Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Sherlock Holmes!

Happy Belated Birthday Sherlock Holmes! To celebrate, Hamlette over on The Edge of the Precipice is hosting a Sherlock Holmes birthday blog party and giveaway. Officially, Sherlock's birthday is said to be yesterday, but I did not get a chance to answer these questions yesterday, so I am answering them now. Also, sorry everyone for the lack of a full post today, my original plans had to be changed at the last minute. However, please check back tomorrow for my review of the Ant-Man trailer and Friday for my review of the fantasy epic Rage of Bahamut: Genesis.

1.  When and how did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?
My father has always been a big fan of the stories and various adaptations since before I was born, so I always known about Sherlock Holmes in one form or another. However, if I were to guess, I would say that my first encounter was with one of the Basil Rathbone films.

2.  Please share a fact or two about yourself related to Holmes.  (You've read the whole canon, you've been to Baker Street, you're an official BSI member, etc.)
Well, I cannot boast anything like having read all of the stories or being a part of anything. However, I am one of the few people I know that actually watched BBC Sherlock when it first aired rather than hearing about how good it was from everyone else. 

3.  What are three of your favorite Holmes adventures?
Having only read a couple of stories, I cannot rank my favorite stories. I can, however, rank my favorite adaptations: 
BBC Sherlock: "The Reichenbach Fall"
BBC Sherlock: "His Last Vow"
BBC Sherlock: "The Great Game"

4.  What draws you to the Sherlock Holmes stories?
The mystery genre is one of my favorites, and Sir Arthur Conan played a large part in the creation the modern mystery gener. Also, the intellectual of Sherlock is another aspects draws me to it.  

5.  If you were going to give Sherlock Holmes a birthday present, what would it be?
No idea. I am terrible at these questions. Ah, I've got one: the entire collection of the Sherlock stories to hear his opinion of them, haha!

6.  If you could climb into a Holmes story and replace any one character for a day, who would you like to be?
Providing I am assured to live, being Sherlock in any of them would be cool.

7.  Please share some of your favorite Holmes-related quotes!
"Anderson, don't talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the whole street." (the first good one to come to mind)

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  1. Cool post! :) Happy Birthday Sherlock Holmes! :)
    Cool questions- I also love the BBC show, such great episodes! Can't wait for season 4 for come out! :) I've only read one of the books but I definitely want to read more of them.

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  3. Great answers, I thought this tag/blog party thing was pretty fun! I love your answer for Sherlock's present, LOL! Also, I think you are the first I've seen that has actually said you'd like to be Holmes for a day--that is the best answer I've seen!


    1. Thank you! I guess I came up with something original!


  4. I've loved Sherlock Holmes ever since I saw Jeremy Brett on television, and I even picked up the violin thanks to Brett/Holmes. I've been fortunate enough to have visited 221 B Baker Street when I went to London, and lost a few happy hours (and pounds) wandering about. I was like a madman hunting down Irene Adler's photo and practically jumped for joy when I found it. Highly recommend it should you ever get a chance to go.

    As you know, I've had issues w/"Sherlock", but if that gets people to read Canon then I'm happy about that. I am looking forward to the new Sherlock Holmes film w/Sir Ian McKellen as Holmes and hope he joins Brett, Livanov, Rathbone, and yes, Cumberbatch & Jonny Lee Miller as another excellent SH interpretation.

    1. The Jeremy Brett series is great. It is not my favorite version of Sherlock, but I enjoy how closely it follows the original stories.

      Wow, impressive! If I ever go to London, I will have to check it out!

      I am looking forward to the McKellen movie as well.


  5. Welcome to the party! Thanks for joining, James :-D

    That's so cool that you watched Sherlock when it first aired! I came to that series very late, after season 2 was already on DVD.

    I just watched "The Great Game" last week for the second time, and I liked it so much better this time around! I think the first time, my enjoyment was hampered by me wishing for more direct allusions to the original stories. I realize now it's a retelling of "The Dancing Men," but it's not connected to the original nearly as closely as "A Study in Pink" is, so that had bugged me the first time around. This time I could just enjoy it as an episode of the show, and it worked perfectly well :-)

    1. Thank you for hosting the party! :D

      It was always funny when I talked to a couple of friends about waiting for more Sherlock seasons, and yet I was waiting for twice as long for the new season!

      Interesting. I did not know which story "The Great Game" was based on.


  6. Sherlock Holmes' mind is something that draws me to the stories as well. I love to witness his deductions and generally his brilliance.

    And that quote frome BBC Sherlock is very funny. I love to use it when someone annoys me.


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