A to Z Challenge Day 19: Sherlock Holmes (the High-Functioning Sociopath)


Here’s another confession for you: I’ve never read a single Sherlock Holmes book, so I actually feel a little bit dirty using him as one of my favorite characters. Believe me when I say that I’ve been seriously meaning to read some of the books. Really. Honestly.

But, for the time being the fact is that the first time I ever came in contact with anything “Sherlock” was the 2009 movie with Robert Downey Jr. I loved the movie – there’s no doubt about that – but my real obsession started when I first caught wind of the BBC TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes was awesome for sure, but I absolutely love Benedict Cumberbatch’s version.

Since I’ve never read any of the books (and again, I’m going to get on that, honestly) I don’t really know what the personality and mannerisms of the original character are like, but Benedict’s version is so close to what I’ve imagined that it’s almost scary. His Sherlock is intelligent beyond belief, as though his brain is the greatest supercomputer that ever existed; he can figure out any puzzle just so long as he has the tiniest input. He’s also outrageously socially inept. He knows so much about so much, but he knows absolutely nothing about human interaction, about how people feel and react, and how to deal with his own emotions when they occasionally dare to trouble him. He makes you gasp with how idiotic and rude and ignorant he can be when speaking to other people, but you can’t help but admire his intelligence and sometimes his social stupidity is actually even a little bit cute.

For the record, for those of you who haven’t seen the show, the 90 minute episodes are based on the books, with modern twists thrown in. One episode, for instance, is based on “The Hounds of Baskerville”, but with a modern-day view of technology and military to enhance the story. The screenwriting, in my opinion, was nothing but excellent for each of the episodes that have been aired so far, the acting from Benedict and Martin nothing short of perfection, and believe me when I say that I’m going to be counting the days until the next season starts!

23 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge Day 19: Sherlock Holmes (the High-Functioning Sociopath)

  1. It’s gonna take a while, you know how British TV is like! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m the same by the way, never read the books but loved the movie with RD Jr (and Jude Law of course!) and Steven Moffat also outdone himself with the series. Great scripts, great acting! Just can’t really understand the teenage obsession with it!
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    • Oh, the teenage obsession is easy: the actors are cute. That’s all there is to it. lol

      In all seriousness though, I think a lot of people who otherwise would have a very difficult time with the speed and intelligence of the show still enjoy it because the actors are awesome and interact well. Kinda like how people who can’t even PRONOUNCE “theoretical physics” still get a huge kick out of the “Big Bang Theory”.

  2. I have to admit that I am quite surprised. In the USA, most high school students are made to read Sherlock Holmes books. In case you are wondering, his character is not only flat-out brilliant beyond any possible human capacity, but he is also cocky, arrogant, and sarcastic at times. His character is also homosexual, which is surprising for its time because it was still taboo and socially unaccepted. (It’s fine by me, by the way. I’m not, but I have friends who are.)

    • You know what? When I really think back, I can barely think of any books we were made to read in school. Back in elementary school we used to have “book races” which involved keeping a list of books we read and doing little reports on them, but we were allowed to choose which books we wanted, so most kids read stuff like “Goosebumps” and “The Babysitter’s Club”. When we got into the higher grades I remember reading a couple of classics, like “1984” and “Animal Farm”, but not that many, really. Mostly I remember reading scenes from plays and sometimes watching movies based on those plays. Kinda disappointing now that I’m thinking about it. ๐Ÿ˜

      That said, judging from your description I would probably love the books. lol Although there seems to be some debate amongst the comments about whether or not the homosexual part is true. Guess I’ll just have to find out for myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You are just hitting all the goodies, aren’t you ๐Ÿ˜€ I do love the show. The hype around BC sometimes feels like too much, but the writing is exquisite ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hee hee…I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself! And I agree, the writing is just too awesome. I find a lot of British shows like that…they just seem to focus a lot more on dialogue than North America does. Or maybe I’m biased, I don’t know…lol

  4. I first got into Sherlock Holmes through Jeremy Brett’s performance in the Granada TV series on ITV when I was younger, but I do like Benedict’s interpretation (i wasn’t a fan of season 2, but 1 and 3 are great). I also like Elementary, but only when I don’t think it’s Sherlock Holmes ;P
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    • Robert Downey’s and Benedict’s versions of Sherlock are the only ones I’ve ever seen, but I might check out the others you’ve mentioned as well. In recent years I’ve developed a love for seeing how different actors/writers/directors/etc portray the same story or character. I blame The Doctor. lol

  5. was he homosexual? i thought he had a thing for alder even in the book? hmm, something to contemplate.

    i do know for sure that he used cocaine in the books. but back in queen vic’s time it was acceptable.

    back in the day coke a cola had — well, coke in it.

    but i digress, as a fan of the new british sherlock WOOHOO!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!! **fireworks and 1812 overture**

  6. Oh my god. Read a Sherlock Holmes story right this minute (most of them are short stories, not novels). Some classics are hard to get through, Sherlock is not. They’re easy reads.
    And they’re public domain, for Pete’s sake. They’re free!
    And you’ll enjoy BBC’s Sherlock even more. Their adaptations are perfect modernizations while staying so true to the characters as written.
    Seriously. Sherlock stores. Now.

    • lmao YES MA’AM! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I know it’s terrible. I actually have a list of public domain books that I have NO REASON not to read, except for the fact that I have a stack of books that I paid for that I haven’t read yet. >.> I swear I’ll get around to them though! I’ve actually been really interested to read “Hounds of Baskerville” since that episode was aired. ๐Ÿ™‚

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