrayed as to be overdone? Personally, I am biased to the books and the television series where Jeremy Brett was the man chosen for the role of Holmes.
So should a great character such as Holmes be contained to the original stories told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the show where Jeremy Brett was the lead? I think each of us who are fans of the great detective should maintain that loyalty without making later telling of the story (the modernized BBC series Sherlock as an example) seem like they are disrespectful to the original. When a character is a classic (seeing details out of minuscule details, devising answers where others had missed it all, making improbable conclusions, etc) like Sherlock Holmes is, there will always be offshoots, spinoffs, etc, but we must always remember that creating versions of a great character is a sign of great respect to the original character. So in answer to the question of how to maintain loyalty, one should always stay true to the version of this classic character to which they were introduced whether in school or through personal reading, but show respect to fans of all other versions of great characters ( I am a fan of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes so I need to be loyal to that while being respectful of those who are fans of the BBC series Sherlock). All in all, Sherlock Holmes is a classic character who has many fans.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (andrewsbookreviews.wordpress.com)