Wednesday 15 January 2014

Got the post-Sherlock blues?

Do you find yourself shuffling around muttering "but seriously, how did he survive the fall?"  Do strangers nervously back away from you when you randomly say, "Did you miss me?  How can they leave it like that?!"  At a bus stop.  Or is that just me?

If so, you may be suffering from post-Sherlock blues.

Fear not!  There is hope for you.  Series 4 has been commissioned and in the meantime, here are some suggestions to tide you over, in the hopefully-not-two-years until series 4 airs...

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start

Re-watch the series from the beginning.   Enjoy Sherlock & John's budding bromance--Mrs Hudson is not alone in her assumptions--and see how fast you can solve it.  Netflix has the first two series, in both the UK and USA versions at the moment, or there are of course the DVDs and Blurays.  Spin them out for as long as possible, watching all the extras for once, and of course keep a notebook beside you to jot down clues!  Series 3 comes out on the 20th of January, if you deleted it by mistake.  Quelle horreur!

Read (or re-read) the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle works

If you don't already have the original Conan-Doyle stories, then you should treat yourself to this gorgeous leatherbound edition which contains the four novels and 56 short stories.  At £16.25 it's a bit of a bargain!  To get an even better look at the book, which is quite frankly majestic, take a look here.  Go on, I'll wait... Isn't it gorgeous?

If you fear being crushed beneath the weight of this tome, then perhaps a Kindle edition might be less intimidating?  The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection may be more up your street.  At £1.99 it's more expensive than some of the other Sherlock Holmes collections available on Amazon, but it's the only one I've seen which hasn't been needlessly fiddled with, or missing stories.

Go to the theatre

A couple of years ago Dave and I saw an amazing production of The Hound of the Baskervilles at the (now defunct) Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton.  Since then I've been rather keen to see more of Holmes at the theatre.  The Pleasance Theatre Trust in London, is putting on a production of The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes in February and March 2014.

Read a comic...
via SelfMadeHero
SelfMadeHero have published all four of the Sherlock Holmes novels in graphic novel adaptations.  (That's comics, if you don't speak geek.)  They're rather good; the depictions of Holmes and Watson are very close to the original drawings and the adaptation to comic art cuts out bits of (unnecessary) waffle.  Well worth a read--we've got three of them so far and I totally recommend them.

Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum

UntitledIf you're in London, then why not take a trip to the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street?  I haven't been--yet--but Dave took a couple of friends there and they had a great time.  I wouldn't make a special trip, but if you're in London anyway, it's worth a look!

Watch the classics and the new pretender

Before Sherlock came out, I was always a staunch defender of the Jeremy Brett, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series.  To me, it was the Definitive Holmes, just as David Suchet is the Definitive Poirot.  But then I fell in love with Sherlock, and his war-damaged John.  By the time Elementary came out, I was derisive and adamantly against John Watson becoming Joan'll never guess what's coming.  I adore Elementary.  It may save brainache on my part if I just view them all as AU or Elseworlds versions...  They're all fabulous in their own way, and Watson has the patience of a saint, regardless of gender.

So there you have it.  Plenty of Holmesian ways to amuse yourself while you wait patiently (or not-so) for Sherlock to return to our screens.  Alternatively, you could curl up into a little ball and cry.

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  1. I do! I do have the post-Sherlock blues. And this is very informative and helpful. I just found out today that Watson and Mary are married (with two kids) in real life. Quite cool, huh?

    1. I knew they'd been together for years, but not that they had kids. There's been a lot of speculation in the British press about whether they're finally going to go down the aisle now that they've done it on TV. Glad you found it helpful!

  2. I love Holmes, really truly. I love the Conan Doyle books (which I've devoured repeatedly since I learnt to read), i live RD-J and I love Elementary but for some unfathomable reason I just haven't been able to bring myself to watch this!! Please don't hate me. I'll give it a go, I swears it.
    That book is b-e-a-utiful though.
    M x Life Outside London

    1. There's nothing to forgive! You're dead to me.

      I kid, I kid. I think it's definitely worth a go. I know a few people who didn't rate Sherlock but have loved Elementary. We're a flexible household and love both :) I really, really want the book but (a) I already have a complete work and (b) I would require a magnifying glass which would take all the fun out of reading. I suppose I could use it as a literary doorstop...

  3. Oh yes, I am missing it! It is very good; for that hour and a half you are just completely transfixed and transported to Sherlock and John's world. Agreed; that leather-bound copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes by ACD is rather fetching. Some great Holmesian (liked that, too) activities here.


  4. I adore Sherlock :)

  5. Yes I am going to miss Sherlock, but great suggestions! I want to go to the museum when I am down in London! I am going to visit the famous 221B Baker St door and the St Bartholemews hospital when I am there! SADDO!

  6. Very risky to suggest reading a comic book. I went into our local comic book store to buy some Marvel comics for my son and walked out having spent far too much money and books I wanted. Comics have definitely evolved since I was an Archie and the Gang addicted kid.


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