Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Currently Listening to: Maroon 5, Love Somebody
So let me start with the fact that I love everything related to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I love the movies with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law and I love the BBC show with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. I am somewhat obsessed, I will admit that I am…what’s the word? Sherlocked. I even convince my boyfriend to go and see the last episode of the recent BBC series in the movie theater. A perk of living in a populated area compared to Vermont.
So it’s surprising, even to me when I say that I have never actually read any of the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. I have a complete collection of them, in a lovely hardcover “Barnes and Noble Classic” case, but yet I’ve never read them. Partly because the book is so big and heavy I can’t bring it anywhere. So it’s now become my bedside reading. Which means it will take me awhile to get through them all but I’m determined.
Anyway, A Study in Scarlet is the first in the series. It really sets up who Sherlock and Watson are. It introduces you to both characters as well as them being introduced to themselves. The Sherlock portrayed in the stories seem very different to me compared to the Sherlocks of TV and movie. He seems less….rude. He seems more cheerful in the books toward Watson, even in the beginning compared to the productions. Overall, the first story was a good setup but the “mystery” was really boring. I wasn’t a huge fan but I got through it hoping the following would be better. So far I really like the second story so I’m happy with that.
On a side note- I really like how the BBC version takes the stories and manipulates it into this time period. I found myself reading about how Sherlock knows John has a sibling by a watch and could picture the same conversation in a taxi but with a cell phone. It was so fun to read that and also realize the authenticity of a lot of what the BBC show does.
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