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The Same Old Sherlock - or Is It?

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The same old Sherlock – or is it?

The new BBC TV series which is based on the original novels and short stories about Sherlock Holmes is quite exciting. But is the character Sherlock Holmes really portrayed in the same way or has he been modified in order to adapt to modern times? I think that the modern version of the character is more adapted to a modern audience, in more ways than is required when the setting is a hundred years later. The character obviously needs to change in order to live in our modern society, but more changes has been made than the necessary ones.

The most striking similarity between the two, is that they're both geniuses. It's too much of a trademark attribute for Sherlock Holmes to be altered, and examples of this can be found everywhere in the TV series and the novels. In the series, Sherlock's amazingly fast thought process is often illustrated, and so is his outstanding skills of deduction. From just looking at a man's suit, he can extract a considerable amount of facts about the person's personal life. For example, in the series he takes a quick look at the suit of one of the queen's employees, and can tell that the person in question sleeps on the left side of the bed, that he's an early riser, loves dogs and horses and that he went to a public school. This ability is eloquently put in one of the original novels, ”you see but you do not observe”[1], a quote from Sherlock himself. In the stories it is a tad harder to follow his thought process although there is no doubt about him being a genius considering his delicate plans and his knowledge of seemingly impossible things.

The Sherlock Holmes character in the stories is not a social genius by any means and his lack of empathy shows up from time to time. Still, he is in no way as socially awkward as Sherlock in the TV series. This modern Sherlock has a behavior on the verge of autism. He shows a complete lack of understanding of other people's feelings, as when he by...

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