Said Sherlock Holmes in the “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. Mister Holmes is propbably the most famous not only literature character, but a world famous brand of UK as well. I had a pleasure to read some of the stories, and by some I mean: “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, “A Scandal in Bohemia”, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor”, “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”, “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual”, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, “The Five Orange Pips”, “The Adventure of the Dancing Men”, “The Adventure of the Black Peter”, “The Final Problem”, “The Adventure of the Empty House”. 11 stories that were so fun to read. It catches your attention so fastly, that as soon you realize that, the book is over.
Though it was fun, but each story had a repetitive storyline. First, you’re introduced to some sort of a crime or a problem. Then, Sherlock and his loyal friend Vatson starts an investigation. This investigation is full of weirdest techniques and methods, but it helps to solve the mystery quite fastly and easily, And there you have it – end of the story.
After you read 3 stories, you catch this dynamics really fastly, and you know that the next three stories things will get pretty much the same. The circumstance will only be different. So my question here would be: how is that possible that stories about Sherlock Holmes are so predictable, but at the same time they are so interesting and likeable these days?
Is it that the best things hides in its simplicity? Or maybe it’s not the way the story goes, but the characters of those stories? If I had to bet, I would choose the second option. Why? Probably because the character of Sherlock Holmes still interests us. I mean look how many TV shows are based on this character. We like this kind of people, who might be rude, but they’re extremely smart, they have this sharp way of thinking, putting things together. It’s probably because they impersonate all those qualities that regular people don’t have.
So, Arthur Conan Doyle did a really great job creating Sherlock Holmes, that is an inspiration for all kind of creators now. Not to mention all kinds of adaptions that were made years ago. You know, you think that you know the character, as Sherlock Holmes, but if you haven’t read anything about him, you only know a little grain about him. The true knowing will come after reading those stories. The true enjoyment will come.