Today I’m joining Hamlette’s blog party for Sherlock Holmes’s birthday. The party is taking place at her blog Edge of the Precipice! I’ve been a fan of Sherlock Holmes for almost as long as I can remember, so there was no way I was not doing this!
The Good Old Index of Questions
1. When and how did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?
It was one of the Great Illustrated Classics through which I first discovered Holmes. It had three stories: The Red-Headed League, The Speckled Band, and The Copper Beaches. I read The Adventures and Memoirs soon later and then fell madly in love with Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes not too long after that. And that’s only the beginning!
2. Please share a fact or two about yourself related to Holmes. (You’ve read the whole canon, you’ve been to Baker Street, you’re an official BSI member, etc.)
I acknowledge Sherlock Holmes as my number one hero/favorite fictional character of all time out of any genre or medium of fiction ever. Ever. That’s how much I love this character and his adventures. I’m incredibly protective of the character; I’m very picky over what I like or don’t like when it comes to film/TV adaptions of his stories and I don’t regret being that way in the least. 😄
On a different note; during 2012, my best friend and I read the original stories every week; on Sunday we’d discuss them together. We read all four novels and nearly every single short story within a year! My friend even gave my a humongous, gorgeous Sherlock Holmes book that contained nearly every story! I still count that year as one of the best reading experiences of my life!
3. What are three of your favorite Holmes adventures?
A story that stuck with me to this day was The Man with the Twisted Lip. The Sign of Four was amazing and had me laughing so hard (although I loved all four novels pretty equally, there’s not one I didn’t enjoy less.) The Blue Carbuncle had one of my favorite moments of Holmes cleverly getting information out of someone; that one vividly stuck to me as well.
4. What draws you to the Sherlock Holmes stories?
Everything; the characters, the narrative, the adventures and mysteries. Especially the mysteries, I’m a who-dun-it mystery addict if ever there was one. There’s too much to explain as to why I love these stories so much, so I’ll just leave it as this: Sir Doyle’s characters captured my attention from the beginning and hasn’t let go in over ten years. ❤
5. If you were going to give Sherlock Holmes a birthday present, what would it be?
A brand new revolver for him to take out on his adventures, for self-protection!
6. If you could climb into a Holmes story and replace any one character for a day, who would you like to be?
Dr. Watson. I already relate to Dr. Watson in so many ways, but I would love to actually be him for a day. I’d chase after Holmes scratching my head till the mystery is solved, and then write about it later from baffled amazement. ❤
7. Please share some of your favorite Holmes-related quotes!
Here are two:
This was lots of fun, thanks for hosting this blog party, Hamlette!