|Sherlock Holmes statue|
There are some characters in literature that we tend to think of as real people—Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Mr. Darcy, Frankenstein, Dracula, to name a few. But perhaps one of the most loved yet deeply flawed characters in all history would be Sherlock Holmes. Movies are still being made featuring him today. And not simply remakes of original stories—there are new stories being written, new adventures, even revisionist versions where, for example, Dr. Watson is really the brain behind a blundering and incompetent Holmes.
So why would we still enjoy a character written more than a hundred years ago? One portrayed by a number of actors over the years, yet each of us has that one talent we think is the epitome of the character. For me, Jeremy Brett holds that honor.
The character’s observational and deductive skills are legendary, and yet he seems always to be racing headlong into self-destruction with his dark side that neglects his physical body when he’s on a case, or indulges his addictive personality when he isn’t. Not to mention his failure to understand why his playing of the violin until all hours annoys Watson and his landlady. Or what about the dysfunctional relationship with his brother Mycroft? Or his fixation on Moriarty, whom we are never really positive exists in the real world of the story.
|Sherlock Holmes museum in London, England|
Sherlock Holmes, no matter how low he sinks, finds strength to rise above the situation and go on to solve yet another mystery.
We can find in this character the answer to our own present-day dilemmas and problems: rise above the situation and go on. Whether we find the strength in our faith, in our friends and family, or in the needs of another, we, too, can carry on.
Here’s some interesting trivia about the character:
· Queen Victoria had a soft spot for Sherlock.
· Moriarty and Sherlock might have had a history.
· There are Hundreds of Societies Worldwide Dedicated To His Life
· Sherlock Holmes Didn’t Wear a Deerstalker
· Sherlock Holmes is the most popular film character
· Sherlock never says ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’
If you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan, following are several interesting sites I found:
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, Pikes Peak Writers, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.
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