Canon Thursday: Holmes in a New Time

You’ve been given enough money and time to create a brand new adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes canon (book, film, tv show, radio play, you name it). There’s only one stipulation. You can’t set it during its original time period.

Which alternate time period would you choose? Why?

My answers:

If faced with this challenge, I’d like to go backwards in time and try to place Holmes and Watson pre-1800. (Jennifer Petkus did a very entertaining and unorthodox sort of take on this in her novel My Particular Friend, which I highly recommend.)

My reason is that in general, adapations have brought Holmes forward in time, and I would love the challenge of trying to express the spirit of the canon in a pre-modern time period.

I would love to hear your picks. Let me know in the comments.

Importance of John Watson: My Guest Post

I recently wrote a guest post about the importance of John Watson for Dan Andriacco’s Baker Street Beat. Here’s an excerpt:

When I was about nine years old, I heard an audiobook version of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I remember thinking to myself that this Watson narrator guy was really not very clever. By the time I had reached “The Final Problem,” however, I was heartbroken on behalf of the same man who had previously seemed like an idiot in comparison to his brilliant friend.

In short, I fell for John Watson when Sherlock Holmes fell from a cliff (only he didn’t, which my older sister soon told me to relieve my misery).
Click here to read the rest at Baker Street Beat

Canon Thursday: Unpopular Opinion

At the risk of annoying my Sherlockian friends, I will admit my unpopular Sherlock Holmes opinion, which is that, while I believe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was brilliant at plotting and characterization, I wouldn’t classify him as one of my favorite writers when it comes to language use or the sheer beauty of his prose. For me, he falls below several others in those categories.

What’s your unpopular Sherlock Holmes opinion? Let me know in the comments.