Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Books - Sherlock Holmes, Shapeshifter - Robert Downey Jr.’s Version -

Had Conan Doyle been a better writer, the problem might never have come up. Holmes is so memorable because, like later superheroes, he is less a fully developed character than a collection of fascinating traits. Raymond Chandler once complained that Holmes was little more than a few lines of unforgettable dialogue and an attitude: the drug habit, the boredom, the violin playing, the show-offy logical deductions, which Conan Doyle freely admitted were based on one of his medical school professors.

Not a great article, but of interest for examining, if only superficially, why Holmes has endured.

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