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Sherlock Holmes
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Is anyone else incredibly excited about this? Robert Downey Jr = win, Sherlock Holmes = win, the whole thing looks amazing.

As a big fan of the original books I love the fact that Holmes is a drug addict layabout martial artist who has no problem whatsoever with ignoring the law completely when he finds it inconvenient. Unfortunately most of his portrayals on screen are all "Oh, I am middle aged or elderly and a bit stuffy, I will puff on my pipe and contemplate things in an unemotional manner." I want to see a Holmes who could be so stoned out of his skull that he can't even get up, who shoots the letters "VR" in the wall of his rented apartment in a fit of patriotism, who is an expert in unarmed combat, who knows he's the smartest person in every room that doesn't feature his own brother, and who became a detective mainly because it seemed like the least boring career possible.

I want the dude who could berate Watson extensively one minute, and the next minute want to murder someone who had harmed him. I want the dude who sometimes could hardly keep his emotions in control, even though his best friend thought he never felt any emotions at all. I want the dude who has no interest whatsoever in romance, but once convinced a total stranger to marry him after knowing him, in disguise, for a week. I want the dude who has moral principles of the greatest depth, but let a killer walk free because he felt the deceased deserved it. I want Holmes high on coke, breaking into houses, and beating the crap out of bad guys, damnit - just like he is in the books! And I get the feeling that I'm gonna get it <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

I confess to a massive fangirl squeee when I saw this poster along the road from my house:

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I was all "That's Irene Adler!"
Someone in the car replied "Who?"
I said "The woman!"
"Which woman?"
"The woman!"

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I'm excited for it as well. However to me, the previews give it a feel similar to how Wild Wild West was; a western but a quasi-modern one with weird machine spiders and Will Smith. The previews for Holmes make it seem like classic Holmes, but with more 20th century stuff thrown in. Either way works for me, so I'll be seeing it for sure!

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If there's a midnight showing around here, I'll be there. XD I am definitely jazzed about Robert Downey Jr. and also, though to a lesser extent, Jude Law. =3

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I can't stand Jude Law. This is the only time I've ever planned to see a Jude Law movie and not been filled with foreboding and horror, heh.

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My mum wants to see it..... I know nothing about it.

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Saw. Loved. Want more. NOW!

To paraphrase a conversation with my mother, "So, in the books, could Sherlock Holmes box like that?" "YES!" "Oh, I see why you like them! I always thought he was a bit . . . stodgy." "NO!" "And his relationship with Watson was great, Watson wasn't an idiot, they were proper friends. Was that in the books too?" "YES YES YES!" <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

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I saw the movie yesterday and I thought it was awesome. The cinematography was very well done (I love period pieces!), the music rockin', and the acting was also great. I was glad that I was not disappointed! Go see it, now!

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Not related to the movie, but rather the stories. Where should a beginner start in regards to which story to read first about Sherlock Holmes? Is there an order to them or is it best to pick and choose?

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Elinox Wrote:Not related to the movie, but rather the stories. Where should a beginner start in regards to which story to read first about Sherlock Holmes? Is there an order to them or is it best to pick and choose?

Probably the best way to read them is the order they were published (which isn't the order that they were set, which people argue about a great deal, heh).

That order is:

A Study in Scarlet (novel)
The Sign of the Four (novel)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (short stories)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (short stories)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (novel)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (short stories)
His Last Bow (short stories)
The Valley of Fear (novel)
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (short stories)

The other option is to start with the Adventures, because they're probably a bit easier to get into than the first novels and there's a lot of "iconic" stories (and Irene Adler) in there. The short stories in general are a lot stronger and have a lot more Holmes than the novels.

Should be pretty easy to get cheap paperback editions of them too. And they all make fantastic reading for any time, eg camping holidays, in which you lack electricity <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

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Archer Wrote:The other option is to start with the Adventures, because they're probably a bit easier to get into than the first novels and there's a lot of "iconic" stories (and Irene Adler) in there. The short stories in general are a lot stronger and have a lot more Holmes than the novels.

The 'Adventures' is what I read online was easiest and the best place to start with. *nods*

Archer Wrote:Should be pretty easy to get cheap paperback editions of them too. And they all make fantastic reading for any time, eg camping holidays, in which you lack electricity <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

I actually just got a Kindle 3 and many books older than 1920 are free on it. After seeing the movie, I really wanted to read some ACD Holmes, and the #1 free Kindle Holmes story was 'Adventures'. Which is what I started reading on Friday. And yes, Adler FTW. <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

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