“Elementary, my dear Watson”

…was actually never said in any of 60 Sherlock Holmes works: 56 short stories and 4 novels. I’ve read all of them. And loved them. And written fanfiction about them. Tales of 221B, fanfiction.net. Just FYI. For some reason, I want to broadcast how nerdy I am. (For more nerd information, check out Nerd Life).Anyway, I recommend Sherlock to anyone and everyone. Parents, read it to your kids and make them freaking smart like Sherlock. And caring like Watson. Maybe they’ll be doctors. KIds, read them; they are not boring at all. EVERYONE: Read them.

In case you live under a rock or are sadly misinformed, I’ll tell the story of one Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is the world’s greatest detective, capable of inferring where you’ve been, where you’re going, and why. John Watson, recently discharged army doctor, meets Sherlock when they’re both in need of lodging and both are broke. Thus, they move into 221B Baker Street, and the famous friendship in literature is born. Read A Study in Scarlet for full details.

Sherlock is fascinating because of his quirkiness and his believability. Watson is his perfect balance, a buffer between the briallance of Sherlock and the reader. Screw everyone who disses Watson, because of Hollywood’s portrayal of him as a bumbler. Watson is a rifle-shooting, life-saving, loyal friend, and I adore him.

The idea most people have of Watson.

My personal favorites of the canon (aka, the original Conan-Doyle stories; technically, Sherlock is no longer copyrighted because it’s been fifty years or more since ACD died): are The Adventure of Empty House (DO NOT READ BEFORE THE FINAL PROBLEM!), The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot,  The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, The Adventure of the Dying Detective and the Adventure of the Three Garridebs. Of course, all are fantastic; those just stick out in my mind.

A much better idea of what Watson really looks like. Even though I have yet to see these movies.

Read the stories and learn why Holmes is such an enduring character, even in today’s media and literature.

Rating: We all know what I think.

Author: Arthur Conan-Doyle.

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