Friday, December 9, 2011

50 Books in a Year: Book #54 A Study in Scarlet

The only Sherlock Holmes book I've ever read is The Hound of the Baskervilles, I read it, on purpose, in 6th grade after spending many years watching the old black and white version with Basil Rathbone. I was looking forward to reading more Holmes for The Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge, but didn't want to read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (as I knew it wasn't the first book). Then a friend turned me on to this...

It just makes sense that after watching Benedict Cumberbatch (Hell-O the Anglophile in me loves him and his name, can we get more British with the name there?) in A Study in Pink  I'd want to read Doyle's A Study in Scarlet.

Um, yeah, while I enjoy the parallels, I should have probably read the book first...

Fun parallels:
1] The titles, of course, are adorable in comparison to each other.
2] The dialogue...there are parts in the book that are word for word in the episode (opening scene, Holmes defending why the cops need him, blood on the walls) the setting and inflections changed, which just makes it more interesting.
3] The Cabbie...of course, one is in a horse-drawn buggy, but still.
4] The choice (don't want to give anything away here).
5] Holmes still vain, still mad, still quite misunderstood by everyone except Watson, and, of course, himself.
6] The Solar System.
7]They both open with Watson having PTS, wounded, back from a military tour in Afghanistan (kid you not, same opener).

A Study in Pink is...
1] Faster paced, there is a whole entire sequence, in the novel, set in The States about Mormons and scandals and murder, that I'm sure we sort of needed, but not really in a rather long chapter flashback...totally ruins the pacing and it's hard to get the pace back or care about the murders after that.
2] Has a Watson that I just adore, second only to Jude as Watson, of course.
3] Devoid of doggie-icide...I'm sure that wouldn't go over well, sick and old dog or not, with a modern audience.
4] devious and creepy, the ending is breath-taking and, well, I didn't have to go through 4 million (slight exaggeration) pages of nonsense to get to to it.

So, while I liked this book is really isn't as good as The Hounds of the Baskerville nor as fun and clever as it's modern version.

4 Stars   
I love this book, but would not give up my first born for should read it though :)

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  1. We just went to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie today and, sigh... be still my heart, Jude Law!! Well, anyway, it was a great movie and I'm in the mood to read lots of Sherlock Holmes now. It has been a while since I read A Study in Scarlet and reading your post makes me want to read it again!

  2. nobody will watch the new sherlock with me... :*( i'll have to watch it alone...which i suppose is good :D

    do you watch the show 'sherlock' VG all the way! :D

  3. I just loved 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'. Jared Harris made an excellent Moriarty.

    Check out my review .


    1. you know i do too! although it seems that your friends, like my friends, weren't really as into it as i am! will write more on your review itself! :D

    2. Thanks Stephanie for stopping by my blog.

      Please click here to read my thoughts on BBC Sherlock.


    3. I just spent some time going through your blog. I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing that post, totally agree!!! :)

  4. Hounds of the Baskerville was my first Sherlock story aswell. Although I vaguely remember it. all I remember are the moors and the scary kind of vibe.
    I bought the first volume of the Sherlock short stories because of the BBC series and got into reading them.

    1. Isn't it funny the way TV shows and movies propel us to read more?! I think we both may need to reread Hounds, I've watched the BBC series version several times and feel like I'm missing out on something because I don't remember the story that well! :P



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