By Story Star correspondent Elinor Rees
He has undergone numerous reincarnations ever since he debuted in 1887, most recently in the form of Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, and it’s not hard to see why the world is still enthralled by him. He is witty, intelligent and he always solves the crime no matter what – it’s just such a shame he isn’t real.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation has been so popular that Holmes has his own museum, society and has been written and rewritten in to books by many well known authors. Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider novels, was the most recent to create a new set of stories devoted to the detective. So why is this character so enduring and why do we want to go for tea at 221B Baker Street so badly?
Part of his appeal has always been that he can notice the smallest of details that no one else would even contemplate and discovers that it is vital to solving his latest case. In Guy Ritchie’s film adaptation, Downey Junior’s Holmes shows off his skills to cold read Dr. John Watson’s fiancée, proving that he has the ultimate party trick. If you ever wanted to make any money off him you could bet your friends that he couldn’t guess their job from just one look and when he does you would be raking it in! Of course, we would never condone conning your friends out of money…Alternatively, you could just watch in awe as he uses his amazing gift to solve the biggest crimes of the day. It would definitely be more entertaining than a lot of the programmes on television!
If his attention to detail wasn’t enough for you, he is also actually very good at fighting when the time calls for it. As well as being an expert in martial arts he is also rather handy with a sword; so when the bad guys are threatening you for information, you know that Holmes will sort them out in no time.
If Sherlock was real we can only imagine the thrilling and possibly terrifying situations we would end up in but we would know he wouldn’t let any harm come to us; he respects the good in people too much for that. Everything we would do would be an adventure of the greatest kind and if we could pick up a few of his tricks along the way, then we would be the best crime fighting team the world has ever known! Sorry, Dr. Watson but your place as side kick would have to be terminated.
It truly is a shame that Sherlock Holmes will always be a piece of fiction, even if some people believe that he was real, as we can honestly say we think he would be the greatest asset to the fight against crime that this country has ever seen and would make everyone else simply seem ‘elementary.’