It's the 6th of January and today we celebrate the birthday of Sherlock Holmes! To celebrate this wonderful occasion my friend Hamlette has made a little tag which I've answered below. I've done a few of Hamlette's blog events in the past and they've always been great fun. This time it was no different so thank you Hamlette! Click here to read Hamlette's link-up post.
1. When and how did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?
The Great Mouse Detective was one of my absolute favourite Disney films when I was growing up and it's still in my Disney top three. It was a big favourite of my dad's too and I'm very surprised that we didn't wear out the VHS because we used to watch it so often! I would class that film as my introduction to Sherlock Holmes. When I was about 12 I then read The Hound of the Baskervilles. I remember loving that story but, honestly, I've only become a true Holmesian/Sherlockian in the past few years.
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'm currently going through the whole canon and I've given myself twelve months to do it. So far I've read A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four and I'm currently reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- I've been to Baker Street!
3. What are three of your favourite Holmes adventures?
The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red-Headed League and The Musgrave Ritual.
4. What draws you to the Sherlock Holmes stories?
The characters (especially Holmes himself), their atmosphere and mystery, how clever they are, and their humour. I also love Arthur Conan Doyle's writing. As an actual writer Doyle is hugely underrated!
5. If you were going to give Sherlock Holmes a birthday present, what would it be?
I'd buy him a load of detective novels. I'd love to know what Sherlock Holmes would make of some of the other famous, literary detectives out there! We know his feelings on Dupin but what would his opinion be of, say, Poirot or Miss Marple? I'd love to know!
6. If you could climb into a Holmes story and replace any one character for a day, who would you like to be?
I'm sure a lot of people will name her but probably Violet Hunter from The Adventure of the Copper Beeches. She's pretty awesome!
7. Please share some of your favourite Holmes-related quotes!
“Holmes: "I followed you."
Sterndale: "I saw no one."
Holmes: "That is what you may expect to see when I follow you.”
I haven't even read The Adventure of the Devil's Foot yet and I know this quote!
“Anderson, don’t talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the whole street.”
A Study in Pink, BBC Sherlock
And finally this joke...
“Holmes and Watson are on a camping trip. In the middle of the night Holmes wakes up and gives Dr. Watson a nudge. "Watson" he says, "look up in the sky and tell me what you see."
"I see millions of stars, Holmes," says Watson.
"And what do you conclude from that, Watson?"
Watson thinks for a moment. "Well," he says, "astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meterologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I see that God is all-powerful, and we are small and insignficant. Uh, what does it tell you, Holmes?"
"Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!”