Friday, November 1, 2013

Books, Movies. Movies, Books: The Game is Afoot!

"The Game is Afoot!" It's a line we associate with a particular detective, however, you may find it interesting that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote that line. (But it's a good one, and I'll continue to quote it as if it came out of the mouth of the genius detective. Rather, it was delivered by this version of Sherlock Holmes, played by Basil Rathbone.)

But now, there's a new kid in town! You may have seen him in the latest STAR TREK movie, Into Darkness, or before that in the MARPLE TV series, or ... he was pretty prolific!
The actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, (I know! The name alone is priceless), gives the character, Sherlock Holmes, a contemporary twist when it made its debute, with his quirks and idiosyncratic behavior that borders on (borders?) obsessive-compulsive, narcicistic, egomania... and very sexy.

But there's always John Watson to keep him straight. You might recognize him as a famous Hobbit?
I could keep at this all day - this nth degrees of separation thing. But I'll bring it back to Books, Movies. Movies, Books. If you're watching the new Sherlock, don't separate it from its literary roots. Read the short stories before watching the TV series. It's priceless. The writers are brilliant in the way they draw from the original text.

And you may find it interesting to note, that the series, (as well as Agatha Christie's Poirot), can credit Edgar Allen Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" for the brilliant detective and the pattern of detective novel.

Ever wonder if life reflects fiction? It seems the ego-maniacal character, Sherlock, is a fictional construct on the part of the actor. You might enjoy this glimpse of the actor, in his own words:
BTW, Season 3, will air in the U.S. on January 19, 2014... not that I'm keeping track or anything.


  1. What a great idea (to go back and read the original stories)! We watched The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio the other day and were amazed at how closely it followed the book. Excellent movie.

  2. I love Benedict's Sherlock and can't wait until the new season. Sherlock Holmes continues to inspire numerous re-inventions (there's three right now- I love Jonny Lee Miller's version on Elementary, too). It's a credit to the source material.

  3. Oh, hey! You know, I am mortified to say that I didn't notice that you and I have the same photo of Benedict up. Not that one can have too much of the man, but still. :)