Besides the obvious connection of them all having one-word titles, the other recurring theme seems to be mystery and detection - did anyone catch that? I think I was around ten years old when I picked up my first copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I had already worked my way through the various Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys stories in our home library, but Sherlock was the real deal. He solved mysteries that I could sink my teeth into, and Dr. Watson simply came along for the ride.
After reading every Holmes story that I could find (and getting over the disappointment I felt when I realized Doyle was dead, which meant no new stories by the original author), I moved on to Agatha Christie's vain little Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. I started with one of the most famous Christie books, Murder on the Orient Express, and quickly worked my way through Poirot and, eventually, Miss Marple. Christie was, in my humble opinion, a mystery writing genius.
Over the last few years, I've developed a liking for some newer whodunit crime solvers, including Mr. Monk and his OCD habits, Shawn and Gus with their inane banter, and the medical mystery solving skills of Dr. House. I have utilized the free services of Hulu (Monk, Psych, House), as well as YouTube and PBS to get my fix of Poirot, Miss Marple, and my new favorite - Sherlock.
I'm not typically a fan of remaking classic characters, but I have to admit that I have completely enjoyed the modern twists of the BBC series. I love the fact that Dr. Watson writes a blog about the cases of Sherlock - a blog which has many followers, I might add. I thought it was a stroke of genius to integrate the classic "Sherlock Holmes" hat into the story by way of a total accident, and it makes perfect sense for Mycroft to be a high up government official - a position that Sherlock uses to his advantage, much to Mycroft's dismay.
He has the classic "look" of Sherlock, with all the modern day technology of C.S.I. or any number of crime dramas. Oh yes, they've changed the stories around a bit - bringing them up to date - but for some reason, it hasn't ruined the originality of the Doyle character (unlike the horrendous changes that were made to several of my favorite Poirot tales). Oh yes, I am a fan.
Who's YOUR favorite detective/crime solver?
Books or TV?