Thursday, July 23, 2009

This May Explain The Fascination With Holmes

For years I've been wondering about and speculating about whether or not kids today are interested in Sherlock Holmes. The author of The Return of Conan at Guys Lit Wire offers a theory.

"Conan the Barbarian in one of those iconic characters--like Sherlock Holmes or Dorothy Gale--that people think they know without bothering to read the actual stories they appeared in."

This has inspired another line of speculation on my part. Perhaps Holmes has become a mere celebrity these days, famous for being famous. Therefore, we don't have to worry about tossing him into a book or movie because people will know about him because...he's famous.

Thanks to Oz and Ends for the link.

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2 comments:

beckylevine said...

I think this may be true. My son knows who Holmes was and the basics, but he hasn't read any and may never. Probably true for my husband as well, though, not sure. And I've read many take-offs (Carole Nelson Douglas' Irene Adler mysteries and Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes series) and loved them much more than the original Doyle stories.

Colleen said...

Oh but I am looking forward to what Robert Downy Jr does with the character in the movie.

I have a sick affection for that man (and Holmes!)