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The Mystery Is Holmes: Why We Return to Conan Doyle’s Stories Over and Over Again ‹ CrimeReads

“if Holmes’s thoughts were laid bare, if his methods ever became commonplace, then Holmes would lose his mystery…”

January 21, 2021 By Timothy Miller

What’s a mystery all about? The ending? Well, of course, you say—the denouement, the unraveling of the clues, the big reveal. If it’s too easy to guess the ending before that very moment, or if the ending doesn’t seem to mesh with the clues provided by the author you’re disappointed with it. It’s a lousy mystery, right?

Really? Ever re-read a mystery? Even though you know the solution? (If you’re like me, of course, you can re-read it a year later because you’ve forgotten the solution, but that’s another matter.) But what’s the pleasure in re-reading if the entire pleasure is in the solution dangled like a carrot before you? Tom Stoppard, the great British playwright, opines that a play which depends on keeping its secrets isn’t worth viewing twice—which he found out the hard way. Which brings us to the mystery of Sherlock Holmes. If you’ve read a Holmes story, chances are you’ve read another, and if you’ve read two, you’ve probably read them all and re-read them all, and chances are you’ve picked every bone of that corpus clean, with a great deal of relish. Why on earth would you do that? Where’s the mystery in that? I’ll spill my solution up front: the mystery is in Holmes. It’s been said that next to Jesus and Hamlet,  Sherlock Holmes has had more ink spilled about him than any man, real or fictional. Holmes is the black box of literature. Doyle’s genius is not in what he reveals, but what he conceals. The rue depth is not in the notes, but the silences.

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New Sherlock Holmes anthology’s appeal is elementary, my dear! – CSMonitor.com

Deerstalker hat? Check. Victorian-era London? Check. Dr. Watson valiantly trying to keep up? Definitely check.

Many of the tales in The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories are as Sherlock Holmesian as they come. But readers will deduce the big twist from the cover: Arthur Conan Doyle didn’t write most of them. Instead, this anthology – touted as the “biggest collection” of Sherlock Holmes stories ever – is full of fond tributes by other writers.

Source: New Sherlock Holmes anthology’s appeal is elementary, my dear! – CSMonitor.com

BREAKING IN: Elementary, My Dear Screenwriter- 7 Things You Can Learn from “Sherlock” – Script Magazine

As a lifelong Sherlock Holmes buff, I thought I’d hate the BBC TV series, Sherlock, which is based on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories but is updated to 21st century London. I was wrong. How wrong was I? About as wrong as Ptolemy was when he said that Earth– not the Sun– is the center of the universe. The show is magnificent, and revolves around the brilliant light of Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays Holmes as if he popped out of the womb wearing a deerstalker hat and humiliating lesser mortals with his stiletto-sharp intellect. But if Cumberbatch is the Sun in the Sherlock universe, the nuclear fuel that illuminates him is generated by the show’s equally gifted creators, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

via BREAKING IN: Elementary, My Dear Screenwriter- 7 Things You Can Learn from “Sherlock” – Script Magazine.


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Fascinating.. good tips for any wannabe or professional screenwriters…